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Sebastian Moran

How MainWP is Different than the cPanel WordPress Manager

cPanel offers a very basic WordPress manager for being able to in a limited form create or manage your existing WordPress sites within cPanel. The WordPress manager provided by cPanel will allow you to be able to list the WordPress sites that exist on your cPanel account. Features that the WordPress manager in cPanel offers is to manage the existing sites on your cPanel account. The basic setting options which display within the WordPress Manager will be the site URL, how much disk usage is being used for that site, and the version of WordPress core that is installed on

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Sebastian Moran

How to Disable Automatic Plugin and Theme Updates on your Child Sites

In WordPress 5.5 which is on track to be released in August of this year, there will be a new feature for automatic plugin and theme updates. Currently, the featured plugin is not merged into WordPress core but is on track to be merged for the WordPress 5.5 release. Automatic updates for plugins and themes feature will do anything by default since it is a manual opt-in from the plugin list screen on a site. Since you are already using MainWP to deal with plugin and theme updates on all connected child sites then to stop clients from setting plugins

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Sebastian Moran

Using NitroPack to Optimize Your Child Site Performance

NitroPack is a service with an integration plugin for WordPress which will improve your site’s load times. NitroPack has a number of pricing plans you can start with a free plan which includes up to 500MB of resources storage and up to 200 page optimizations per month. If you go up a plan to the $19 per month priced plan it includes 1GB of resources storage and up to 20,000 page optimizations per month. After you have installed and activated the NitroPack plugin on your child site it will add a sub-menu settings item; Settings > NitroPack In order to

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Sebastian Moran

Using the Sparkle plugin for Easy Post Revision and Spam Comment Cleanup

Being able to easily delete auto-draft posts, post revisions, spam comments, trashed comments can be a pain to be able to remove that bloat out of your child sites database. There is a very simple plugin that can easily help in deleting that bloat out of your database and it is called Sparkle. After you have installed and activated the Sparkle plugin it will add a sub-menu item into the Settings menu in wp-admin; Settings > Sparkle The setting page for Sparkle will show how many auto-draft posts, draft posts, spam comments, and trashed comments that are in the sites

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Sebastian Moran

Using the Powered Cache plugin to Improve your Child Sites Load Times

Powered Cache is an easy to use plugin which contains a number of useful features in the free version and includes a number of extensions in the premium version of the plugin. After you have installed and activated the plugin on your child site it will add a new admin menu on your site named; Powered Cache In order to have page caching work using the Powered Cache plugin, you will need to go into the basic options settings and then enable it. You can set if you want Gzip compression to be enabled in the sites .htaccess file as

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Sebastian Moran

Using Abraia to Easily Optimize Site Images

There is a new image optimization service called Abraia. The service will be able to process JPEG, PNG, GIF, SVG, and WebP image files. After you have installed and activated the plugin it will add a new menu item under; Settings > Abraia In order to be able to use the Abraia service, you will need to create a new account and then copy the API key into the plugins settings. You can set to have images automatically optimized on upload. After you have added the API key into the setting now you can go to bulk optimize images that

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Sebastian Moran

Using the AutomatorWP Plugin on your Child Sites

There is a new plugin called AutomatorWP which makes it easy to be able to connect plugins together to create automation workflows. The main AutomatorWP plugin has a free version that currently supports WooCommerce, BuddyPress, GamiPress and LearnDash plugins. After you have installed the main AutomatorWP plugin and any of the required add-on plugins you will need to create your first automation using any of the available triggers. AutomatorWP You can start adding automations using the provided triggers and actions on your child sites. Using the supported triggers and actions you can now easily put together any number of automations.

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Sebastian Moran

How to Use the WP 2FA Plugin on your Child Sites

Keeping your child sites secure is always worth taking the time to setup now more than ever. There is a new easy to use plugin for 2FA (two-factor authentication) and it is called WP 2FA. The plugin is from the same developers as WP Security Audit Log. After you have installed and activated the WP 2FA plugin on your child site you can quickly go through the setup wizard. The recommended method will be to use the Google Authenticator application which is available for iOS and Android. The setup wizard will guide you through the QR code to scan in

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Sebastian Moran

How to use the WP Project Manager Plugin

If you need a simple self-hosted project management plugin for being able to deal with client projects a solid option is to use the WP Project Manager plugin. After you have installed and activated the plugin on your site it will add a new admin menu; Project Manager The first thing you will need to do is create a project once you have created a project you can add tasks, milestones, and even discussions. One of the free integrations is with Trello. Where you can import projects, task lists, subtasks, and even users into WP Project Manager. In the settings

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Sebastian Moran

Why You Should Wait to Update to WooCommerce 4.0

WooCommerce 4.0 was released on the 10th March. It is a major new release and the two major changes are the merging of the WooCommerce Admin and updating the Action Scheduler to version 3.1. The WooCommerce Admin has existed as a featured plugin since April 2019. The WooCommerce Admin uses code now in WordPress 5.3 to be able to use React for powering some of the UI elements. The WooCommerce Admin uses a number of custom database tables in order to store the analytics data in those lookup tables in order to improve the reporting that is included in WooCommerce.

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