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Todd Jones

New Year: 6 tips for 2021 and one tip you will disagree with

Another new year is here. Maybe 2020 was a disaster for you or maybe it was better than you expected. Not every year can be as smooth as Joss Stone when she sings a classic. I wish it could, but it is not. Last year, I wrote an article with a few predictions, and honestly, it turned out pretty well. But here is the secret about predictions: You have to make them general enough to come true. As we head into the year 2021 I thought I would drop a few recommendations for the year to come. Take them or

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Sebastian Moran

MainWP Most Useful Posts of 2020

With 2021 a few days away it seems about right to include some of the most useful posts over the last 12 months on the MainWP blog. Five of the most useful posts from 2020 cover subjects related to WordPress major versions like 5.6 and 5.5. How to disable the auto-updates opt-in feature that was added in WordPress 5.5 for plugins and themes. With the last post covering how to use Statically to get some decent performance gains on your site. Useful Code Snippets for WordPress 5.6 https://mainwp.com/useful-code-snippets-for-wordpress-5-6/ How to Disable Major WordPress Core Updates in WordPress 5.6 https://mainwp.com/how-to-disable-major-wordpress-core-updates-in-wordpress-5-6/ Handy

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Todd Jones

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – MainWP style

An ode to ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, made specifically for MainWP. The famous poem details a visit from St. Nicholas and published anonymously in 1832 according to Wikipedia. You can find the full, original lyrics here at HuffPost. I remember as a child having the book for the poem with colorful illustrations. I present to you ‘Twas the night before Christmas – MainWP style. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas ‘Twas the night before Chrismas, when all through the land, Not a website was slowing, not even for a stand, The websites were comfy, updated, and fast, Sure to keep

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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