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Sebastian Moran

Disable the MainWP Child plugin from Showing the Site Health Info

The site health check feature is a new feature in WordPress 5.2. If you have the MainWP child plugin already hidden from the list of plugins on the child site using the branding extension for MainWP, you may also want to hide the MainWP child plugin from showing on the info tab of the Site Health page. There is now an easy way to hide themes and plugins from showing in the site health info tab, using the Site Health Manager plugin. First, you will need to install and activate the Site Health Manager plugin on all the connected child

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Blocking Bad Bots on your Child Site using Booter Plugin

Like something out of a sci-fi movie, bots will inevitably hit your site to index it, trying to add products to cart and create spam accounts if you are using WooCommerce on a child site. One of the easiest ways to block bot crawlers on your child site is to use the Booter plugin to boot those bots. After you have installed and activated the plugin, it will add a new sub-menu in wp-admin on the child site. Settings > Booter – Bots & Crawler Manager Which will take you to the general option settings of the plugin: General Bad

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Sebastian Moran

How to Cleanly Remove the Really Simple SSL Plugin

Really Simple SSL is a plugin that is used and installed on a number of sites that have a valid SSL cert to make the site load over HTTPS. But the plugin does not need to be used if the site database already has had a search-replace run from HTTP to HTTPS. If you have used WP-CLI then you can very easily run a search and replace in the sites database before baking a site database backup. wp db export wp search-replace ‘http://sitedomain.com’ ‘https:/sitedomain.com’ –recurse-objects –skip-columns=user_email,guid –all-tables wp option update home ‘https://sitedomain.com’ wp option update siteurl ‘https://sitedomain.com’ wp rewrite flush

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using SimpleForm Plugin for Clean Site Forms

Simple but performance-based contact forms on your child sites are worth knowing of clean plugin options. On certain sites, you do not always need a number of extra fields in your contact site forms. There is a recent plugin option that works well and it is called SimpleForm. After you have activated and installed the plugin it will add a new admin menu item called Contacts. The plugin adds basic contact fields and you can set the provided fields you would like to make required. Form submission made using the SimpleForm plugin can be accessed from the following admin menu;

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using WP Search Insights Plugin for Tracking Site Searches

If you are using default search on a child site knowing what terms are being searched for on the site is hard to find unless you are using something like Google Analytics. There is a new plugin that will track search terms on a site and it is called WP Search Insights. After you have installed and activated the plugin it will add a new menu item in wp-admin; Tools > WP Search Insights The first part you will be taken to is the dashboard which will show you popular and the recent searches. Also from the dashboard settings of

Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Using Speed Booster Pack Plugin to Improve Your Child Site Performance

WordPress will try to load a number of additional requests, which in most cases are needed, such as emojis and dashicons. There is an easy to use a plugin called Speed Booster Pack, which can be installed on all connected child sites. The settings can be enabled using the MainWP Bulk Settings Manager extension. You can use this key to save the settings in Speed Booster Pack to all child sites where it has been installed and activated. If you have used WP Disable or Perfmatters plugins in the past, the Speed Booster Pack plugin is similar. After you have

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Sebastian Moran

Using the Disable Plugin Deactivation Plugin on Your Child Sites

On a number of your managed child sites, it is worth knowing how to disable plugins from being deactivated or delete the plugin. There is an easy to use a plugin called Disable Plugin Deactivation which can be installed on all of your connect child sites and then you can easily set those options. After the plugin has been installed and activated on those sites it will add a new admin menu under the plugins admin menu in wp-admin; Plugins > Plugin Deactivate Settings All of the options will be disabled by default. You can then change the options you

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Sebastian Moran

Speed Up Your Child Site using the WP Performance Plugin

Options are important when it comes to having plugin options to easily improve the front-end load times of your child sites. It’s also worth knowing which ones work well. One such option is a plugin called WP Performance. After the plugin has been installed and activated, it will add a new admin menu called; WP Performance Plugin tab for settings are broken down as; CACHE CSS JAVASCRIPT IMAGES DATABASE CDN SETTINGS ADD-ONS In the cache settings, you can set cache to automatically clear. If your site does not have content which only changes daily, then setting clear cache after 24

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Sebastian Moran

Using the weMail Plugin for Sending Out Newsletters

There are a number of email marketing options that you can use for sending out a newsletter to your customers who have opted in on the site. One of the most recent self-hosted options for email marketing for your site is weMail plugin from weDevs. After you have installed and activated the plugin on your site it will add a new admin menu called weMail. The first time you use weMail plugin it will guide you through a setup wizard which can walk-through or you can skip the setup wizard and go through the different parts of the plugin settings. weMail

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Sebastian Moran

Using the Koko Analytics Plugin on your Sites

If you need an analytics solution for your site that does not cause performance issues and is self-hosted there is a new plugin called Koko Analytics. Some cool things about Koko Analytics it will deal with thousands of site visitors as well as sudden bursts of higher traffic levels, it works with page served from page caching plugins and is GDPR compliant by design. After the plugin has been installed and active on the site it will add a menu item to; Dashboard > Analytics From the Analytics settings, the default will be to go to the settings where you

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