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WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Should you have Black Friday Deals for your product or service?

Black Friday goes back a long way. As a kid, almost 40 years ago, I don’t remember it being a thing. At least not in the small town in Arkansas where I lived. Mostly my mom went back to work on Friday after Thanksgiving. My dad usually stayed home. We didn’t have school. The idea of shopping for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving (in America) dates back to the 1950s and 60s. Apparently, the police in Philadelphia used the term to refer to the large crowds on that day. Later it became associated with the fact that retailers were said

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using the ImageKit Service on your Child Sites For Faster Site Images

If you are looking for an alternative option for being able to serve images in the correct optimized image format for customers then ImageKit is worth checking out. ImageKit includes automatic image optimization, will work with a number of external object storage options such as AWS S3, Digital Ocean Spaces, Google Cloud Storage, and Firebase. ImageKit uses AWS Cloudfront as the built-in global fast CDN for serving out site images. Imagekit will also integrate with a number of CDN providers such as Azure, Fastly, and Google CDN. First, you will need to signup for an ImageKit account on their site.

Janessa Tran
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Q&A with Marketing And Public Relations Manager for eLightUp’s Janessa Tran

Janessa Tran is the marketing manager for eLightUp, which is the company developed MetaBox and GretaThemes. Today we catch up with Janessa Tran and learn more about her job at eLightUp. During this Q&A, we learn that Janessa is a mother of two adorable daughters, previously worked in advertisement, where she spends most of her time for her job, her love of cooking, and the predestined relationship she has with her husband. How did you get started with WordPress? Actually, I didn’t start with WordPress right from the beginning. Previously, I worked for another advertisement company and switched to eLightUp

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using a plugin to help serve WebP Images on your site

Having a fast site which serves the smallest sized optimized images is something that everyone wants. We have already covered options within the ShortPixel CDN and if using the Polish feature in the Cloudflare CDN. We are going to cover two other plugin options to be able to serve site images in the next-gen WebP image format. The first plugin that we are going to cover is the WebP Express plugin. After you have installed and activated the plugin you can access the settings from; Settings > WebP Express The operation mode by default will be set to be varied

The MainWP Roundup
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

October Roundup: What kinds of things are we about to see change with Automattic, PHP & EIG?

In today’s roundup, we discuss EIG, a major PHP update, and if Automattic is going to IPO. Buckle in, let’s ride. EIG acquisitions lead to its own acquisition Everyone has an EIG story. EIG, of course, is the acronym for Endurance International Group. They have a portfolio of some of the worst-rated hosts around the globe. Think BlueHost. You can see all of those brands at this link. Over the years, they have acquired dozens of hosts, many of which were very popular before the acquisition. In fact, Review Signal documents the decline of Site5 in this article. The article

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

How to Disable Major WordPress Core Updates in WordPress 5.6

WordPress 5.6 which is on track to be released on the 8th December includes a new opt-in feature for major WordPress core auto-updates. There is a filter that will be added in WordPress 5.6 which means that the auto-updates feature can be disabled using a code snippet. MainWP offers a solid extension that allows code snippets to be executed on all connected child sites. add_filter( ‘allow_major_auto_core_updates’, ‘_return_false’ ); If you want to keep the UI but not have it checked by default then you can use this constant in the sites wp-config.php. This would mean that auto-updates for WordPress core

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Minimal Clean Theme Options for your Child Sites

Being able to find new theme options that are not bloated and are performance-based can be a struggle to have to look through which works well. One of the newer themes is Blocksy which is performance-focused. The Blocksy theme works with page builders like Beaver Builder, Elementor, and the block editor in WordPress core. Blocksy has a child theme which can be installed, along with a companion plugin which extends the feature of the Blocksy theme. The theme includes a number of built-in performance options such as dynamic CSS output, lazy loading, and being able to disable emojis. One of

Featured Image: automation courses
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Five automation courses that will help you put your business on auto-pilot

What business task do you repeat each week? Are they pretty benign? I know that you are already using a MainWP dashboard to update your websites, so you know the value of automating as much as you can for the benefit of your business. What if you could take advantage of other systems? What about systems to help with email marketing and lead nurturing? What about systems to help with your project management and internal company organization? Would that help your business in 2021? Today we will take a quick look at five automation courses that will help your company

Holiday Season
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

3 tactics to help you harness the holiday season for your website agency

When the end of the year, we have all kinds of feel goods. By the time it arrives, we have watched two months of Hallmark Christmas movies. Or maybe other kinds of Christmas movies. Once the dishes are washed on Thanksgiving Day, there is a mad rush to move on to the Holiday shopping season. For decades now, we have had the infamous Black Friday sales. Just in the last few years, we have noticed Cyber Monday. That’s not enough, and we now have a Small Business Saturday (United States) and Giving Tuesday. So many organizations and businesses hop on

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using Plausible Analytics on your Child Sites

If you are looking for a privacy-focused, lightweight, and simple web analytics solution for your child sites, then I would recommend looking at using Plausible Analytics. Plausible Analytics script is only 1KB in size which means it will not slow your site down by having to load a number of scripts on load like a number of other analytics solutions like say Google Analytics. You can sign up for a free 30 day trial that does not require a credit card and then if you decide that Plausible Analytics is the right solution for your site then the pricing starts

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