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Conversion
Sebastian Moran

How to Convert from InfiniteWP to MainWP for your Sites

InfiniteWP is a self-hosted solution for managing multiple sites, but the UI and UX have a number of issues. The initial setup takes a lot longer than setting up a MainWP dashboard site. It is very easy to change over from InfiniteWP to MainWP to manage all your clients’ sites. First, you will need to install MainWP Dashboard to create a Dashboard site to manage all of the connected sites. It is always recommended to use a fresh WordPress install for the MainWP dashboard site. First, install the MainWP dashboard plugin, then activate and walk through the steps of the

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

How Well Does Convesio Work for Hosting your MainWP Child Sites

Convesio is one of the newer options for hosting your MainWP Child sites. After you have created your account from an invitation link via email, you should be able to sign into the account. Click on the New Site button, and then select which version of WordPress, PHP version and location. The default for a new site is WordPress 5.1, PHP 7.2 and the location should be the United States. Follow the regular WordPress install screen to create the admin user in the WordPress site. Important Settings The overview will show a wide range of site information. You will be

Conversion
Sebastian Moran

How to convert from ManageWP to MainWP for your Sites

ManageWP is a Software as a service (SaaS) for being able to manage multiple WordPress sites. MainWP is a self hosted solution which is not SaaS based. It is very easy to change over from ManageWP to MainWP to manage all your clients’ sites. First, you will need to install MainWP Dashboard to create a Dashboard site to manage all of the connected sites. It is always recommends to use a fresh WordPress install for the MainWP dashboard site. First you will need to install the MainWP dashboard plugin, then activate and walk through the steps of the setup wizard. 

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Black Box Algorithms and Machine Bias

You may have heard the term Black Box spoken in relation to Facebook or Google. Black Box is unclear in how it works, and it is not open as to how it is actually using your data. ProPublica have published a number of articles about various companies’ black boxes. These articles have touched on how black boxes work and what is being used to determine the results. The use of Black boxes can lead to machine bias. Machine bias is the effect of erroneous assumptions in machine learning processes. Bias reflects problems related to the gathering or use of data,

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using Artificial Intelligence on your MainWP Child Sites

“I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” ~ HAL900, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Artificial Intelligence has long moved past something that existed only in sci-fi films and books. One of the biggest technology growth areas is AI, with many options that can be used on your child sites to either recommend content, to customers, or using AI to power a chat bot on site, which will give intelligent answers based on the customer’s questions. IBM is one of the many companies that has researched AI for decades. IBM Watson can power everything from healthcare, advertising, and call

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Getting the Most out of Checklists

While we strive for excellence in our professions, mistakes are a part of who we are. We err so we can learn. Creating a checklist focuses the mind on the most important characteristics of our tasks, which helps us to overcome our mistakes. It takes practice to produce and use checklists effectively, but when we do, the benefit us tremendously. Checklists help people communicate and work together better and help organizations to be better prepared for unexpected occurrences. The value of using checklists can benefit every profession, from surgery to flying an airplane, to building a skyscraper or drafting a

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

How to Prioritize Multiple Projects

First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. ~ Aristotle When we’re stressed out and swept up in the daily grind of workflow, trying to A-Team our way through, occasionally a pile of problems can seem like one too many. Here are some things you can do to help better prioritize multiple projects and lessen the burden on yourself.  You can only work on one project issue at one time. Decide which task is

MainWP Extensions
Sebastian Moran

Using the MainWP Staging Extension for Testing WooCommerce Updates

With the breaking changes for WooCommerce if running versions earlier than 3.5.x due to WordPress 5.x release, now is the time to create a staging site. A staging site can be used to test the active theme updates, the WooCommerce-related plugins, and the WooCommerce plugin. Creating a staging site allows you to test plugin updates without having to cause issues on the live child site. In the case of child sites using WooCommerce for e-commerce, this can mean a live site going down and causing a loss in revenue. The old mantra rings true for WooCommerce: Update on staging Test

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Setting Clear Expectations on Client Projects

Client projects are always interesting and rewarding to work on, but without setting very clear expectations with your client before the scope and specific deliverables for the project, projects can easily go awry. Clear communication from the start will help set what the client expects, the deliverables, and the dates set for each stage of a project. Brainleaf has a very clear post which covers how to come up with the scope of work (SOW) for your client project. Forbes also has a great post about ten ways to set expectations with a new client. Two of the most effective

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Why Taking Breaks is Good for You

The majority of the time, people are in a Beta state of consciousness; we’re functional, we’re working, we’re constantly thinking and organizing and strategizing. There’s nothing wrong with this, but what we need to focus on is achieving an Alpha state. An Alpha state is when you meditate, visualize, relax, or simply close your eyes for two minutes. It’s during Alpha states when creativity is at its peak. You are less anxious if you take regular breaks to gain clarity. Closing your eyes is a great way to naturally spur creativity. You block out 80% of your sensory input, and

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