All posts by Andrew Biss

In the software industry since 1980, Andrew Biss held senior development, marketing and strategy positions at software companies in the UK, US, France and Germany before founding software solutions company in 2007.

WordPress consolidation: There can be only one

I’ve imported the posts and comments from my retired blogs:,,, and This avoids maintaining multiple WordPress installations.

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Advertisements retired: My personal blog was my personal blog where I posted on technical and business issues outside current projects for I never posted very often so it’s better to call it a day and retire my personal blog.

Update June 2012 — For ease of maintenance I’ve imported the posts from the retired blog. You can find them in category Andrew-Biss.

WordPress custom columns: I can see clearly now

Searching through your WordPress media library for items without “alt” text, caption or description can be time consuming and is error prone, especially if you’ve more than a few images to check. A quick scan could easily reveal what information is missing; if only these three columns were available. Well, as you’ll see, it’s easy to add them with two minor additions to your WordPress theme’s functions.php file.

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Web design: Responsive elegance

Implemented responsive web design to automatically respond to different screen resolutions and device orientation, without having to know details of every possible display, notebook, netbook, smartphone, tablet or other access device.

This new WordPress theme builds on the minimalist approach of the iA³ template from Information Architects. I’ve enhanced the HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript code so I can easily run all blogs and websites from a shared source.

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Writing helped me understand my success in diverse roles in the international software industry is due to my ability to help people facing complex business challenges to discover what they need to say, and then finding the best way to say it.

This blog was an opportunity to deepen my WordPress knowledge, in particular on how the different types of object embedding work.

Update June 2012 — For ease of maintenance I’ve imported the posts from the retired blog. You can find them in category

Gmail attachments: Big game hunting

This was becoming an issue as I keep a local backup of my Gmail account using IMAP Backup. And while you can find attachments in Gmail using search modifiers has:attachment and filename:zip, you can’t search or sort on attachment size.

The solution: the IMAPsize freeware Windows IMAP utility found via this blog post from Amit Agarwal. IMAPsize’s speciality is searching your Gmail account for folders (Gmail labels) and messages based on attachment size.

I quickly found and deleted my large attachments using IMAPsize. Backup problem solved. Recommended.

WordPress 3.0: Ahead of the game

One of my hosting accounts limits PHP memory, so for these blogs I need to deactivate all plugins before running the automatic update. My other hosting service has enough PHP RAM to not have to do this, which is nice.

All my blogs have now been running WordPress 3.0 in production for a few days and so far I’ve not met any problems with the core product.

One minor issue has been with the CSS minification in the W3 Total Cache plugin. I’m using the latest development version of W3TC but it has an issue with CSS so I’ve disabled minification until I’ve time to look into this further.

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