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q&A with Donata
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Q&A with Donata Kalnenaite of Termageddon helps consultants with privacy policy needs

Donata Kalnenaite is the President of Termageddon. She started the company with her fiance, Hans Skillrud, to help businesses with privacy policies, terms, and disclaimers for their websites. Laws for these areas are changing rapidly, and Termageddon provides a platform to keep them updated to be compliant with laws. Donata is a privacy and technology attorney licensed in the state of Illinois. Further, she is the Vice-Chair and the Newsletter Editor of the American Bar Association’s ePrivacy Committee and the Chair of the Chicago Chapter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She serves as the legal engineer for Termageddon’s

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using the TrueMail Email Validator Plugin and Service on your Child Sites

Dealing with form submissions from fake or misspelled email addresses can be a pain to have to deal with. If you are using a form plugin that has integrations setup on it then you have to deal with deleting the form entry as well a deleting the form submission which went into a 3rd party service. But there is an easy to use service which now has a WordPress plugin which is TrueMail. First, you will need to install and the plugin and then create an account in TrueMail. After you have created an account in TrueMail you will need

q&A with leanne mitton
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Q&A with Leanne Mitton website designer and MainWP user

Leanne Mitton has been a web designer for 20 years. She began as a co-op student while in high school, working for Norlink. Following college, she took a full-time job with Norlink. In the year 2004, she found herself with the opportunity to purchase Norlink. Since then, she has been synonymous with Norlink. Leanne is a fan of MainWP, which allows her to use the tool she thinks will work best in each situation. She lives in the lovely town of Thunder Bay, Ontario, in Canada. She enjoys spending time with her family, knitting, and looking for places to explore

MainWP 4.1 released – New Features and Code Changes

The MainWP team has been working for a few months on MainWP 4.1, a relatively big release that includes one of the most significant refactorings and documentation of the MainWP Dashboard and Child codebase ever. This release was internally codenamed “Developer,” but it could have been just as easy to call it “Code Clean-Up,” and we didn’t do this just for fun. These changes were needed to remove spaghetti code and pay off the technical debt created over the years. You may not notice many user interface (UI) changes with version 4.1, but, under the hood, this version has over

World of WordPress
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

September 2020 World of WordPress includes acquisitions

In today’s World of WordPress, we are talking music at WordCamp Austin, acquisitions, and creating a virtual year-in-review for WordPress in 2020. WordCamp Austin to have music. I like that WordCamp Austin is going to include music in this year’s virtual event. In years past, Austin has become a center stage for many musicians. Every year, the South by Southwest festival includes a large contingent of musicians, so this seems like a nod of the cap. SXSW was unable to hold their even this year due to COVID. September is the last day for submissions, so we will wait to

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

featured image: self care
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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