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How to Update PHP to the Recommended Version for WordPress

premium.wpmudev.org :: Using an outdated version of WordPress core, plugins or themes isn’t ideal. PHP is no different. While WordPress technically works with PHP 5.6 and above, you’re sacrificing performance and compatibility, plus you’re open to security vulnerabilities by using older PHP versions. You should always ...

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Hustle 4.0: Better Pop-up Design, Analytics, and Privacy

premium.wpmudev.org :: Hustle 4.0 comes with an improved workflow, better design, more analytics, and a slick data privacy upgrade. If you’re looking to increase your following, grow your mailing list, or capture leads with WordPress, Hustle has you covered. Hustle is the WordPress marketers best friend with master level ...

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30 Essential WordPress Plugins You Should Install If You Haven’t Already

premium.wpmudev.org :: Wondering which plugins to install? We've built our fair share of websites and tested a lot of plugins, and as a result have created this go-to list of WordPress plugins.

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10 Best Image Optimization Plugins for Speeding Up WordPress

premium.wpmudev.org :: Optimizing your images not only helps make your WordPress site load faster, but can also boost your SEO. This round-up of image optimization plugins includes tools for compression as well as SEO.

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How to Improve Google Pagespeed User Interaction Metrics in WordPress

premium.wpmudev.org :: Learn how Google PageSpeed Insights uses Time to Interactive, Max First Input Delay, and First CPU idle to measure user interaction and how to improve these metrics so you can deliver the best user experience for your visitors.

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Why You Should Optimize WordPress by Fixing Your Images First

premium.wpmudev.org :: Why optimizing images is the best place to start when working on WordPress performance optimization. We'll also go over some tips on how to get started if you need to fix WordPress images that are loading slowly.

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Poppin’ Conference Swag and Giveaways People Want

premium.wpmudev.org :: In just a few short weeks over 3000 WordPress fans like ourselves will descend on Berlin, Germany for WCEU to network, connect, celebrate, learn, and of course, collect bags and bags of swag! We’re proud sponsors of this mega WordCamp and as such our super design team was pumped to break from ...

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Refer Your Way to a WPMU DEV Lifetime Membership

premium.wpmudev.org :: We’ve heralded our disdain for affiliate programs for years, swearing them off for good. And yet, here I am, with a bold announcement… WPMU DEV affiliates are back and better than ever. It’s been a dream to reimagine our rewards system in a way that protects the integrity of the web and ...

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The Ultimate Guide to Image Optimization

premium.wpmudev.org :: Mastering the art and science of image optimization is key to running a lean and efficient WordPress site. Our detailed guide covers everything you need to know to ensure your images are performing their best.

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Best Free Form Builder Plugins WordPress 2019

premium.wpmudev.org :: There’s no shortage of free amazing form plugins to make data collection in WordPress a breeze. I noticed that a lot of form plugins in the WordPress plugin repository appear feature-rich, but once you install them, most features aren’t available unless you upgrade. I call this, upsell hell. ...

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A free WordPress Form Builder with Calculations and Payments?!

premium.wpmudev.org :: Forminator 1.7 is here including calculations and Stripe payments. A new bar has been set for what you can expect for free from your WordPress form builder plugin! Not familiar? It’s time for a change. Name a lead generating, money making, revenue growing website that doesn’t have some way to ...

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How to Embed a Google Form in WordPress

premium.wpmudev.org :: There are countless WordPress plugins available for inserting all sorts of different user submission forms on your site, from generic contact forms to detailed surveys. But have you checked out Google Forms? Here's how to get it set up on your site.

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How to Use Googles Speed Index to Improve WordPress Performance

premium.wpmudev.org :: Does your site load content steadily like the tortoise, or wait until the race is almost over before it kicks into high gear, like the hare? In the race to provide the best user experience, steady is best. That’s why Google PageSpeed Insights measures your WordPress Speed Index to determine ...

