Is SiteGround the best WordPress hosting?

As you already know, Help WordPress is hosted on SiteGround for a few months, and although I had read a lot I have to say I already know because SiteGround is always the best hosting for WordPress .

And that's when we talk about WordPress hosting it's not just complying with the recommended requirements for WordPress which also, but more features and services that the WordPress user should not only expect but require from their hosting provider :

  1. Commitment to WordPress and their community
  2. Specific tools WordPress
  3. Support in Spanish specialized in WordPress, plugins and themes
  4. Maximum security for WordPress
  5. Complete backups and easy restoration
  6. Optimization of performance and speed for WordP ress
  7. Tools for WordPress developers
  8. Free migrations to WordPress
  9. Installations to the latest version of WordPress in Spanish at a click
  10. Good value for money / benefits

Does SiteGround comply with these requirements? ? Let's do a review …

1. Commitment to WordPress and its community

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One of the values ​​that clearly differentiate SiteGround from other hosting companies is that they not only offer WordPress products, that anybody can do it simply putting a self-installer, but REALLY are committed to WordPress and its community .

Not only are there SiteGround technicians who collaborate and contribute to the WordPress kernel code supports all kinds of WordPress events around the world .

It is common to find them in WordCamps and Meetups, not only as sponsors but also participating as volunteers in the organization.

2. WordPress-specific tools

There are many hosting companies that offer a WordPress package but how many hosting companies really include WordPress-specific tools?

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In the SiteGround plans the commitment to WordPress includes a good amount of WordPress-specific tools :

  • Restart administrator password
  • Secure administrator panel
  • Repair permissions of files and folders automatically
  • Change of website domain
  • Move installation
  • SSL certificate configuration
  • Delete installation of WordPress
  • Included WordPress themes
  • Automatic installation of plugins Limit Login Attempts, SuperCacher and Clef Secure PasswordLess Login
  • One-click activation of CloudFlare
  • Automatic updates Full or partial WordPress

3. Support in Spanish specialized in WordPress, plugins and themes

This is perhaps one of the main handicaps of hosting companies that even today many of them do not offer support for applications that they themselves they offer you to install.

It is something that I will never understand, why they attend to you without problem and they help you to configure the email in your desktop application and yet they decline any responsibility and specialized support in a web application that they help you to install on their own servers.

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In SiteGround this they have it well assumed, and not only attend you immediately to WordPress queries but also about plugins and themes and best of all is that you know WordPress notes, because the person who takes your phone already solves the problem in a matter of minutes .

Incidentally, to see if they learn the rest of hosting companies, not just WordPress hosting, and they put a free phone to answer queries, not just the typical chat rooms and tickets by email.

There's nothing like having a free 900 line and not having to watch the clock or have a scare on the phone bill with the blissful numbers 902 and worse. In SiteGround you call 900.838.543 and there are no surprises.

It's better for advanced users, a ticket query is better, with written instructions, but for the new user there's nothing like someone who helps you directly, I listened to you and solved the problem.

4. Maximum security for WordPress

One in four websites is created with WordPress and the result of this success is also the interest of hackers in sneaking into your website, so hosting companies should offer specific solutions for WordPress in addition to the usual for all types of accommodations.

In SiteGround they take it seriously, through very specific security measures :

  • Technology isolation of a single account, so that a problem in an insecure installation does not affect the rest, something vital in shared hosting.
  • Latest secure versions of the server software, such as PHP, MySQL, Apache and Nginx.
  • versions of PHP to a click, even to PHP 7.
  • Automatic updates of the WordPress kernel and even plugins.
  • Anticipation of unsafe scripts updates, applying proprietary solutions to vulnerabilidade Known s.
  • Daily backups.
  • Mod_security specific rules for WordPress.
  • WordPress secure installations:
    1. The WordPress user of the automatic installer is never admin
    2. Automatic generation, different from always wp_ of the prefixes of the database in the automatic installer.
    3. Automatic generation of secure keys in the automatic installer.
    4. Default installation of Limit Login Attempts (to prevent brute force attacks to the access screen of WordPress) and Clef Secure PasswordLess Login (access to the WordPress admin from the mobile and disabling access through the username / password combination)

5. Complete backups and easy restoration

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A basic of any WordPress hosting plan is that it offers a simple system to make and restore copies of security.

