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Plugin Feature Updates Gone Wrong
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Plugin Feature Updates Gone Wrong! Part Deux

WooCommerce is used to power very high-level e-commerce stores which use WordPress. It currently has over 4+ million active installs. WooCommerce has an upcoming release planned for April 11th, 2019, version 3.6. The new version will include a number of performance changes, which will help when used on your child site for e-commerce. One of the changes you can test in the most recent first release candidate is for showing extension suggestions in various places in wp-admin. The suggestion extension recommends notification can be disabled after a couple of clicks, but the same issue will happen the following month. By default, there is no

Plugin Feature Updates Gone Wrong
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Plugin Feature Updates Gone Wrong

Two major, well-known WordPress plugins have recently implemented certain changes which have not gone down well with the WordPress community. Jetpack in version 7.1, made a change with Jetpack active when you go to /wp-admin/ Plugins > Add New If a Jetpack module has similar features to the plugin keyword you are searching for, the first result will be the Jetpack module. The Jetpack PR shows the original proof of concept of the plugin suggestion feature. If you already have Jetpack active, then you would use a module which is already available in Jetpack, instead of installing another plugin. The

CONTENT WRITERS
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

5 ways to find a content writer for your business blog

Face it, as an agency owner; you only have so much time. You are busy pitching and converting prospects, managing your projects, finding developers to outsource work, and many other things business owners do. Sure, you write some content, but you just don’t have the time. Or maybe, it isn’t your strong suit. Or perhaps, it isn’t something you typically like doing. There are many reasons you need to find a content writer for your blog. The point is you need to find a writer, someone who can create good content to help manage inbound leads regularly. Today, we are

User Testing your website
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Three ways to run user testing for your new website and make sure your launch goes smoothly

I remember the anticipation when we were ready to launch a website. We put the final touches on the development of the site, and we made sure that everything was operational. There was just one thing left to do. We had to make sure everything worked. Someone had to submit that form, run the credit card on the payment page, sign up for the email newsletter and much more. We referred to it as quality assurance, and really, that is what you are doing. We did that when I worked in customer service. One of our QA (Quality Assurance) agents would

Is WordPress Multisite a Waste of Time
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Why Multisite is a Waste of Time

If you use MainWP for managing your child sites, you already have a way to update plugins, themes, and push different code changes to those sites without having to deal with multisite performance issues. Multisite allows many subsites to share common plugins and themes. In addition, all sites will end up sharing the same database and server resources. The downside to sharing database and server resources will be explained later. Multisite only database tables wp_site wp_sitemeta wp_blogs wp_blogmeta – New added in WordPress 5.1 wp_blog_versions wp_signups wp_registration_log Global database tables shared over all subsites wp_users wp_usermeta Whilst each subsite will

WOMEN INFLUENCERS IN WORDPRESS
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Getting started: Looking for women influencers in WordPress

When it comes to writing an article that includes the top of anything, you must know that it is almost always an opinion. Who can say who is the top influencers in an industry like WordPress? There is nothing wrong with that as long as you explain that it is an opinion. If you are making a choice by way of some criteria, then it best to disclose your criteria. In the end, we all have your own opinions and our own criteria about whom we think is a top influencer whether it be website design, SEO, copywriting, or WordPress.There

Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Better Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

REM and non-REM sleep play an important, ongoing role in both physical and cognitive development. A person goes through 4 or 5 sleep cycles throughout sleep, which involve gradual descent into deeper stages. Each stage takes around 90 minutes. Most people are familiar with the movie, “Inception,” and how in the person (or “architect’s”) dream, they delved deeper and deeper into dreams within dreams. The first stage is called slow-wave REM sleep, or the emergent stage, and marks a new sleep cycle. In stages 2, 3, and 4 (what are referred to as slow-wave sleep because of the slow EEG

FREELANCE TIME TRACKING
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Freelancer time tracking apps that help you scale your agency

If you are looking to outsource and grow your business or build an agency, it is natural to consider time tracking for those who work with you. Even more, you may be interested in how you spend your own time as well as your contractors to better pitch proposals to your clients. Knowing how you spend your time, the hours you spend on a typical project will help you create better estimates and proposals. More efficient proposals mean you don’t lose money when the project starts because you underestimated time. There are multiple ways to keep track of time. I

Social Warfare Plugin Vulnerability
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Social Warfare Plugin Vulnerability Temp Deactivate Now

If you are using the Social Warfare plugin on any child sites (including the pro version of the plugin), deactivate the plugin on any child sites and wait for an update to be released. Wordfence has more about the issue in the plugin, which states that it is a stored Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability.  Sucuri also put out a post about the specific issue. Wordfence has updated the original post to include more information about the attack and what exactly was happening. The plugins downloads have been temporarily closed at WordPress.org. The only other information about the issue is that

Easy WP SMTP Plugin Vulnerability Update Immediately
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Easy WP SMTP Plugin Vulnerability Update Immediately

If you are using the plugin Easy WP SMTP for sending site emails using SMTP, make sure that you update to version 1.3.9.1. Do not delay updating any of your child sites, as using the unfixed version of the plugin gives your child site a high chance of being hacked. For more information about the critical zero-day vulnerability issue in Easy WP SMTP plugin, you can read this post. WPScan also has more information. The hack will take the form of an admin user being created, due to a vulnerability in the older unpatched version of the plugin. The siteurl

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