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2019 PHP Benchmarks – Why You Need PHP 7+

by Ethan Clevenger

Website performance directly affects your SEO rankings, and Kinsta's annual benchmarks show us how the PHP 7+ can help push you over the top.

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Function to Check if Divi is Active

by Ethan Clevenger

Ever wanted to adjust a WordPress page template based on whether or not the user used the Divi page builder? Here's the function that'll let you know.

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Gutenberg Got You Down?

by Ethan Clevenger

Gutenberg is a cool step for WordPress, but the new editor is causing headaches with plugin and theme incompatibility and breaking websites. What to do?

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WordPress Security Basics

by Ethan Clevenger

WordPress is used on a ton of websites, which makes it a big target for hackers. However, you can usually stay one step ahead of those hackers. Follow these step-by-step instructions to set up WordFence and make sure you're protected.

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Better WordPress Transients

by Ethan Clevenger

There are certain cases where WordPress's built-in transient system isn't great. While most users get cached data, a few poor people have to wait for that data to refresh. This tutorial shows you how to implement 10up's better transient solution and serve up existing data while refresh happens in the background!

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WordPress cURL Error 28 and Your DNS Resolver

by Ethan Clevenger

cURL error 28 can happen for a variety of reasons. This article will walk you through isolating the problem to WordPress or your server, and then how to check and swap your DNS resolver.

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Keeping Your Website’s Images Accessible

by Ethan Clevenger

Images can be great for SEO, and must be set up properly to ensure website accessibility. If you want to nail image accessibility and SEO-friendly images, here's what to keep in mind.

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Adding a Gravity Forms PayPal Continue URL

by Ethan Clevenger

Losing customers with your PayPal-powered Gravity Form? This plugin gives you a PayPal link for abandoned entries so customers can complete their purchase!

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Fix My Slow Website! Part 2: Optimizing Images

by Ethan Clevenger

Optimizing your images is a great way to start speeding up your WordPress website. Learn about steps you can start taking to address those pesky pictures.

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Fix My Slow Website! Part 1: Why is my Website Slow?

by Ethan Clevenger

Wondering how to fix your slow WordPress website? In part one of this series, Sterner Stuff lays out the broad reason for slow websites.

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