It is worthwhile that you can always install a plugin but normally they require a lot of resources of your server so the most complete and safe backups at the time of a restoration are those of hosting .

SiteGround fully meets this requirement through daily backups, which in the case of GrowBig and GoGeek plans are maintained for a full month, with what you have 30 backup copies available to restore if necessary .

6. Optimization of performance and speed for WordPress

At the moment a slow web is not conceived, the user leaves any site that takes more than 3 seconds to load completely, and most of them think about it from the first second, so it is essential to have an optimized hosting, especially for WordPress .

Any CMS, and WordPress is, requires a series of requests to the database and cross-data confirmation to show all the content of your website. It is the price to pay for offering dynamic content, and your hosting must be aware of it and take action.

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In the case of SiteGround address these needs through a series of measures that help your web load faster, without you having to be a WPO expert (Web Performance Optimization):

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  • Dataservers on 3 continents, spread across London, Amsterdam, Chicago and Singapore, to ensure the fastest delivery from the server closest to your visitors.
  • SiteGround is a partner of CloudFlare, the well-known CDN (content delivery network) with which you can offer your content in an ultra-fast way through servers of high quality and performance, and best of all, it is a free service already 1 click on SiteGround, with some extra like Railgun, a specific utility that improves the performance of your site if it is hosted on SiteGround and with active CloudFlare.
  • Content optimization using MIME type compression.
  • Google PageSpeed ​​activated a Click
  • Automatic minimization and at will of CSS, JavaScript and HTML.
  • Exclusive SiteGround SuperCacher plugin, which allows static, dynamic and memcached content caching, to also speed up the WordPress management area.
  • 99.999% uptime

7. Tools for WordPress developers

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This is rare for other hosting providers, but part of this commitment to SiteGround with WordPress is the fact to include from the GoGeek plan specific tools for WordPress developers :

  1. Staging WordPress a system with which you can create versions of your application or web safely before applying changes of development to the site in production.
  2. WP-CLI the command interface of WordPress, with which to fully manage your site.
  3. Git pre -installed, to create and manage git repositories

8. Free migrations to WordPress

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Although it should be a basic one, there are still hosting providers that do not migrate from your previous provider, but SiteGround does not It is one of them. You can change hosting as it should have always been, without having to acquire advanced technical knowledge .

You simply provide them with your previous information and they take care of everything. In a few hours at most you have your site hosted on your new WordPress SiteGround hosting.

9. Installations to the latest version of WordPress in Spanish at a click

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Either from your hosting panel or from cPanel using Softaculous, SiteGround offers WordPress installations (and other CMS also, of course) at a click, offering all kinds of configurations for a fast and safe installation, especially secure.

Also, if for some reason parts of a installation with problems, from its specific tools, the WordPress Toolkit that we talked about earlier, you can change the admin password and even repair unsafe file and folder permissions.

10. Good quality / price / performance ratio

We do not always choose the best, because many times we simply have to buy what we can afford, but no, SiteGround is not expensive, much less if you consider everything it offers. [19659003] Yes, you will always find some cheaper hosting plan, but if you look at the fine print, the features, the utilities, the service, the support, then you discover – often late – that it was not really cheap but very expensive, especially by the upheavals and problems.

Anyway the WordPress hosting plans of SiteGround are more than competitive, and in fact some have no equal in the Hispanic market.

