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Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using the FluentSMTP Plugin for Reliable Site Emails

Having reliable site emails is something that can be a major pain to deal with. Luckily there is a new plugin from the makers of FluentCRM and FluentForms. The new plugin is called FluentSMTP and using the plugin will fix the issue of having reliable site emails. After installing and activating the FluentSMTP plugin it will add a new sub-menu item; Settings > FluentSMTP FluentSMTP includes integrations with a wide range of transactional email providers such as SendGrid, Sendinblue, SparkPost, Mailgun, Amazon SES, or Pepipost. The FluentSMTP plugin includes a wide range of features such as email routing and email

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using the Kadence Theme and Kadence Blocks Plugin on Your Site

Clean theme options are really useful when you dealing with changing a theme on an existing site or using a clean theme for a new site build for a client. One of the more recent clean themes is Kadence. The free version of the Kadence theme includes a huge range of features, whilst the premium version addon for the Kadence theme expands on those features with even more options. Some of the Kadence Pro addon features include header addon, hooked elements, ultimate menu, fixed elements, header/footer scripts as well as WooCommerce addon. Kadence features can all be controlled using the

Featured Image: WordFest 2021 Info
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Learning more about WordFest and how you can participate

In today’s article, we will learn more about the upcoming WordFest conference and how you can participate. We will get all the information from Cate DeRosia and Michelle Frechette, volunteers with the Big Orange Heart who is hosting the conference. You can learn more about the conference on the event’s website: www.wordfest.live. Life needed a party. Big Orange Heart, as a mental health and well-being charity for remote workers, has seen the struggles not just in the WordPress community, but across the globe. Cate DeRosia How did the idea for WordFest begin?  Michelle: It started as a conversation in October

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Easy Lazy-loading Plugin Options for Your Sites

Lazy-loading site images are one of the easiest ways to improve the perceived site load times as well as improving the customers’ or users’ experience on the site. WordPress added a lazy-loading feature enabled by default in the 5.5 release. There are a number of solid plugin options for WordPress and those plugins include additional features like image optimization and free CDN integration. Optimole is a plugin and service that we have covered before but it does cover lazy-loading. The Lazy Loader plugin includes a number of lazy loading options for image and video assets on your site. After you

world of wordpress
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

World of WordPress: Is Automattic competing with WordPress consultants and designers?

No doubt, the week’s topic in the WordPress community was the new Website Builder launched by Automattic, aka WordPress.com. Reactions came swiftly from people all over the internet. WordPress.com, or Automattic, is now competing with small WordPress agencies. Or are they? Much was made about the fact they will build a website and do it for $4900. For some people, the $4900 price tag was welcomed because it gives some kind of minimum price point. Others just felt like Automattic will put WordPress consultants out of work. Sarah Gooding has a nice summary of the reactions, “Initial reactions from the

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using the SecurityWP plugin on your Sites

With the new year upon us and having a forward focus in 2021 now would be a good time to look at new security plugin options for your child sites. One of the newer plugin options for a security plugin is SecurityWP. The plugin includes a number of very useful security features and a very easy to use settings UI. After you have installed and activated the SecurityWP plugin on your site it will add a new menu item to; Settings > SecurityWP You can export out the SecurityWP plugin settings and then import those in on other sites that

6 New Year Tips
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

New Year: 6 tips for 2021 and one tip you will disagree with

Another new year is here. Maybe 2020 was a disaster for you or maybe it was better than you expected. Not every year can be as smooth as Joss Stone when she sings a classic. I wish it could, but it is not. Last year, I wrote an article with a few predictions, and honestly, it turned out pretty well. But here is the secret about predictions: You have to make them general enough to come true. As we head into the year 2021 I thought I would drop a few recommendations for the year to come. Take them or

Roundup
Sebastian Moran

MainWP Most Useful Posts of 2020

With 2021 a few days away it seems about right to include some of the most useful posts over the last 12 months on the MainWP blog. Five of the most useful posts from 2020 cover subjects related to WordPress major versions like 5.6 and 5.5. How to disable the auto-updates opt-in feature that was added in WordPress 5.5 for plugins and themes. With the last post covering how to use Statically to get some decent performance gains on your site. Useful Code Snippets for WordPress 5.6 https://mainwp.com/useful-code-snippets-for-wordpress-5-6/ How to Disable Major WordPress Core Updates in WordPress 5.6 https://mainwp.com/how-to-disable-major-wordpress-core-updates-in-wordpress-5-6/ Handy

'Twas the night before Christmas - MainWP style
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – MainWP style

An ode to ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, made specifically for MainWP. The famous poem details a visit from St. Nicholas and published anonymously in 1832 according to Wikipedia. You can find the full, original lyrics here at HuffPost. I remember as a child having the book for the poem with colorful illustrations. I present to you ‘Twas the night before Christmas – MainWP style. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas ‘Twas the night before Chrismas, when all through the land, Not a website was slowing, not even for a stand, The websites were comfy, updated, and fast, Sure to keep

2020 year in review
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

A year in review, 2020: We are living in uncertain times

There is, without a doubt, an unprecedented time in 2020. Well, actually, maybe not. But, we all know that it was the most unusual year in at least 100 years. We used the words “uncertain times,” the “new normal,” Covid-19, and other buzzwords to describe this year. Coming into the year, I had the idea I would attend the first WordCamp Tulsa. My friends in the WordPress Meetup in Tulsa were preparing for the first one, and I wanted to be there to greet them. By March, we knew something was different. WordCamp Asia was canceled.  Major events across the

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