Static Site Generators: are we doomed?

I am writing this in response to this post. Start there and come back; I’ll wait!
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Jetpack: add UTM tracking to sharing buttons

After figuring out a nice little challenge in the Jetpack support forums last week, I wanted to share the results with you.

First of all, I need to thank Aquif Shaikh for his question in the original thread. This thread required a bit more digging than usual, and I love a good challenge.

The question was actually quite simple: how to add UTM tracking to the Jetpack sharing buttons. If you’re not familiar with UTM tracking, you’ll want to check this generator. UTM tracking allows you to track specific URLs in Google Analytics.

Let’s get started.

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New theme, new logo, new PHP!

Fresh coat of paint for my blog: new theme, new logo, new version of PHP, and HTTP/2!

Check our the new looks

Danny MacAskill’s Cascadia

Great music, gorgeous location, beautiful colours, original footage, and sick skills. Yup, Danny MacAskill just released a new video.

Shot on Gran Canaria’s rooftops, Danny’s new video is great, much like all the videos he’s done in the past. If you’re not a mountain bike fan, check the video anyway, it could give you some ideas for your next holidays! ☀️

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❆ Let It Snow (or not) — All about Jetpack Holiday Snow

It’s that time of the year again. Starting today and until January 4th, the Jetpack plugin will add an option at the bottom of the General settings screen in your dashboard. Turn that option on, and snow will fall on your blog ❆ !

Of course, like with all Jetpack features, we’ve added some filters allowing you to extend or customize it. Here is all you need to know about Holiday Snow in Jetpack.

Ready for some snow?

How to create Tiny Planets (photo spheres) in Android 5.0+ (Lollipop)

When Android 4.2 was released, one of my favorite features was the new Camera app and its Photo Sphere option. It allowed you to take 360-degree panorama pictures, and you could then use the photo editor to create a “tiny planet” from this panorama. I actually published a few here on my blog:

When Android 5.0 (Lollipop) was released, it appeared that the option was gone from the editor. You could still create Photo spheres, but I couldn’t find a way to create the Tiny Planets. Lucky for me, I finally found the option back!

If, like me, you can’t locate the option anymore and would love to create your own little worlds again, without having to use a third-party app, follow the steps below.

How to create a tiny planet in Android 5.0+

Yeah B***h, Magnets!

Crazy what you can do with an Arduino, and some imagination! 😊

Note: the post title is not related to any Marvel movie, but I’m sure more than a few of you will know where this comes from 😊

A week in India

Back in September, I got the chance to travel to India for a few days. I was invited to speak at WordCamp Pune, and had a few days to discover a part of the Indian WordPress community, meet wonderful people, chat about Jetpack, and share my experiences as a Happiness Engineer at Automattic.

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Level 15!

It took me more than 18 months, but I finally hit Level 15 yesterday!

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Color Posts: an update for your Android readers

About a year ago I released a small plugin named Color Posts. It’s a fairly simple plugin, and it can be extended with filters. I use it on this site, and I’ve made extensive use of the filters to add some color to the sidebar as well as in other areas of the site.

Among all these customizations, there is one that I really like: if you use Chrome in Android, the browser’s background color matches the color picked by my plugin:

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Color Posts changes Chrome’s background color to match the post’s color.

I thought this little detail could be useful for everyone, so added it to the plugin itself! If you use Color Posts, go update now! 😊