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Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using the AVIF Next-Generation Image Format on your Sites for Faster Loading Images

Netflix has an amazing track record of pushing for technology changes that help the web and open-source projects. One of the more recent development pushes has been by Netflix is the AVIF next-generation image format. The AVIF image format is meant as a replacement for the JPEG image format but with better compression results. The acronym of AVIF stands for AV1 Image File Format. The format was developed by the Alliance for Open Media in collaboration with Google, Cisco, and Xiph.org. Google Chrome added AVIF image format support in release 85. AVIF image format support is also coming to an

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using the Admin Notices Manager plugin to Clean Up Admin Notices

Admin notices can be an annoying pain to deal with populating the dashboard of a child site with multiple admin notices that may or may not be able to be dismissed. Multiple admin notices can end up being ignored or they end up taking up so much space in wp-admin that it makes it annoying on trying to do anything in wp-admin as you normally would. Admin notices in the dashboard have always been something that ends up being constantly debated on. WordPress is working on a new solution which is WP Notify which should hopefully end up being a

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WordPress Business
Todd Jones

August random thoughts: Never work for free

“If you’re good at something, never do it for free.” The Joker, Dark Knight Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night or early morning, and your brain starts thinking about things? You know, when it is way to early to get up and start your day? I have been there. In fact, it happened this morning. These random thoughts really aren’t that random, but maybe they would seem so in any other context. These are some things I have been thinking about in business. Perhaps you are thinking about them as well. What random thoughts about

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WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Building a toolkit that can help you with your self care

The purring of a cat can reduce stress according to studies. As a matter of fact, the love of an animal can help reduce stress in our lives. To me, there is nothing much better than petting a cat and the cat purring. It is soothing. Studies have also shown that hugs can reduce our blood pressure. Finding things in our lives that help reduce stress is essential, especially in the year 2020. The worldwide pandemic has increased isolation and lack of touch, which makes our mental health more challenging. Self Employed workers like us, already struggle with isolation and

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

How to remove the iThemes Security Plugin Created Database Tables

There may be times when you need to change which security plugin on your child site to a different security plugin. In this example, this is going to cover how to remove all of the iThemes Security plugin created custom database tables on your site. All of the iThemes Security plugin created custom database tables; wp_itsec_distributed_storage wp_itsec_fingerprints wp_itsec_geolocation_cache wp_itsec_lockouts wp_itsec_logs wp_itsec_mutexes wp_itsec_opaque_tokens wp_itsec_temp wp_itsec_user_groups The iThemes Security plugin does make it easier than most plugins to remove the created custom database tables in they can be removed when you delete to uninstall the plugin. If you delete the iThemes Security

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WordPress Business
Todd Jones

How to build backlinks without making your recipient scream in their pillow

Do you ever get an email like this? They are designed to get you to add a link to your website via an article you have already written. The strategy is not new. It has been used for years by certain SEO gurus. The thing is, most of my friends say they simply delete the emails or send them to spam. Nevertheless, this strategy is all about quantity. It’s a numbers game. That’s what they used to say in sales. In fact, I used to have to sign customers up for an email in a retail store. That was a

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using the Simple Cache Plugin on your Child Sites

Sometimes you need a very simple plugin option to enable page caching on your child site. One of the best very basic page caching plugin options is the Simple Cache. Once you have installed and activated the plugin it will add a sub-menu item into settings in wp-admin. Settings > Simple Cache By default, the settings for Simple Cache will be very basic. If you enable the advanced mode. You will be able to exclude URLs that you want to exclude. If you are using WooCommerce on your child site then some of the URLs that you would want to

Nurture Funnel
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Here is how I created my recent nurture funnel and a checklist for you to download

Recently I launched a new nurture funnel for my product, Website Copy Framework. I wanted to get potential buyers into my funnel and nurture them to buy the product. In this article, I am going to talk about the things I did and how I did them. At the end of the article, I provide you with a little checklist. Setting up my nurture funnel. To get started, you will need to have a specific product or service. For me, my product is the Website Copy Framework I launched last fall. For you, it could be anything such as a

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

How to Connect ConvertKit to your site

ConvertKit is a solid email marketing and automation platform. The ConvertKit platform is very easy to integrate with WordPress. There are a number of plugins to be able to integrate with ConvertKit, also you can integrate with Contact Form 7, Gravity Forms, and WooCommerce. ConvertKit does also integrate with Memberpress, aMember, Easy Digital Downloads, and Paid Memberships Pro. After you have created your account in ConvertKit you will be able to find your API credentials. The main ConvertKit plugin settings can be found from; Settings > ConvertKit If you also have the WooCommerce ConvertKit plugin you will be able to

The Setlist
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

August Setlist: the future of WordPress, remember Bing, and a handy screenshot tool

Around the bend, we are headed for August. I’m not quite sure what the rest of 2020 will reveal. So many questions remain. One thing that remains is how we feel when we hear stories. Stories and music make life easier. So today’s setlist includes some oldies, one of which goes back to the early 1960s. We are talking about the future of WordPress, the re-emergence of Bing, and a handy tool to capture screenshots. The times they are a-changin.’ There is a classic song from Bob Dylan that I often think of when I think about change. The song

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