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Sebastian Moran

Upcoming Changes Coming to WordPress 5.7

The WordPress 5.7 release is on track for being released on the 9th of March with a number of new features and updates. Continuing with the process to remove jQuery Migrate 3.3.x since it has been updated to version 3.5.1. Previously the Enable jQuery Migrate Helper plugin could be used to revert jQuery Migrate to an earlier version for plugins and themes which used it. When WordPress 5.7 is released the plugin should still work but no new jQuery fixes will be pushed into the plugin. Active plugins on sites should have been updated to work with WordPress 5.7 and

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using the WooFunnels plugin to improve your WooCommerce Store

If your site is using WooCommerce for e-commerce it is worth optimizing the checkout experience for customers. One of the best recent plugins for creating funnels, optimize the checkout, include one-click upsells and automations for WooCommerce and that plugin is WooFunnels. After you have installed and activated the WooFunnels plugin it will display an admin notice to use the setup wizard. If you enable the automations step in the setup wizard then it will install the Autonami plugin. We are going to cover how to create a global checkout funnel. WooFunnels includes templates for each of the checkout steps for

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using the TwicPics Plugin and Service to Speed up your Child Site

Fast responsive images with automatic image conversion for your site will help the site load time and will help your site performance. There is a new service with a plugin for WordPress called TwicPics. The TwicPics service includes a vast number of features such as image resizing, lazy loading, next-gen image conversion, lossless compression, and a global CDN. After you have installed and activated the plugin it will add a new menu item; TwicPics The next step will be to create an account on TwicPics. Check your email for a couple of emails from TwicPics including one where you will

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using the JetFormBuilder plugin for Creating Site Forms

The block editor has improved since it was first merged into WordPress core back in version 5.0. There are a number of form or block plugins that use the block editor to create a form such as Kadence Blocks. One of the newest form plugins which use the block editor is JetFormFormBuilder. After you have installed and activated the plugin it will add a new menu item. You will now need to create your first form, the form builder will use the block editor. There a huge number of field blocks that can be used in the form that you

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using the Ultimate Dashboard Plugin for Cleaner Client Dashboards

Keeping your client sites’ wp-admin clean from extra admin menu items and dashboard widgets can be a pain to have to clean up. There is an easy to use plugin called Ultimate Dashboard. After you have installed and activated the plugin it will add a new menu; Ultimate Dashboard The Ultimate Dashboard plugin includes a massive number of options from admin menu editor, changing which admin dashboard widgets show or are hidden. You can even white-label the admin to make it look custom. The 3rd party admin dashboard widgets control is included in the pro version of the Ultimate Dashboard

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using the FluentSMTP Plugin for Reliable Site Emails

Having reliable site emails is something that can be a major pain to deal with. Luckily there is a new plugin from the makers of FluentCRM and FluentForms. The new plugin is called FluentSMTP and using the plugin will fix the issue of having reliable site emails. After installing and activating the FluentSMTP plugin it will add a new sub-menu item; Settings > FluentSMTP FluentSMTP includes integrations with a wide range of transactional email providers such as SendGrid, Sendinblue, SparkPost, Mailgun, Amazon SES, or Pepipost. The FluentSMTP plugin includes a wide range of features such as email routing and email

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using the Kadence Theme and Kadence Blocks Plugin on Your Site

Clean theme options are really useful when you dealing with changing a theme on an existing site or using a clean theme for a new site build for a client. One of the more recent clean themes is Kadence. The free version of the Kadence theme includes a huge range of features, whilst the premium version addon for the Kadence theme expands on those features with even more options. Some of the Kadence Pro addon features include header addon, hooked elements, ultimate menu, fixed elements, header/footer scripts as well as WooCommerce addon. Kadence features can all be controlled using the

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Easy Lazy-loading Plugin Options for Your Sites

Lazy-loading site images are one of the easiest ways to improve the perceived site load times as well as improving the customers’ or users’ experience on the site. WordPress added a lazy-loading feature enabled by default in the 5.5 release. There are a number of solid plugin options for WordPress and those plugins include additional features like image optimization and free CDN integration. Optimole is a plugin and service that we have covered before but it does cover lazy-loading. The Lazy Loader plugin includes a number of lazy loading options for image and video assets on your site. After you

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using the SecurityWP plugin on your Sites

With the new year upon us and having a forward focus in 2021 now would be a good time to look at new security plugin options for your child sites. One of the newer plugin options for a security plugin is SecurityWP. The plugin includes a number of very useful security features and a very easy to use settings UI. After you have installed and activated the SecurityWP plugin on your site it will add a new menu item to; Settings > SecurityWP You can export out the SecurityWP plugin settings and then import those in on other sites that

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Sebastian Moran

MainWP Most Useful Posts of 2020

With 2021 a few days away it seems about right to include some of the most useful posts over the last 12 months on the MainWP blog. Five of the most useful posts from 2020 cover subjects related to WordPress major versions like 5.6 and 5.5. How to disable the auto-updates opt-in feature that was added in WordPress 5.5 for plugins and themes. With the last post covering how to use Statically to get some decent performance gains on your site. Useful Code Snippets for WordPress 5.6 https://mainwp.com/useful-code-snippets-for-wordpress-5-6/ How to Disable Major WordPress Core Updates in WordPress 5.6 https://mainwp.com/how-to-disable-major-wordpress-core-updates-in-wordpress-5-6/ Handy

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