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  • New: It’s recommend that you use a CDN with Kinsta. This is due to the fact that they charge overage fees on data transferred. Currently Kinsta doesn’t have a built in CDN option however they have stated that they are working on a solution. Until then I recommend using KeyCDN with Kinsta. Setting up KeyCDN with Kinsta …
  • Old: Moving WordPress sites between host providers is a fairly straightforward process. You generate a backup, import the backup, and reconfigure DNS to the new provider. With that said, doing it manually can take up a lot of time as there are lots of small steps in-between. The following is a collection of my own processes …
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  • New: Moving WordPress sites between host providers is a fairly straightforward process. You generate a backup, import the backup, and reconfigure DNS to the new provider. With that said, doing it manually can take up a lot of time as there are lots of small steps in-between. The following is a collection of my own processes …
  • Old: I use both WP Engine and Kinsta for hosting WordPress websites. Both companies provide excellent managed WordPress hosting. Now that I’ve been using Kinsta regularly for over 8 months I thought it would be a good time to do a comparison to WP Engine with whom I’ve been using for over 3 years. WP Engine is …
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  • New: I use both WP Engine and Kinsta for hosting WordPress websites. Both companies provide excellent managed WordPress hosting. Now that I’ve been using Kinsta regularly for over 8 months I thought it would be a good time to do a comparison to WP Engine with whom I’ve been using for over 3 years. WP Engine is …
  • Old: Most paid plugins require a key to run. Some popular plugins also allow you to preload their key from the wp-config.php file. The following is an example of preloading keys for Akismet, Gravity Forms and WP Smush Pro. define( 'WPCOM_API_KEY', 'XXXXXXXXXX' ); define( 'GF_LICENSE_KEY', 'XXXXXXXXXX' ); define( 'WPMUDEV_APIKEY', 'XXXXXXXXXX' ); Unfortunately Advanced Custom Fields Pro doesn’t preload keys Worse yet, ACF Pro seems …
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  • New: There are a few difference ways to configure WordPress with unlimited storage. The process is typically the same. First you create a new Amazon S3 bucket to store your files and then you configure WordPress to sync and serve your uploads directly from S3. While I don’t recommend doing this as a standard practice, I have found myself …
  • Old: Most paid plugins require a key to run. Some popular plugins also allow you to preload their key from the wp-config.php file. The following is an example of preloading keys for Akismet, Gravity Forms and WP Smush Pro. define( 'WPCOM_API_KEY', 'XXXXXXXXXX' ); define( 'GF_LICENSE_KEY', 'XXXXXXXXXX' ); define( 'WPMUDEV_APIKEY', 'XXXXXXXXXX' ); Unfortunately Advanced Custom Fields Pro doesn’t preload keys Worse yet, ACF Pro seems …
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  • New: Most paid plugins require a key to run. Some popular plugins also allow you to preload their key from the wp-config.php file. The following is an example of preloading keys for Akismet, Gravity Forms and WP Smush Pro. define( 'WPCOM_API_KEY', 'XXXXXXXXXX' ); define( 'GF_LICENSE_KEY', 'XXXXXXXXXX' ); define( 'WPMUDEV_APIKEY', 'XXXXXXXXXX' ); Unfortunately Advanced Custom Fields Pro doesn’t preload keys Worse yet, ACF Pro seems …
  • Old: The built-in XML export/import is often overlooked, and for good reasons. It’s not made to move a website, and it doesn’t move any website configuration, custom menus or widgets. What it does do is move content. It works well in situations like starting up a new WordPress website design for an existing website with the only goal of pulling in an old …
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  • New: The built-in XML export/import is often overlooked, and for good reasons. It’s not made to move a website, and it doesn’t move any website configuration, custom menus or widgets. What it does do is move content. It works well in situations like starting up a new WordPress website design for an existing website with the only goal of pulling in an old …
  • Old: I use git locally whenever I’m doing development. If you’re using WP Engine, you can simply push directly to their repo and they’ll auto update your web server. Recently I was working with Kinsta on my own website. While Kinsta has git installed on their web servers, they don’t have an auto-deployment process. They do have …
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  • New: One part of keeping your WordPress website healthy is using an uptime monitor. I use a free one called Jetpack Monitor. Jetpack Monitor is very basic. It checks your website every 5 minutes and sends an email notice if something is wrong. Lots of things can go wrong There are many reasons for a website to …
  • Old: I use git locally whenever I’m doing development. If you’re using WP Engine, you can simply push directly to their repo and they’ll auto update your web server. Recently I was working with Kinsta on my own website. While Kinsta has git installed on their web servers, they don’t have an auto-deployment process. They do have …
