Thinking of starting a vlog

With my current position that I hold over here at Kinsta, part of my job is helping to train the sales team about WordPress, as well as keeping them updated on the ever-changing ecosystem surrounding it. With that being said I have created a handful of tutorials for them to watch when I can not …

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WordPress 5.8.3 Security Release

WordPress 5.8.3 is a security update that addresses some recently discovered vulnerabilities as shown below. Props to Karim El Ouerghemmi and Simon Scannell of SonarSource for disclosing an issue with stored XSS through post slugs. Props to Simon Scannell of SonarSource for reporting an issue with Object injection in some multisite installations. Props to ngocnb and khuyenn from GiaoHangTietKiem JSC for …

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Optimize images for WordPress

When it comes to optimizing your site there are a few things that should be done, in my book the first is properly optimizing the images that you upload to your site. I always stick with the mentality that I am my site(s), pages, or posts for someone that is on a 3G connection or …

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Using WP-CLI to maintain multiple sites over SSH

Not all hosts provide a simple way to update WordPress Core, Plugins, or Themes within their control panel so that leaves you logging in to each WordPress install one by one to push updates (Of course you can enable auto-updates in WordPress these days). There is another way of going about this if you like to have a little more control, and that is by using WP-CLI. WP-CLI allows for you to create a config.yaml file in the /User/home/username/.wp-cli/ directory on your computer that has WP-CLI installed.

The process of setting this up is pretty straightforward, first, you want to make sure for ease of use you push out your SSH key to each site/server that you will be connecting to else you are stuck typing in the password for each site which kind of defeats the purpose of this setup. I won’t explain this process as there are many walkthroughs out there that can help you get this going if you are unfamiliar, I even wrote a bash script to help with this process.

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Handling the scheduling of Draft Posts in WordPress

With the recent start of the 100 days of blogging challenge that I am participating in with a few other coworkers at Kinsta, it got me thinking about how will I ever manage all of these scheduled posts. The way I am attacking this challenge is simply by creating a bunch of draft posts on …

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WordPress Black Friday Deals 2021

Every year the WordPress space has some awesome Black Friday deals when it comes to Themes, Plugins as well as Services. Below I will attempt to keep an updated list of some of these great deals on Themes, Plugins and Services that I stand behind and personally have used over the years. Themes Generate Press …

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GoDaddy acquires Pagely

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That was all the talk last night in various WordPress channels, and that did not stop at all today. I have to say that I did not at all see this coming. I simply base that on knowing Josh the now ex-CEO of Pagely for many years, I never thought I would see the day …

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WordPress 5.8.2 Security and Maintenance Release

WordPress 5.8.2 is now available which is a security and maintenance release that features 2 bug fixes in addition to 1 security fix. Because this is a security release, it is recommended that you update your sites immediately. All versions since WordPress 5.2 have also been updated. I went through and updated a bunch of sites that I maintain and …

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WordPress 5.8.2 Release schedule

WordPress 5.8.2 is right around the corner, tentatively planned for a release candidate on October 5, 2021, and a final release on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. I am looking forward to testing out the new upcoming version, but I don’t expect any groundbreaking new features for a point release.

Enable Jetpack Development Mode

To avoid, that the Jetpack plugin wants to create a connection to your account, you can enable the Jetpack development mode. When using the development mode, many features are disabled, but some important features (markdown, widget visibility) are available. To enable the debug mode, add this line to your wp-config.php: If you want to enable the …

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