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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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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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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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Sebastian Moran

Using Statically CDN for Performance Gains

If you are looking for a free solid CDN option for your child sites then one of the best options out there is Statically. Statically is powered by Fastly, Cloudflare, BunnyCDN, CDN77 which means it has a higher number of PoPs that will be serving the site assets. Statically now has a plugin for WordPress which is very easy to setup. After you have installed and activated the Statically plugin you will need to go ahead and add your email address, site URL and then you will be able to generate an API key for the plugin. The plugin settings

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Using the PhastPress Plugin to Improve Site Performance

If you are looking for a very lightweight plugin to help improve your site performance. The PhastPress plugin is worth taking the time to check out. After you have installed and activated the plugin it will add a new sub-menu under settings in wp-admin; Settings > PhastPress The PhastPress plugin settings are broken down into plugin, Images and HTML, CSS and JS. The plugin includes image optimization using a free image optimization service API, being able to inline critical CSS, load all JS script asynchronously. You can also minify HTML, defer iframe loading by being able to lazy load them.

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Using Flying Images Plugin to Improve Image Loading Time on Child Sites

Flying Images is a fairly recent plugin which by default will enable a lot of image-based gains for your child site. After you have installed and activated the plugin it will add a new sub-menu item under settings in wp-admin; Settings > Flying Images The tabs it will add are broken down as the following; Lazy load CDN Responsive Compression WebP The default lazy loading enabled is native and JavaScript. Native is only for supported browsers like Google Chrome at the moment. JavaScript will work in all browsers. The CDN which Flying Images provides at no cost is Statically.  Statically

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Jetpack Plugin Database Cleanup on Sites Where the Plugin Has been Uninstalled

Jetpack is a well-used plugin on a number of sites and has over 5+ million active installs. But will all modules active it can cause extra requests on load as well as adding a number of extra external requests on load. When you uninstall the Jetpack plugin it will not remove any of the 108 created options that will be left in your sites options database table. You can search for the option_name which matches the following option name patterns; _transient_jetpack% _transient_timeout_jetpack_% jetpack_% Once you can then select the option names that match then select those options to be deleted.

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