Austin Ginder

Lighting Fast WordPress Themes ⚡

When building WordPress websites for customers, I feel the best approach is to do a custom designed and developed theme using something like Underscores as a starter theme combined with Advanced Custom Fields. There is just nothing like building up…

Configuring Vanity Nameservers

I’ve been using a premium DNS provider since 2014 and only recently switched to use vanity nameservers. This will be a walk through showing the steps I took to setup vanity nameservers using Constellix (DNS Provider) and Hover (Domain Provider)…

Announcing Vanity Nameservers

I’ve finally done it. I’ve setup vanity nameservers for Anchor Hosting. Effective immediately all customers can use these branded nameservers rather then the previous Constellix nameservers. The DNS provider is still Constellix. Constellix is an amazing DNS provider. Literally zero…

Consolidating Mailgun Accounts

On March 1st 2020, Mailgun will be phasing out their free tier. I’m a happy paying Mailgun customer. How is this going to affect me? Well, over the last several years I created a number of separate free Mailgun accounts…

WordPress Routing Hacks for Single Page Applications

If you’ve ever attempted to bundle a Javascript single page application (SPA) inside of WordPress, you’ll likely run into the issue of routing. The problem isn’t that JS frameworks can’t route properly, the question is how do you get WordPress…

Debugging Slow DNS Rollouts

Ever launch a new website and run into DNS delays? Ever curious what’s happening under the hood? Let’s take a closer look and DNS updates and some tips for troubleshooting the DNS rollout process. There are great – and not…

Downloading Backups From Previous Host Provider

Given the following scenario, you’ve just launched a new WordPress site by pointing DNS to the new server and you need to grab a backup file from the old web server. What do you do? There are many potential solutions,…

Dynamically Load WordPress Database

The file wp-config.php defines configuration before WordPress is fully loaded, and includes things like database credentials and unique authentication keys. Did you know these configurations can dynamically be loaded? The following custom code will dynamically determine a database name based…

Manually Merging Posts Between WordPress Sites

My recommendation has always been to avoid workflows that involve deploying staging to/from production. That’s because merging WordPress websites is really hard if not nearly impossible to pull off. There are just too moving pieces to track. 👀 Mergebot was…