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Story About Bad Backups

Backups are typically only considered when you need them. That’s generally not the best time to find out if the backup is any good. Any good backup system also involves some trial runs to make sure the restores work. If you can’t…

When not to use custom fields

I love using Advanced Custom Fields to supercharge WordPress’ custom fields. With ACF, custom fields can be finely tuned to the needs of clients giving them a solid backend website experience. I recently attempted to use a custom field repeater with…

Use a Backup Service, Not a Plugin

If you only have one copy of your data, it’s already lost. If you care about it you need a backup. Every website needs a backup as well. There are plenty of great backup plugins however I highly recommend using a…

Decide Who Handles Your DNS

DNS is one of those things nobody thinks about unless there is a problem. When a DNS server goes down it takes down everything, website, email service, etc. To prevent this from ever happening you should use a DNS provider which…

Image Optimization For All

Jetpack Photon is free, quick and easy Image optimization is one of those things you really shouldn’t have to think about. The best way to not think about it is to use Jetpack Photon. With Photon enabled all of your…

Form Notifications That Work

Nearly every website has a contact form. It’s the first place potential customers go. Making sure you never miss a message is critical. The following 2 tips will make sure nothing slips through your WordPress site. Tip 1: Use an Email provider…

Hacking WP Engine’s web based WP-CLI

Last year WP Engine started rolling out WP-CLI to select partners. I was glad to be included in one of the early batches. Their implementation of WP-CLI is partial, excluding a number of commands. Also calling it “command line” is a…

Backing Up Hundreds of Sites on WP Engine

Effectively backing up hundreds/thousands of WordPress sites can be tricky. Most solutions like VaultPress become crazy expensive as they charge per site. For example 100 sites X $165/year for VaultPress Basic = $16,500 Other options like CodeGuard and Mover, while significantly cheaper then VaultPress, are…