How to Speed up Your WordPress Site with Autoptimize

May 11, 2019

Autoptimize is a popular WordPress optimization plugin. Unlike other plugins like WP-Rocket and WP Super Cache, Autoptimize is strictly an optimization plugin. It doesn’t offer any page or object caching features, so that’s something to keep in mind if you’re looking for a plugin that also supports caching. In addition to Kinsta’s “must-use” caching plugin, Autoptimize is the only optimization plugin I use on this website to get a load time of 600 ms or less on most pages. In this post, I’ll share my Autoptimize settings, and teach you how to use this plugin to speed up your WordPress site.

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How to Disable WP-Cron to Increase WordPress Performance

May 9, 2019

A cron job is a server command that automatically executes at a predefined time. In the context of WordPress and other content management systems, cron jobs are useful for tasks like updating plugins every two weeks, running a database optimization routine every other night at 2 AM, exporting a CSV file containing sales data every 4 hours, and more.

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5 Tips to Secure Your WordPress Site

May 7, 2019

WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system. It’s also one of the most popular targets for hackers and other malicious actors. In this tutorial, you’ll learn about five ways to make your WordPress site more secure.

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Substratum a Year From Now

May 7, 2019

Substratum is not in a good place right now, and investors of the SUB token are arguably in an even worse place. The SubstratumNode V1 is slated to be released in ~8 weeks – at least according to the projection from the company’s most recent “show and tell”. The community sentiment is that the release of V1 will somehow usher in a new era of prosperity for both the Substratum team and investors’ -99.9% ROI bags of SUB tokens. This unreasonably optimistic thought process is flawed, and outright dumb.

Let’s look at the facts.

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How to Add Night Mode to Your WordPress Site with JavaScript & CSS

May 6, 2019

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot readability and information retention. I firmly believe that people have an easier time comprehending dark text on a light background. However, there are certainly times when light text on a dark background is a valid design choice. For example, staring at a white background when reading late at night is terrible for your eyes.

To address this issue, I added a “night mode” to my website that automatically turns on after 5 PM and stays active until 5 AM. I decided to forgo the typical night/light mode button because there’s nowhere obvious to put such a button on my website. Here’s how I added the automatic night mode feature.

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