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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. With managing over 250 sites on Kinsta, here are some tips for keeping PHP up to date. Gathering current PHP versions

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Routine Maintenance Improvements, ManageWP Compatible


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 ManageWP

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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Every once in a while I’ll run into a WordPress site with really outdated code that breaks when migrating to a modern WordPress host provider.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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All of the Small Things Kinsta Gets Right


First off I’m a power user. I personally use both Kinsta and WP Engine for hosting my customer’s sites. They are both fantastic companies and have their own pros and cons. The longer I use Kinsta the more I’m realizing all of the small things that Kinsta gets right when comparing it with WP Engine.

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Automatic Git Deploy with Kinsta via SSH


Kinsta is my preferred WordPress host provider. This year I’ve switched all my new customers to Kinsta. Coming from WP Engine, one feature I miss is a per site git URL which will automatically deploy updates whenever a git push is run locally. This isn’t something Kinsta currently offers. There are plenty of workarounds. In fact I’ve

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