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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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Speeding up Extracting a Site from Multisite


Last year I wrote about Extracting a Site from Multisite. The real tedious part is manually moving themes, plugins and uploads relating to a particular subsite over to a standard WordPress install. Luckily this can be automated using bash and Rclone. Rclone makes scripting over sftp enjoyable. Rclone supports practically any remote storage provider imaginable.

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Concurrent Site Monitor in Bash


Something that’s important for every website is a site monitor, and a great tool for getting started is Jetpack Monitor. It’s free and sends out an email notification whenever downtime is detected. If you want more control and flexibility over downtime notifications, I recommend using a paid site monitoring service or do your own site monitoring.

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Removing Sensitive Data from Git Repos


If you’ve ever worked with git for a WordPress project, you may at some point accidentally added private keys and other sensitive data into the repo. It’s easy to do especially when your working on a project that you’re not intending on sharing. Going back and modifying a past commit isn’t a simple one-liner. That’s

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Writing Personalized Scheduled Emails with WordPress


There are many options for sending out email newsletters. Recently, I was reviewing various options for sending out my CaptainCore updates. At first I was tempted to just grab entries from my Gravity Forms and send out a regular email with everyone BCC’d. However I foresee how that will quickly become problematic when manually maintaining a

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Working with WP Engine’s Legacy Staging


WP Engine is one of the main web hosts I use for Anchor Hosting. They recently announced new staging and development environments which will eventually make the existing staging site feature obsolete. In fact they now call staging “Legacy Staging”. During this transition phase having both legacy staging and the new staging and development environments is

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Argument List Too Long with WP-CLI


When using command line applications, like WP-CLI, you may run into a scenario where you’re attempting to pass too much information via arguments. That will result in an error like zsh: argument list too long: wp or /usr/local/bin/wp: Argument list too long. Similar to website URLs, there is a maximum length a command can be. These

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My First Custom Table with WordPress


A few months back I announced a new feature called Quicksaves. Each Quicksave contains a fair amount of website data which I’ve been storing in a WordPress custom post type and some custom fields with Advanced Custom Fields. Right from the beginning, I’ve suspected that this might quickly grow beyond what a WordPress custom post type

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