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Technology Behind Google Duplex AI
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

The Technology Behind Google Duplex AI

Google Duplex was revealed last year. It is a new technology for conducting natural conversations to carry out ‘real world’ tasks over the phone. The most fascinating example of what Google Duplex can be used for is Google Assistant on certain Google devices, like Pixel. All Android and iOS devices will be able to use Google Assistant to book a restaurant. You will need to simply tell Google Assistant which restaurant to call and book a table at, how many people, and the date and time, then Google Assistant will take care of the rest. You’ll also receive a confirmation

WordPress Business
Sebastian Moran

How Does WordPress Fit into the Open Web

WordPress makes it easy to create different types of sites, as well as powering over one-third of the top 10 million sites, based on current data. The web just turned the grand old age of 30, which now means that the web is over 30 years old. So how does WordPress fit into the open web? The open web is termed as being open and accessible for all people. The Open Web Foundation, which is an independent non-profit organization, is dedicated to the development and protection of open, non-proprietary specifications for web technologies. The World Wide Web Foundation, which was

Plugin Feature Updates Gone Wrong
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Plugin Feature Updates Gone Wrong! Part Deux

WooCommerce is used to power very high-level e-commerce stores which use WordPress. It currently has over 4+ million active installs. WooCommerce has an upcoming release planned for April 11th, 2019, version 3.6. The new version will include a number of performance changes, which will help when used on your child site for e-commerce. One of the changes you can test in the most recent first release candidate is for showing extension suggestions in various places in wp-admin. The suggestion extension recommends notification can be disabled after a couple of clicks, but the same issue will happen the following month. By default, there is no

Plugin Feature Updates Gone Wrong
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Plugin Feature Updates Gone Wrong

Two major, well-known WordPress plugins have recently implemented certain changes which have not gone down well with the WordPress community. Jetpack in version 7.1, made a change with Jetpack active when you go to /wp-admin/ Plugins > Add New If a Jetpack module has similar features to the plugin keyword you are searching for, the first result will be the Jetpack module. The Jetpack PR shows the original proof of concept of the plugin suggestion feature. If you already have Jetpack active, then you would use a module which is already available in Jetpack, instead of installing another plugin. The

Is WordPress Multisite a Waste of Time
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Why Multisite is a Waste of Time

If you use MainWP for managing your child sites, you already have a way to update plugins, themes, and push different code changes to those sites without having to deal with multisite performance issues. Multisite allows many subsites to share common plugins and themes. In addition, all sites will end up sharing the same database and server resources. The downside to sharing database and server resources will be explained later. Multisite only database tables wp_site wp_sitemeta wp_blogs wp_blogmeta – New added in WordPress 5.1 wp_blog_versions wp_signups wp_registration_log Global database tables shared over all subsites wp_users wp_usermeta Whilst each subsite will

Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Better Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

REM and non-REM sleep play an important, ongoing role in both physical and cognitive development. A person goes through 4 or 5 sleep cycles throughout sleep, which involve gradual descent into deeper stages. Each stage takes around 90 minutes. Most people are familiar with the movie, “Inception,” and how in the person (or “architect’s”) dream, they delved deeper and deeper into dreams within dreams. The first stage is called slow-wave REM sleep, or the emergent stage, and marks a new sleep cycle. In stages 2, 3, and 4 (what are referred to as slow-wave sleep because of the slow EEG

Social Warfare Plugin Vulnerability
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Social Warfare Plugin Vulnerability Temp Deactivate Now

If you are using the Social Warfare plugin on any child sites (including the pro version of the plugin), deactivate the plugin on any child sites and wait for an update to be released. Wordfence has more about the issue in the plugin, which states that it is a stored Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability.  Sucuri also put out a post about the specific issue. Wordfence has updated the original post to include more information about the attack and what exactly was happening. The plugins downloads have been temporarily closed at WordPress.org. The only other information about the issue is that

Easy WP SMTP Plugin Vulnerability Update Immediately
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Easy WP SMTP Plugin Vulnerability Update Immediately

If you are using the plugin Easy WP SMTP for sending site emails using SMTP, make sure that you update to version 1.3.9.1. Do not delay updating any of your child sites, as using the unfixed version of the plugin gives your child site a high chance of being hacked. For more information about the critical zero-day vulnerability issue in Easy WP SMTP plugin, you can read this post. WPScan also has more information. The hack will take the form of an admin user being created, due to a vulnerability in the older unpatched version of the plugin. The siteurl

Which WordPress Core Files are Safe to Delete
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Which WordPress Core Files are Safe to Delete

When installed, WordPress will add a number of files which can be safely deleted on any of your child sites. The first of those files is readme.html, which is an information HTML file as part of the famous 5-minute install of WordPress manually. The second of those files is wp-config-sample.php, which is an example of the wp-config.php file, which contains all the site’s database credentials and its salts, along with any constants being used. Remember not to delete the wp-config.php file in the html folder of your site server. This will cause the site not to load, as the database

Move to MainWP
Conversion
Sebastian Moran

How to Convert from iThemes Sync to MainWP for your Sites

iThemes Sync is a Software as a service (SaaS) for managing multiple WordPress sites. MainWP is not SaaS-based and it will never be. It is very easy to change over from iThemes Sync 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 setup wizard.  Once you have set up the MainWP Dashboard

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