  • There are cheaper plans out there, but they offer less hosting space.
  • There are cheaper plans out there, but they do not offer SSDs for your databases.
  • There are cheaper plans out there, but you do not have free support in your language.
  • There are plans It's cheap out there, but it does not cater for specific WordPress needs.
  • There are cheaper plans out there, but they do not make you migration for free.
  • There are cheaper plans out there, but they do not offer tools and security guarantees.
  • There are cheaper plans out there, but you do not get optimal performance and speed for your website.
  • There are cheaper plans out there, but they are not real WordPress hosting, except in the name.

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Hosting reviews and comparisons

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It's not only my opinion, but you just have to review the main ones sites review reviews to check, as well as the experiences of many happy users who have migrated to SiteGround.

What do others say about SiteGround?

How was the change from WordPress Help to SiteGr? ound?

Migrating this blog has never been easy, and I've been with the best hosting providers on the planet, but I have to say that the migration to SiteGround was by far the best.

I'm not saying it was easy, which is never. Help WordPress is a little monster, tender but monster with databases of more than 1Gb, lots of plugins that I can not turn off because they are used to show functionalities to readers, thousands of publications, tens of thousands of comments and many secondary projects.

But really it has been noticed to work with people who really know WordPress, who know the kernel, the plugins, who work with WP-CLI technicians of those who, incidentally, have learned more about WordPress as settings to improve performance, advanced .htaccess tricks and a few other little things that I'm slowly counting right here.

In fact, recently Hristo, one of the biggest cracks of SiteGround, until was encouraged to publish an entry in WordPress Help so you can see what this is, of what goes SiteGround and how they understand the fact your commitment to WordPress .

And, well, the performance of WordPress Help has improved a lot, even with half the resources (RAM and Cores) that I had before migrating which has much more merit … [19659116] Difference in performance before and after migration

Measurement with PHP Benchmark :

Measurement with Pingdom Tools :


What was your experience? Do you know any better WordPress hosting company? Have you tried SiteGround and you want to tell us?

Of course, whether you use SiteGround or if it is not your turn to tell us your experience . There you have the comments to express yourself with total freedom and that we all learn from the experiences of others.

Mine I think it is clear that it is being fantastic, and if it were not so you know that I would say the same. Fortunately I have the opportunity to choose the hosting company, and I host WordPress Help wherever I want, ideally in the best possible provider, and right now SiteGround is the best.

I've been through a lot of hosting companies, and really I do not have anything bad to say about them, but SiteGround is charming me, it is another level, especially with regard to WordPress, and having SiteGround in Spain, a world leader with support in Spanish, is something that was already missing , and I hope it will give a boost to the hosting market in general and WordPress hosting products in particular.

There are many good hosting companies, also in Spain, many good friends of mine whom I respect and admire, and everyone should look at SiteGround as much as possible to improve, compete with them, and offer us better and better hosting plans, more specialized and adapted to WordPress, the king of CMS, do not you think?

And if or you are clear you can take advantage of the 50% permanent discount offer that SiteGround offers to WordPress Help readers by clicking on the following image:

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] NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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Causes, solutions to error Are you sure you want to do this?

To what more than once you have seen in WordPress that so little explanatory error? Either when uploading an image or accessing an administration page, and some other situation, sometimes WordPress gives us an error like " Are you sure you want to do this? "

 WordPress error sure do you want to do this?

What is it and why does the error occur? Are you sure you want to do this?

This error message appears when WordPress checks the " nonces " and fails. The " nonces " are unique keys generated by a theme, a plugin or the same WordPress kernel to verify something. So if the verification fails shows you the error .

In practical terms, you'll see that error on several occasions, either uploading a new topic, trying to install a plugin, making changes to topic configurations and plugins or even uploading images and saving changes in an entry.

When you see this error you will also see a link that says " Please try again ", but you can already give it a hundred times to the link that you will always see the same error … unless you do something to fix it.

Do we see how it is fixed? There are several possible culprits and solutions.

Check the plugins

Even disabling a plugin can cause this problem, so if you really want to know if the culprit is a plugin you would actually have to physically delete it.

