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Austin Ginder

Make Reselling WordPress Hosting Awesome 🌟

I don’t know about you but the idea of reselling web hosting is generally negative 👎. And for good reason. There are plenty of bad examples of companies that resell web hosting with very little value add built upon old…

Early Recommendations for Block Library Plugins

With WordPress 5.0 comes the new block editor 🧱. This opens up an entirely new ecosystem of plugins all around adding blocks to the WordPress editor. One trend that’s catching on are WordPress plugins that add an entire library of…

Selective Snapshot Downloads

One thing that I really like from WP Engine is their selective download options from backup snapshots. Every night they make a backup snapshot which you can download the full zip or a selective selection of files. If you’re an…

Getting Started with Axios and WordPress

When working with modern Javascript like Vue.JS, a common thing is sending and receiving data via ajax. While this could be handled with jQuery, I’d recommend using Axios which is a modern standalone library for handling ajax requests. Axios can…

Smarter Site Monitor in Bash

For the last number of months I’ve been using my own site monitor. It’s been great and terrible all at the same time. It’s great as it’s uncovered many issues that were missed by Jetpack Monitor. That’s due to my…

Bulk Renaming Meta Fields

Most of the time when working with meta fields I’ll use Advanced Custom Fields. One place where I don’t use ACF is within CaptainCore CLI where data is stored directly into meta fields using WP-CLI. I recently wanted to rename…

Image Optimization for Web Servers

When it comes to image optimization, my go to WordPress plugin is WP Smush Pro. That said there are times I want to do more than what a plugin can handle. I recently had a customer who had over 50GBs…

Moving 500+ sites to Kinsta

Over the past 6 months I’ve worked with Kinsta to move over 500+ sites from WP Engine. This will be my official review and recap of that massive switchover. I’ll just begin with a spoiler and say I couldn’t be…

ACF Custom Fields Stored in Custom Table

Within CaptainCore, my WordPress management toolkit, I have a custom post type named captcore_website which stores site details via many ACF custom fields. The number of necessary custom fields seems to be never ending as I continue to expand functionality.…

Extracting Stats from a Fathom Instance

Back in October of 2018 Fathom, the open source web analytics project, added support to track multiple websites per instance. Since then I’ve been collecting site stats for all of my WordPress customers with intent to reduce my reliance on…