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400 articles at MainWP
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

5 things I learned writing 400 articles at MainWP and there is probably a GIF for that

Well, actually, it is 401 articles—more on that in a moment. I happened to notice this week that I had written 400 articles for MainWP. Some might call that a milestone. There are definitely a lot of articles. The MainWP articles have always been there like a good friend who never leaves. Each week, whether I feel like it or not, the article is waiting for me to write. And so I write them. A lot of things have changed in that time. It looks like the first article was in June of 2016, just about five years ago. For

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Useful Code Snippets for WordPress 5.8

WordPress 5.8 is on track to be released on the 20th of July and it contains a number of new features. You can test WordPress 5.8 using a beta version on a staging site if you want to get used to the newer version of WordPress that will be released. WordPress finally includes support for the WebP image format in version 5.8. The image quality that WordPress will use will be similar to JPG and PNG image formats which is set as 82%. In order to change the WebP image quality to 90% you can use the following code snippet.

3 sales tips
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

3 tips to improve your sales mindset as an entrepreneur

“Always be closing!”   Those are the words of Alec Baldwin’s character in the 1992 film Glengarry Glen Ross. In the film, his character, Blake, shows up to whip the salesmen in shape to be better salespeople. The promise was that management would fire all but two of the salesmen in a week. Only two will remain, the two with the top two leads and closing. So, the salesmen set off to close the most sales and often used “questionable” tactics. Most people have an image of sales being like these swindlers. People also think of slimy car salesmen. Thus,

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

How to Optimize PDF files on your Site

Image optimization services and plugins are most commonly known on which ones work well. But it is not as common to know how to optimize site assets that happen to be PDF files. When normally creating a PDF or exporting a PDF that will be uploaded on your site the file will not be optimized and depending on the images or the number of pages that the PDF file is the file could be 14-30 MB in size. PDF files like image files can be easily optimized using a service with a plugin or a site to optimize the file

June roundup
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

June Roundup: No more IE 11, StudioPress, WordCamp Europe and more

In this month’s roundup, we take a look at new StudioPress news, WordCamp Europe (next week!), changing search engines, improving your website strategy, and optimizing your WordPress site for SEO without a plugin. Saddle up, my friend. We are going riding. No more IE 11 – WordPress news Mark this down as good news. Now we can be done with Internet Explorer forever! Oh man, I struggled to make sites IE friendly several years ago. I wouldn’t say I like doing sites for anyone anymore, just myself.  This is what WordPress.org says, “Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) was released over 7

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

How to use the WP Meteor Plugin on your Site

The WP Meteor plugin is a very easy way to improve your site’s load time and it will help improve the site’s load time for site visitors. After the plugin has been installed and activated on your site it will add a new admin menu to; Settings > WP Meteor The plugin works by delaying the loading and firing of scripts until after the page is rendered. The WP Meteor plugin will help improve your Google PageSpeed score and the perceived load time for site users. The plugin will improve the following that Google Lighthouse uses to return the site

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

How to Easily Remove Images without Unregistered Sizes on your Site

When changing themes on a site it could be possible that the registered image sizes no longer exist on your site. This can mean that there might be image size files that exist in your site’s media library that should not exist and those images can be deleted from the media library. The easy-to-use plugin solution would be the Image Regenerate & Select Crop plugin. After you have installed and activated the plugin you will need to go to the new admin menu item it adds; Image Regenerate & Select Crop > General Settings You can then click on the

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

How to Delete all Transients in your Sites Database

WordPress uses transients for storing cached short-term data in a sites database within the options database table. Depending on the set of plugins you are using in your plugin stack those plugins can end up bloating your options database table and those transients might not expire correctly. You can check to see how many transients are being stored in your options database table by using phpMyAdmin and then searching for the following option name from the options database table; _transient_% This will return all of the options that are transients which will give you an idea of the number of

toolbox
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

The May Toolbox: A little CSS magic, an Instagram Uploader and a brand new WordPress plugin

When I grew up in rural Arkansas, we went fishing a lot, especially when we stayed with my grandpa on his farm for a week. One of the things you absolutely had to have when fishing is a tackle box. In that box, you have necessary things like lures, extra hooks, and more. As digital marketers, we have to have a toolbox. Each month, we take the time to talk about what goes in our tackle box or our toolbox. In today’s May Toolbox, we will look at how to use CSS magic, a new (to me) screencasting app, a

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Which WordPress Cron Events Should You Modify

WordPress has WP-Cron which is a built-in system used for scheduling time-based tasks. WordPress core adds a number of default cron events and those can easily be modified using a plugin such as WP Crontrol. After you have installed and activated the plugin it will add sub-menu items to; Tools > Cron Events To view, all WordPress core events go to the middle section which will show all of those. Two cron events that are worth modifying would be; delete_expired_transients The delete expired transients cron event normally runs daily to delete transients in the options database table that have expired

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