Tips and Tricks

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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How to force HTTPS using Plesk 12

If you are using a web application like WordPress it’s recommended to make this change using the web application’s built in function, if available. Click here to learn how to enable HTTPS with WordPress. The Easy Way: Use Plesk Onyx Plesk Onyx now comes with an option to force enable HTTPS simply by checking a box. All…

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WordPress Plugin: Category Checklist Tree

The Category Checklist Tree plugin may sound pretty boring but in reality it’s an extremely simple and useful plugin! If you’ve ever found yourself perplexed by the behaviour of the Categories lists in WordPress, this is the plugin for you. How might I be annoyed by the WordPress categories list you ask? Well it all has…

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How to configure a form for successful email delivery

Although you’d think email forms would come preconfigured to work successfully in all environments, you’d be surprised how often they’re poorly configured by default. There’s a number of very particular aspects to the configuration of contact forms that need to be set precisely in order to work successfully both with our hosting and more generally in…

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