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Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Why You Should Wait to Update to WooCommerce 4.0

WooCommerce 4.0 was released on the 10th March. It is a major new release and the two major changes are the merging of the WooCommerce Admin and updating the Action Scheduler to version 3.1. The WooCommerce Admin has existed as a featured plugin since April 2019. The WooCommerce Admin uses code now in WordPress 5.3 to be able to use React for powering some of the UI elements. The WooCommerce Admin uses a number of custom database tables in order to store the analytics data in those lookup tables in order to improve the reporting that is included in WooCommerce.

WordPress Business
Todd Jones

How to help your business customers use more digital marketing during the Coronavirus outbreak

No doubt, we’ve hit some kind of global crisis in life and in business. With the emergence of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have seen conferences, sporting events, and large gatherings, in general, to decide to cancel events. Businesses are playing it safe and not spending money. I have heard other business owners talk about how their clients are not spending money during this crisis. Other companies are asking workers to work from home. The COVID-19 has affected our lives and our businesses and, ultimately, the economy.¬† Wednesday night, I was watching my beloved Razorbacks play in the first round of

World of WordPress
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Elementor raises $15M, future of WordCamp is in limbo and more in this month’s roundup

Over two months into 2020 and we have already had some hair raising news in the WordPress kingdom. Elementor may win the award for the most jaw-dropping story when they received a nice amount of funding. Today we talk about the fact that Elementor raises $15M, and Jeff Chandler launches a new project. Additionally, we discuss the future of WordCamps in 2020. Buckle up. Jeff Chandler launches WP Mainline Jeff Chandler was the founder and longtime editor for WP Tavern. A few months ago, he left after being part of the site for over a decade. People also know him

engaging content
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

3 No-frills tips for writing more engaging content that grabs your reader’s attention like a Wonder Woman movie

I love good hooks as much as the next person. We see them in movies all the time. One of my favorite movies in the past couple of years was Wonder Woman. The film, of course, has Gal Gadot playing Diana, Princess of the Themyscira. I always loved the TV series with Linda Carter. In the movie, the scene pans from earth to modern-day, where Diana is going to her office. At the same time, an armored truck pulls up with Wayne Enterprises on the side. Two men get out, and one delivers a briefcase to Diana. As she opens

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using Statically CDN for Performance Gains

If you are looking for a free solid CDN option for your child sites then one of the best options out there is Statically. Statically is powered by Fastly, Cloudflare, BunnyCDN, CDN77 which means it has a higher number of PoPs that will be serving the site assets. Statically now has a plugin for WordPress which is very easy to setup. After you have installed and activated the Statically plugin you will need to go ahead and add your email address, site URL and then you will be able to generate an API key for the plugin. The plugin settings

About
Robert Abela

Activity logs in MainWP – the benefits, how to, and the up keeping

WordPress activity logs are critical for the management of a WordPress website. They are even more critical to the management of a MainWP network and the child sites managed through it, where you have hundreds and possible thousands of users with different levels of technical knowledge, working and managing the websites and the network. In this article, we will explain how you can use the WP Activity Log plugin and the Activity Logs for MainWP extension to keep a log of everything that happens on both the child websites on the MainWP network, and the MainWP dashboard itself. The benefits

appointment scheduling software
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Tools Roundup: Keep in touch with clients using appointment scheduling software

In 2019, the social media sharing app Buffer published a report on the state of remote work. Not surprisingly, one of their conclusions is that remote work is not a fad. According to the study, “Of our respondents, 99% said they would like to work remotely at least some of the time for the rest of their careers. This is a notable stat to have discovered; while remote work is sometimes portrayed as a trend, these results seem to infer that this way of working is here to stay. Out of all the data we collected, no response was as

Featured Image rafflewp ben townsend
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Q&A with Ben Townsend, content creator and host of RaffleWP

I enjoy the ability to meet people online. There is very little like bonding with someone on Twitter or Facebook because of WordPress, content, or love for a sport. The person may be hundreds of miles away or on a different continent, but ultimately we can see how small this world is sometimes. Such is the case with Ben Townsend. I met him on Twitter last year. One thing I really appreciate about Ben, aside from his love for WordPress, is his passion for creating good content. He ran a successful blog, but then recently, he transitioned to RaffleWP. The

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using the PhastPress Plugin to Improve Site Performance

If you are looking for a very lightweight plugin to help improve your site performance. The PhastPress plugin is worth taking the time to check out. After you have installed and activated the plugin it will add a new sub-menu under settings in wp-admin; Settings > PhastPress The PhastPress plugin settings are broken down into plugin, Images and HTML, CSS and JS. The plugin includes image optimization using a free image optimization service API, being able to inline critical CSS, load all JS script asynchronously. You can also minify HTML, defer iframe loading by being able to lazy load them.

About
Sebastian Moran

Using Flying Images Plugin to Improve Image Loading Time on Child Sites

Flying Images is a fairly recent plugin which by default will enable a lot of image-based gains for your child site. After you have installed and activated the plugin it will add a new sub-menu item under settings in wp-admin; Settings > Flying Images The tabs it will add are broken down as the following; Lazy load CDN Responsive Compression WebP The default lazy loading enabled is native and JavaScript. Native is only for supported browsers like Google Chrome at the moment. JavaScript will work in all browsers. The CDN which Flying Images provides at no cost is Statically.  Statically

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