Closing I Code Your Design at the end of January 2018

Just a quick note here that I’ll close I Code Your Design at the end of this month. The service will of course continue but I think it doesn’t really need a separate domain to host it. Will update the URL after I’ve done the migration.

So Here Comes The Higgs

Today I changed the theme here from Ryu to Higgs by Codestag. This is the first time I bought a premium theme from Envato. I choose very carefully that I’ve followed the works by Codestag for a while. And somehow they conviced me.

Now with Higgs I only changed the color and widgets then left everything else by default. It looks almost as I expected. Just it requires the Jetpack to display the site logo, which is the plugin I’m allergic to, so I would rather to give up the beautiful logo for a while… until next time I change the theme again.

As most beautiful themes, Higgs also requires a hero image for each post, it’s optional but without it, the first post would be sticky to the header area. I’m a little uncomfortable with it but it’s Friday so I’ll leave it that way.

I hope everything gets well and you can still enjoy the reading here. If not, just shoot me an email: yoren [at] I’ll see what I can do for you.


Updated July, 20: I just found the style of Gists is broken in Chrome. For example the gist below:

The indentation behaves well in Firefox and Safari, but acts weird in Chrome. Any idea?

Updated July, 20, part-2: I can’t believe it’s the text-rendering broke the theme! After this modification, things go well again!

body {
	text-rendering: auto;
	-webkit-font-smoothing: auto;

Transferred 2 domains to Gandi

This Tuesday a great idea came to me and I was so sure that it could be a great business, at least a great project I would love to devote my time. So I did the most important first step that I always did for my business or side project: securing a domain. Read More…

EverClip 2 – My New Favourite iPhone App

For a very long time, as a Evernote lover, I just don’t understand why I can’t clip or save a bookmark to Evernote on my iPhone, which is available with their Chrome extension on desktop computers.

Yesterday I found the EverClip 2, which is unbelievable useful to me, that I can now scrape a whole webpage on my iPhone. Just work like a charm! now hosted on Digital Ocean

Today I moved from Media Temple DV to Digital Ocean. I’m still happy with MT, just love to try the SSD cloud server and the appealing 55 seconds deployment. I’m pretty satisfied with it so far. Here’s what I’ve done to transfer

  1. Download the site backup from WP Remote, my favorite WordPress dashboard service. I track all my WP sites with it.
  2. Sign up a Digital Ocean account. Enter the promo code “DODEPLOY” to get $10 credit.
  3. Create my first droplet in less than 55 seconds. I choose:
    1. 512MB / 1CPU/ 20GB SSD / 1TB transfer: $5 monthly
    2. Singapore datacenter
    3. Application: WordPress on Ubuntu 13.10
  4. Use SFTP to transfer my files to my droplet. Connect the db with Navicat to import the db sql file.
  5. Update the wp-config.php and .htaccess.
  6. Test to make sure the blog runs well.
  7. Change the DNS settings in Amazon Route 53. DONE!

I really enjoy the process and thanks to all the services / apps listed above, everything runs so smoothly without any extra efforts. Things just work.

Are you looking for the next hosting company for your website / blog? Digital Ocean would definitely worth a try!

Hello Emoji: WPCollab says Hello to the World!

Today I pushed the first release of Hello Emoji to the, which means we closed 2 milestones at once, what a great day!

After my previous post and a post from WPTavern, we got some great feedbacks, one of them is from Dave Warfel, he suggested the setting should make more sense to be on the Discussion Settings page, I opened an issue and the team agreed with Dave, so I pushed a commit to move the setting accordingly.

The second feedback is directly from a GitHub pull request, Ram forked Hello Emoji and optimised images with, a web service to help us saved the images size up to 60%. It’s our first pull request from the community, and it’s really good to know people would take time to check out our project and improve it.

There’s a trivia about Hello Emoji I’d like to share. @jahvi opened an issue to report that some emojis seemed missing in the images folder we got from the jQuery plugins we used. I spent some time and figured out there are 3 emojis missing in the GitHub API. If you’re interested, those 3 are: flipper, loud_sound and night_with_stars. We currently remove these 3 from Hello Emoji, to make sure the UX is consistent. I also filed a report to GitHub, the staff replied a thank you email but didn’t say if this may or may not get fixed.

Hello Emoji is the way WPCollab says Hello to the world. Thanks to everyone who keeps an eye on this project. Maybe you watch / star / fork it, or tweet / share / blog about it, we appreciate that and your comments will definitely make it even better.

Just go to download Hello Emoji and happy blogging with these emojis: :+1: :smiling_imp: :facepunch: :cake: :zap: