The Most Useful WordPress Plugins

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These are life-saving WordPress plugins that I use on many of my clients’ and my own sites.  OK, 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

How to “Fix 500 Internal Server Error” When Trying to Log Into Your WordPress Site on Siteground

500 Internal Server Error on Siteground

Siteground is my “go to” hosting provider. Their servers are reliable and fast, by shared hosting standards. But, I have one site on Siteground that gives a “500 Internal Server Error” every few months when I try to log into the admin of a client’s WordPress site. Or, sometimes I can log in and it … Read more

How to Defeat Ad Blockers by Substituting Affiliate Links

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While everyone hates sites bristling with ads and popups, ad blockers are causing legitimate web content creators to suffer more and more lost income each day. Many of the traditional tactics to defeat adblockers, including putting up a paywall, hiding the site content until blockers are turned off, or just begging people to turn off … Read more

How to Use PHP to Interface with Zoho Analytics API / OAuth 2.0

A PHP web app that I created using the Zoho Analytics (formerly Zoho Reports) API suddenly stopped working one day. Digging into the Zoho documentation, I discovered that they ended support for their “authtoken” authentication method (basically a password) and switched to OAuth 2.0. Hmmm… After looking into it, upgrading my app to be compatible … Read more

Globally Disable Commenting in WordPress Without a Plugin

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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 Add a Dynamic Search Bar to Oxygen Builder

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Annoyingly, the Oxygen builder doesn’t really provide a built-in search form that pops out when you click a button (like you see in other themes like Kadence or Divi). You have to build it yourself. In my Oxygen version, the magnifying glass search icon is to the right of the menu. When you click it, … Read more

How to Give a WordPress Popup Maker Popup its Own URL for Sharing

Web development clients seem to love popups. They’re always asking me to add popups to websites. My “go to” solution for WordPress popups is the popular Popup Maker plugin. But, as explained in this article, WordPress Popup Maker has had its “popup” custom post type set to “private” since version 1.7. While there are cases … Read more

Why You Probably Shouldn’t Use WordPress Multisite

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

The Best Spelling and Grammar Checker for WordPress

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As a frequent blogger, I depend on spelling and grammar checking, especially because I’m not a very good proofreader of my own content. So, I was surprised and dumbfounded when I found out that Automattic’s own Jetpack spell checker did NOT work with their new Gutenberg block editor! After looking online, I saw that one … 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 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 I … Read more

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