Stopping runaway processes on a WordPress site without contacting your host

Last Updated on July 12, 2021 by Christopher G Mendla

One of my WordPress sites started acting up. When I tried to create a post, it would hang on saving and push the shared hosting CPU, IO operations and Entry Process past the hosting limits. That would crash the front and back ends of all of my sites

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The importance of keeping your WordPress plugins up to date.

Last Updated on December 22, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

A key concept in protecting your WordPress site is to make sure the WordPress core and all of your plugins are up to date. Outdated plugins can contain vulnerabilities that allow a hacker to compromise your site.

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Amazon ads not showing because of Cloudflare’s Rocket Launcher

Last Updated on December 6, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I am in the process of adding Amazon ads to my sites. The Native ads showed up fine. However, trying to put a product or search ad using an HTML block resulted in a situation where that ad was not showing. The resolution had to do with CloudFlare’s Rocket Launcher. 

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Using Cloudflare with Westhost WordPress sites

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Securing your WordPress site

Last Updated on September 20, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

Just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you. WordPress sites are often under attack within the first hour of going public. There are steps that you should take to protect your site.

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Adding the ability to make links “Nofollow” in WordPress

Last Updated on September 20, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

UIPDATE – NOVEMBER 2019 – The Yoast SEO plugin is strongly suggesting that links are NOT nofollowed. The theory is that VALID outgoing followed links are good for SEO. 

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A basic set of WordPress Plugins, mostly free. Updated Aug 2020

Last Updated on August 25, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

A standard installation of WordPress works, but it lacks many features that are needed for even a basic site including critical security features. For any feature that you wish to add, there are usually one or more plugins that will accomplish the task. Plugins are a matter of your needs and personal taste.

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Nicepage WordPress template generator – review

Last Updated on August 24, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I had been using Artisteer for years. Development pretty much ended around 2015. The WordPress 5.5 update caused issues that required some major changes to the template. That was impossible with Artisteer. After some research, I switched to Nicepage. 

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Full sized images were too large after updating to WordPress 5.5

Last Updated on August 19, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

A random check of some articles after updating WordPress to version 5.5 showed that images that were set to “Full Size” were overly large when viewed on a desktop. 

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Sort WordPress posts by the last updated date.

Last Updated on August 16, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I had two location sites where I wanted to have updated posts show in the list of posts based on their last updated date. I was able to accomplish that with a free plugin and a quick configuration of the plugin

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