Tap tap, is this thing on? It’s been a while! 1745 days to be precise.
With today’s release of WordPress 5.3, I’ve switched across to WordPress’ latest default theme (Twenty Twenty).
The following WP-CLI command is a really easy way to delete all existing WooCommerce customer accounts on a WordPress website:
wp user list --field=ID --role=customer | xargs wp user delete --yes
And the best part: all of the information from the customers’ existing orders remained in-tact as well!
Being based in Perth (GMT +8), I have always thought it made sense to have our servers running in the Australia/Perth timezone (rather than UTC).
This makes sense for many reasons, mostly that when we set up a cron job, we can use local time (rather than UTC), which makes life very easy.
Recently our Rackspace Cloud servers and Amazon EC2 instances (both running CentOS) were rebooted after updating the
glibc package, which caused each server’s timezone to revert back to UTC.
To set the timezone, I had always created a
/etc/localtime symbolic link pointing to
/usr/share/zoneinfo/Australia/Perth, however it turns out that there is one other thing that has to be done in order to make the timezone setting be persistent across updates and reboots.
In addition to the symlink, it is also necessary to edit the
/etc/sysconfig/clock file, and change it to your local timezone ( in my case
After making both of these changes, be sure to reboot your server, and then use the
date command to check that your server is still in your local timezone (rather than UTC).
Today at the WordPress Perth User Group October 2014 Meetup, I gave a presentation titled Command Line WordPress with WP-CLI.
These days my favourite uses of WP-CLI include:
The command line isn’t as scary as it sounds 🙂
A spreadsheet of ~1100 people (name, email address, etc) that needs to be imported into a WordPress site as users:
I tried several user import plugins, but I had trouble with some users not importing (duplicate email addresses and/or usernames), and the plugins I tried didn’t make it easy to see which accounts were failing to import and why.
The import process via the WordPress dashboard was also encountering timeout problems due to the large amount of data being imported.
WP-CLI’s user import command available to the rescue!
I used the following command to import the 1100+ user accounts:
wp user import-csv --skip-update user-import.csv
Note: this command skips user accounts that already exist because I included the
The output of this command made it very easy to identify the lines/users that were failing to import due to their email addresses already exist.
I fixed up the duplicate data in the CSV file, and then used the following command to delete the imported user accounts before attempting the import again:
wp user list --role=subscriber --field=ID | xargs wp user delete --yes
Note: this command deletes ALL existing subscriber user accounts.
Once the imported accounts were deleted, I was able to retry the import using the command above.
Using WP-CLI for this ended up working great, and the import process was much quicker than using a plugin because I didn’t have to worry about server timeouts and other problems.
If you’re not already using WP-CLI, be sure to check out my previous presentation.
Today is the day where I exit my twenties and enter my thirties.
This is the first birthday in 6 years that I’m celebrating in Perth.
It’s also the first birthday where I’ve taken the day off work. I’ve been putting in some long hours at work since we moved to Perth in December, so I’m making an effort to improve the work-life balance 🙂
In July 2008, I moved to Melbourne with a plan on staying for approximately 12 months.
It turns out I was completely wrong about that time frame, because after more than 5 years, I’m still here!
Quite simply, Melbourne has been amazing. I’ve had the time of my life.
Melbourne’s food, bar and sporting culture have been highlights. On the other hand, Melbourne’s weather has not been a highlight!
I’ve met some great friends, and explored some beautiful places.
I’ve also been really impressed by Melbourne’s tech community. In particular, being a part of the WordPress Melbourne User Group.
But best of all, I’ve been lucky enough to meet the love of my life, Jen.
After many discussions, Jen and I have decided to move to Perth.
In 36 hours time, Jen and I will be leaving Melbourne and starting our huge road trip to the other side of Australia.
Here’s the 3700km plan:
We’ll be taking our time on this journey – there’s plenty of sightseeing to be done along the way!
The trip even includes a short ferry ride across the Murray River!
We’re both really excited about starting the next chapter of our lives in Perth.
I’m looking forward to being closer to my family and long-time friends, and being surrounded by amazing beaches.
I’m also excited about being in the same office as my business partner and colleagues.
Melbourne, I will miss you. But you never know – we may even be back some day!
The discussions went well, and the following month we hosted the first meeting (which had 8 people in attendance).
1202 days later, I’m immensely proud to say that we have organised 47 WordPress Melbourne User Group meetup events (an average of 1.2 events per month), all of which have helped WordPress users learn and share their knowledge about WordPress and related topics.
I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to the following people and companies, who have all played a big part in making WPmelb a success.
The sponsors (past and present):
The venues (past and present):
The organisers (past, present and future):
The regular volunteers (past and present):
The members and community:
As of today, we are lucky enough to have almost 1000 members.
Without all of you the user group would be meaningless.
With my impending move to Perth, tonight will be the last WPmelb event I attend for a while.
I’ve also stepped down as lead organiser, and I feel confident knowing that a talented and awesome team of volunteer organisers will be ensuring that the group grows and prospers into the future!
It’s been fantastic being a part of the WordPress Melbourne User Group over the last 3 and a half years.
I’ve met so many great people, learnt so many things, and had countless opportunities to share some of my knowledge with others.
If you live in or near Melbourne, and are interested in WordPress, I strongly recommend that you join the friendly group and come along to an event.
Tonight at the WordPress Melbourne User Group September 2013 Meetup, I gave a presentation titled Command Line WordPress with WP-CLI.
Are you already using WP-CLI? If so, please let me know what your favourite WP-CLI command is.
If not, I suggest you go to wp-cli.org and give it a try 🙂
Do you like WordPress?
Do you like sharing ideas, stories and (GPL) code with like minded people?
Do you have an idea for a new plugin, and want to team up with someone to get it finished and published?
Do you have a WordPress project that you’ve been wanting to finish, but haven’t been able to find the time?
If you answered yes to any (or all) of those questions, then this weekend is for you!
Arrive Friday 16 August 2013 after 3pm.
Depart Monday 19 August 2013 by 9am.
A deluxe 5 star holiday house (including ocean views) in Phillip Island, Victoria:
$250 AUD per person (paid in advance).
Note: we are not going to profit from this event – any extra money will be spent on additional food/drinks/snacks for everyone.
What do I need to bring?
Can I come?
We are keeping the numbers small – places are limited to 10-12 people.
If you’re willing to sleep on the floor (instead of in a bed), it is more likely we’ll be able to squeeze you in.
So if you’re interested in coming, please contact me.
This event is now sold out. Please keep an eye on the blog if/when we organise another one of these events.
I can’t make it on those dates. Will there be another one?
No promises, but we’re really excited about this concept, and we’re hoping to make them a (semi) regular event in different locations around Australia.
Full disclosure: this event wasn’t my idea – recently in Portland, Justin Sainton organised an event called BeachPress, and he’s been kind enough to give me some advice and let me run a similar event in Australia.