Big changes coming to GTmetrix

If you’ve ever done any performance optimisation on your website, you’ll almost certainly have come across GTmetrix, how could you not? The site was originally created as a tool for their own hosted customers to check the speed of their websites and improve them, but over the years it has become a go-to resource for so many…

Disabling WordPress auto-updates

I’ve already written about WordPress auto-updates, a new hotly contested feature of WordPress 5.5.  I’ve previously said that the best advice I can give is to make sure that plugins involved in non-critical functionality should probably be set to auto-update, as if the plugin stops working, it’s most likely to only affect that functionality and the loss of…

WordPress auto-updates

Recently WordPress 5.5 was released and one of the new features that has been rolled out is the ability to auto-update plugins and themes.  There are mixed opinions on whether this is really a good thing or not, so here’s my take. Firstly, how you can you enable this functionality?  It isn’t enabled out of the…

Upgrade to WordPress 5.5

In general my upgrade to WordPress 5.5 has been pretty seamless, across all of the client sites that I maintain.  This is good news! One of the main issues that I’ve come across is with a few of the sites running older themes (despite my recommendations to let me update or create a custom theme…

Pluralsight free weekend

Exciting news—Pluralsight are having another free weekend, like they did last year, making every one of their 6,500+ expert-led video courses, 40+ interactive courses, and 20+ projects, all free for one weekend only. Apologies for the American date format there, but here in the UK that’s from 4pm on Friday 14th August till 7am on Monday…