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Last active May 27, 2019
WordPress Archives: Here we go again

WordPress Archives: Here we go again

We've been here before. A WordPress site needs to list a collection of things. Native WordPress archives seem like a good idea. But then they're not.

Beyond the most basic use, WordPress archives tend to fail in a number of ways.

For page-dominant sites, archives are unintuitive, they just appear magically -- or don't. None of the expected authoring tools are available and archive endpoints don't show as a default choice when building menus.

There's no clean way to author content on archive landing pages. Embedding content into template files is too rigid and contrary to the entire point of a CMS. Pulling custom values from a separate ACF options page requires extra documentation (which no one reads), is easily forgettable and is a mess conceptually.

joemaller / .gitignore
Last active May 14, 2019
Pagination Test
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joemaller / svg-animate.js
Last active Apr 15, 2019
Vanilla JS SVG line animation helper, works in IE
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* Initialize animation on an SVG path or set of paths, this returns a controller
* object
* var lines = animate({
* parent: "#someElement",
* selector: ".theActualLines",
* duration: 2500
* })
joemaller / banner.js
Created Apr 1, 2019
dumb little reporting helper
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const banner = (str = "", len = 100, pad = "-") => {
if (str.length > len) return str;
const out = new Array(len);
out.splice(Math.floor((len - str.length - 1) / 2), 0, ` ${str} `);
return `\n${out.join(pad).substring(0, len)}`;
joemaller / .htaccess
Created Mar 14, 2019
A very simple htaccess file for redirecting traffic from http to https (insecure to secure)
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RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{ENV:HTTPS} !on
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]
ErrorDocument 404 /404.html
ErrorDocument 401 "Unauthorized Access"
joemaller / redirect.html
Last active Mar 8, 2019
A basic redirect page with fallbacks: Meta refresh tag, JavaScript window.location and a bare link
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<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<meta charset="UTF-8" />
<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="ie=edge" />
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0;url=SITE_ADDRESS" />
<title>SITE_NAME Redirect</title>
joemaller /
Created Nov 30, 2018
An example of what's possible to do with Markdown.

Markdown Reference Sample

An example of what's possible to do with Markdown.

Basic formatting

Paragraphs can be written like so. A paragraph is the basic block of Markdown. A paragraph is what text will turn into when there is no reason it should become anything else.

Paragraphs must be separated by a blank line. Basic formatting of italics and bold is supported. This can be nested like so.

joemaller / functions.php
Created Oct 1, 2018
flush WordPress rewrite rules on every page load
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* Expensive, but helpful if permalink structures are changing freuqently
* Don't do this on a production site.
add_action('init', 'flush_rewrite_rules');
joemaller /
Last active Sep 26, 2018
A quick image compression gulp workflow using

Gulp pngquant Workflow

A quick image compression gulp workflow using pngquant.


  1. Run npm install
  2. Creatae a ./src dir and put some images in it
  3. npm run build to compress, npm run start to compress and watch ./src for new files
joemaller / Verizon FiOS - DNS
Created May 9, 2018
Nameservers for Verizon FiOS - North East US specific
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Boston, MA:

  • -

New York, NY:

  • -

Newark, NJ: -

Philadelphia, PA:

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