AuthorJon Cavanaugh

Are plugins making my WordPress site slow?


The more WordPress plugins installed, the slower your website can become. I can tell countless stories of 20, 30, or 40+ plugins!! I recently wrote this post about image optimization, with a plea for discipline. Not every plugin contributes to slowness. However, more times than not, plugins are responsible for sending files to visitors that they don’t even need! As a result, – your...

Optimizing and sizing images for web


CMS’s like WordPress (and others) enable us to upload and use images easily. And I’m grateful for the ease of use. With power comes responsibility! Because its so easy most times images are not edited or optimized before posting. As a result, websites are slower to load and images look bad due to sizing and cropping. It’s important to stay disciplined—the small details matter...

Identify hidden project costs


During my personal weekly retrospective, I reviewed notes about areas that could be improved regarding work with customers within Expert Ready. I’m experimenting with a bit more granularity in planning projects with customers – as an agency meaning, we help them outsource development. Part of this process though – in keeping customers informed is helping to discuss costs...

Turn RSS into JSON with Zapier – and filter it!


We love two write utilities but not always. When we can it’s a little faster to use tools like Zapier to transport and transform data from one place to another. Most of our customers use Zapier too so it’s a great way to sharpen our skills. You can do pretty much anything you want with Zapier – it’s just about how much time you’re willing to put in to figure it out...

Recover deleted WordPress posts by Author (without a plugin)


A customer of ours recently removed unneeded “Administrator” users from WordPress, which is good practice. During the process, he selected to delete their content – not realizing they had created posts. Good news! You can recover these if you have a backup, and you can even restore them to a different author – without a plugin. Restore Backups To Previous Date &...

Creative ways to save on technology


It’s a good practice to perform maintenance in your company occasionally. Deep cleaning with a purpose, to save money. The biggest reason people won’t perform deep cleaning is time and difficulty associated with the change. Instead, they keep paying month after month when they could, with a little effort, save money. I will describe how you can save thousands of dollars by eliminating...

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