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Customize Beaver Builder’s Social Media Icons

by Ethan Clevenger

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Hide WordPress Query Results When FacetWP Facets are Empty

by Ethan Clevenger

A FacetWP tutorial for hiding Wordpress query results until a user activates some facets, and displaying a message instead.

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Publish Duplicate Content Without Getting Punished

by Ethan Clevenger

Canonical links tell Google to ignore duplicate content you might be publishing. Here's why you might want to do that and how to implement them.

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Convert WordPress Tables to utf8mb4

by Ethan Clevenger

WordPress 4.2 upgraded eligible databases to use utf8mb4 collation. If yours wasn't upgraded for some reason, here's how to do it manually.

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Trust Laravel Homestead SSL Certificates

by Ethan Clevenger

Trying to use SSL certificates on Laravel Homestead? This quick tutorial tells your browser to trust Homestead's root CA file and all SSLs generated from it

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Setup a WordPress Child Theme for an Existing Parent Theme

by Ethan Clevenger

New WordPress users sometimes make parent theme changes without a child theme. Learn how to setup a child theme without losing those modifications!

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Using NextGen Gallery with Bedrock

by Ethan Clevenger

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Takeaways from Scott Hanselman’s “Scaling Yourself”

by Ethan Clevenger

Instead of writing down the ways I can scale myself somewhere I'll never see them again, I'll blog about them. Maybe someone will find them useful.

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Powering WordPress with Auto-Scaling AWS Aurora RDS

by Ethan Clevenger

WordPress at-scale can be database-intensive. Configure WordPress to use AWS's auto-scaling RDS Aurora clusters for an affordable way to handle the load.

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Use Laravel Spark Notifications Without Breaking Laravel’s Default Database Notifications

by Ethan Clevenger

Laravel Spark notifications get in the way of Laravel's default database notifications. This tutorial will walk you through how to use both.

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