Maintain Multiple WordPress Sites With MainWP

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Being a veteran WordPress user, I’ve tried a lot of different tools to manage multiple WordPress sites. Since 2012, I’ve used InfiniteWP and they are good! The main system is free which is awesome and no monthly fee (huge deal). The only issue is – their add-ons are very expensive. I missed out on their initial low cost deal. It’s my fault. I snoozed and I lost. Even so, I used it because it is good and it helped a great deal but I was always on the lookout for more pocket friendly alternatives. Not just for me but for you too. When a power WordPress user and developer recommended MainWP to me, I immediately paid attention. At that time, they charged $79 a year for unlimited sites, free for 5 sites and I think the extensions were $20 each. Not bad considering prices from the competition. Then they changed their entire model. You now get free unlimited sites. Overall, I’ve been happy enough with it that after 6 months, I moved all sites over to MainWP. Easy On The Wallet I already mentioned you can get MainWP free. If you need premium ticket support it’s $49.99 a year. If you want

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14 Action Steps To Secure WordPress Now

Saturday, May 10th, 2014
14 Action Steps To Secure Your WordPress Site

I’ve written a lot about the steps to secure WordPress.  It is a bit of a wonder that I don’t have them listed in one place for you to refer to over and over. Well, I’m rectifying that right now. Here are so actions, with updated information you need to take immediately. Install iThemes Security Before proceeding, please know that… WordPress security isn’t a set once and forget thing. It’s a series of steps, and layers of processes. Now that is out of the way, there are many different plugins out there for security. I like and use iThemes Security extensively. Mostly because it has a checklist of things that covers a lot of the common issues that I used to handle by hand. Great as it is, sometimes, on some servers it just doesn’t want to work nicely. It could be an incompatibility with other plugins or with the way a web host has configured the server. In these instances, my fallback is Wordfence. While Wordfence does not do as much but it has one really important feature – to block suspicious logins and brute force logins. Both are free though there is a Pro version for iThemes Security.

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What To Do When WordPress Update Fails

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
What To Do WhenWordPresss Update Fails

The dreaded updates. Sometimes, it’s a bit more scary like a blank page, appearing like the site disappeared. At other times, it’s frustrating stuff like not being able to log into the admin. Then there are smaller annoyances like things disappearing, and visual editor is gone. In working with WordPress over 10 years, this is what I know for sure. Your site usually hasn’t disappeared or been deleted. Could it happen, yes but not often. 90% of the time, it is either: Theme incompatibility Plugin incompatibility Upload or upgrade process didn’t complete properly or somehow the files are corrupted. Also, your posts are not gone. Here’s why. An upgrade overrides the files. Not the database. These are two systems working together to deliver your content. Unless your database is corrupt, usually you are good to go. Step 1 Before you do anything it might be a good idea to backup first. What did you say? Backup? I can’t even get into WordPress how am I supposed to backup? Ah! That’s one of the reasons you should always have an alternative backup option. You could, Backup your files the manual way Use a third party host-level backup Why backup at this late

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How To Disable Your WordPress Plugins Without Admin Access

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

From time, to time, you may not be able to log in to your WordPress admin area. To troubleshoot, you may need to disable your WordPress plugins. Before you begin, this process absolutely requires FTP or cPanel access. In this tutorial, we show you using cPanel. You could achieve the very same thing using FTP as well. There are two methods here. One for disabling all plugins and disabling one plugin only at the bottom. Using your browser, log into your web hosting cPanel, look for a tool named File Manager. A new window will open and you will see a file browser much like your computer. Locate the wp-content folder. Double click it. Disabling All Plugins On the next screen, locate the plugins folder. Click once to select it and immediately after, click again to enable editing. It’s slower than double click but don’t wait too long between clicks either. Change the name, then hit Enter on your keyboard. If that is too difficult, use the Rename button instead. With the plugins folder still selected, click the Rename button. A popup will appear. Enter the new name of the plugins folder then click Rename File.     The result

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WP auto updates

Beginning with WordPress 3.7, new installations are shipped with automatic updates. This news strikes terror in many of our hearts. After all, who can forget all the failed update horror stories? I’ve got a few to tell myself so I understand and am uncertain for the time being. However, because WordPress is very much part of my business, and this can potentially help shave a ton of my time, including outsourcing costs – it would be naive to reject automatic updates wholesale without first understanding what is involved. Like anything new and somewhat major, this took me some time to digest. Some of this stuff is rather technical so I thought I’d help you understand what it all means to you. Improved Verification Before Updates When you click update, WordPress doesn’t simply update willy nilly. There are checks happening in the backend that you never see (that’s a good thing). With automatic updates, the developers have improved these backend checks to reduce update problems. Update: I forgot to include this in the initial post. From what I read and understand, the automated minor updates only replace the changed files not the entire WordPress core as you would a major update.

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How To Choose The Wrong WordPress Theme

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
Wrong theme

What’s the best WordPress theme? That’s a question that you see thrown out regularly. Before you go further, know that there is no such thing as the best theme (or plugin) for that matter. However, there are best themes or plugins for the context of what you want to do. When you choose your themes, be mindful of these and make sure you don’t follow them. Use An Unsupported Theme This is rather tough. All theme developers start somewhere, but your business (or money making blog) is not the place to experiment with unproven themes. Security is an issue yes but also, if few people know about and use it, the tougher it is for you to get help, especially on a free theme where support is never guaranteed. Choose Themes That Are Too Feature Rich There’s a reason WordPress has plugins and themes. Some things are better left for plugins and others for themes. For example, a theme for food sites. There are plenty of gorgeous themes that do this well. The moment the theme includes ways for you to create recipe pages, it’s entering plugin territory. This can be done using custom post types or custom meta content.

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Useful htaccess Commands For WordPress

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

The .htaccess file, it is a small text file that holds commands that tells your website to do or not do certain things. These commands can be super helpful for example if you want to move all your affiliate links into a new directory, you could write a command to do it instead of manually changing links. And the more common task when it comes to WordPress, it is the file that holds the commands to make your URLs nice and readable. Beyond that, on many WordPress installs, I also have a list of other commands running to help with various tasks. Here are some of them. Close WordPress Site This is great so you can work on it or keep people from snooping on a new project. There are plugins that you can use to shut down your site but many of them only create a mask. They don’t really shut off access and people can still login. This keeps people out by IP and show everyone else a message (see the reference to Upgrade.html) in there? You’d need to create a page, name it Upgrade.html, save it in the same folder, and enter your message there. View the code

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For whatever strange reason, sometimes when you are writing or editing your WordPress post or pages, you might find certain options missing. This could be anything from the Categories options Tags Options and even some plugin options that all should be there. It’s frustrating. Especially the built in ones you know have got to be there right? This very problem drove me up the wall once and I spent countless hours trying to fix and once I found the solution I kinda felt silly. Turns out the screen options for that metabox (that’s the WordPress term for these boxes of options) were turn off. So if you find something missing in your post editing screen, check your screen options first. It is located on the top right corner of every screen in WordPress.


If you have recently upgraded to WordPress 3.6  you might have noticed something extremely annoying. A popup that keeps coming up warning you that you need a later version of jQuery for BlockUI to work. If you’re lucky, this only appears in the admin area and only on selected pages. If you’re not, it would appear on every public page. Something that’s bound to make your site visitors complain – or turn them off completely. What in the world is BlockUI? Why is this annoying you on some sites but not others and how do you get rid of it once and for all? BlockUI is a jQuery (Javascript) plugin that lets developers display a popover window – normally to prompt you to do something or to display a message. Some plugins and themes use this and that’s why you get this complaint. The fastest way to get rid of this is to deactivate the plugin. If you don’t know which plugin is the culprit, simply deactivate all and re-enable them one at a time till you find the one. A classic solution but works almost every time. If all plugins are de-activated and you still have this issue, chances are it

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With WordPress 3.6 comes built-in media player support. Now, to add video or audio, all you need to do is to enter the URL and it will turn into a player. No additional plugins needed which is great because your page size is smaller, that means your pages will load faster and you also have less plugins to keep up with. This is great news in itself but better yet, the player is HTML5, you won’t get complaints from people on iPads and iPhones. Yet another reason to lose old media player plugins. However, dropping a plugin also means having to clean up your old posts since most media player plugins use their own shortcodes. This can be a problem if you don’t know where those shortcodes might be. Below, are some step-by-step instructions how to find these posts. You could use a plugin I suppose, I’d just rather not install something to do something only once. Log into phpMyAdmin Go to your website’s cPanel, and click on phpMyAdmin Find wp_posts table Look for wp_posts under the Table column and click on the name.   Search Table On the top of the screen look for and click on the Search

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