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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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How Can I Protect My Financial Information Online?

by Ethan Clevenger

There's certainly a lot of scary stuff out there implying that if you shop online, you may as well be handing an identity thief your wallet. Fortunately, by taking the right precautions, you can shop online and have peace of mind all at once.

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The Nuclear Option: Setting Up WordPress Backups with Dropbox and UpdraftPlus

by Ethan Clevenger

WordPress bcakups are super easy to set up. This tutorial shows you how to quickly set up backups, automatically take backups on a regular schedule, and keep them somewhere safe like Dropbox.

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Stop Jetpack from Slowing Down Your WordPress Site

by Ethan Clevenger

Jetpack comes with lots of modules. Odds are, you aren't using them all, and they could cause your WordPress website to slow down. Here's how to quickly find all activated modules and deactivate the Jetpack modules you aren't using.

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Fix My Slow Website! Part 3: Plugins

by Ethan Clevenger

Bad plugins and lots of them will wreak havoc on a WordPress site. Speed up your slow WordPress site with these easy steps to clean up your plugins.

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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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