WordPress 5.7.2 Security Release

WordPress 5.7.2 has been released that fixes an issue with WordPress versions between 3.7 and 5.7. Make sure to update to the new release to resolve this security issue. Details of this issue can be found below if you want a deeper dive into it.

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Enable Auto-updates for all plugins using WP-CLI

When it comes to managing site updates it can be painstaking, especially when you have more sites than you can count on one, or even two hands. Even with that being said I know the sites that I manage pretty well from inside and out, so I am fine with automating updates. Most of the …

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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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