Author: Tim Nash

Tim is a well known member of the WordPress community and a regular attendee of our local Manchester WordPress User Group as well as being a co-organiser of the WordPress Leeds user group (the oldest in the country). He is also an established speaker at WordCamps and tech conferences both in the UK and abroad.

oEmbeds to Facebook & Instagram to break

Facebook is making changes which mean that from October 24th, 2020 they will no longer support unauthenticated oEmbeds. WordPress will be dropping support for oEmbeds to Facebook and Instagram in the next release so to keep using embeds from either you will need to install a plugin. What does all that mean? Within WordPress and other CMS you can paste...

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Getting started with Google Site Kit

In 2019 Google released a WordPress plugin called Site Kit, intended as a quick and easy way to add Google services to your site, including: Google Webmaster Tools integration Google Tag Manager Google Analytics  Google Web Page Insights Google Adsense If you are using any of the above services on your WordPress site, and specifically if you have a plugin...

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WordPress plugins we love – Query Monitor

Trying to hunt down that irritating bug, and the basic logs are just not cutting it? Looking to squeeze a few extra ms performance? If this sounds like you then this is a plugin worth looking into. Query Monitor is a plugin designed to allow for complex debugging. It goes beyond providing quick access to wp_debug levels of debugging and...

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From the support desk: Keeping sites protected with auto updates

Our WordPress Hosting comes with automatic updates, not just for WordPress core but also plugins that use the standard WordPress update system. This means that when a security vulnerability occurs in a plugin and the author releases an update, you don’t have to do anything and automatically gain the benefits of being on the latest version. An example of how...

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Where is PHP 7.3?

Our WordPress Hosting tries to keep a stable modern LEMP stack (Linux, Nginx, MariaDB, PHP). At the time of writing, we are still using PHP version 7.2 rather than the latest 7.3. With the new version available for some time, we are now getting the occasional query on when we plan to update. The short answer is… soon. To give...

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Why is my website down? Investigating downtime step by step

Hello. My site was down for 20 minutes yesterday, what happened? Whilst we pride ourselves on our uptime commitments, from time to time we get messages like the above from customers and when we get them we need to investigate what happened. But first, how do people know if there has been downtime? Normally either they or another person has...

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Preventing Brute Force login attempts

Customers on our Managed WordPress Hosting often get in touch with us to say, “My security plugin is reporting thousands of unsuccessful login attempts, should I be worried?” The answer is; not really, as long as you have a good passphrase or use a password manager, and have two-factor authentication enabled (we have talked about setting up Two-Factor authentication in...

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Am I PCI Compliant?

We sell our WordPress Hosting and Universal Hosting as suitable for PCI Compliant applications, but what does that actually mean? What is PCI Compliance and should you be worrying about it? What is PCI-DSS Compliance? PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry – Data Security Standard) is an information governance standard, handling security and the information around making payments through credit card providers....

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