Quick Tip: Force Enable Auto-Updates in WordPress

I know that auto-updates are a bit of a (#wpdrama) touchy subject, but I believe in them. In an mu-plugin I enable all auto-updates like so: <?php // Turn on auto-updates for everything if ( ! defined( 'IS_PRESSABLE' ) || ! IS_PRESSABLE ) { add_filter( 'allow_major_auto_core_updates', '__return_true' ); add_filter( 'allow_minor_auto_core_updates', '__return_true' ); } add_filter( 'auto_update_core', '__return_true' [...]

Query Caching (and a little extra)

By default, WordPress does not cache WP_Query queries.  Doing so can greatly improve performance.  The way I do this is via the Advanced Post Cache plugin: https://github.com/Automattic/advanced-post-cache By running this plugin (hopefully as an mu-plugin) with a persistent object cache, WP_Query calls, along with get_post() calls (only if suppress_filters is false) will be cached. Bonus! Now that we're caching queries, [...]

Auto-enable WP_DEBUG with a cookie

One of the most important things to do when working on new themes, plugins, or debugging issues in WordPress is to turn on WP_DEBUG.  According to the Codex: WP_DEBUG is a PHP constant (a permanent global variable) that can be used to trigger the "debug" mode throughout WordPress. It is assumed to be false by [...]

Windows, SFTP, and the Registry

One of the tasks that I have to do often at work is copying data to and from an SFTP directory.  Previously I had a constant domain and port that I was able to connect to, an I could save this in a WinSCP profile for ease of use.  Due to some recent architectural changes though, [...]

Gutenberg, Code, and Highlighting

One of the great things about Gutenberg is the ability to compartmentalize different types of content within blocks.  One of the blocks that I've been using a lot of recently is the code block.  This block by default will render something like this: While this is acceptable, it's not very pretty.  I used to use [...]

Securing WordPress Plugins with more Plugins

I've written before about disabling plugin deactivation in WordPress, but I've finally used that knowledge in practice--on this site. The Problem Let's say you're going along your day, developing things, and fixing things, and making the world a better place when all of a sudden you get a call from a client that their website [...]

CSS & JS Concatenation in WordPress

At WordPress.com VIP one of the features we have on our platform is automated concatenation of Javascript and CSS files when registered through the core WordPress wp_enqueue__*() functions. We do this using the nginx-http-concat plugin: https://github.com/Automattic/nginx-http-concat This plugin was written to work with nginx, but the server running derrick.blog is Apache.  I've worked around this and have nginx-http-concat running fully [...]

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