Now, if you do not want to delete the plugin access your physical installation of WordPress using FTP or Panel (or the file manager of your hosting) and completely renames the plugins folder, which you already know is in / wp-content / plugins / . You can change it to / wp-content / pluginsOFF / to give an example.

Once this is done WordPress deactivates all the plugins and if you access the plugins screen of your WordPress you will see a warning that there is no such folder, because it is true, it does not exist, at least not with the name it should.

Now, with all the inactive plugins really, is when you should try to do the same thing you did when you saw the error of " Are you sure you want to do this? ".

If the error does not appear then you already know that one of the plugins was responsible, so it's time to discover the culprit.

] Rename the folder of the plugins to its original name and go activating one by one, and after activating each one, try to see if the error comes out. When it comes out you know that the culprit is the one you just activated.

Review the topic

If you have not come up with the error by testing plugins, then the next possible culprit can be the active topic

First of all make a backup copy of your active theme on your computer and make sure you have installed the last default WordPress theme, the last one Twenty Loquesea .

A continued physically deletes the active theme by FTP or cPanel, deleting the subject folder . What WordPress will do is return to the default WordPress theme, which you must have installed.

Now, again, try to reproduce the action that showed the error. If you no longer see it, the culprit was the issue and you have to download a clean copy or, in the worst case, use another copy that does not get you in trouble.

Note : sometimes You may be lucky that it is a very silly mistake, but also typical, of some issues, whose folder includes spaces in its name. In this case, rename the theme folder of, for example, " / wp-content / themes / my theme folder / " a " / wp-content / themes / folder-of-my -tema / ".

Edit the file php.ini

If all the above fails I'm afraid that we have to move on to the heavy artillery and modify the file php.ini ]which contains the main PHP configurations of your web hosting.

The main problem is that php.ini is not a WordPress installation file so it can be located in some folder at that your hosting provider does not give you access.

If you do not see it, it will be your turn to talk to your provider and tell them how you can access it, or that they are the ones who make the change for you.

In any case, what would have to be done would be to modify the following values:

To something higher, like …

Once the changes are done you will have to restart the Apache server, or if you are in a shared hosting, contact your hosting provider for them to do it.

Check the security

Also if you are under attack it may not work as mentioned nonces so run to install a good security plugin and check if your site is compromised. [19659008] If that's the case, it'll be your turn to do a good cleaning.

Did it happen to you?

If you've ever seen this error, how did you solve it? Has any of these tricks served you or have you used another one?

NOTICE : This publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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Calypso is not just the new interface of WordPress.com

Yesterday we were talking about the WordPress.com Mac application and certainly as such it contributes little, but that was nothing but the shell, the reality that transcends after something that will sound more and more in the WordPress world: Calypso .

A little history about Calypso

It all really started with ] the acquisition by Automattic of CloudUp a tool for sharing files in the cloud based on JavaScript, where they found a really well-prepared development team, with fantastic ideas that could be used for WordPress.com.

This, for a team formed in the core of WordPress, mainly based on PHP, was a new issue, but they launched through Github a collaborative project to create what could be the future interface of WordPress.com , Who? n know if also WordPress as a whole?

Two years later, thousands of hours of development, millions of lines of code and a huge job by dozens of programmers, yesterday announced the public version of Calypso the new interface of WordPress.com, and perhaps much more.

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What is Calypso?

Created using JavaScript and WordPress.com REST API, not to be confused – at the moment – with the WP REST API Calypso has redesigned the way we see WordPress, its administration, publication and even the connection with other applications and services.

uses a layer of Node.js to load the page initially and has used the Facebook user interface creation JavaScript library known as React and the compiler JavasCript Babel .