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This Is Gonna Be Emotional, We’re Setting over 90% of Our Premium Plugins Free!

premium.wpmudev.org :: WordPress is evolving, and so are we, even though it’s hard to see the kids leave home.

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Hummingbird 2.0: Mobile Scans and Advanced Speed Tests… Vroom!

premium.wpmudev.org :: Hummingbird performance tests, reports, and recommendations just got a major upgrade but to get access to the all new lean-mean-humming-machine…you need to update! In November, Google made much needed changes to PageSpeed Insights. Speed is now being calculated based on actual user experience ...

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How to Improve First Contentful and Meaningful Paint

premium.wpmudev.org :: You’re not optimizing your site to please a stopwatch. You’re optimizing your site for real people. So how can you determine if you’re achieving your goal? You need to include metrics such as First Contentful Paint and First Meaningful Paint in your performance assessment in order ...

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Ultimate Guide to Integrating Zapier with WordPress Form Plugins

premium.wpmudev.org :: You’ve just designed the perfect form that’s going to hook your leads like fish at the end of a line, and you’re ready to reel them in. But what happens when the responses come flooding in? Who’s going to end up with the task of copying and pasting all those leads from your forms to your […]

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Bulk Photo Editing for WordPress

premium.wpmudev.org :: Don't waste your precious time on tedious tasks. Here are the best methods for bulk-editing your images using WordPress.

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Branda 3.1 Smarter SMTP, Signup Codes, and +25 Upgrades

premium.wpmudev.org :: Branda is all about giving you fast easy control over white labeling WordPress…and quite frankly she rocks it. She just got some special new configurations for managing users, lightning fast setup, compatibility checks, and even more brand magic. “How is that possible”, you ask? Branda ...

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Best of the Best WordPress Caching Plugins Compared 2019

premium.wpmudev.org :: Slow loading websites can be a real drag, causing visitors to leave your site in droves. We’ve ranked the top three caching plugins for WordPress, and have put together a quick guide to help you choose the best plugin for your site.

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Breathe Freely! Your Security with WPMU DEV is Stronger Than Ever

premium.wpmudev.org :: Is WordPress security a big deal to you and your clients? Why would I ask such a silly question? Because our security suite has new superpowers including Defender location-based IP blocking and Automate Safe Upgrade scans…now on up to 5 pages. What’s the WPMU DEV Security Suite, you Ask? ...

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How to Remove the “Proudly Powered By WordPress” Link

premium.wpmudev.org :: So, your website has finally come together. You’ve stormed up an eye-catching header, your content is on point, and you are ready to unleash your site to the world. Then you notice the “Proudly Powered By WordPress” link on your footer. Is your masterpiece forever condemned to being a WordPress ...

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Default WordPress Image Sizes and How to add Custom Sizes

premium.wpmudev.org :: When you upload an image, WordPress does a lot of work behind-the-scenes so you can serve the image to your visitors. You can piggyback on this process and add custom image sizes to save yourself from having to resize images manually. In this post, I’ll explain how and why WordPress creates ...

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Your WPMU DEV 2019 Quarter 2 Roadmap Roundup Just Landed!

premium.wpmudev.org :: We start each quarter visiting our product Roadmap and spilling the beans on what to look for moving forward. When we published our roadmap nearly 2 years ago (can you believe it), it created a unique direct line of communication with our members. We knew it would help them make better business ...

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How to Defer Offscreen Images in WordPress With Lazy Loading

premium.wpmudev.org :: One of Google PageSpeed Insights performance suggestions is to defer offscreen images in WordPress with lazy loading. Lazy loading images in WordPress lowers the initial load time and page payload, without sacrificing content. Lazy loading improves your visitor’s experience, by serving only ...

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Hello, Hackers! Best Practices for WordPress Security

premium.wpmudev.org :: When talking about WordPress security, it feels like we’re left with 2 choices, devastating paranoia or ignorant bliss. With all the news of our personal information, usernames, passwords, and identities getting jacked and sold on the dark web, the topic of web security to a noobie sounds ...

