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Testing Takes Time After An Update

The main problem of using Open Source solutions like WordPress and other CMSs is that you are basically using someone else's code. This means having a lot of faith that their code won't give you any problems. This seems too much of an expectation as most of us don't even have faith in our own code. ;D

So anyway, the recent WordPress and WooCommerce updates got me thinking about one thing... testing. Because of the WordPress core upgrade and the wrong impression people got from going from 3.9 to 4.0, a lot of WordPress administrators really got worried that something bad would happen. (This is harkens back to the 2.9 to 3.0 WordPress update that broke a lot of sites). But there was not a lot of significant changes IMHO. It was like upgrading from 3.8 to 3.9.

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WordPress 4.0 Benny Released

WordPress has now officially released Version 4.0 nicknamed Benny. Named after another prominent Jazz personality Benny Goodman, the nickname follows the traditional naming convention of naming WordPress versions after Jazz Musicians.

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How To Get Notified When Your WordPress Site Goes Down

If you manage and administer multiple unrelated sites by your lonesome, the major worry that keeps you up at night is the thought of one of the site going down and not knowing about it asap.

There are many ways that a site goes down that can be easily fixed. The main thing is, you need to know about it right away. The sooner you know of a downtime, the faster you can get it back up again.... [Read More]

Accessing WooCommerce Product Feeds

WordPress feeds often default to posts and/or comments. If you want to access the product feeds generated by WooCommerce, all you need to do is to append the product post type to the URL. Just change the default url in your RSS button link to this: `/?feed=rss2&post_type=product` and you're good to go! :)

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WooCommerce: Editing Product Image Thumbnail Sizes

get_ the_post thumbnail - at the WordPress Codex.

One of the major frustrations that first timers have when using WooCommerce is when they have a set of product images that are not "square" in resolution. This means having images that do not have the same length and width. Now if you just want to make sure that the image does not get cropped to a square like monstrosity, all you have to do is to let WooCommerce stop using the WordPress thumbnails as the source image.... [Read More]