Author: Austin Ginder

WP-CLI Only WordPress


When it comes to unique use cases for WordPress, headless WordPress is all the talk. However earlier this year I stumbled upon another unique use case for WordPress. One I haven’t seen talked about before. That is a WP-CLI only WordPress. WordPress runs just fine without being web accessible. Under this configuration all interactions with

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Email Subscriptions Powered by BNFW


Since the beginning of this blog I’ve relied on Jetpack Subscriptions to send out email notifications when publishing a blog post. It’s a free, quick and easy solution for handling blog email subscriptions. That said it’s not very flexible and emails are handled by the WordPress.com infrastructure which is not something you can control. For

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Restore Only WooCommerce Products From Backup


Daily backups are a necessity for any website. However performing a full site restore from backup should only be considered as a last resort. For high traffic WooCommerce sites restoring a backup means all customers orders are lost from the backup time till the restore time. Avoid performing a full site restore if possible A

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Kinsta PHP Management


Coming from WP Engine, Kinsta PHP options are amazing. Each site with Kinsta can run a wide range of PHP versions from 5.6 to 7.3 beta. That said, with greater control comes additional responsibility. Here are some tips for keeping PHP up to date while managing over 250 sites on Kinsta.  Gathering current PHP versions

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Routine Maintenance Improvements, ManageWP Compatible


Here at Anchor Hosting, I’ve been a big user of ManageWP. ManageWP gives you a single dashboard to manage all of your WordPress sites. This is amazing if you are managing hundreds or thousands of WordPress sites. However as my number of hosting customers has grown, my reliance on ManageWP means that others can’t use

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Bundling in Fathom Analytics


If you haven’t seen Fathom Analytics yet, then please do. It’s a breath of fresh air in the web analytics space, and I argue that it’s a pretty good fit for WordPress sites. They offer free and paid plans however most of what I’ll be talking about relates to their free self-managed code. Fathom now supports

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Inconsistent Arguments with Remote Script over SSH


While working on a new bash script, I discovered a pretty annoying difference between Kinsta and WP Engine’s SSH access. It involves sending arguments to a remote script. That’s something which is core to most of the scripts I write, like within my migration script. To demonstrate the bug I’ll start with a sample script

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Resolving Bad Code During Migrations


Every once in a while I’ll run into a WordPress site with really outdated code that breaks when migrating to a modern WordPress host provider. Here are a few common issues I see along with some tips for resolving. PHP tags need to start as <?php not <? While an older web server might be able to understand

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Hacktoberfest 2018


Hacktoberfest is here. It’s the 5th year running, and the first one I’ve participated in. The challenge is simple, complete five pull requests on any Github open source project during October and get a free t-shirt. That means there are still two weeks left to complete the challenge. If you’re reading this late, mark your

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WP Engine to Kinsta Bulk Migration Tips


Last month I moved 100 WordPress sites from WP Engine to Kinsta. The following are some things I learned and recommendations for doing bulk migrations from WP Engine to Kinsta. Warning: Transfer no more then 10 sites per hour per datacenter due to Let’s Encrypt rate limits. Ok this might seem silly, but it’s not.

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