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Advantages & Disadvantages using SSH for WordPress Management


My own WordPress management toolkit is built on top of SSH. That’s very different then other alternative WordPress management systems. To talk more on how I ended up making the decision to build on SSH let’s dig into  some advantages and disadvantages in using SSH for WordPress management.   Advantages for SSH Crazy powerful. There is just no

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Building my own WordPress Management Toolkit


There are lots of great tools available for managing multiple WordPress sites. I currently use ManageWP which is an amazing tool. Since the beginning of this year I’ve been working on my own WordPress management toolkit call CaptainCore. Development on CaptainCore has been slow and steady with improvements added every few weeks. It’s early days for development however

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Force Update Admin Email within WordPress Backend


This happens all too often. I wake up to find random WordPress email notifications coming to me which should not be coming to me. After some fancy detective work to located which WordPress sent the notification, I then proceed to /wp-admin/ and update the admin email notify located under Settings > General. This triggers a really annoying approval

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Taking Over an Existing Google Analytics Profile


When juggling WordPress sites between host providers and marketing agencies, it’s possible to misplace access to the Google Analytics profile. Rather then start fresh and losing historical tracking data, it’s possible to take over the an existing Google Analytics with only the UA code and access to current site. Start by contacting Google AdWords support. Fill

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Suspending Unpaid Hosting Customers


It’s common practice, that if you don’t pay your web hosting services then your website will be suspended. I’m going go over the technicals of how I handle website suspensions for my customers. The majority of unpaid customers aren’t aware anything is wrong. It doesn’t matter how many emails are sent, if the customer thinks

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Collecting Less Tracking Info


With the recent GDPR requirements, small business website owners have been left to review their business practices in order to make sure they remain compliant. Kinsta did great job at going over a lot of the practicals here: https://kinsta.com/blog/gdpr-compliance/. While going through the process myself I decided in most cases it was easiest if I limit

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Backblaze B2 as a Time Machine Backup


I recently switched over to Backblaze B2 to store my website backups, and it’s been a great experience. Each B2 bucket has its own lifecycle rules which determines how long to keep previous file versions. My backup B2 bucket is configured with unlimited file versions, which means my nightly incremental WordPress backups, in theory, should be

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Export certain posts with WP-CLI


Did you know it’s possible to export certain posts using WP-CLI? I didn’t, but a big thanks to Daniel Bachhuber for pointing me in the right direction. That led to my first contribution back to the WP-CLI project which makes me very happy 😄. Here are the docs I added. # Export certain posts without create table

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Safely Remove Dates from WordPress Permalinks


I’m not sure if this is a growing trend, but I recently decided to drop the dates from my blog post URLs. Previously I was using the day and name format /2017/12/12/identifying-bottleneck-plugins/ to the post name format /identifying-bottleneck-plugins/. This was not an SEO-based decision. I simply like the clean look in the URL, and feel that

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Exploring Fathom Analytics


In terms of web analytics, Google Analytics dominates. I’ve tried some of the open source alternatives (see below from wiki) however I haven’t been very impressed. Most of them are difficult to use. In fact, only two of them work as easy as Google Analytics with a simple copy/paste JavaScript embed. WordPress and the internet at large

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