From time to time, we like to take a look at new tools for our users. This week, I am going to talk about four new tools you might be able to use in your agency business. The tools we are going to look at include a cloud storage for your page builder layouts, a new form creator with a unique twist, and Google’s latest toy to use with your WordPress website. Let’s get moving. Site Kit by Google I believe this is going to be a gamechanger for may agencies. I can remember setting up or launching a new
Yoast SEO is a well-known, easy-to-use plugin for SEO. Yoast SEO has a number of code snippets that can be saved to limit or disable specific functions. MainWP has an amazing extension for code snippets, which easily allows you to apply code snippets to your child sites. We have taken the time to save out a number of handy code snippets for Yoast SEO into the code snippets GitHub repo. A common bug in Yoast SEO is when you update the plugin, it can redirect to the about page and tour page. You can use this code snippet so this
The newspaper industry is declining. I’m not sure if you noticed. There’s even a Wikipedia article about the decline of newspapers. Doesn’t that make it official? My nephew told his dad that “newspapers are for old people.” That kind of puts in perspective. Frankly, we need local journalism, and if it hopes ever to survive, it will need to be digital. Now, it isn’t easy to start a digital journalism website. Certain responsibilities come with being a journalist. You can, however, create a niche or hyperlocal lifestyle site, and since you know how to build websites, you are already halfway
Gravity Forms is a solid, easy-to-use form plugin which has a number of add-ons and free plugins. Gravity Forms has a number of filters, actions, and hooks which allow you to modify most parts, using code snippets. MainWP has an easy-to-use extension for code snippets, so you can save a code snippet to any connected child site. The first of the useful code snippets for Gravity Forms is to change the default save and continue function in Gravity Forms, from the default of 30 days to a longer 90 days. The second snippet is to disable automatic plugin updates for
WordCamp Europe 2019 has come and went, and now they turn their focus to 2020. The event that took place in Berlin sold 3,600 tickets according to an article in Torque Mag. In fact, Torque has a nice page of recap videos. WP Tavern has a recap of the Mullenweg address, including Gutenberg updates. In preparation for the first WordCamp Asia, part of the organising team is onsite observing and taking notes at #WCEU ????????https://t.co/mkOSnAUwvG pic.twitter.com/SqIDK4iVNh — WordCamp Europe (@WCEurope) June 22, 2019 One of the more interesting stories is the journey of Marcel Bootsman who walked 718km to make
Security plugins on your child site can help find security issues and help block specific users, but one thing to be aware of is security plugins which end up causing serious performance issues. One such security plugin is Cerber Security, which has been known to cause performance issues on sites. Ceber Security plugin will end up making a number of request to plugin files, as well as causing high CPU usage, due to the amount of PHP resources that it ends up using. When deactivated and uninstalled, the plugin will still leave behind a number of options and database tables.
I will admit that when I see someone who decides to take action, I feel a twinge of pride inside. I feel pride because, frankly, it is hard to start something. Such is the case for Angela Bowman, Tracy, Apps, and Amy Masson. The three set out on a mission to share the voices of women in the WordPress community. I have noticed it, and I know you have too. Take a look at the regular roundtable of podcasts, and you seem to see the same people. One of the things I noticed about the Women in WP podcast is
It’s been just a few short months since we celebrated our fourth anniversary of being a plugin on WordPress.org and today I am excited to announce that the MainWP Dashboard has reached 1500 5 Star Reviews! This number really comes from the strength of everyone in our growing, yet dedicated community. It’s tough to truly visualize that 1500 number when it comes to WordPress.org reviews so I put together a quick unscientific table to better illustrate the point. Let’s see where the MainWP Dashboard falls in with some of the most installed WordPress.org plugins: WordPress.org 5-star Reviews Rank Plugin 5
WooCommerce is a solid, easy-to-use plugin for adding e-commerce to an existing WordPress site. Since WooCommerce is running in WordPress, it means there are many plugin options out there. One useful plugin is WooCommerce Customer History. The plugin will track how customers browse the site, which would allow you to see the products customers are browsing. But when used on a site, the plugin will add a slow admin-ajax.php POST request on every page, which will add a delay of 300-500ms on every post, page, and product on the site. Tracking analytics in a site’s database is never a good
If you run a team, you likely are always looking at ways to manage the team. I remember when I worked at the agency. Our owners bought into a software tool that was very robust and used by many IT companies. I felt at times like it was too robust. I have worked with various businesses over the years and they always seem to use a SaaS to manage projects. Some might use Basecamp, some may use TeamWork, and others Asana. For my own business, I use Trello and Google Docs; pretty simple. What about you? What do you use?