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Display Your WordPress Site Statistics: Complete Guide

Display Your WordPress Site Statistics: Complete Guide

Just to be crystal clear, this post is all about displaying basic statistics about your site, not about your visitors. So if you are thinking something like, "duh, just use Google Analytics or whatever," then imagine a giant buzzer sound telling you that you're incorrect. Sure, Google Analytics gives you information about your visitors, like how many, where from, how long, and so forth. But GA et al do NOT provide information about your site itself. Things like the number of registered users, number of posts and pages, number of comments, and all the other cool little details about your site. That is what we'll be covering in today's DigWP tutorial. So grab some popcorn and enjoy the show! ;)

Official Resources for the Gutenberg Block Editor

Official Resources for the Gutenberg Block Editor

Just a quick post to share some recommended useful resources for anyone working with the new Gutenberg Block Editor. Our book Digging Into WordPress now links to this post, so readers can learn more and dive deep into Gutenberg. Or just bookmark for future reference. What does that mean? It means that this page will be updated with any new useful and official resources. And by "official" just means the information is sourced/hosted at WordPress.org.

Holiday Book Sale!

Save 20% on Digging Into WordPress, The Tao of WordPress, .htaccess made easy, and WP Themes In Depth. Visit the Perishable Press Bookstore and enter coupon code HOHOHO during checkout for instant savings. Happy Holidays! :)

How to Selectively Enable Gutenberg Block Editor

How to Selectively Enable Gutenberg Block Editor

Previously, we covered numerous techniques to disable Gutenberg. For example, you can disable Gutenberg on specific post types, user roles, post IDs, and so forth. But what about doing the opposite and conditionally enabling Gutenberg? For example, if Gutenberg is disabled by default, you could then selectively enable it on whichever post types, user roles, or whatever criteria that's required. So this tutorial explains how to enable Gutenberg using simple WordPress filter hooks. You'll learn how to enable Gutenberg for any single posts, new posts, post meta, categories, tags, and post types. Plus some juicy tips and tricks along the way!

DigWP Newsletter

What up! Just to help spread the word about the DigWP newsletter. Get WordPress news, tips, and special offers delivered fresh to your inbox. 3-4 times per year max. Always good stuff, never spam, and we never share your info with anyone. Just a quality newsletter letting you know about awesome stuff happening in our corner of the WordPress universe.

About the “Warning! WordPress Encrypts User Cookies” Error

About the “Warning! WordPress Encrypts User Cookies” Error

Upgrading from older versions of WordPress is designed to go without a hitch, but depending on the setup and the two versions involved, you may encounter some hangups along the way. For example, if you are upgrading from a version of WordPress older than 3.0, eventually you may encounter the dreaded "Warning! WordPress Encrypts User Cookies" error. This quick DigWP tutorial explains what it is, why it happens, and how to fix the problem asap.

Subscribe to Comments Plugin: Delete Data from Database

Subscribe to Comments Plugin: Delete Data from Database

During the latest site redesign, I removed the Subscribe to Comments plugin. Wisely, the plugin does not delete any subscriber information from the database. So as a part of the site's redesign slash clean-up, I wanted to export/save and then delete all subscriber information to decrease overall database size. After searching and not finding any specific solution or preferred technique for this process, I rolled my own. Actually it's just a simple SQL query to get it done! :)

Password Policy Manager

Weak passwords leave your site vulnerable. WordPress sites with more than one user should enforce a "strong password" policy for better security. To help with this, check out Password Policy Manager. It is a CHOICE WordPress plugin that makes it easy to define a strong set of password requirements for your site's users. Easy to use and provides a robust set of features. Check it out.

Securing the WP REST API

Securing the WP REST API

I think many WordPress users probably underestimate the amount of data that is made available via the REST API. Just about everything is available to anyone or anything that asks for it: posts, pages, categories, tags, comments, taxonomies, media, users, settings, and more. For most of these types of data, public access is useful. For example, if you have a JSON-powered news reader, it can basically replicate your entire site structure virtually anywhere. But that easy access invites potential abuse. Just like with RSS feeds, RESTfully delivered JSON content is easily scraped and used for spam, phishing, plagiarism, adsense, and other foul things.

Lean WP

Super useful plugin from Pieter, to help restore WordPress closer to its foundational philosophy of "Clean, Lean, and Mean". Lean WP disables LOTS of potential bloat like Emojis, REST API, Embeds, XLM-RPC, et al. Pieter also offers some other great plugins.

WordPress is Forked

It's happening: WordPress is being forked. Meet ClassicPress. The original, Gutenberg-free WordPress publishing platform.

Launch! New WordPress Plugins

It's been a BUSY year! So far most of my work is focusing on WordPress plugins. Recently announced Disable Gutenberg and Gutenberg Custom Fields plugins. And now I am pleased to announce 5 more plugins designed to improve your WordPress workflow: Disable Responsive Images, Disable WP REST API, Enable Database Tools, WP Cron HTTP Auth, and the BEST for last: Contact Form X. Please check ‘em out, and THANKS for your generous attention.

How to Disable Gutenberg: Complete Guide

How to Disable Gutenberg: Complete Guide

Gutenberg soon will be added to the WordPress core. This is great news for some, not so great for others. With 99.9999% (estimate) of all WordPress sites currently setup to work without Gutenberg, the massive changes barreling down the pike are going to affect literally millions of websites. And as swell as the whole "Gutenberg" experience may seem, the simple truth is that a vast majority of site owners will not be prepared when it finally hits. Nor will many small business have time or budget to test and update client sites to accommodate ol’ Gut’.

Display Custom Fields in Gutenberg

Display Custom Fields in Gutenberg

Gutenberg is coming soon to your WordPress, whether you like it or not. Debate and drama aside, it's time that we start looking for practical ways to adapt current WordPress sites to the many imminent changes brought to us by G7G. One of these changes involves Custom Fields. Currently, and hopefully this will change in a future update, Custom Fields are not displayed on Gutenberg-enabled screens. Which is kind of a bummer, considering the millions of websites, plugins, and themes that make good use of them.

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