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Q&A with David McCan
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Q&A with David McCan of the Dynamic WordPress Facebook Group

Like many of us in WordPress, David McCan didn’t start his career thinking he would build websites. He studied Anthropology in college. While working on a dissertation, he worked at a large public library system. It was there that he first interacted with the internet. McCan was the lead in installing public access computers into the library. Eventually, he authored the library’s first website, and from there, he was hooked. I have used David’s information before. He creates a lot of tutorials and is constantly teaching what he learns. McCan has become somewhat of a “goto” for many of us

Image Formats for WordPress
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

What Are the Best Image Formats For Your WordPress Website

Since the beginning, JPEG and PNG are the most commonly used image formats in WordPress but with Version 5.8, WebP images are also supported in the media library. As part of the performance focus for WordPress core, WebP image conversion while uploading images might be coming in the later releases. But… There is a plugin “Performance Lab” by the team behind “WordPress Performance Group” which allows you to enable WebP conversion while uploading JPEG files to your media library. Give it a try to test and measure the difference it brings by converting images to WebP image format. You can

June roundup
Roundup
Todd Jones

June 2022 Roundup: Acquisitions, an opinion, Pew Research, and a security podcast

In the June Roundup of 2022 we take a look at a couple of acquisitions, an opinion about Full Site Editing, an interesting Twitter thread, and a podcast about WooCommerce security. Are you ready to ride? Let’s go. WP Engine Has Acquired the Delicious Brains Plugins!! What is a month without some kind of acquisition? If you are keeping up, it seems that hosting companies are doing the acquiring. Minus Automattic, of course. Brad Touesnard of Delicious Brains explains the process in this article a day ago on their blog. It may have came a surprise to many, but he

iThemes Security Plugin Data Remove After Uninstallation
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

How to Remove iThemes Security Plugin Data Leftover on Uninstall

If you use the iThemes Security plugin on your WordPress website and want to uninstall it completely, but, the normal uninstallation sometimes leaves the database tables and cron events that you may need to remove manually. This guide is for you! iThemes Security Plugin for WordPress In order to remove the iThemes Security plugin’s database entries, you can use the WP-Optimize plugin as one of the easiest ways to find database tables of iThemes security. After installing and activating the WP-Optimize plugin, navigate to: WP-Optimize > Database > Tables Search for itsec and remove all the database tables that are

public relations
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

How to use the power of public relations for your business, 3 tips

Most of you are website care agencies. You aren’t really looking to “impact millions” but impact those you serve. You just want to help your customers. You want to help them solve problems, grow their business, and generate leads that can help them sustain success. So, you aren’t really looking to get published in Forbes (or maybe you are). There are probably a hundred ways to generate leads, but there is a point where we all want to have leads to come to us in some way. To do this, we need to pull the levers of marketing and specifically,

WordPress 6.0 - Arturo
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Some Useful Features in WordPress 6.0 “Arturo”

As you all know, WordPress 6.0 “Arturo” has been released with many improvements and new features. This is a perfect time to test it on a staging site before updating your production sites. You can use the MainWP WordPress staging extension to create a staging site for your Child Site(s). After updating your staging site to WordPress 6.0, head over to the Dashboard > Home, and you will see a screen as below: Export & Import Block-based Theme If you are using a block-based theme, you can now export the complete theme with all of the template changes made using

toolbox
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

May Toolbox: Accessibility checker, helpdesk, a QR code generator, and more

In this month’s toolbox, we look at tools for social link pages, local WordPress development, a help desk, an accessibility checker, a tool to create QR codes, and a plugin to add Google fonts locally. Are you ready? Let’s ride. Social Link Pages Social Link Pages While the rest of the world uses a service like Linktree, those of us in WordPress have lots of alternatives to create a social page. Social Link Pages is one of those alternatives. A while back, I used a Gutenberg pattern to create such a page, but this is a nice, quick and easy

Code Snippets WordPress 6.0
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Useful Code Snippets for WordPress 6.0

The WordPress 6.0, scheduled to be released on May 24th, 2022, will include several feature improvements. Disable “Lock Blocks” in WordPress 6.0 When editing content using the block editor, a new UI element allows blocks to be locked to prevent changes from being made on a site, but there is a setting that can be used to disable block locking by user role, specific users, or globally. To disable block locking globally on posts and pages then, you can use the following code snippet; add_filter(     ‘block_editor_settings_all’,     function( $settings, $context ) {                  // Disable for posts/pages.         if ( $context->post &&

Q&A with Rene Morozowich
WordPress Business
Todd Jones

Q&A with developer and WordPress expert Rene Morozowich

A few months ago I was doing some research looking for newer articles on MainWP. That’s when I came across an article by Rene Morozowich. The article is Why (And How) I Switched From ManageWP To MainWP. The article was dated February 4 of 2022, so it was definitely new. In the article, Rene does a great job of documenting her journey from using her previous vendor to joining the MainWP family. She noted the difference in price and how she could save lots of money each month for her 50 websites. Before switching, she took MainWP for a test

Lazy Loading Images WordPress Plugins
Tips & Tricks
Sebastian Moran

Two Useful Plugins to Lazy Load Images on WordPress

Lazy loading images can help improve a site’s front-end load times for visitors. WordPress had native lazy loading for site images added in version 5.0 and was enhanced in version 5.9 at the end of 2021. Besides the support for native lazy loading images, there are several solid WordPress plugins that will allow you to lazy load images on your site. 1. Flying Images Flying Images has been covered before in other articles, but besides allowing images to lazy load, it will automatically serve site images from Statically CDN. The plugin also includes on-the-fly image conversion and WebP image conversion. The

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