• Contextual Related Posts
    Plugins,  WordPress

    Contextual Related Posts v2.5.0

    I’ve just released Contextual Related Posts v2.5.0 and existing users can update the plugin as usual from within their WordPress install. This release adds a few minor features as well as a few bug fixes that were reported by users. Disable on AMP pages and mobile devices One feature requested by a lot of users is to disable the related posts display on mobile devices and AMP pages. With the inbuilt cache, the display of the related posts is super fast. However, you do need to write some custom styles in order to make the display work on both mobile and AMP pages particularly because of the screen size. As a…

  • Ashwina and I pausing to take a selfie
    Personal,  Travel

    The Brooklyn Bridge

    If you’re in New York, especially for the first time, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge should definitely be on your to-do list. It was on ours and we parked it for the last day. I had started the day by meeting an old friend at One World Trade Center. After this, Ashwina and I set out. On our way there, we stopped by a really expensive Greek restaurant which appeared to be well rated. I keep thinking that Manhattan has a separate standard when it comes to food and the expensiveness of said food. We saved our energy for the Brooklyn Bridge, so we took the subway to Brooklyn Bridge…

  • And we are 15
    Blogging

    And it’s 15 years!

    I set up ajaydsouza.com as an experiment to test this new blogging software called WordPress exactly 15 years ago. I never thought the site would continue till this day. But it did survive. I am glad that this site has remained the place I can pen my thoughts, talk about my life and proudly release my work. I started writing in the early days of blogging and before Facebook. In the beginning, this blog was a place I wrote about my life, blogging daily on many occasions. But then, work caught up, I became a lot less frequent. Today, most of my posts are about WordPress plugin releases with a sprinkling…

  • Top of the Rock red carpet
    Personal,  Travel

    New York – Views from the Top

    I’m back in London and the week has been busier than busy catching up on work. It’s Saturday, so trying to find a time to finish this blog post. My New York diaries continued with meeting Sneha after nearly 10 years. She took me and Ashwina to ABC Kitchen which turned out to have some really good food in well-sized portions. Remains the best food I ate in New York. After the failed attempt to view New York from Top of the Rock, we decided to try again. It seems like many others also had the same idea as we only got tickets for little over an hour later. We…

  • Me and Lady Liberty
    Personal,  Travel

    Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

    If you’ve been following the last few blog posts, you’ll know that Ashwina and I are in New York and wandered around Times Square at the start of the week. It goes without saying that most tourists have the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on the top of their places to see. And so did we. Let me tell you about our fun visit to see Lady Liberty. Planning our trip I spent a good deal of time researching where to buy the tickets – or more like what would get us the best sightseeing deal. We looked at the New York Pass which allows you access to several…

  • With Times Square as my background
    Personal,  Travel

    Wandering around Times Square and Wall Street

    Sunday, our 2nd day in New York was spent with Ashwina’s cousin and his wife in New Jersey. On Monday, we set out to explore the city. Destination: Times Square. We’ve found our way to New York right in the middle of hurricane season with Hurricane Florence heading towards the US East Coast. Although it is still a few days away, we’ve generally seen rather wet weather since our arrival here on Saturday. Given it is my first trip to New York, we have a list of very touristic things to do. Two of which are Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building. As the former has rather set…

  • Personal,  Travel

    New York calling!

    This year has been a relatively eventful one when it comes to holidays… also expensive! I know I haven’t blogged much about personal life, but this event definitely warrants at least one post as I’ve always wanted to come down for a holiday to New York and this one has eluded me for several years. New York, I’m here! Ashwina and I took our annual holiday to India in March this year. We stayed at the ITC Maratha in Mumbai for more than a week followed by a trip to Mangalore and then Pune. We then had two weddings to attend – one in Athens and the second in Helsinki.…

  • Process shortcodes
    Plugins,  WordPress

    Add to All v1.3.0

    Add to All v1.3.0 is now available to download or upgrade from within your dashboard. This new version brings a few new options as well as a major rewrite of the code base to make it cleaner. This also includes the upgrade of the Google Analytics code to now use the new gtag.js implementation as well as an option to anonymize IPs being sent to Google Analytics. Perfect if you need to be GDPR ready. Process shortcodes v1.3.0 adds a few new options under the Content, Footer and Feed that allows you to process shortcodes in the HTML fields. Simply enable this setting and then use the shortcode in the…

  • Better Search v2.2 Settings API
    Plugins,  WordPress

    Better Search v2.2.0

    I have released Better Search v2.2.0 which brings a new settings interface based on the Settings API. You can read the complete details of the release on the WebberZone blog. Detailed changelog in Better Search v2.2.0 Features: New option to exclude password protected posts from the results New option to exclude post/page or custom post type IDs from the results Enhancements: Admin interface now uses the Settings API – Please double check your settings. You can delete the old settings using the Tools sub-menu New shortcode bsearch_form to display the Better Search custom search form Use template_include instead of template_redirect Seamless mode now uses Better Search queries directly instead of…

  • Top 10 v2.5.6 - Tools
    Plugins,  WordPress

    Top 10 v2.5.6

    I’ve released Top 10 v2.5.6 which adds a new tool under the Top 10 > Tools page which allows you to recreate the PRIMARY KEY in the tables. This provides a much needed fix to a bug in 2.5.5 where the primary key got lost in several installs likely because the dbDelta function didn’t work as intended. This follows two bug fix releases over the past several weeks particularly around compatibility with the Settings API that was introduced in Top 10 v2.5 where things didn’t work properly in some installs. Detailed changelog in v2.5.6 2.5.6 Features: Added new button under Tools to recreate the PRIMARY KEYs 2.5.5 Bug fixes: Fixed…

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