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Todd Jones

Random thoughts, end of May, and here comes Summer

When summer comes, the heat turns up, and often, we find fun things to do. What are you doing that’s fun this summer? So, as we exit the month of May, let’s pause a moment to collect or random thoughts. Or, at least my random thoughts. New places to go I visited the WP Feedback Summit a few weeks back. In doing so, I met some new (to me) people. A couple of people I met were  Kristina Romero of GoWP and Donata Kalnenaite of Termageddon.  These new places have led to new relationships. I have joined the go GoWP Niche

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Todd Jones

Colleen Gratzer wants to help you make sure you are compliant for website accessibility

Ever been to an outdated government website? I have. It’s frustrating. Perhaps the website isn’t responsive or built on tables (yikes!). Even worse, it may not adhere to any accessibility standards. We simply can’t ignore or take lightly the idea of accessibility in website design. That’s one reason I brought Colleen Gratzer in to discuss the subject more. You may have heard about the Domino’s lawsuit regarding accessibility. “Guillermo Robles, who is blind, has tried to order a custom pizza from Domino’s at least twice in recent years, using the company’s website and mobile app. “He says despite using screen

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

How MainWP is Different than the cPanel WordPress Manager

cPanel offers a very basic WordPress manager for being able to in a limited form create or manage your existing WordPress sites within cPanel. The WordPress manager provided by cPanel will allow you to be able to list the WordPress sites that exist on your cPanel account. Features that the WordPress manager in cPanel offers is to manage the existing sites on your cPanel account. The basic setting options which display within the WordPress Manager will be the site URL, how much disk usage is being used for that site, and the version of WordPress core that is installed on

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Todd Jones

Q&A with Colleen Gratzer designer, developer & accessibility expert

Accessibility. Two things to note. First, I have a hard time spelling it. What about you? Second, I am woefully inadequate to talk about the topic. Almost four years ago, I posted two articles on MainWP about accessibility. In the conclusion of the second article, I wrote, To make your website Accessibility-ready, you will still have to do your part. Remember, part of making a site Web Accessible is following best practices with your content which exist aside from your theme. I think this remains true. I know very little more than I knew then. So, this time I put

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Todd Jones

6 Things I learned from starting a Youtube Show

My friend Davinder had been after me for a while to start a podcast. He even had me on his podcast. In the past couple of years, I frequented a handful and discovered I didn’t mind talking about things I like and know something about. A couple of those podcasts actually recorded a video. I’m a handsome man, so they worked out pretty well ;). When it came time for me to create a podcast, I decided just to do a video show. After all, I wanted to populate my Youtube channel, and I thought this would be a great

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

How to Disable Automatic Plugin and Theme Updates on your Child Sites

In WordPress 5.5 which is on track to be released in August of this year, there will be a new feature for automatic plugin and theme updates. Currently, the featured plugin is not merged into WordPress core but is on track to be merged for the WordPress 5.5 release. Automatic updates for plugins and themes feature will do anything by default since it is a manual opt-in from the plugin list screen on a site. Since you are already using MainWP to deal with plugin and theme updates on all connected child sites then to stop clients from setting plugins

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Sebastian Moran

Using NitroPack to Optimize Your Child Site Performance

NitroPack is a service with an integration plugin for WordPress which will improve your site’s load times. NitroPack has a number of pricing plans you can start with a free plan which includes up to 500MB of resources storage and up to 200 page optimizations per month. If you go up a plan to the $19 per month priced plan it includes 1GB of resources storage and up to 20,000 page optimizations per month. After you have installed and activated the NitroPack plugin on your child site it will add a sub-menu settings item; Settings > NitroPack In order to

The Setlist
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Todd Jones

May Setlist: Musings about life and a roundup

My friend Chanti sends out an email every Sunday. She calls it the Sunday Setlist. I love it because I love music. A setlist is, of course, the queue of songs that a musician uses to remind them what songs they will perform. Perhaps we could use a little more music these days. Therefore, today this article will contain a setlist of sorts.  Now, me being a product of the 80s, that tends to be the type of music I love. What is your favorite decade of music? Why You Need a Privacy Policy If You Are Using a Contact

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Sebastian Moran

Using the Sparkle plugin for Easy Post Revision and Spam Comment Cleanup

Being able to easily delete auto-draft posts, post revisions, spam comments, trashed comments can be a pain to be able to remove that bloat out of your child sites database. There is a very simple plugin that can easily help in deleting that bloat out of your database and it is called Sparkle. After you have installed and activated the Sparkle plugin it will add a sub-menu item into the Settings menu in wp-admin; Settings > Sparkle The setting page for Sparkle will show how many auto-draft posts, draft posts, spam comments, and trashed comments that are in the sites

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3 Tips to help you write less boring content

Over 4.8M blog posts were published today. That is according to Internet Live Stats. Why are readers going to read your content? There is so much competition in the market that you can’t afford to have content that fails to deliver. You need to move beyond yawn inspiring blog posts. Today, I am going to give you three tips to help you write less boring content. Do your own thing A while back, I did a video where I talked about why it is a bad idea to steal content. In essence, people are copying how everyone else creates content

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