Globally Disable Commenting in WordPress Without a Plugin Using This Trick

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Surprisingly, I wasn’t able to find a native solution online to globally disable commenting on a WordPress website. WordPress doesn’t have a checkbox called “Globally Disable All Comments”. But, a quick and easy solution does exist which does not require a plugin! To be clear, I’m talking about still showing the existing comments, but not … Read more

How to Remove Taxonomy Meta Boxes from the WordPress Gutenberg Editor Sidebar

Remove WordPress meta fields from the editor

Here’s the situation: You’ve created some custom Taxonomies and custom Post Types using the Custom Post Type UI Plugin (or using PHP code). You’re using Advanced Custom Fields (or another plugin) to manage your Taxonomy settings, so you do NOT want those meta boxes to appear in the sidebar of the WordPress editor. And, you’re … Read more

Oxygen vs. Divi: Which WordPress Builder Is Best?

Divi vs. Oxygen Builder

Divi is one of the most popular drag-and-drop WordPress builder themes out there today. As a long time Divi user myself, I was super excited (and envious) when I learned about some of the killer features of Oxygen, a newer WordPress builder that claims to create fast bloat-free code. After building a couple of sites … Read more

How to Have Clean URLs with MAMP on Mac

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MAMP is my tool of choice for developing websites locally on my Mac. But, when I started using it out of the box, my local URLs were of this form: That was fine for most of my local sites. Occasionally, I’d have a problem when a site used root relative links, but I just lived … Read more

Why I Avoid WordPress Multisite in Most Situations

WordPress Multisite lets you create multiple WordPress websites that all use the same set of themes and plugins. It might appear to be a great way to make maintaining multiple sites more efficient, as you can update the WordPress core, themes, and plugins once, and they are updated for all sites. But in practice, the … Read more

My Most Useful WordPress Plugins (My “Cheat Sheet”)

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These are life-saving WordPress plugins that I use on many of my clients’ and my own sites.  Alright, maybe “life-saving” is a slight exaggeration, but these can definitely cure some of your worst WordPress headaches. I have tested each of these (except where noted) and vouch for their quality. I hope you find them as … Read more

Where to Get Free Stock Photos, Videos, and Icons for Your Website

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Stock photography can be expensive. And randomly grabbing licensed images from the Internet can cost you thousands of dollars if you’re found violating a copyright and threatened with legal action (this happened to someone I talked to at a Meetup). Filtered Google Search You can find free legal images through a filtered Google search, but … Read more

Fix WordPress Ultimate Member Cover Photo Not Uploading

Ultimate Member is a very widely-used membership WordPress plugin. It works well, but I’ve come across a number of problems with the uploading of member cover photos on multisite WordPress sites. These were so maddening, I decided to write about them and provide solutions to you! So, here are some things to check if cover … Read more

Map a Separate Domain Name to a WordPress Page or Post

I had a client who wanted to map a domain name directly to a WordPress Page, and not show the WordPress URL. For example, let’s say you had a WordPress blog with this Page:http://myblog.com/my-first-post/ But let’s say you want the URL of that post to be http://airplanesarecool.com. Of course, you could do a simple redirect, but … Read more

11 Tips to Encourage Commenting on Your Blog

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Comments are a really important part of any blog. They give you important feedback about your work, and give you invaluable information about what people are looking for. I’ve gotten ideas from some of my most popular blog articles from the comments. So, it’s important to encourage comments on your blog whenever possible! Here are … Read more

The Best Commenting System for Your Website

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I recently decided to do a fresh survey of the most popular commenting services out there so I could use it on my highest-volume blog.  My “must haves” as far as commenting systems are concerned were: Ability to do threaded comments (replying to comments) Support for anonymous comments (not requiring sign-in) Ability to easily subscribe … Read more

Update Your PHP Version on Your Amazon AMI

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It’s important to keep your version of PHP updated on your web server in order to get the best performance, minimize memory use, and for the best security. In this article, I’ll describe how I updated from PHP 5.3 to PHP5.4, but the process should work for more recent versions. Note this will require command … Read more