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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

getting the most out of checklists
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

Prioritize Multiple Projects
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

Testing WooCommerce Updates
MainWP How To's
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

Setting Clear Expectations on Client Projects
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

Alpha state of consciousness
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

How to use Action Log for MainWP
Extension Tutorials
Sebastian Moran

Using the Activity Log for MainWP Extension

MainWP now has a very useful way to track changes made on both the MainWP Dashboard site, as well as tracking changes to connected child sites using Activity Log for MainWP extension. First, you will need to install the WP Activity Log plugin on all of the connected child sites, which is very easy to bulk install plugins on your MainWP Dashboard site. Next, you will need to install the Activity Log for MainWP extension on your MainWP Dashboard site. Once the Activity Log for MainWP extension has been installed, follow the setup wizard for which child sites where WP

Protecting Child Sites From XML-RPC Brute Force Attacks
MainWP How To's
Sebastian Moran

Protecting Child Sites From XML-RPC Brute Force Attacks

WordPress in its core has a function called XML-RPC, which a limited number of plugins still use like Jetpack. More plugins used to use it when the only method would have been to use the XML-RPC. Most plugins now use the WordPress REST API to connect to a site to pull data from it, by either read or write access. XML-RPC is still targeted for brute force attacks on WordPress sites. A number of CDNs like Cloudflare and Sucuri will protect XML-RPC by default. Cloudflare even offers an easy way to redirect XML-RPC to the home page of a site

Cut Cellphone Usage
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Is it Time to Cut Your Cellphone Usage in Half?

You might think of a demonic garden gnome when you hear the word “nomophobia.” Rest assured, your little statue of Gnome Elvis has nothing to do with it. Nomophobia is the fear of being without your cellphone or a mobile device, and it is real. Psychology Today published a post a year ago which covered the reasons why using your cellphone or mobile device without health limits can cause life, health, and relationship issues. Set Rules and Create Boundaries Try the experiment of deleting select Social Media apps on your cellphone or mobile device (e.g., deleting Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).

Blowing the Bloody Doors Off!
MainWP Updates
Sebastian Moran

Blowing the Bloody Doors Off!

Screen acting legend and all round top dude Michael Caine recently published a new book, which includes many amazing life lessons. The lessons can be applied to WordPress, clients and client projects. Using the Difficulty During a negative situation, “Using the Difficulty” is when you look hard, and find something positive within the problem. For example, if a client project did not quite work out the way you intended it to, take the positive elements from it and learn what did go well and how those lessons learned can be applied for future projects. If you make a mistake, learn

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