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Here at Sterner Stuff, we find that many of our clients benefit from using a flexible and performant theme that can fit a variety of needs. It helps us deliver projects faster, and for many small businesses, it’s a great fit for their needs. We turn to Beaver Builder to fill this role. While most…

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WordPress version 4.2 changed up the default database table collation. Swapping to utf8mb4 provides support for a wider range of characters, including emojis. If the contents of your content editor are deleted when saving with an emoji in it, this is probably your issue. If you upgraded to WordPress 4.2 while running MySQL version 5.5.2…

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2019 is just around the corner, and with it comes Kinsta’s annual PHP benchmarking. You can check out their full post, or keep reading for a quick look at the stuff most important to WordPress or Laravel users. What is PHP and How Does it Affect SEO? PHP is the server language that powers popular…

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There are times you may want your WordPress page templates to behave differently depending on whether or not a page builder has been enabled on it. For example, I built out a custom page template for a client that had content that was populated via custom fields, but also space for whatever was in the…

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Gutenberg: The Future of WordPress Today marks the arrival of WordPress 5.0, which is pretty awesome. It includes a variety of changes, as major WordPress updates often do, but the one everyone is talking about is the new editing experience – Gutenberg. There’s a lot of fear that it’s going to break some websites. Until…

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Aladdin and Abu panicking on the flying carpet

This blog post is actually from my wicked-awesome WordPress for Small Business Owners course. If you dig it, you should sign up for the whole thing. It’s totally free! Take the Free Course! If your website is already hacked… You’re welcome to follow this guide and go through the steps to secure your website, but…

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Little Rascals' Spanky waiting on something

WordPress’s built-in transient system gets the job done, but it has a few drawbacks. Depending on how long it takes to refresh your transient and the volume of traffic you get, it may or may not be a problem. Here’s a quick overview of where WordPress falls short, and how you can fix it. How…

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A Bell System switchboard where overseas calls are handled. Not all of the services shown are available during wartime conditions

Hey! This article is for advanced users managing their own server. If you have shared hosting or another managed service, talk to your provider to fix this. That’s what you pay them for! I recently had an issue where a Digital Ocean droplet hosting a WordPress site was experiencing cURL error 28. This error is…

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There are many ways to add images to your website, and some ways are better than others. Images on your website have both SEO and accessibility considerations. Can a screen reader read your image and communicate any important information it contains? Does a search engine know what this is an image of, and if it…

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Just Get the Plugin Gravity Forms is my go-to plugin for any form-related tasks on WordPress. It does everything. Well, almost everything. Recently, I leveraged it to create an online signup form for Camas Swale Farm’s community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. If you aren’t familiar with CSAs, it’s a way for people to buy into a local farm. Their…

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