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  • New: I use git locally whenever I’m doing development. If you’re using WP Engine, you can simply push directly to their repo and they’ll auto update your web server. Recently I was working with Kinsta on my own website. While Kinsta has git installed on their web servers, they don’t have an auto-deployment process. They do have …
  • Old: Have you ever noticed that WordPress.org plugins folder names never change? For example Yoast SEO is under a folder called wordpress-seo while Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights is within google-analytics-for-wordpress. While you can update a plugin’s name you can not change it’s folder name. These persistent folders, also called plugin slugs, are used in two places. First on WordPress.org at https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/, and …
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  • New: Have you ever noticed that WordPress.org plugins folder names never change? For example Yoast SEO is under a folder called wordpress-seo while Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights is within google-analytics-for-wordpress. While you can update a plugin’s name you can not change it’s folder name. These persistent folders, also called plugin slugs, are used in two places. First on WordPress.org at https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/, and …
  • Old: The WordPress plugin ecosystem is vast. You can pretty much find a plugin to do anything. I’ve been asked “Which plugins do you recommend?” or “Can I use this?” or “How many do you recommend I use?”. I think most of these questions are asked under the assumption that there is an ideal number of plugins that you should stay …
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  • New: The WordPress plugin ecosystem is vast. You can pretty much find a plugin to do anything. I’ve been asked “Which plugins do you recommend?” or “Can I use this?” or “How many do you recommend I use?”. I think most of these questions are asked under the assumption that there is an ideal number of plugins that you should stay …
  • Old: If you manage lots of WordPress websites, dealing with sFTP logins can be a pain. Most sFTP clients don’t allow backup/restore passwords between computers. At some point I got tired of manually entering credentials and created the following Alfred workflow to automatically import from the following format. myawesomesite.com Address: myawesomesite.wpengine.com Username: myawesomesite Password: 8dni238cnj83 Protocol: sftp Port: 2222 Alfred workflow …
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  • New: Be default WP Engine disables WordPress queries with a random order. You can enable however that will disables their caching system which also isn’t a good idea. Here are run through on how to properly use randomization with with WP Engine caching system with a few explanations of what’s happening. PHP random functions still work with …
  • Old: I’ve mentioned before that I use Transmit for sFTP. One of the really nice features of Transmit is the ability to sync two folders together. This comes in handy when migrating WordPress websites with a large upload directory. Prep migration by uploading wp-content folder After you have a backup of your WordPress website, start by loading the wp-content …
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  • New: If you manage lots of WordPress websites, dealing with sFTP logins can be a pain. Most sFTP clients don’t allow backup/restore passwords between computers. At some point I got tired of manually entering credentials and created the following Alfred workflow to automatically import from the following format. myawesomesite.com Address: myawesomesite.wpengine.com Username: myawesomesite Password: 8dni238cnj83 Protocol: sftp Port: 2222 Alfred workflow …
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  • New: I’ve mentioned before that I use Transmit for sFTP. One of the really nice features of Transmit is the ability to sync two folders together. This comes in handy when migrating WordPress websites with a large upload directory. Prep migration by uploading wp-content folder After you have a backup of your WordPress website, start by loading the wp-content …
  • Old: WP Engine does not have a one click button to restore a production snapshot backup to staging. I foresee that being something they add in the future. For now, here are some manual steps to take to do just that. First, download the snapshot you’d like to restore to staging Restore snapshot database to staging Generate a fresh …
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  • New: WP Engine does not have a one click button to restore a production snapshot backup to staging. I foresee that being something they add in the future. For now, here are some manual steps to take to do just that. First, download the snapshot you’d like to restore to staging Restore snapshot database to staging Generate a fresh …
  • Old: Many people are afraid to run their own WordPress plugin and theme updates. That’s simply because they don’t take WordPress maintenance seriously. You don’t need to be an expert in WordPress to feel safe running updates. You do, however, need a plan and a commitment. It’s true, sometimes things break when updates are installed WordPress is …

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