WordPress .htaccess file HTTP to HTTPS

Sometimes when you update your theme on WordPress, the original .htaccess file will get over-written.

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /

RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on
RewriteRule ^(.*) https://%{SERVER_NAME}/$1 [R=301,L]

# BEGIN WordPress
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
</IfModule>

Solution Fixation

Sometimes we have it in our head a solution to what we think is the problem. This fixation on the solution leads us to be blind to new information that may arise through the investigation of the problem. In this sense, your mind has already made it’s decision – the solution stays the same regardless of the actual problem. This is made more dangerous when every one starts drinking the same kool aid.

It is helpful to pause from time to time to remind yourself: what is the problem you’re trying to solve?

Everyone should learn to code, everyone should learn to design

The first image when I googled "You can be a designer". Mattel for it covered.

The first image when I googled “You can be a designer”. Mattel got it covered.

I posted this tweet about 1.5 years ago.

Well, the learn to code bandwagon has not died down since. Between IDA’s Smart Nation and General Assembly coming to Singapore, you know things are getting serious when the big boys get behind it.

To an average user, the software isn’t made up of code comments, super encapsulated classes, methods etc. It’s the interface. The software is the interface you provide your users. If you can’t design software to be usable, you don’t have software. On that note, think of how many man hours ACRA would save SMEs if they have a better interface.

So, the push for more computer engineers and developers needs to be coupled with a push for more creative people into User Experience, User Interface and Information Architecture disciplines. And it’s not an easy role either. To be a competent frontend designer, you need to understand:

  • UX/UI
  • Human psychology
  • Effective copy writing
  • Information Architecture
  • Overall business objectives
  • SEO
  • The role of A/B testing
  • Content marketing
  • HTML/CSS + JS
  • Analytics
  • Mobile and responsive design

Geez that’s a lot of stuff. I would say finding a good front end designer is even harder than finding a good programmer.

It won’t be long before we starting seeing the Singapore/SE Asian versions of http://designerfund.com/