Author: Johnathon Williams

  • Auto tweet new WordPress posts with categories as hashtags in Zapier

    Automatically sending tweets for new posts on your WordPress site is a simple task with Zapier. Recently, though, I wanted to add hashtags for each category assigned to the WordPress post and include that in the tweet as well. Can Zapier accommodate this? Yes, it can, although it turned out to be a bit more […]

  • Should you enable automatic updates in WordPress?

    One of the headline features in the recent release of WordPress 5.5 was the ability to enable automatic plugin and theme updates. This follows the inclusion of automatic core updates in WP 3.7. On paper, the arguments for automatic updates are compelling. They’re the fastest and most reliable way to patch security exploits, for instance, […]

  • Introducing Well Adjusted, a new podcast about horror movies and culture

    I can’t remember the first horror movie that I saw. I started young — too young for today’s ninny standards — by dragging my babysitter to the local video rental store during my parents’ weekly outing and insisting I was allowed to watch whatever. Whenever she balked at a particularly gory or salacious cover, my little […]

  • Dashboard problems after updating to WordPress 5.5? Install this plugin.

    WordPress 5.5 was released last night, and it began the long process of updating the bundled jQuery javascript library to a more current version. Unfortunately, it also broke a number of plugins and themes, causing javascript errors and strange behavior throughout the dashboard and front end. The first problem I noticed on my site were […]

  • How photography helped me recover from depression

    Early last year I bought a new camera. I’d been a casual shutterbug at various times before, but always wound up quitting within a few weeks or months. This time, though, was different. This time, the perfectionism and anxiousness and preordained sense of defeat that clung to every previous snap of the shutter were gone. […]

  • Three tips for testing and debugging javascript in Zapier code actions

    Zapier is bar none the handiest utility in existence for automating online workflows and connecting different online services. This was true even before the introduction of custom code actions, which allow you to drop in blocks of javascript and python code to manipulate data in your zaps, and it’s doubly true now. Debugging and testing […]

  • Here’s a nifty trick for pulling all of the URLs out of text with a Zapier javascript code action. Using this, you can extract URLs from any Zapier text input. For instance, you could use the Zapier email trigger to pull all of the URLs from an email message, or you could use the push […]