Stephen Radford

Stephen Radford

Web developer & product guy. Founder FTPloy & Former.io.


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WordPress Social Stream

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About 3 years ago now, we were working on a site for a client and came up with the idea to merge their Facebook and Twitter feeds with the news posts on their site to keep things feeling fresher for longer. Since then I've rebuilt the bloody thing 4 or 5 times…

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Swift, iOS & OS X Programming

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For years I put off learning how to make iOS apps. Ever since their introduction, back when iOS was called iPhone OS, I wanted to craft something but Objective-C and its obscurity put me off. The syntax was ugly and the naming conventions weren't what I was us…

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A Weekend With Apple Watch

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It's totally and completely unnecessary. What I mean by that is that everything Apple Watch does can already be achieved on your iPhone. You can already read your notifications, message people, track your fitness, tell the time and so-on. The Watch lets you d…

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Restricting Post Titles in WordPress

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I've been working on a site that required the restriction of post titles from within the CMS. It would have been easy to wrap the title in a substr() but that would have left the client confused as to why half of their title was missing. I couldn't find anythi…

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Multi-Line Padded Text With Background and Line Spacing

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I've been working on a project that called for some text to be wrapped on to multiple lines with a background behind it. We didn't know the precise number of lines the text would be as the client would be managing from a CMS. The fact that it was responsive al…