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Privacy Laws in 2023
Privacy
Donata Stroink-Skillrud

2023: The Year of the Privacy Laws

As we ring in 2023, we may think about goals such as making more sales, organizing the garage, and spending more time with family. One slightly less exciting but essential goal in 2023 will be compliance with the six new privacy laws going into effect this year. Regarding privacy compliance requirements, it is important to know that privacy laws protect consumers and thus are not based on where your business is located. In addition, privacy laws can impose very high penalties for violations as penalties are calculated per violation (meaning per website visitor whose privacy rights were infringed upon). In

Remove Unused WP Statistics Plugin Data
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

How to Remove WP Statistics Plugin Data on Your Site

The WP Statistics is a widely used plugin with over 600k active installations and is used as a self-hosted solution to track analytics. The WP Statistics plugin uses the following custom database tables for data storage; wp_statistics_exclusions wp_statistics_historical wp_statistics_pages wp_statistics_search wp_statistics_useronline wp_statistics_visit wp_statistics_visitor wp_statistics_visitor_relationships The plugin does not have a built-in way to clean or delete the custom database tables other than manually deleting the custom tables using an application such as phpMyAdmin, or a plugin such as WP-Optimize. If you use the WP-Optimize plugin to find the left-over database tables for the WP Statistics plugin, navigate to; WP-Optimize >

Christmas movies that make us smile
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

So this is Christmas and the movies we love

Every year during this time, I like to do something fun for the MainWP Blog. I did a parody of ‘Twas Night Before Christmas a couple years ago. Last year we did a Q&A with Santa. This year, I decided to talk about Christmas movies. So, in preparation, I peeked my head inside the MainWP Users Facebook Group and asked a question while hoping Ivica didn’t ban me. With that, I will tell you about the movies they mentioned and toss in some of my favorite holiday songs. Fred Claus the Movie One of our members mentioned this movie. I’ll

Disable Live Traffic - Wordfence
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

How to Disable Live Traffic in Wordfence on Your Site

If you notice many hits in your site’s analytics that have the following query string showing in the URL on your site; /?wordfence_lh=1 Then the query string is added by the live traffic feature in the Wordfence plugin. The real-time live traffic feature in Wordfence adds a query string to URLs on the site to track those. To disable live traffic in Wordfence, you can set the Live Traffic Options to “Security Only”. From your wp-admin, navigate to: Wordfence > All Options > Tool Options > Live Traffic Options Also, disable the signed-in users like below: Alternatively, the Wordfence plugin

WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Web Care Survey 2022: The Results

Last year, I got the idea of running a Web Care Survey. Web Care Consultants are an invaluable part of the WordPress community. WordPress websites need someone to take care of them. MainWP is one of the top providers of Web Care tools and we have a whole community of Web Care Consultants. So I thought I would run a survey. In 2021, we received 131 submissions. This year, I was really hoping to double that. If not double, I really hoped to have 200 responses. See the results of the 2021 survey here. Unfortunately, we did not get 200

mainwp q&a articles 2022
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Recap 2022 MainWP Blog: The Q&A Articles

In June 2016 (yikes!), I wrote my first article for MainWP. It has been quite a ride. I have enjoyed it and enjoy the freedom to write articles I like to write. One of those types of articles are Q&A articles. I first learned to write these when I was a Startup & Tech writer for a statewide publication in Arkansas. I took the idea and created my own spin on it and I can often be found calling them a podcast interview in text. They are fun. I get to interview interesting people and showcase makers in the WordPress

Remove YITH Plugin Data- WordPress
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

How to Remove YITH Plugin Data on WordPress

YITH provides many limited free plugins on WordPress.org and premium versions of those plugins. The YITH WooCommerce Wishlist plugin has a constant which would need to be added to the site wp-config.php file that can be used to delete that plugins data; define( ‘YITH_WCWL_REMOVE_ALL_DATA’, true ); YITH plugins will use YITH or YIT in the options database table. Example names to look for: yith-wcqv-enable yith-wcqv-enable-mobile yith-wcqv-button-label yith-wcqv-background-modal yith-wcqv-close-color yith-wcqv-close-color-hover yit_plugin_fw_panel_wc_default_options_set yith_plugin_fw_promo_2019_bis yith_system_info yith_wcmg_slider_direction yith_wcmg_enable_plugin yith_wcmg_enable_mobile yith_wcmg_force_sizes yith_wcmg_zoom_width yith_wcmg_zoom_height yith_wcmg_zoom_position yith_wcmg_zoom_mobile_position yith_wcmg_loading_label yith_wcmg_softfocus yith_wcmg_enableslider yith_wcmg_slider_responsive yith_wcmg_slider_items yith_wcmg_slider_circular yith_wcmg_slider_infinite Yith_wcmg_lens_opacity Most hosts provide a solid application to manage and edit your database

Privacy
Donata Stroink-Skillrud

Privacy and Email Marketing to Residents of the United Kingdom

These days, it is rare to find a company that does not send email newsletters or performs email marketing. However, suppose your email list includes individuals that reside in the United Kingdom. In that case, there are specific rules that you will need to follow to ensure that your email marketing does not violate any privacy laws, such as the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (PERC) and the United Kingdom Data Protection Act 2018 (UK DPA). Otherwise, you could face steep fines or even be required to delete residents of the United Kingdom from your list. In this article,

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Privacy laws apply to businesses that collect personal information. Since no personal information is collected by the MainWP plugins, no privacy laws apply to the MainWP plugins. This includes GDPR, UK DPA 2018, PIPEDA, Australia Privacy Act 1988, LGPD, PIPL, and other privacy laws.
Donata Stroink-Skillrud
Donata Stroink-Skillrud
President of Agency Attorneys

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