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With the recent update of the JetPack plugin – a new feature called “Site Management” has been added.

If you run multiple WordPress sites – the chances are – you are using the same plugins on multiple sites. If you would like to streamline plugin updates – you can now easily do so with the new “Site Management” option in JetPack.

How does this work?

  1. Update to JetPack 3.3 and enable the new feature by clicking “Activate Now” in the JetPack banner (seen above)
  2. Log in to http://wordpress.com/sites to view the sites you have registered, add more if needed.
  3. Choose the site you want to configure for plugin updates and see all plugins listed. Select each plugin to configure it (perhaps some plugins you will always want to update automatically, but others not). There are two options – Active and Autoupdates. (Active = plugin active vs. inactive) Autoupdate (auto update this plugin vs do not auto update the plugin)

While this makes managing plugin updates easier – make sure you consider quality assurance testing. Auto updates or mass updating plugins makes updating easy – but the need for quality assurance testing is still needed and should not be overlooked. Whether you have unit tests or do testing with user scripts – remember to still plan for time/effort after the updates.

Thanks to JetPack for taking this on. I look forward to playing around with this.

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We have had a few clients recently come to us looking to help “speed up” their site. After tweaking server settings, themes, plugins, etc – we then also recommend something that has produced good results: CloudFlare.

From CloudFlare:

CloudFlare protects and accelerates any website online. Once your website is a part of the CloudFlare community, its web traffic is routed through our intelligent global network. We automatically optimize the delivery of your web pages so your visitors get the fastest page load times and best performance. We also block threats and limit abusive bots and crawlers from wasting your bandwidth and server resources. The result: CloudFlare-powered websites see a significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks.

Sound good? CloudFlare also claims:

On average, a website on CloudFlare
– loads twice as fast
– uses 60% less bandwidth
– has 65% fewer requests
– is way more secure
All for free!

They have different packages – from free to $20/month. If you have some time – take a look at their site, and give them a shot. We use them here and have been very happy with everything (they even have a WordPress plugin).

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We just released a new version of our WordPress Related Content plugin. This update is very minor (adds in a div that surrounds all the output) but it will significantly make styling your related results easier.

After you update your plugin – you can control the output by adding something like this to your stylesheet:

#sdac_related_posts h4 {border-bottom:1px dashed #c7c7bb;margin:15px 0 5px 0;padding-bottom:5px;}
#sdac_related_posts ul {margin:10px 0 10px 20px;}
#sdac_related_posts ul li {margin:0 0 3px 0;}

* The code above is what styles the related posts on this site.

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After completing a site refresh (updated theme, use of custom post type for our portfolio/products), I also decided to migrate from the standalone version of bbPress to the new bbPress plugin. Everything went smoothly and I plan to spend some time customizing the layouts after I read more about best practices. All our forums got imported and are still available at: http://www.sandboxdev.com/forums. Watch for some upcoming posts on how to customize this new version of bbPress.

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We just released the latest version of SDAC Translate (1.2.5). This update adds an easy way to use the functionality outside of widgets (if your theme does not support widgets).

Usage:

* You can always use it by using : the_widget(‘sdac_translate_widget’) too (2.8+).

Download the latest version of SDAC Translate from WordPress.org.

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Two updates in one day…and not to fix any bugs! That’s right. After updating the plugin to version 1.2.3 – we received another request to add Georgian to the languages we support. So – as of version 1.2.4 – you now have Georgian as new language option.

Download SDAC Translate now from the WordPress plugin repository!

As always – thanks for the feedback/feature requests!

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Until now – if you wanted to use this plugin on your site – the starting language defaulted to English. With version 1.2.3 of SDAC Translate – you can now define your starting language.

Set "Translate From" Language

Download SDAC Translate now from the WordPress plugin repository!

As always – thanks for the feedback/feature requests!

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