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Q&A with Carrie dils
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Q&A with WordPress expert Carrie Dils

One morning, when I lived in Fort Worth, TX, I was going to work. It was sometime in the late 2000s, maybe in 2008. I needed coffee. The powers to be had built a Starbucks on my way to work, so I swung by for a quick cup of joe. When I walked in, this young lady, one of the baristas, was singing. I called her the “Singing Barista.” She had a fun, energetic personality. A few years later, I relocated to Arkansas, my home state. I began to delve even more into the WordPress arena. I began using the

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Speed Up Your Child Site using the WP Performance Plugin

Options are important when it comes to having plugin options to easily improve the front-end load times of your child sites. It’s also worth knowing which ones work well. One such option is a plugin called WP Performance. After the plugin has been installed and activated, it will add a new admin menu called; WP Performance Plugin tab for settings are broken down as; CACHE CSS JAVASCRIPT IMAGES DATABASE CDN SETTINGS ADD-ONS In the cache settings, you can set cache to automatically clear. If your site does not have content which only changes daily, then setting clear cache after 24

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

How to use My WP Customize Admin Plugin on your Child Site

An easy way to clean up wp-admin and remove certain parts from not showing on child sites when clients need to login can be a pain to take care of. But there is an easy to use plugin which will allow you to customize a number of things from not showing in wp-admin. First, you will need to install and active the plugin My WP Customize Admin/Frontend. The plugin when activated will add a new admin menu called; My WP To edit admin for the site go to; My WP > Admin > General You can set notification from showing

WP Agency Summit
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Jan Koch launches the WP Agency Summit to help agency owners scale their business

It’s that time of year. The time of year where we tend to lose focus, and we start to lose motivation to do work. For those of us in the United States, we are stuffed. We will now give ourselves permission to listen to Christmas music and think about the parties that come with the holidays. Before you give up all hope to work, don’t forget we still have a month left! And today, I am going to offer up some events you need to mark on your calendar, including the WP Agency Summit. So, saddle up, my friend. Let’s

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using the weMail Plugin for Sending Out Newsletters

There are a number of email marketing options that you can use for sending out a newsletter to your customers who have opted in on the site. One of the most recent self-hosted options for email marketing for your site is weMail plugin from weDevs. After you have installed and activated the plugin on your site it will add a new admin menu called weMail. The first time you use weMail plugin it will guide you through a setup wizard which can walk-through or you can skip the setup wizard and go through the different parts of the plugin settings. weMail

Welcome Keith Crain
MainWP News
Dennis Dornon

Keith Crain joins the MainWP support staff!

We take support very seriously, and it’s not too often we allow someone new to interact with MainWP users directly. If fact, we take working with MainWP users so seriously that it’s been over three years since we hired our last direct response person, Sanja Tosanovic. Some of you may have already interacted with Keith as we both ran each other through a trial to be sure it was a good fit. Keith’s stats show him handling over 220 responses with 100% resolution, with less than a 1 hour average response time, in just less than a month. Those are

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using Zeus WordPress Admin Plugin to cleanup Admin Menus on your Child Site

The wp-admin can be a mess, due to the number of admin menus plugins will add, as well as certain menus and settings you may not want clients to view.   One easy way to clean up wp-admin admin menus is to install the Zenu Admin Theme plugin. After you have installed the plugin on the needed connected child sites, you can then edit which menu items will show from; Settings > Hide Menu You can select which menu items you want to hide. Select that menu item, and then hit the save button. Other handy features that Zeus Admin

Thankful
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Thanksgiving: 7 WordPress entrepreneurs share what they are thankful for

It can be hard to be thankful when you are looking at other people. I mean, think about it. When you are looking at social media posts, and you see how people sell their success, it can cause you to feel left behind. Laura Belgray talks about this is the sentiment in an article at Business Insider. “It’s easy to feel behind when you scroll Instagram and see teenage influencers raking in billions from lip gloss, or overhear 20-something tech kids in line at Starbucks, talking about their Tesla collections and early retirements.” The article by Belgray was published earlier

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using the Koko Analytics Plugin on your Sites

If you need an analytics solution for your site that does not cause performance issues and is self-hosted there is a new plugin called Koko Analytics. Some cool things about Koko Analytics it will deal with thousands of site visitors as well as sudden bursts of higher traffic levels, it works with page served from page caching plugins and is GDPR compliant by design. After the plugin has been installed and active on the site it will add a menu item to; Dashboard > Analytics From the Analytics settings, the default will be to go to the settings where you

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using RunCloud to Host Your Sites using Vultr

Hosting sites can always be hard in knowing which host to use and then how well that host manager or control panel will work. RunCloud is a control panel that you can use on your own servers it works with Vultr, Digital Ocean, UpCloud and Linode to name a few. RunCloud also gives you easy control over your own servers. In this case, we would recommend using RunCloud with Vultr. Unlike say Cloudways where the Vultr server is wrapped into the cost of using Cloudways, RunCloud lets you use your own servers. First, you will need to signup for a

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