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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 have just put together a quick snippet for you. The media uploader, by default, will show all items uploaded. When running a community site where people can contribute their own media you might not want to give access to every upload. The following code, when added to your theme functions.php file, will  cause the…

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As part of a job I am doing to extend a Contact Form 7 implementation and to pay additional homage to the plugin itself I would like to show you how to get PHP environment variables into your fields. Until now I have found myself writing complex and frankly undocumentable (through a combination of lack…

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I love contact form 7, unlike a fair few others who have either purchased Gravity forms or who have gotten stuck using something like CForms which I really don’t get along with. I use it on every site I write and, with the new addition of the Flamingo plugin which, despite it’s infancy, has potential…

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Transients are a wonderful way to temporarily cache pieces of information within WordPress. They are very flexible so you can store objects, strings, JSON.. anything really! They are used commonly in widget plugins whereby content is generated or, more commonly, pulled from a remote API. The reason being because API calls take time and often…

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WooCommerce, which I am a huge advocate for, has released V2.1 a few weeks ago. Much to the elation of everyone who follows their work too because the way the plugin is progressing is a real positive and invaluable resource for the WordPress community. Sadly for me though every time the phone rings at the…

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WooCommerce is a wonderful plugin. I often rave about this and use it as often as possible in my projects. It has excellent support for third party plugins and API access. One thing that is a little fiddly at times is support for shortcodes. The WooCommerce shortcode library is rather diverse and pretty well documented…

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I write a lot of themes for my clients and, like a lot of other professional developers, use a base theme to start from. The theme I use is the fabulous Bones by Themble however every single time I write a new site and start to put the content in I come across a colossal…

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Have you ever uploaded an image into your WordPress post or page and visited it only to find it has created a link to itself. Worse still have you ever written a site and handed it over to a client for them to contact you six months and 50 blog posts later that they didn’t…

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Don’t you just hate it when you have to hard code a post/page Id because you are working in a staging environment and you don’t know if the IDs will match up when you get to go live. Having to go and sort out every theme based link is a nightmare and time consuming. I…

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In WordPress the addition of Custom Post Types (CPT) has been a huge thing for us developers. The database structure has existed for years but the ability to add our own post types was huge. Suddenly plugins popped up all over the show to enable less codey type people to add their own post types…

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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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