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This is Malcolm Peralty here from PressTitan and this is The WP Minute, Episode 38

Over on WPKube, there is an article that talks about a 502 Bad Gateway Error and how to fix it in WordPress. Typically these errors show up when your web server is too busy to send the web page to your visitor. Sometimes these issues persist and it can be difficult to figure out the source. Continue reading →

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This is Malcolm Peralty here from PressTitan and this is The WP Minute, Episode 37

Over on WPTavern, there is an article about a Dark mode coming to the WordPress dashboard. You’ve been able to have the WordPress dashboard be different colour palettes for a while now, and there are plugins that allow you to make a dark mode, but now Daniel James is pushing for it to exist in core. Continue reading →

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This is Malcolm Peralty here from PressTitan and this is The WP Minute, Episode 36

I really enjoy the WP Elevation blog, and while today’s first story won’t appeal to many of you, it really resonated with me. It is about the seven stages of WordPress professional growth and covers many experiences I’ve been through. I think there are some business-related nuggets of information scattered through the article that applies to any skill development for an entrepreneur, but you’ll have to check it out and let me know. Continue reading →

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This is Malcolm Peralty here from PressTitan and this is The WP Minute, Episode 35

It is another Gutenberg episode today as things are rapidly changing in the upcoming new publishing interface for WordPress. I’ll have some Gutenberg related videos out soon showing how it looks and works, so keep checking back for that. Continue reading →

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This is Malcolm Peralty here from PressTitan and this is The WP Minute, Episode 34

Over on WPTavern, Sarah has a post about AMP for WordPress. It looks like the plugin is close to its 1.0 release and I am looking forward to seeing what happens with it. AMP, for those of you that don’t know, is Accelerated Mobile Pages. It has been around for three years and is a pet project of Google’s to try to speed up websites so you don’t have to wait forever for pretty designs to get the content you want.

I have used AMP a few times on projects but haven’t noticed any big SEO benefit or user benefit from doing so. Continue reading →

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This is Malcolm Peralty here from PressTitan and this is The WP Minute, Episode 33.

Over on WPBeginner, they have a great post for true WordPress beginners. If your WordPress site has just been set up and you now want to add plugins, this guide is for you. It walks you through how to select good plugins from the WordPress Plugin Repository. This is the kind of beginner guide that I’d love to see show up on the plugins screen of WordPress before users can add anything to their sites.

For those of you on WordPress.com, if you are willing to upgrade to the business plan, you can get Jetpack search. Newer people to the WordPress ecosystem probably don’t know how bad WordPress’ built-in search is, but I’ve watched it evolve over the last fifteen years and still end up as something companies quickly replace with better solutions.
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For many Working Remote is a fad, or a movement. For me I’ve been doing it for as long as I can remember. Pretty much since I was 19 years old. One of the most important parts of running a remote company is picking the right tools. We carefully tested tools and found these 17 essential tools that keep our business afloat and prospering.

WordPress

WordPress now powers 30% of all sites on the web, according to the latest figures from web survey provider W3Techs. According to the most recent numbers, for the end of February 2018, WordPress is at 30.0% for absolute percentage of websites, giving it a 60.2% market share for all content management systems. I’ve personally been using it since it was created and it’s the only CMS I recommend.

Marketers Delight

I first met Alex online when he was working at Thesis Themes. As many know I was the first user of Thesis. In fact it was developed for a network of sites I was running in the early days of WordPress when I was running BlogMedia, Inc.

Later Alex started his own framework called Marketers Delight and I was overwhelmingly pleased with his framework. In fact it’s the framework that runs this site as well as a few clients.

Marketers Delight is a framework with marketing tools built in, it’s also one of the fastest WordPress themes on the planet. I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants a fast site that just works out of the box.

PressTitan Servers

Here at PressTitan we primarily use Digital Ocean & Vultr as our data center providers and each site gets it’s own dedicated VPS, then it’s combined with a premium CDN or our in house Atlas Accelerator, and delivered by the best dns providers in the industry.
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We have been transitioning WordPress websites off of slower web hosts for a while now, and even just making that one change can make a huge difference. Our hosting platform includes faster response times, better caching and overall can increase the page loading time of your site.

Here are some stats from Pingdom tests on some recent transitions we have done. Continue reading →

There has been a huge amount of discussion about Hurricane Irma as well as Hurricane Harvey which proceeded it and how it might affect different industries, and one area that isn’t talked about often is web hosting.

For many people, having their site go down for a few hours, or even a few days, isn’t all that important, but when it means the difference between being able to pay for the hotel room you need to stay in to keep your family safe and the supplies you need to secure your home or not, then it can become front-of-mind.

How do you make sure your website stays secure with the constant threats from natural disasters like hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes? Continue reading →

I often get called in to look at a website running WordPress with out of date plugins. I ask the owners why they haven’t updated and often the answer I hear is one of fear.

“I am worried that it will break things,” they say.

If you are in the same boat, don’t feel bad. It is still very common, and we here at PressTitan want to help change that.

Some of the biggest issues with running high-performance WordPress can be related to out of date plugins on updated server software, updated themes, or updated WordPress core. Having your plugins be out of sync with the rest of your website is a recipe for disaster. Continue reading →