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Save Time – Auto Insert Commonly used Text Within iOS

I use iOS text-replacement frequently to save myself time and reduce typing errors while writing literally anything on my iPhone. Type a small group of letters i.e “sss” and like magic  “” appears.

What actually happens

The iOS text replacement system tracks all key strokes you make on the standard iOS keyboard and then, when a predefined set of numbers, letters or special characters (followed by the space key) are typed iOS replaces the small set with the previsoult specified words or numbers.

(Skip to the bottom of the page for set up instructions).


Auto Fill Email – The Best Use

If like me, you have work, personal, family, project and various other emails accounts then by far the best way to save time and use Text Replacement is to have it insert complete email address for you, while you only type an abbrivieation

This garauntees that you will not make a mistake with that email address and save you precisous typing time.

iOS Auto fill text

More Uses For iOS Text Replacement

Another great option can be to use the system for the replacement of a phone number or postal address, you can even add in often used phrases within a text message or email such as “love you see you soon” or “OK, see you 10 minutes, for example.

Anything you use regularly can and (probably) should be automated. So what do you find yourself type alot?

iOS Phone number auto insert


How to set up iOS text replacement

On your iOS device go to: Settings / General / Keyboard / Text Replacement

Click the “+” at the top right of the screen, from there you will be prompted for the phrase or word you want to add automatically and then the shortcut you will use to auto insert the text.

Reading blog posts on your Kindle…Finally!

I have been wanting to read long form blog posts or articles I find websites on my kindle for so long it hurts, all I really wanted was to read, read a lot while no leaning into my computer.

I know there were suppose to be ways (before you all tell me about them) but they were not easy, quick or nearly automatic enough.

Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 10.07.27Thankfully, Amazon has created something to fix this, and its works perfectly, its aptly named “Send to Kindle”.

“Send to Kindle” strips out all the adverts and creates a perfectly formatted kindle style book and sends it over wifi to your device for reading in your own time and not hunched over a computer.

How to send blog posts or articles from to a kindle

For example you want read this article “Knotty Strangers” by TribeofC (or something similar), in your own time and on your kindle. Firstly you will need to be using Chrome or Firefox so go ahead and grab one of those if you do not have it already, then visit Amazon send to kindle page and download the extension.

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Once the extension is installed click on the little “K” icon (make sure you are on the article page!).

Select “preview and send” to double check the look of the article before its sent to your kindle. Once you do this a few times, simply pressing “send to Kindle” is enough.

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During the preview you can specify the text size, background and a few other features, however as the kindle is flexible enough with this, this does not need changing.

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If you are happy with the preview (not that you can change much) click “send” in the top right corner.

Make sure that your Kindle is on and connected to a wifi network or that 3G is on.

Its time to put the kettle on and wait a few moments while Amazon formats the article and send its across.


That’s it your all done you can now enjoy reading Blogs on your Kindle and with no adverts

If you get stuck at any point, as always, drop me line through the usual channels.

Paula Slaney came to me to ask for help with a site for Hannah Slaney. Hannah wanting to raise her profile to help gain more sponsors to aid her climbing carrier along with document her climbing career was in dire need of a good, clean and solid site.

Paula was also in need of site that Hannah and herself could update easily with blog posts while also added results and possibly new pages.

WordPress it had to be.

Half a day later I had changed Hannah site from this.

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To this

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And this
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The site now has plenty of scope to improve, a solid back end and works on all mobile devices such as your iphone. We still have a lot to do but its a start. After a few lessons I hope both the girls will be editing and updating all on their own.

Keep an eye of the site as we progress with it.

This site was done fast and simple, with I hope, as little stress for Paula as I could possibly manage. If you need some quick help with your existing site or want you current site quickly replaced, get in contact me through any of the normal channels.

Importing a large .sql database file into MAMP

This article written by helped me out so much and is cleanly written I had to re-share it. Full props go to Fatheadesign.

The original article can be found here

If you are struggling to import a larger database using MAMP you may have seen this image below, if you have you now how frustrating this can be.

I can across this when trying to copy my works WordPress install and set up a local server.

Below is copy and pasted directly from



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This happens to me quite often, and I finally found a workaround for this within my local MAMP dev environment.

1. Open up the file within the phpmyadmin dir with your favorite code editor. In your local MAMP environment, it should be located here:

Hard Drive » Applications » MAMP » bin »

2. Do a search for the phrase $cfg[‘UploadDir’] – it’s going to look like this:

$cfg['UploadDir'] = '';

3. Change it to look like this:

$cfg['UploadDir'] = 'upload';

4. Then, within that phpmyadmin dir, create a new folder & name it upload.

5. Take that large .sql file that you’re trying to import, and put it in that new upload folder.

6. Now, solidsthe next time you go to import a database into phpMyAdmin, you’ll see a new dropdown field right below the standard browse area in your “File to Import” section, like this:

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Select that dropdown, and your file will show up right there. Hilight the db, and hit “Import” – and you’re golden!

How to fix wordpress plugins that will not update or delete.

Very recently on 2 sites and I have the same problem or at least very similar, Plugins on my wordpress install would either not delete or update or both. The issue after many annoying hours was that my host due to issues “they say” with my domain had alter some permissions, I am still not convinced on the how but for now its fixed so I am happy.


The error was, as is often, with linux or mac machines, the Permissions of the folders, Specifically the folders of the Theme and Plugins in the wp-content folder.


What follows below are some quick step and images to back up your progress.

Before we start though, its always a good idea to make a backup of the your site first (even though its not working for), I am not going to cover that here but there are plenty of great articles already written. BACK UP YOUR SITE NOW.

Ok, onto the fixing the permissions

To fix this error or at least rule it out you will need an FTP program, I use Cyberduck for OS X, and your login details for ftp and your hosting account. Here, I am not going to show you how to complete any of these steps.

How to fix the permissions of your wordpress

  • Visit your “wp-content” with your FTP program.
  • Find the permissions of the “Themes” and “Plugins” folder, in CyberDuck “command+i” does this.


  • If the error is due to permissions, then either or both of the folders with have permissions of something similar to 555. This does not have to be exactly the same but most likely it will at least not have a “write” box ticked for the “owner”.
  • Change the permissions to 755. This allows the owner (you) to edit the “Plugins” and “Themes” folder. Make sure that you click “Apply changes recursively” so that all the permission trickle down through all the plugins and themes in the contained in the folder.


Thats it. Head back over to your WP Dashboard and attempt the update. If you have followed the steps correctly and the permissions was the only error (Very likely) then the plugins should update perfectly.




If successful its time for another back up. Always a good idea.

I would love to hear any comments you have. Thanks for reading I hope I help or some at least one person’s time.