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2020 year in review
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

A year in review, 2020: We are living in uncertain times

There is, without a doubt, an unprecedented time in 2020. Well, actually, maybe not. But, we all know that it was the most unusual year in at least 100 years. We used the words “uncertain times,” the “new normal,” Covid-19, and other buzzwords to describe this year. Coming into the year, I had the idea I would attend the first WordCamp Tulsa. My friends in the WordPress Meetup in Tulsa were preparing for the first one, and I wanted to be there to greet them. By March, we knew something was different. WordCamp Asia was canceled.  Major events across the

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Dealing with the PS5 and XBox Series X/S Effect on your Site

This holiday season two of the hardest to purchase tech products have been the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X/S. Major retailers have been struggling to deal with issues like their e-commerce sites crashing or creating errors on cart or checkout or having to turn cart and checkout off on the sites or adding default pages in place of product pages to cope with the demand of customers and scalper bots. We are going to deal with one of the most commonly used plugins for e-commerce in WordPress which is WooCommerce. WooCommerce on a solid host with a well-selected

Janice Sheilah of WP FeedBack PRO
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Q&A with Janice Sheilah of WP FeedBack PRO

Today we are talking to Janice Sheilah of WP Feedback PRO. Sheilah is WP Feedback PRO’s social media manager. She also helps handle support. She joined Vito Peleg’s team in 2017 as a virtual executive. She has been working as a virtual executive since 2010. With WP Feedback PRO, she and her team help you manage each stage of your WordPress client projects and cuts 50%-80% of project completion time without having to use tons of different tools. Some of the things you will learn about Sheilah: She is a single mom with a 10-year-old daughter. She works for WP

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Useful Code Snippets for WordPress 5.6

The newest version of WordPress version 5.6 was released on the 8th of December. Some of the new features and changes added in the 5.6 release relate to block patterns in the block editor, a new default theme, application password, better video captioning, and PHP 8.0 support. To disable the application passwords feature in WordPress you can use this code snippet; add_filter( ‘wp_is_application_passwords_available’, ‘__return_false’ ); The reason you might need to disable the application password feature in WordPress is that can be a security risk. You can disable the application passwords feature for specific users as well using this code

december roundup
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

No silver bullet: The December Roundup, Grinch edition

Sometimes, success doesn’t come from some kind of magic. For example, if you remember the movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” you will remember that the Grinch thought he could kill Christmas by stealing all of the decorations and gifts. Instead, the town found a reason to have joy without special decorations and gifts. Dr. Seuss recounts what went through his head in the story, “And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags.

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Sebastian Moran

Using the GuardGiant plugin to protect from brute-force attacks

Protecting your site from brute-force attacks, limiting login attempts, limit login errors from showing can be a pain to deal with on your child sites. There is a very recent plugin called GuardGiant which handles a whole number of those security features all in one easy to use plugin. After you have installed and activated the GuardGiant plugin it will add a new admin menu; GuardGiant > Settings GuardGiant > Whitelists GuardGiant > Captcha In the captcha settings of the GuardGiant plugin, it will use either the v2 or the v3 versions of Google reCAPTCHA. GuardGiant > General Settings GuardGiant

Featured image: help desk software
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Using help desk software to delight your customers and increase retention

In my career, I have had several customer service type jobs. From my first ever job as a teenager working for the local grocery store until the job where I serviced loans for mortgage companies. The truth is, most jobs have a component of customer service to them. Customer service is the backbone of all customer-facing jobs. Even as someone who services WordPress websites, customer service is a huge part of keeping your customers happy. When I worked servicing the loans for mortgage companies, we were not tasked with open tickets. Occasionally we could do those, but our job was

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using the CompressWP Plugin and Service on your child sites

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up very soon one of the easiest ways to improve the front-end load times on your sites is to make sure that all site images have been optimized. There is a pretty recent new service and plugin for WordPress called CompressWP. After you have installed and activated the plugin it will add a new menu called; CompressWP CompressWP will be able to optimize JPG and PNG images which are two of the most popular image formats that exist in your media library. Other image formats will be supported in the future. In order

Featured Image: Black Friday Yes or No?
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Should you have Black Friday Deals for your product or service?

Black Friday goes back a long way. As a kid, almost 40 years ago, I don’t remember it being a thing. At least not in the small town in Arkansas where I lived. Mostly my mom went back to work on Friday after Thanksgiving. My dad usually stayed home. We didn’t have school. The idea of shopping for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving (in America) dates back to the 1950s and 60s. Apparently, the police in Philadelphia used the term to refer to the large crowds on that day. Later it became associated with the fact that retailers were said

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using the ImageKit Service on your Child Sites For Faster Site Images

If you are looking for an alternative option for being able to serve images in the correct optimized image format for customers then ImageKit is worth checking out. ImageKit includes automatic image optimization, will work with a number of external object storage options such as AWS S3, Digital Ocean Spaces, Google Cloud Storage, and Firebase. ImageKit uses AWS Cloudfront as the built-in global fast CDN for serving out site images. Imagekit will also integrate with a number of CDN providers such as Azure, Fastly, and Google CDN. First, you will need to signup for an ImageKit account on their site.

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