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Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

How to Keep Your Child Site Secure

If you build and maintain sites for customers, site security is a top priority. WordPress moved to a two-week schedule for minor releases after WordPress 5.0 was released. Each WordPress minor release will include security fixes. These same security changes are backported to older versions of WordPress (e.g., in the case of the 4.9.X branch, the security release would be 4.9.10). You need to set a minimum version of WordPress that you will support on client sites, no later than two versions. It is easier to keep the child sites updated to the most current version, rather than running a

Speeding up WordPress
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Consulting with the Knights of the Speeding up WordPress Round Table

Consulting with the Knights of the Speeding-up WordPress Round Table Imagine, if you will, being a part of King Arthur’s famed round table. That would mean you are a knight. No small task. Well like King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table, today we are bringing you the Experts of the Speed-up WordPress Round Table. These WordPress experts are going to talk about speeding up WordPress. Who are our special WordPress knights? We have Chris Castillo, Jan Koch, Lee Jackson, Mike Oliver, Nick Gulic, and Andrew Palmer. Chris Castillo is the owner of Propel Digital Media in Toronto. Lee Jackson

Finding Which Shortcodes are Being Used on Your Child Sites
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Finding Which Shortcodes are Being Used on Your Child Sites

Plugins and themes can heavily use shortcodes on your child sites. Shortcodes are not a problem, but when you have previously used a plugin for forms, then deactivated and deleted the plugin, but the shortcode is still being used on the site but the plugin is not, it becomes a problem. There is an easy way to find which shortcodes are being used on your site, by installing and activating the Shortcodes Finder plugin. After you have installed and activated the plugin if you go to; Tools > Shortcodes Finder The window will open a new page related to the

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Validate Email Registrations on Your Child Site

To reduce the number of spam user account registrations on your child site, it is helpful to verify the validity of emails for those user accounts. There is a new service and WordPress plugin, which will help reduce those spam account registrations. The plugin is called EVA Email Validation. The plugin requires that you sign up for an account at the EVA site. With the plugin installed and activated, it will add a new admin menu for: Settings > EVA – Email Validation You will need to create a new API key for the child site from the EVA site.

Bob Dunn of BobWP
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Q&A with Bob Dunn from BobWP

How many of you have come up with a business name because the domain was available? Well, I know it is a little more than that. That’s just one of the things that Bob Dunn talks about in this Q&A with the WordPress legend. Anyone who has worked in WordPress surely knows Bob Dunn. If you are like me, you’ve come across one of his tutorials, a training session, listened to him speak at a WordCamp or listened to one of his podcasts. He is well known and well-liked in the WordPress space. Today, we are fortunate to learn more

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Sebastian Moran

Toolbar Extras Plugin for your MainWP Dashboard Site

Easy access of the menu items on the MainWP Dashboard site would normally be from wp-admin, via the MainWP Dashboard menu. But there are other options if you wanted to be able to have quick access from the admin toolbar. To access MainWP Dashboard menu items on your dashboard site, you will need to install the Toolbar Extras, and the Toolbar Extras for MainWP on your dashboard site. Once those two plugins have been installed, there will be a new admin menu in wp-admin of your dashboard site from; Settings > Toolbar Extras The tabs in the toolbar extras plugins

How to Disable the Site Health Page on Child Sites
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Sebastian Moran

How to Disable the Site Health Page on Child Sites

In version 5.2 of WordPress, the site health check was added. It allows users to gain information about possible issues, and how to create a debug set of information. In a number of cases, you may want to remove the site health check page from being accessible on a child site, to ensure clients do not have to deal with being misled about issues. It is possible to remove the Site Health check page in wp-admin from showing on a child site. Normally, it would show from; Tools > Site Health The first way to remove the site health check

Gutenberg Blocks
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Exploring Gutenberg Blocks, auto-posting to your Google My Business pages, and selling website care plans

In today’s article, learn to update images like a pro, convince your clients they need a website care plan, auto post to your Google My Business Page, and take advantage of these Gutenberg Blocks. We take a look at Gutenberg Blocks, The Website Owner’s Manual, a Google My Business plugin, and an online editor you might want to check out. Are you ready? Exploring Gutenberg Blocks I think it’s time to upgrade our Gutenberg game. Well, at least it’s time to update mine. Recently, I came across Gutenberg Hub, a website dedicated to showcasing Gutenberg blocks. I came on two

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using ShortPixel to Optimize Site Images on your Child Site

Site images can take up the bulk of the site size of a child site. Additionally, uncompressed images in your site’s media library will cause performance issues on the front-end of the site. One of the solid plugin and services for image optimization is ShortPixel. ShortPixel has a free plan which includes 100 images per month, a number of well-priced monthly plans, and one-time plans which you can pick from. After you have signed up for ShortPixel, you will need to go to the “show my API page” to get the API key that you intend to set in the

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

How to Remove the W3 Total Cache Plugin Cleanly

W3 Total Cache is a plugin which is used for page caching, minification and Redis integration, but it does come at a price. The codebase is old, and if not configured correctly, it can cause issues on the site it is being used on. Using a different plugin or plugins for page caching, minification, and Redis object caching is possible, but means you need to remove all traces of the W3 Total Cache plugin. W3 Total Cache plugin on deactivation and deletion will not remove any of the files or changes it adds to a site. Steps to clean all

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