 Calypso technologies

Basically what it offers, and we can already check in WordPress.com, is …

  • Unique page interface: through JavaScript you navigate through all the functionalities in a fast and fluid way. [19659014] Fully adaptable ( responsive ) to all types of mobile devices.
  • Multi-site: ability to manage multiple websites from a single interface, be it WordPress.com or WordPress blogs hosted with JetPack active and connected.
  • Fully Open Source, with the available code on Github .
  • New publication interface, minimalist and with drag-and-drop support
  • Administration and updates of themes and plugins, even WordPress hosted, using JetPack.
  • In short, the new WordPress.com interface that you can already experience .

If you want to have nightmares here is the list Full changes from the "old" interface of WP-admin to Calypso …

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How does this affect WordPress?

Logically, the development from Calypso puts the first stones of what can be WordPress as a whole.

Will WP-admin disappear?

It is something that we will have to decide the whole community, but if something is clear to me it is that for the end user, the administrator of the web, it makes no sense to have a backend being able to do everything in frontend in a more intuitive, visual and efficient way ]let alone for a blogger or an editor.

The fact that 25% of the Internet is already created by WordPress and the future that awaits our beloved CMS makes it practically indispensable radical change in the way to use and understand WordPress so that nvierta in a first-order framework, infinitely scalable, fast, intuitive, secure, adaptable, and as always open source .

WordPress was born as a development in PHP ago 10 years, but today the change to JavaScript is almost mandatory, something that, logically, will cost a significant effort to the thousands of WordPress developers, which I see recycling technologies that have been with us for just over 2 years ]but life is like that, and much more on the Internet.

Also Automattic's decision to release the Calypso code opens a world of possibilities as there will be versions, forks ]additions to the WordPress API, infinity is the limit. What is clear is that there will be a merger between the WordPress.com REST API and the WP REST API .

I often criticize some Automattic decisions, but in this case I can not help but take away the hat, for complying scrupulously with the GPL and WordPress philosophy that the code is better open than closed .

The present and future of WordPress goes through the use of JavaScript, Node.js and the WordPress REST API . In the next version 4.4 will already include the first phase of the API, and in the following months we will see the first steps of the hopeful future that awaits WordPress for the next decade , and the following.

Grab that come curves!

What do you think?

You are WordPress, you are a community, what do you think about this Automattic decision? How do you see the future of WordPress?

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say that we have not warned you.

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WordPress as desktop application for Mac • WordPress Help

Automattic today announced the release of the application version WordPress.com for desktop ]at the moment only for Apple systems with Mac OSX, although it is foreseen that there are also versions for Windows and Linux.

The application, which you can download here allows to access the interface of WordPress.com, where you can not only manage WordPress.com blogs but any WordPress installation connected via JetPack with WordPress.com, come on, most.

Install it is as easy as any other Mac application: downloads the disk image in .dmg format, open it and drag the app to the Applications folder.

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Then open it, it asks for a username and a WordPress key. com and herding.

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Inside it's as if you were on WordPress.com, exactly the same, with all the utilities:

  • My Sites
  • WordPress.com Reader
  • ] Profile of WordPress.com
  • Notifications by WordPress.com
  • Create new entries
  • Updates of plugins
  • Topics by WordPress.com

What does the desktop application that you do not have on WordPress.com offer directly?

Well, I'm still thinking the truth, because you offer what you already have in your browser, that is, the same thing, but using additional memory from your computer for WordPress.com notifications ?

Let's, I do not know about you but it's not for me. It is of these developments that it is worth, what a good job but why? If it allowed to work in offline or something and then publish when you connect it would still make sense but neither, you have to be connected with your WordPress.com user.

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Ok, that's cool on the WordPress icon in the Mac Dock but that's it, and it's not even WordPress's but WordPress.com's so … [19659003] Come on, which in my humble opinion is a nonsense, and if not get me out of my mistake if you see any use. It has taken me just installed the time to make the captures and test it to see if it was worth something other than seeing the same in the browser.

