Get a self-hosted WordPress site for free at OpenShift is great but sometimes you need to be able to install third-party plugins and themes. That’s where services like OpenShift come in really handy.

Here’s how to use OpenShift’s free tier to setup WordPress for free.


So, through OpenShift’s free offering, you get 3 “gears” that you can use to add up to 3 applications, WordPress being an application. Thus you can add up to 3 separate WordPress sites with that free tier.

I mentioned in the video that you can use a custom domain name too. I’ll try and cover that in more detail in a future video.

Any other questions for now though, feel free to ask. 🙂

Get a self-hosted WordPress site for free at OpenShift

Free, disposable email with Mailinator

Really quickly, Mailinator is a free, disposable email service:

So, I thought I was one of few people using this Mailinator service, been using it for a few years now. But it turns out it’s gotten quite popular, just read another reference to it on hackernews.

Basically, it’s a free email service that’s built to be disposable. Anyone can access an email account there, no need to log in, just enter an email address ( and you’ll have an instant email box for that address.

What’s the point?

Well, for services requiring an email address, you can check them out using a address. No need to give out your real email to try something out.

Cool eh?

I thought so, I just didn’t realize lots of other people thought so to. 🙂

UPDATE: Just posting this here since Mailinator’s developer made a #1 posting at Hackernews with this:


View iPython notebooks through GitHub

I had no idea this was possible til just now but found out while looking into the craze surrounding Google’s Deep Dream research. iPython notebooks can be viewed directly through GitHub.

Here’s how I found out:

Meanwhile, I’ve now found the release announcement too:

Weird, I remember reading that post and knowing about this previously through hackernews, but I don’t think it clicked in my head that the notebooks are actually getting rendered/executed live.

It’s pretty amazing in my opinion. I’ll be digging more into it now just because it’s so fascinating to me (I’ve “tried” iPython notebook in the past but didn’t personally have need of it, it was just for fun).

I also think it’s great that Google’s work on Deep Dreams is accessible in that way there. Impressive stuff all around.

View iPython notebooks through GitHub

Future of books?

So here’s an interesting attempt at creating the books of the future:

The project focuses on using code for pages. Book authors are provided with a programmer’s editor where they can create the content using standard HTML, CSS and JavaScript. As a coder, I really like the idea and see the potential behind it.

Here’s an example of what’s possible so far: The Solar System by Marvin Danig

It’s free!

It’s tough to beat a free price tag. So competition will likely struggle against this one, especially since authors won’t necessarily have to market their books as the site itself is a sort of storefront.

It’s certainly innovative and has a lot of factors already accounted for to yield interest. There’s also a fair bit of good response from the hackernews community too:

We’ll see how it goes from here.

Future of books?

The difference between and

I post a lot of WordPress code and related stuff so I figured I should take a moment to mention, the code would be strictly for the self-hosted platform. Different from that, is a blog-hosting service utilizing the platform by the same name, which they created and open-sourced.

For a much more detailed breakdown of the differences see:

I hope that’s not too confusing. When working at WPMU DEV, we got some requests for refunds because people purchased plugins that they couldn’t use here on blogs. So I’m thinking it might be helpful to have more references like this short post.


The difference between and

Host a blog for free with GitHub and HubPress

For those who don’t know, GitHub is code repositor service that’s totally free for publicly hosted code projects. And they’ve got this service called GitHub Pages where you can host an HTML based website for free. Normally, you’d have to manage content there yourself, by code. But HubPress lets you manage blog posts using a JavaScript-driven admin interface.

Here’s a quick installation video:

HubPress is currently very simple, allowing you to create and edit posts from the interface. It’s open source though, so it’s possible to extend it. The app uses Asciidoctor for editing posts and Handlebars for templating, so it should be able to use existing Handlebars-based themes. I’ll try and cover more details on those through separate videos.

You’ll also find extensive instructions at their repo:


Have fun with it!

Host a blog for free with GitHub and HubPress