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  I was asked to move a website to a new location, where the owner of the site for whatever reason had no admin rights to the backsite. All we had to go with were 2 files, the MySQL database dump file, and the files of the site in a zip file. Off topic here but, for migrating sites, I use the plugin called “Duplicator” , but sometimes this does not work well, if you have very large files, or the size of the site is too big, and your hosting is configured in a way that the execution time is not big enough, so you run out of time before completing the task, or the php version is old, Continue Reading…

  A few months ago, the WordPress plugin repository page was updated with a new design. Even though the page layout is better now, for whatever (ingenious) reason they took out the very important links to see the latest and newest plugins, and the most recently updated plugins. Those 2 links are: wordpress.org/plugins/browse/new , and wordpress.org/plugins/browse/updated. There is also an unofficial plugin directory – wpplugindirectory.org , but no new plugins are added for a month or so. It’s still a great place to search for free solutions.    

  I recently discovered the “Plugin Inspector” – wordpress.org/plugins/plugin-inspector . It basically checks any plugin you have installed in your WordPress site, and gives a detailed report on any deprecated functions, security holes, and unsafe php functions, and ranks those security risks, as low, medium and high. I am shocked to see how many plugins from the WordPress.org repository have security issues. I’m not talking about the plugins that are abandoned years ago, but recently updated. How low are the standards to have a plugin posted over there? I’m sure things will be much worse outside the repository, just like the themes. Talking about themes, just visit the themecheck.org website, just to realize how much “bad coding practices” there is out there, while charging Continue Reading…

  There will be times where you will need to increase your site’s memory, execution time, and/or upload sizes. Here are 3 methods you might use to change the settings. 1 – Functions.php file: @ini_set( ‘upload_max_size’ , ’64M’ ); @ini_set( ‘post_max_size’, ’64M’); @ini_set( ‘max_execution_time’, ‘300’ ); If  the above does not work: 2 – .htaccess file: php_value upload_max_filesize 64M php_value post_max_size 64M php_value max_execution_time 300 php_value max_input_time 300 If the .htaccess approach does not work either, then you can try using: 3 – php.ini file: Note: If you hosting is shared, then you will not have access to the php.ini file. Here is a little trick to combat that: Create a php.ini file in your WordPress site’s root folder upload_max_filesize = Continue Reading…

  One of my favorite things about Artisteer is the ability to randomly generate themes/templates, and in most cases this is the starting point of a great design. However, there are some settings that have to be set in a certain way, in order for the theme to look good. Today, I’m going to discuss one of those situations. This issue is apparent for those of us who use Woocommerce, and have variable products. Once you put a variable product in the shopping cart and go to the shopping cart page, in most cases you will notice that the product’s options do not line up properly. Also the shipping info is not lined up either, so in a way this affects Continue Reading…