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WordPress Business
Todd Jones

MainWP Features: Are you using these (newish) features?

Have you ever been caught off guard with a domain renewal? If you haven’t, has your client? We don’t think about domain renewals that much, perhaps once a year. And if we decide to renew for several years, we certainly don’t think about that domain again for a long time! Once we realize there is a renewal, then there becomes a mad scramble to get it renewed before there is “Downtime” for a client’s website. One of the nicest new features in the MainWP Dashboard is the Domain Monitor. The Domain Monitor made an appearance about a year ago and

WordPress Security Roundtable
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

WordPress Security Roundtable: Using backups and updates to keep sites secure

We are back with your WordPress Security Experts Roundtable. In this article, we will discuss backups and updates of your WordPress website. Remember, our first article with our WordPress Security Expert was “Preventing compromises for your WordPress website.” How often should I update? What should my process be to test after updates? Update a few sites first before updating them all? What is your advice?  According to our experts, here are 6 important things to remember: Security updates ASAP. Automation to check sites. Update busy and problem sites first. Keep and test your updates. Use a staging site to update

WordPress Security Roundtable
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

WordPress Security Roundtable: Preventing compromises for your WordPress website

Over the next few weeks, we will engage a group of WordPress security experts in the WordPress space.  They will help us sort through good and best practices.  Our roundtable includes Robert Rowley of Patchstack, Chris Bourne of Website Managed and MainWP customer, Kathy Zant of Stellar WP, Edward O’Rourke of Jupiter Media, also a MainWP customer, and Erika Vainoras of Hostinger. We will discuss different areas of security, including plugins, hosts, updates, ecommerce, and preventing compromise.  Our Roundtable WordPress Security Experts Robert Rowley, Patchstack www.patchstack.com “Robert is the Security Advocate for Patchstack and carries with him 2 decades of

MainWP Roundup
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

January MainWP Roundup: WordPress themes and plugins

It is a new year and we will find new topics to chat about. This month’s MainWP Roundup includes WordPress plugins and themes, categorization of plugins and themes, healthcare data breaches and a few more. Get ready to ride ya’ll. The Most Popular WordPress Plugins Released in 2022 on WordPress.org Read the Article End of the year means we spend time looking at data and such. I Love WP does just that when it comes to WordPress plugins. Dumitru Brinzan pulled data from the repository to find the top plugins released in 2022. The data is from December 1st 2021

Christmas movies that make us smile
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

So this is Christmas and the movies we love

Every year during this time, I like to do something fun for the MainWP Blog. I did a parody of ‘Twas Night Before Christmas a couple years ago. Last year we did a Q&A with Santa. This year, I decided to talk about Christmas movies. So, in preparation, I peeked my head inside the MainWP Users Facebook Group and asked a question while hoping Ivica didn’t ban me. With that, I will tell you about the movies they mentioned and toss in some of my favorite holiday songs. Fred Claus the Movie One of our members mentioned this movie. I’ll

WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Web Care Survey 2022: The Results

Last year, I got the idea of running a Web Care Survey. Web Care Consultants are an invaluable part of the WordPress community. WordPress websites need someone to take care of them. MainWP is one of the top providers of Web Care tools and we have a whole community of Web Care Consultants. So I thought I would run a survey. In 2021, we received 131 submissions. This year, I was really hoping to double that. If not double, I really hoped to have 200 responses. See the results of the 2021 survey here. Unfortunately, we did not get 200

mainwp q&a articles 2022
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Recap 2022 MainWP Blog: The Q&A Articles

In June 2016 (yikes!), I wrote my first article for MainWP. It has been quite a ride. I have enjoyed it and enjoy the freedom to write articles I like to write. One of those types of articles are Q&A articles. I first learned to write these when I was a Startup & Tech writer for a statewide publication in Arkansas. I took the idea and created my own spin on it and I can often be found calling them a podcast interview in text. They are fun. I get to interview interesting people and showcase makers in the WordPress

toolbox
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

November Toolbox: Your year-end evaluations can generate extra revenue

In this month’s Toolbox, we are going to talk about how you can help your clients and generate extra revenue. Gather around friends. I’m going to help you earn money during the month of December. December is typically a slow month for many people in the WordPress Web Care business. You likely aren’t building any new websites and you are spending most of your time taking care of your client websites using MainWP. But I have an idea. You can sell your client on an end-of-year evaluation of their websites to help them find improvement for the next year. If

Q&A Kathy Zant
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Q&A with Kathy Zant Director of Marketing at StellarWP

In this month’s Q&A, we visit with Kathy Zant, a long time geek who started creating websites with Active Server Pages. Kathy is the Director of Marketing at StellarWP. When she isn’t wrangling WordPress products, she loves hanging out with her husband, her dog, and fosters kittens. What is your WordPress origin story? I actually started developing data-driven sites before it was cool to do so. Active Server Pages and SQL Server, but moved to PHP/MySQL around 2000 for my personal projects. It was even before PHPMyAdmin had to do everything on the command line. WordPress used the same PHP

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