WordPress 5.7.1 Security and Maintenance Release

For those that have not seen already, WordPress 5.7.1 is now available! This release is a Security and Maintenance release that everyone should update as soon as possible, since it contains security fixes! This release contains 26 security fixes so as you can imagine it’s not one that you wish to pass up. I have …

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Creating an SSH Tunnel

When connecting to MySQL sometimes the host does not allow for external connections to MySQL remotely for security reasons, but they do usually offer SSH access.

With SSH access you are able to create an SSH tunnel to your site/server and then connect to the port locally using your MySQL client of choice, mine being Sequel Ace on macOS.

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Display post word count on the Dashboard

I found this handy snippet that can be used to display the word count of your posts within the WordPress Dashboard. The best way, or more so the easiest way to add this is with the Code Snippets plugin, else you could add it to your theme’s function file.

How to use Local by Flywheel with another host

This is a topic I see come up a lot, and while they do offer an export option within Local I do prefer to do it the manual way as I can make sure everything I want to be copied over to the new host is copied. All of these steps were done on macOS with Local version 5.6.3+4270, so depending on your operating system and version of Local this may be different.

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How to add a Font Awesome Kit to your site

I use Font Awesome Pro on a handful of my sites and with the recent changes you need to start using their Kits instead of linking to the CSS. The following function which can be added to either a functions file or to Code Snippets will load Font Awesome Pro on your site. You will …

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How to turn off Rank Math auto-update notification emails.

I manage a handful of sites, most of which are running Rank Math rather than Yoast SEO so when an update happens my inbox gets flooded with notices about how it has automatically updated itself. I looked over all of the options and was not able to find a way to disable these notices which …

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Easily add functions to WordPress

Code Snippets is a handy plugin that makes adding custom functions to your site with ease rather than having to edit a functions file. Before discovering this plugin I use to maintain a plugin that simply had all of my custom functions in it which I would copy across to all of the sites that …

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Improving Cloudflare caching on WordPress

I was working with a customer recently that was using Cloudflare and caching a little over 99% of all requests to their site, before that I think the most I had ever seen was about 25% and my own sites were topping out at only around 14% cache hit ratios. Knowing how my site was …

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WordPress Multisite Import/Export script

I came across an issue with a client site the other day where they had multiple WordPress Multisite installs each with hundreds of sub-sites on each install. Due to limitations with the hosting each install needed to only contain 100 subsites or less else there would be issues with issuing SSL certificates via LetsEncrypt. In …

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Wait, another blog?

Why do I put myself through the misery of creating more and more sites when I have trouble enough with updating the ones that I currently have? The main purpose of this site will be for WordPress-related information so that my other blog can continue to be more so about my personal life, cooking, and …

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