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A native Brit exiled in Japan, Steve spends too much of his time struggling with the Japanese language, dreaming of fish & chips and writing the occasional blog post he hopes others will find helpful.
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Collapsible Sidebar Lists Plugin for WordPress

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A previous theme I used for this site incorporated For some while this site’s been using the collapsible sidebar lists I described in this post. This method requires manually adding PHP and Javascript to the theme’s code. All a bit clunky really.

I’ve finally completed a plugin which provides the same functionality, but in a far more convenient way. The collapsible lists currently displayed in this site’s sidebar are generated by this plugin.

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Fixing WordPress “404 Object Not Found” Errors on a Mac OS X Local Server Environment

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Installing WordPress on a local server environment is fairly straight forward. There are numerous guides to be found on the Internet that’ll walk you through each step.

However, if your local server environment is running on a Mac, the local Apache server may have some difficulty serving WordPress posts and pages resulting in Error 404 Object not found! errors. These errors can often be attributed to the use of custom or so-called pretty permalinks.

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Possible Cause of WordPress Jetpack Plugin Pagination Error

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Back in July 2011 I noticed a problem with the Jetpack plugin and page navigation. In short, with the Jetpack plugin activated page navigation worked only if I was logged-in as admin. When logged-out page urls were being incorrectly re-written and causing 404 Not Found errors.

Now, some 9 months after having first raised the issue over at the WordPress.org forums member Josh Eaton seems to have found a possible cause.

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Apache Brush for the SyntaxHighlighter Evolved WordPress Plugin

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Having recently switched from SyntaxHighlighter MT to the SyntaxHighlighter Evolved plugin I was unable to get my custom Apache brush I use for .htaccess and *.conf files to work.

While searching for an answer I happened upon a better although seemingly unfinished version of an Apache brush, but still couldn’t get it work. A little further digging and I learnt that I needed to write a plugin to use a custom brush with SyntaxHighlighter Evolved.

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Starting MAMP’s Apache and MySQL Servers at Login

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Whether using XAMPP or MAMP to provide a local server environment I prefer to have the respective Apache and MySQL servers start when I login.

With XAMPP I use a launch daemon and this works perfectly. With MAMP it’s even easier as there’s an option to Start Servers when starting MAMP in MAMP’s preferences. I only need to add MAMP.app to my Login Items and MAMP’s servers will be up and running after logging in.

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Changing the MySQL Root User Password in MAMP

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Having recently changed my local testing server environment from XAMPP to MAMP v2.0.5 I wanted to change the password for the MySQL root user. By default it’s set to root.

Changing the MySQL password for the root user was straightforward enough, but locating and editing the files to reflect the new password was a different story. Failure to update all the necessary files results in MAMP reporting the following error:

/Applications/MAMP/Library/bin/mysqlcheck: Got error: 1045: Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: YES) when trying to connect

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