NOTICE : this publication is two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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Yoast SEO is updated 4 times in less than 48 hours • WordPress Help

The truth is that I did not know how to start this article but in the end, the most striking thing, is that, that in less than 48 hours there have been up to 4 updates of the Yoast SEO plugin (3 in the last 24 hours) what was it due?

The first update made all the sense, because version 3.0 , the newest version, introduced a lot of changes really huge, both in the interface and in the operation of the plugin.

In fact, there was a really vital change that in the end went unnoticed: the compatibility with WordPress 4.4 I remind you that the tag wp_title will be obsolete .

And no, it did not like the new interface, to the point that many users they are changing plugins because what tied them to Yoast SEO [19459] 004]in spite of " some minor details " was the interface, especially regarding the editor of Google's snippet that now there was no text area but that is published directly, something that some did not understand, or did not find, or simply did not like .

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But that I was not going to throw back the Yoast guys, who have bet heavily on the change in appearance and design of the application. The real problems would come on the other hand.

And the real problem is that many users were reporting that after updating suddenly they had disappeared the meta description of their site and could not edit them again , with what their SEO plugin had destroyed the SEO of madness.

I have to say, yes, that in my tests with versions 3.0.1 and up to 3.0.3, the last one at this time, I have not suffered that error, so either it was only in 3.0 or it depends on the configuration and active plugins, or I am very lucky. In any case it is a monumental crap that, fortunately, they are trying to solve.

Anyway, that as far as yesterday 18 has been nothing less than 4 updates (3.0, 3.0.1, 3.0 .2, 3.03), of which 3 have been in the last 24 hours, and as we read on Twitter we are not finished, so do not even think about updating Yoast SEO until the storm passes .

While takes the opportunity to try some other SEO plugin which never hurts. If you want to illustrate here I published a comparison between Yoast and the one I use .


Thanks to Oscar Palacios for letting me know about the one who was getting involved 😉

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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Keep your WordPress in shape • WordPress Help

The application WordPress has matured a lot in its last 10 years of existence . The rationalization of many processes such as updates, as well as the standardization of many aspects of its functionality, are an effort to make it easier to use and add new functions.

No matter how many automations developed in WordPress management, still it is necessary to take extra measures to ensure that your website is fit in terms of performance and security . In this article I am going to pose some questions and suggest certain improvements that will help you keep your website in good shape.

1. Do you have the WordPress kernel, the plugins and the updated themes?

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I'm sure you've heard about this many times before, but it's still question number one when you it's about the safety and performance of a WordPress website.

When I look at the statistics of all of our servers on SiteGround I'm always surprised at how many people maintain the previous versions despite all the comforts that both WordPress and the host offer them to be up to date without any effort. Here are some of the things you could take advantage of:

1.1 Native Updates

You probably remember that as of version 3.7, WordPress introduced a native automatic update feature between the minor versions. This is a great feature that you can take advantage of immediately, and that will keep your web safe forever.

Most minor version updates are full of security patches, so you should not skip them under any circumstances. And if your WordPress is not yet version 3.7 or higher, update as soon as possible so you can benefit from the native changes.

1.2 Managed Hosting Service

Also, some companies from hosting, SiteGround is one of them, offer a managed WordPress service where you receive a WordPress auto-update whenever there is a new version and this also includes updates to major versions . And even some of the hosts, offer the automatic update of plugins when the kernel is auto-updated.

1.3 Check the alerts on the WordPress desktop

Finally, if you're not benefiting from your host's services, on the WordPress desktop you will usually receive alerts about new versions of an active or core plugin. You just have to click and update it.

1.4 Add a configuration line to keep the core updated to major versions

If you want your WordPress to automatically update to the major versions, not just the minor ones, you can put the next line in your file wp-config.php :

1.5 Check before updating

Of course you can have some fears, totally justified, to deconfigure your web when updating it. In this case, I recommend that you make a copy of your website and try it on it first. Again, you can search for hosts that offer a testing environment to make this process uncomplicated .

