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How to use CodeKit Hooks to Copy Sass and CSS Files

By Tom Nguyen / April 6, 2020 /

If you don’t know about CodeKit, it’s a local development Mac tool which auto-refreshes your local site every time a file is saved. You can also look at your local sites on any device that is connected to your network with CodeKit. Among many other features, it also compiles Sass and Less files. When I’m…

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Using Google’s Related Searches as a Keyword Tool

By Tom Nguyen / January 4, 2020 /

This article was originally published on August 10, 2012. Keyword research is the foundation of our SEO services. If you don’t know what people should be typing to find your site, then you won’t know what keywords should go into your content. One option is to purchase a monthly or yearly membership to WordTracker.  It’s…

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How to Remove Avada’s Auto Generated EID Parameter from the Gravity Forms Confirmation URL

By Tom Nguyen / November 26, 2019 /

I was able to get this problem solved in November 2018 with the help of Avada’s support team. When using Gravity Forms* with the Avada WordPress theme, I would see an eid parameter automatically added to the confirmation page url with an extra long value like this: /thank-you/?ref=583&eid=me6t014eZIqlcZPJ9TinHkmre+HumzmjyFu8eV6sbxuqUSvwbV8vPmy5UqBQhzNgY72TNbEW0wFn6Ph5KIc/IY6mwZHkWOZ8dMLECgJyx1ANvz0= The eid parameter and its value would…

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How to Remove Part of a Stroke in Illustrator

By Tom Nguyen / November 5, 2019 /

There are a couple of ways that you can do this. Using the Scissor Tool Using the Pathfinder Panel Using the Eraser Tool Removing Part of a Stroke with the Scissor Tool This is what I did in the above screen recording: Select the Scissors Tool () from the toolbar or press the keyboard shortcut…

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How to Debug Plugin Errors on a Live Site

By Tom Nguyen / February 6, 2019 /

By using the Gravity Forms Debug Add-On, you can deactivate all WordPress plugins on a live website and reactivate them one-by-one to find which plugin is causing a conflict. This can be done behind the scenes without your website visitors noticing.

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How to Add a Full-Width Parallax Background Image to Dynamik

By Tom Nguyen / November 12, 2018 /

One of our web design clients was using the Dynamik WordPress theme* which is a Genesis child theme. Dynamik is different from most child themes in that you can make CSS and structural changes via the admin panel. You can even write PHP code in its Custom section. I liked Dynamik so much that I…

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How to Edit a PDF File’s Title for Google Searches

By Tom Nguyen / September 19, 2018 /

PDF files are indexed by Google, and they show up in its search engine result pages. It is possible to optimize PDF files for search engines. I didn’t know it was possible to specify the title for search engines as well as the meta description on a PDF file until a client informed me that his client’s…

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Disabling Alerts for a Specific Post Type with the Sucuri Plugin

By Tom Nguyen / August 28, 2018 /

One our clients has a WordPress site that uses the YITH WooCommerce Request a Quote Premium plugin along with the WooCommerce plugin. Every time he received a quote request, I received an alert email with the following message: Message: Shop_order status has been changed; details: ID: [id number],Old status: new,New status: wc-ywraq-new,Title: Order – [Month…

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How to Set Up SSH Keys on a Mac

By Tom Nguyen / August 10, 2018 /

SSH stands for Secure Shell. If you set up your SSH public and private key pair on your computer, you can bypass entering a password to access your web server. Some tasks can be done faster on the command line interface than on a browser. WordPress uses WP-CLI and Drupal uses Drush. Updating a group of…

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How to Troubleshoot WordPress with the Debug.log File

By Tom Nguyen / July 24, 2018 /

I learned about the debug.log file from Sucuri Security’s support team. We use Sucuri on many client sites that are on our WordPress Maintenance Plan. The debug.log file is not enabled by default. To enable it, you have to modify the wp-config.php file by adding these lines before the “That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging.”…

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