Tips and Tricks

How to avoid timeouts when importing a WordPress export XML file

WordPress provides a great mechanism for exporting and importing data simply by using Tools > Export or Import. However when used on large datasets, you’re bound to run into timeout issues, especially when that data includes images since it takes time for the importer to grab those images from their source and download them into…

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How to keep your development sites from being indexed

This guide will show you how to configure your development site to ensure it is not indexed by Google. If you’re looking to set up a development environment, take a read over our guide here to learn how to do so then come on back here. Why is it important that your development sites not…

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How to set your PayPal IPN URL

There’s plenty of guides out there showing how to do this with the old PayPal interface and it seems they all could use some updating! Here’s how to set your IPN URL, as is commonly requested by cart software like WooCommerce. Login to your PayPal account Click here OR click the cog icon in the upper right…

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White Screen of Death: How to Fix it

When attempting to access any given page on your website, you get a blank white screen, when you were expecting the page to load as normal. Occasionally the screen will contain a line or two of text describing an error, but not always. This indicates that there’s an error with the code that runs your…

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How to hire a web designer / developer

We see a lot of websites pass through our systems, and often even just questions about sites we never end up hosting. Sometimes they’ve been hacked and need a cleanup and secure home. Other times the developer disappeared and the client needs help with maintenance. Some are trapped in a proprietary ecosystem, making other services, like…

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What to do when Thesis (WP Theme) stops generating CSS

This has happened to us a few times, namely every time we migrate a site using Thesis. The problem is that Thesis stores all its CSS (custom, skin, and editor CSS) in the database. It also stores the variables that drive that CSS in the DB. Something about how that data is transferred over when…

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Overlapping images when using a content grid?

If you’re seeing overlapping images, or odd grid display issues when using a content grid plugin, look for a plugin that enables lazyload of images and disable it on the page. For example, we use WP Rocket on most of our sites, and while it’s a fantastic caching plugin, occasionally you can run into the…

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What is SPF / Sender Policy Framework?

SPF records are used to prevent spammers from trying to make it look like their spam comes from your email address. While SPF records don’t guarantee prevention of forged addresses, they do a lot to help prevent it. Spammers commonly use sender forgery to try and trick their recipients into reading their SPAM emails. SPF works by publishing a list of…

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