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6 Lazy Load Plugins to Make Your WordPress Site Faster

premium.wpmudev.org :: Sites with a ton of images can take forever to load. Lazy loading can significantly speed up your site.

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The Complete Guide to SEO for Images

premium.wpmudev.org :: Image optimization SEO isn’t what it used to be. Google is no longer like a toddler you can entertain with a picture book with basic words. Oh no, we’re dealing with a sophisticated teenager, who not only wants a deeper meaning but also to experience the thrill of speed. And your photos ...

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Hummingbird + Uptime + Expanded Compatibility = Power & Control

premium.wpmudev.org :: Hummingbird has now crossed a staggering one million downloads quickly becoming everyone’s favorite speed and performance plugin for WordPress. And we’re not just improving your sites speed and performance (with all the built-in cache options you can handle, GZIP compression, asset ...

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Smush Now Has Lazy Loading… and it’s Free!

premium.wpmudev.org :: WP Smush, Queen of image optimization, just added image lazy loading to her bag of tricks… And it’s free! If you thought Smush couldn’t get any better after 3.0, think again. Our CDN upgrade unlocked the future of site speed and WordPress performance – instantaneously delivering next-gen images at ...

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How to Make Retina-Ready Images That Don’t Slow Down WordPress

premium.wpmudev.org :: The images on my site looked decent and loaded quickly. I thought that was enough. Then I invested some time in making them Retina-ready and WOWZA, the upgraded photos looked phe-nom-e-nal! Now there’s no way I can go back. Retina devices have more pixels per inch, so they require ...

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How to Install XAMPP and WordPress Locally on PC/Windows

premium.wpmudev.org :: Setting up XAMPP on your Windows machine is by far no easy feat, but once installed it's a breeze to run and will save you a bunch of time if you need to run WordPress locally to test themes and plugins. In fact, you'll forget it's even there.

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How to Completely Customize the WordPress Login Page

premium.wpmudev.org :: The WordPress login page provides a generic looking one-size-fits-all solution for logging into WordPress. The only problem is customizing it can get a little awkward. In this comprehensive tutorial we show you how to modify the login screen to look exactly how you want.

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Forminator Quizzes now With Integrations and Wizardry

premium.wpmudev.org :: Forminator, our WordPress form, poll & quiz builder, was just released this year and has already moved into our top 10 most active pro plugins – and his powers are only expanding! This time it’s Quizzes, now with integrations, a new wizard, and a multi correct answers upgrade. In the past, ...

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How to Serve Images in Next-Gen Formats with WordPress

premium.wpmudev.org :: Just when everyone thought WebP images were done, they came back in a big way. WebP images are smack in the middle of their comeback story, now that Firefox and Microsoft Edge have recently started supporting WebP images. What is WebP? It’s is the best image format that no one has heard of, ...

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WordPress Plugins Say Goodbye to Google+

premium.wpmudev.org :: Google+ is closing April 2, 2019. No surprise to those of us still being spammed by memories from the ghost of Google+ Pages past. So why even bring it up? 4 Words – G+ WordPress Plugin Integrations (Or is that 5 words?). Where have all the G+ Icons gone? WPMU DEV had many plugins with […]

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Hub Client Reports for WordPress got a Hot New Analytics Update

premium.wpmudev.org :: The Hub (all-in-one WordPress site manager) client reports now include analytics! As promised, we’ve integrated the WPMU DEV Dashboard white label analytic stats and graph into reports. If you missed it, in December we introduced incredibly easy WordPress analytic tracking into the WPMU DEV ...

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How to use FTP or SFTP to manage files on WordPress

premium.wpmudev.org :: While WordPress has simplified the process of setting up and managing a site FTP has become less of a necessity. But should you write it off? Not just yet.

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Best Image Formats for Websites Compared! PNG, JPG, GIF, and WebP

premium.wpmudev.org :: Image Optimization begins with choosing the best file format for your needs. This goes beyond PNG vs. JPEG. There is not one file format to rule them all. Everyone’s image needs are different, even the different images within a single site have different requirements. But no worries, we got you ...

