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WordPress 6.0 - Arturo
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Some Useful Features in WordPress 6.0 “Arturo”

As you all know, WordPress 6.0 “Arturo” has been released with many improvements and new features. This is a perfect time to test it on a staging site before updating your production sites. You can use the MainWP WordPress staging extension to create a staging site for your Child Site(s). After updating your staging site to WordPress 6.0, head over to the Dashboard > Home, and you will see a screen as below: Export & Import Block-based Theme If you are using a block-based theme, you can now export the complete theme with all of the template changes made using

toolbox
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

May Toolbox: Accessibility checker, helpdesk, a QR code generator, and more

In this month’s toolbox, we look at tools for social link pages, local WordPress development, a help desk, an accessibility checker, a tool to create QR codes, and a plugin to add Google fonts locally. Are you ready? Let’s ride. Social Link Pages Social Link Pages While the rest of the world uses a service like Linktree, those of us in WordPress have lots of alternatives to create a social page. Social Link Pages is one of those alternatives. A while back, I used a Gutenberg pattern to create such a page, but this is a nice, quick and easy

Code Snippets WordPress 6.0
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Useful Code Snippets for WordPress 6.0

The WordPress 6.0, scheduled to be released on May 24th, 2022, will include several feature improvements. Disable “Lock Blocks” in WordPress 6.0 When editing content using the block editor, a new UI element allows blocks to be locked to prevent changes from being made on a site, but there is a setting that can be used to disable block locking by user role, specific users, or globally. To disable block locking globally on posts and pages then, you can use the following code snippet; add_filter(     ‘block_editor_settings_all’,     function( $settings, $context ) {                  // Disable for posts/pages.         if ( $context->post &&

Q&A with Rene Morozowich
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Q&A with developer and WordPress expert Rene Morozowich

A few months ago I was doing some research looking for newer articles on MainWP. That’s when I came across an article by Rene Morozowich. The article is Why (And How) I Switched From ManageWP To MainWP. The article was dated February 4 of 2022, so it was definitely new. In the article, Rene does a great job of documenting her journey from using her previous vendor to joining the MainWP family. She noted the difference in price and how she could save lots of money each month for her 50 websites. Before switching, she took MainWP for a test

Lazy Loading Images WordPress Plugins
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Two Useful Plugins to Lazy Load Images on WordPress

Lazy loading images can help improve a site’s front-end load times for visitors. WordPress had native lazy loading for site images added in version 5.0 and was enhanced in version 5.9 at the end of 2021. Besides the support for native lazy loading images, there are several solid WordPress plugins that will allow you to lazy load images on your site. 1. Flying Images Flying Images has been covered before in other articles, but besides allowing images to lazy load, it will automatically serve site images from Statically CDN. The plugin also includes on-the-fly image conversion and WebP image conversion. The

May roundup
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

May Roundup: How to ask Google remove your personal information?

How do you remove personal information from Google? That is one of the topics we discuss in this May Roundup.  We also take a look at an app to create a Gutenberg page using patterns, recent controversies, and a few upcoming events. Saddle up. Let’s ride. How to Ask Google to Remove Your Personal Data From Search Results Privacy. It is something we are all concerned about in the age of digital. And Google, being the most powerful search engine on the planet (not sure about the universe) is likely to pick up some of that information. Ugh. So it

Download Monitor WordPress Plugin
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Useful Code Snippets for the Download Monitor Plugin for WordPress

If you use the Download Monitor plugin on your site to manage downloads and uploads, you can control its options using code snippets. Download Monitor WordPress Plugin The Download Monitor WordPress plugin supports multiple versions of the same file, as well as being able to insert downloads into posts, log and track downloads and for being able to sell downloads on your site. To disable the force download, use this code snippet; add_filter( ‘dlm_do_not_force’, ‘__return_true’ ); By default, the Download Monitor plugin for WordPress will redirect empty downloads to the site’s homepage. To disable the empty redirects for download, use

EU-US Data Transfer Agreement
Privacy
Donata Stroink-Skillrud

EU – US Data Transfer Agreement: What We Know So Far

There are a few hot topics such as hefty fines, Google, Facebook, and new laws such as Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA) that usually take the limelight when it comes to privacy. One privacy concern that has captured the interest of privacy professionals, business owners, and news outlets lately is the new data transfer agreement that would provide a mechanism for personal data to be transferred from the European Union (EU) to the United States (US). While this agreement is still in its infancy stage, it will significantly impact how companies manage privacy and data transfers, and thus it

Patchstack - WordPress Security Plugin
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using Patchstack Security on Your WordPress Website

Keeping a track of which plugins and themes have vulnerabilities on sites can be a pain to have to deal with. WordPress plugins and themes are responsible for up to 90% of all WordPress vulnerabilities. Patchstack WordPress Plugin Patchstack (previously WebARX) launched a WordPress plugin and a free plan containing features such as; Component Detection Vulnerability Monitoring Real-time Threat Alerts Actionable Suggestions After you have installed and activated the Patchstack plugin, it will add a new sub-menu item to; Settings > Security In order to use the plugin, you will need to create an account with Patchstack and then copy

copywriting
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

So, you need copywriting? What now? 4 questions to ask.

It seems like more often than at any point in the past few years, I see agency owners frustrated with the whole content issue. They regularly struggle to get content from their clients for website projects. That is one reason I created the Website Copy Framework. There are two things you need to realize when it comes to content. First, clients will always underestimate the difficulty and scope of writing their own content. They always will. They will find it harder than they expect it to be for several reasons, including it is simply hard to write about your own

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