2. What version of PHP do you have?

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Does your WordPress still work with PHP 5.2? Was this version the default value of a million? Years ago, when you installed it?

WordPress has stopped supporting PHP version 5.2 and, in general, it tends to encourage its users to stay in the latest version of PHP. Why? Well, the new versions of PHP work better and are more secure .

PHP 7 incorporating the caching Opcode and the super-performance that it is expected, it will be released very, very soon (the launch options are available on the SiteGround servers and you can easily change it).

It is the biggest change in the PHP code since PHP4 . The latest version of WordPress already supports it. It is a good idea to test how the PHP7 is on your website and update extensions that do not support it, or try to find solutions. Do not leave it.

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Updating PHP is not as easy as updating WordPress, however, it is not a reason to neglect it. You can ask your host if he can change the version for you, or if you are too afraid to spoil your website, go through the testing process suggested above.

3. Do you have any plugin or theme disabled?

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I would like to draw your attention to this because I have seen too many websites with more than 40 plugins disabled . Keep in mind that even though they are disabled, the files with the code are really there, in your account. This could potentially cause security problems. The same applies to themes.

The conclusion is that if you are not using a plugin, remove it completely from your application. If you have some paid plugins and do not want to remove them, make a local copy of all the paid plugins that you have purchased but are not currently using.

If you are not using a theme, delete it completely of your application. I would recommend leaving the last WordPress theme available by default as fallback, but everything else, to get rid of it.

4. When did you optimize your database for the last time and checked your old post?

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The first thing is to clean your database of all the information you do not need. For example, WordPress saves multiple revisions of your posts. That's great, but it fills you with multiple copies of your post, and it implies a considerable increase in the size of the database.

Those revisions will not slow down your website, but it will slow down some processes such as optimizing the database , the creation of backup copies, and possible recoveries of backup copies.

I would like to recommend the plugin " Better Delete Revision " to remove them. It allows you to eliminate all revisions, thus optimizing your database.

On the database optimization itself, you can use a tool like phpMyAdmin or if you have the WP-CLI at your disposal, navigate to the folder your site and write:

Doing this regularly will keep your database in shape!

5. Have you optimized the size of your images?

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Images are a huge part of your website and it is a great idea to do everything you can to optimize them. Personally I divide the process in two parts:

5.1 Lower the number of thumbnails

When you upload an image to your website, WordPress automatically creates a few copies of the image and rescales it. The number of thumbnails created depends on the theme.

Currently, there are many themes that provide many layers of different pages, and generate dozens of thumbnails of different sizes. This inflates the number of images in your account and its size. My advice is to review all types of pages, write down the thumbnails you're actually using, and delete the ones you do not use, optimizing the space occupied by the images, and the total number of inodes in your account.

Doing this is relatively simple: first open the file functions.php of your web, and look for the creation part of thumbnails. It should be something like this:

Comment only on the lines responsible for the sizes you do not need. Once that's done, you need to regenerate the thumbnails. I recommend you use the plugin Regenerate thumbnails . Keep in mind that it can take hours to regenerate them all, so make sure you do not miss any, and try not to do so during the busiest hours of your website in terms of traffic.

5.2 Optimize existing images

the smaller the size of the image, the faster the page load!

Another favorite add-on that I now add to all my websites and all the ones I work on is EWWW Image Optimizer . Optimizes without loss of quality all the images you upload to your website, and has a great button " Optimize all " to do it directly.

Basically, the plugin reduces the size of your images without diminishing their quality . Great results guaranteed!

6. How fast is your website? What speed of loading do you have?

 web speed

In general, the speed of your website suggests what performance optimizations you can get up and running. If your pages are slow to load more than a second and your score in some speed tests I mention in this section is low, start with the previous suggestions to improve it.

Here you have some of the tools that I use it regularly to test the loading speed of the websites I work with:

Every installation of WordPress has a different set of themes, plugins and content, and there is no universal solution or single focus. You need to regularly update your website, test it, and solve any problems that arise n.