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Why You Should Use WordPress to Build Custom Web Apps

premium.wpmudev.org :: You can develop a web app using WordPress in mere days, and for way less money than investing in custom development. WordPress isn’t suitable for every kind of app, but it’s more than a simple CMS for blogs. Once you can transcend the publishing frame of mind, you’ll see how you ...

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Get Your White Label WordPress Branding Groove On With Branda 3.0

premium.wpmudev.org :: Ultimate Branding, our white label plugin for completely rebranding WordPress just got a well-deserved superhero upgrade. Say hello to Branda! Simple stunning white label branding, maintenance mode and coming soon landing pages, all the rebranding WordPress can handle, and some it can’t… Groove on. ...

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How to Properly Resize and Serve Scaled Images with WordPress

premium.wpmudev.org :: Serving scaled images is one of the most overlooked ways to deliver a better site performance. Are your images holding your site back? Images take up a lot of file size space, especially if they’re bloated and oversized. That’s why images should be number one on your list of things to ...

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WordPress REST API Mistakes That are Making Your Site Insecure

premium.wpmudev.org :: The REST API came with big hopes for modernizing and improving WordPress performance. I’m a huge fan, but if you don’t understand how the API works, it can lead to mistakes that end in big security holes for your site, especially if you’re not a developer. In this post, I want to ...

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Integrated Video Tutorials Joins the WordPress Gutenberg Party

premium.wpmudev.org :: The Integrated Video Tutorials plugin now has four new white label how-to videos for helping your clients quickly get up-to-speed with Gutenberg, the new block editor for WordPress. Integrated Video Tutorials 1.6 joins Hustle, Forminator, and Smush in our collection of plugins with special ...

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14 Must-Hear WordPress Podcasts With Fresh Episodes for 2019

premium.wpmudev.org :: We’ve updated our list of must-hear WordPress podcasts for 2019. If you haven’t joined the podcast party yet, you’re missing out on intelligent and entertaining information from the brightest minds in WP. But first, fun-fact. The name podcast was coined way back in 2004, by BBC ...

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Our WordPress Podcast “Hello,WP!” Available Now

premium.wpmudev.org :: Season 1 of our new podcast, “Hello, WP!”, about what it’s like to be new to WordPress, is now live at hellowp.world – go check it out! And let me tell you, your feedback and support has been more than special. Rave Reviews “I listened and was immediately blown away by its quality. I’m not […]

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Hustle Adds Hot New Marketing Opt-ins and reCAPTCHA for WordPress Blocks

premium.wpmudev.org :: Your favorite WordPress marketing plugin got another upgrade! Hustle’s new Gutenberg and reCAPTCHA integrations make it easier and less spammy to grab new users with pop-ups. Want to make a special offer, get more social followers, or grow your mailing list? Hustle handles all the ...

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8 Steps to Taking Over an Existing WordPress Website

premium.wpmudev.org :: As a WordPress freelancer or agency, you will have two types of clients: Those who need a new site, and those who have a site that needs management. It is this second type of client that needs a special type of attention. On the surface, an existing site in need of maintenance is a gift. […]

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Let Your Voice Be Heard! Q1 Roadmap Round-up

premium.wpmudev.org :: 2017 ended with a survey, the launch of our roadmap and a commitment to producing quarterly reports. We’re celebrating a wildly successful 2018. So today we continue the tradition with our 2019 Q1 Roadmap Round-up! What exactly do we do with your feedback? A whole helluva lot! Your 2018 requests ...

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Forget Waking Up Early, Night Owls Have Better Super Powers

premium.wpmudev.org :: Waking up early is killing your productivity, creativity and social life. And for what? Developers don’t reach peak productivity until 2pm. No wonder this post on waking up early was so controversial. Circadian neurologist Russel Foster says there’s no evidence that waking up early ...

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