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Sebastian Moran

How to Migrate to Different SEO Plugins on your Site

If you have been using SEO plugin on your site for a while then it is worth checking the alternative SEO plugin options that are now available. Most of the commonly used SEO plugins include migration options such as SEOPress, Rank Math SEO, and SEO Framework (TSF). In this post, we will cover two of the most heavily used plugins for SEO on WordPress sites. After you have installed and activated the SEOPress plugin on your site you will be able to easily migrate data from your previous SEO plugin such as Yoast SEO. To migrate the SEO data go

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WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Q&A with Lesley Sim of Newsletter Glue

Last year, I started noticing Lesley on Twitter. She interacted with people, including many of my WordPress connections. I noticed she had some kind of plugin. I didn’t really notice what it really was for a while. I did realize it had something to do with email newsletters. Over time I realized it was something I might use. So, I decided to give it a try for a new newsletter idea. I found it easy to use, and I was pleasantly surprised with how it worked. So today, I get to chat with Lesley Sim of Newsletter Glue to learn

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

How to Easily Add Dashboard Messages to your Site

There will be times when you want to easily display a dashboard message for a client in wp-admin. An example of why you would want to have a specific dashboard message display would be to remind a client about a change or a new feature that was added to the site. The easiest way to achieve this is to use the WP Dashboard Messages plugin. Once the plugin has been installed and activated it will add a new admin menu; Dashboard Messages > Add New When creating a dashboard message you can select the color scheme it uses, the layout

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WordPress Business
Todd Jones

WordPress Roundup: 5.8, web accessibility and organizing a series of posts for the win

It’s that time again. We are barely a week into August, and it’s time for a new WordPress Roundup. Today, let’s discuss the overview of WordPress 5.8, local environments, web accessibility, an RSS feed site, and organizing a series of posts. Let’s ride. Overview of WP 5.8 by Pagely The latest of all WordPress updates is WordPress 5.8. Gutenberg continues to become an important part of the WordPress dashboard. The new update sees new support for WebP and a few other developer things of interest. Pagely offered a nice overview of what’s new with 5.8. WP Local Environment review Looking

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How to use Perfect Checkout on your WooCommerce Store

Improving your site’s checkout to improve the experience for customers can be a complex ordeal. One of the newest options to improve your WooCommerce store’s checkout experience is using Perfect Checkout. Perfect Checkout uses headless technology to replace the store’s standard checkout page that uses WooCommerce with an improved version. You can test out a demo of the Perfect Checkout experience. Perfect Checkout includes a number of features including; Completely responsive (pixel perfect on all browsers/devices) Automatically save user details for the next visit Modify order without leaving the page Field Validation (checks valid email/phone) Address auto suggest and validation

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WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Toolbox: Designers or Developers, use the power of AI to make your workflow faster and better

In this month’s toolbox, we are going to talk robots. More specifically, AI tools that will make your workflow faster. Do you freeze when you see another automation tool? I am reminded of the old 80s song by the Australian band Icehouse: I just freeze Everytime you see through me And it’s all over you Electric blue You don’t have to freeze! Let’s chat about it. Visual Regression Testing I asked a question recently in the MainWP Users Facebook group about how users look for changes in websites after updating. We had some great answers. In the process, I found

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using MailerSend for transactional emails on your WooCommerce Site

If you have a WooCommerce store then it is key to make sure you have working site emails and the best way at making sure that happens is using a transactional email provider. MailerSend is a service that just released a plugin for WooCommerce which has a number of solid features. After you have installed and activated the plugin it will add a new sub-menu item in wp-admin; WooCommerce > MailerSend The next step to get going to use MailerSend on your site is to create an account. The free plan on MailerSend includes up to 12,000 emails a month

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WordPress Business
Todd Jones

5 business traits I learned working in retail

What was your first job? Mine was at the local Safeway grocery store. My brother had a job there and I got one too. I worked there my Senior year in high school and one summer during college. Later, I worked in a bookstore. I would often refer to our bookstore as a retail store disguised as a bookstore. In reality, that bookstore was retail. I also worked in vending. I serviced machines, served food on a food bar, and counted the money as well as putting up stock in the warehouse. I learned something from all of those jobs,

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

How to Restore the Widget Editor back to use the Classic Editor

WordPress version 5.8 was released on the 20th of July which made a change for the block editor to be used as the default editor when working with widgets. The block editor on widgets can be much slower to load and will load more requests in wp-admin so it can make it a much slower experience. When using the block editor on widgets it can be as many as 231 requests and take 2.5 seconds to load. Using the classic editor when editing widgets will be 83 requests and 1.2 seconds to load. There are two methods to be able

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Why you need to update WooCommerce and WooCommerce Blocks Plugins Now on Your Site

WooCommerce recently found a critical security issue that was reported that affects all versions of WooCommerce from branches 3.3 to 5.5. You may have already noticed an email with the subject line Action required: Critical vulnerability in WooCommerce that went out around 7pm EST. The most current version of WooCommerce is 5.5.1 but patched versions for branches 3.3 up to version 5.5 have also been released. WordPress.org has the ability to push out automatic plugin updates for security reasons so if you were running version 5.4.1 it would have automatically updated to version 5.4.2. Depending on which branch of WooCommerce

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