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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How to change the author URL in WordPress • WordPress Help

WordPress you have many good things but also some picadillo and one of them is the author URL, which has two errors, and one of them assumes a serious security problem: it shows the user's login name instead of the visible or other name.

The other, less serious, error is that you can not change the base of the structure of the link I explain myself …

As you already know, in Settings -> Permanent links you can modify the base of the URL of the category and label files, of category and tag whatever you want.

 url base of categories and labels

In this way, the typical type url misitio.es/category/mi-seccion/ you can change it, for example, to misitio.es/seccion/mi-seccion od misitio.es/tag/mi-etiqueta/ to misitio.es/etiqueta/mi-etiqueta/ .

But WordPress does not offer us any way to change the author file of the standard misitio.es/author/username/ to something else, such as misitio.es/perfil/ID_de_autor/ for example.

] As I said, this error is less serious, merely aesthetic. The fat thing is the other thing, that in the URL of an author it shows the real name of user ( username ) to access with what you are already "giving away" information of the half of what someone might need to access your site without permission.

It does not matter if you put your first and last name, an alias or choose a visible name, the URL will always be generated with your username that you can not change except modifying it manually in the database.

 author profile

Thus, if you click on the author name in the information line of an entry, the visible name chosen, but it will take you to the author URL, where you will see your real access username already knowing 50% of the information to try to access it instead.

] Yes, is serious, but it has a solution, in fact there are several .

Of course or yesterday a reader, Joan Morci warned me on Twitter of this serious security problem, about which has already published the solution on his blog but I found some more resource that can help.

Change author URL in WordPress with code

If we want to solve these two errors at once it's simple. We just have to add the following code to our utilities plugin :

In this example what we do is, first, change the base of the URL from author to profile (which of course you can change to what you want) and then use the user ID as the author's name in the URL which is the best option, as it is always unique, not as the visible name, alias or others, which could match and would pose another problem.

In this way, a user whose user name is admin, with what his author url would have been by default misitio.es/author/admin/ would happen to have a url of author of type misitio.es/profile/12/ (being 12 your unique user ID).

Of course, nobody can use the ID as username to try to access WordPress it just does not work, so we've solved the problem.

There are other codes out there to change the username but it's just going len to do it one by one, with this code you change them all, and the only interesting thing you can do without conflicts.

Change the author URL in WordPress with plugins

Of course, we can also do it with plugins, not suffer if you are one of those that still gives you a touch and shaking touch code.

Edit Author Slug

Very complete plugin, which allows you to change both the author's URL base and the use basis for author names. In this way you can substitute author for whatever you want, and use another base for author names, such as the combination of first-name, alias, only name, visible name, ID, etc. [19659004]  edit author slug

In field Author Base author changes for what you want and then, most important, in Bulk Update Author Slugs if you check the Bulk Update box, it allows you to define the name to use in the URLs instead of the real user name.

It also allows you to change author URLs one by one if you want, in a completely manual way, whatever you want.

 edit author url unique wordpress

SF Author Url Control [19659162] This is similar to the previous one but somewhat more limited. The good part is that to change the base URL of author to whatever you want you do not have a huge options page, but one more field is added to Settings -> Permanent links just below where you do the same for categories and labels, something totally logical and intuitive.

 sf author url control

In what does not reach the level of the previous plugin is that you can not automatically change the URLs of the authors substituting the username for something else, but you have to do it one by one, or the same user on your own .

I think Needless to say, the latter is not advisable, because there is a lot of crazy out there that would be dizzy all day with your username.

 author url control user


Anyway , that the matter I think is resolved, either through the code (I think the best option with huge difference), or with the plugin Edit User Slug making the change in mass, but with the failure to use the ID, which would be the best, as I said with the rest of possibilities, to be modifiable by the users, could be coincidences and their consequent problems.

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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