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Welcome to Tortoise IT

I am a freelance WordPress plugin and theme developer based in Crewe, Cheshire, UK. I’ve been at this for nearly 15 years now and you could say I know a thing or two about PHP and WordPress. I have extensive experience using the Divi Theme and write/sell my plugins on Elegant Marketplace. I’m also involved with a number of other projects and schemes ongoing.  This site is a blog primarily where people who want to know more can find out more about what I’m doing/releasing and get a taste for the sorts of things I’m capable of.

If you’re new to this site then a very big WELCOME to you and do have a look around. If you’ve got any questions or comments please use my contact form, hire me form, Facebook Group or if you’re into that human interaction thing then just pick up the phone and drop me a line!

I just wrote an interesting snippet of code which I thought that you might find useful. Essentially I need to validate the new item (post/page/custom post type item) page at add-new.php and edit.php in wp-admin. Currently as far as I can tell there is no way to easily hook any validation into the system. This…

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I had a request this morning from a client who uses the WordPress Download Manager plugin. I can’t say whether it’s any good or not but the admin interface seems ok to me. It does, however, lack somewhat in the settings department. When you add the following to your theme functions.php it will override the…

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I am not entirely sure why you would ever want to do this but I was asked this on the WordPress forums for my Welcome Email Editor plugin. Someone wanted to know if they can turn off the WordPress Welcome Email all together instead of sending one out by default.

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A short while ago I wrote about how to remove the reviews tab from Woocommerce themes like Wootique (See image to the right). As a reply I was asked how we can add our own tabs and panels with custom or fixed content inside so I thought I would write this quick follow up to…

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I have been using the Exclude Pages plugin for WordPress by simonwheatley for a couple of years. It was invaluable before the new wp_nav_menu stuff arrived and now I don’t use it so much but a few of my clients still do. The thing it doesn’t support out of the box is custom post types. A…

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Just a quickie from me today. It seems that htaccess htpasswd protection is not as pretty as some would like. This is ok because 2mins of PHP work and we have this: <?php if (!$_COOKIE[‘has_access’]) { if (isset($_POST[‘get_access’])) { if ($_POST[‘password’] == ‘password’) { setcookie(‘has_access’, 1, (time() + (86400*30))); echo ‘You\’re in! Click <a href=”http://www.yoursite.com”>here</a>…

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The WordPress search is nice and extensible in many ways except for the option to search with no keywords. Why would you want to do that you ask? Well what if you wanted to search multiple taxonomies at once as a way of drilling down using search criteria with optional keyword as opposed to being…

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I was asked a while back to write something basic to allow people to advertise on their site. It meant a simple widget or shortcode based system to just randomly show an advert on page load. I decided not to use any of the other plugins on account of them giving you far too many…

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UPDATE: If you are using WooCommerce 2.0+ then you need to read this blog post I wrote instead which explains the ‘new’ system for you. Another quickie from me today. I have been using WooCommerce a lot recently but there are just some options that could do with making into options or filters I think….

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You know it’s the little things in life that highlight our great successes. I have been looking for this for literally hours.. What I wanted to do was edit the number of product columns that are shown in the default grid view homepage. It’s set to 4 and I wanted 3. Not hard right? Sadly…

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About this site and Sean Barton

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Sean Barton is a Freelance PHP Website Developer in Crewe, Cheshire. He is a Wordpress and CMS/Framework specialist.
This site was set up in 2008 as a tutorial and scripting resource for the PHP language and Wordpress.
Find out more about Sean on the About Me page or use the Hire Me page to get in touch. For more information about Sean's work take a look at the Portfolio

Our Services

  • Wordpress plugin/theme development
  • Divi specialist
  • Ecommerce (Woocommerce, WPSC, Shopify, Magento)
  • PSD to Wordpress theme conversion (Responsive)
  • Website design work (Banners, Logos, Full Site, etc)
  • Website analysis (security, usability, SEO)
  • API Integrations (InfusionSoft, SalesForce, Ontraport, Customer Thermometer, etc..)
  • Wordpress consultancy & expert advice
  • Crisis support
  • Website hosting

The main services offered are Wordpress based although we do a great deal of technical programming for bespoke systems. From troubleshooting, extending frameworks, finding bugs to writing them from scratch.

Find out more by looking through our past projects or get a quote.

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