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GridPane News and Last Month in Review (August 2022)

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Introduction

Hey WordPress Warriors! August saw lots of behind-the-scenes work take place, much of which lays the groundwork for future updates. There were also some improvements and fixes which can be seen on our changelog. Below is the regular rundown.

Table of Contents

  1. PanelPress.io: Client Portal Update
  2. Redis Object Caching Plugin Update (Nginx Only)
  3. Changelog
  4. Newly Published Knowledge Base Articles
  5. Knowledge Base Article Updates

PanelPress.io: Client Portal Update

A few updates were pushed last month that include:

  • New: 4 API endpoints for Agency clients – details here: https://documenter.getpostman.com/view/10263571/VUjQnjyi
  • Bug fix: Some sites showed object cache enabled while it was disabled. This was caused by duplicate site imports.
  • Bug Fix: Infinite spinners when trying to use tools – also caused by duplicate imports.

The bulk of the Client Portal work is still on building V2 and moving from Bubble to a completely custom-built implementation.

Redis Object Caching Plugin Update (Nginx Only)

For the last couple of years, we’ve used a fork of the Till Kruss Redis Object Cache plugin due to some compatibility issues. These have since been resolved, and in August we switched back to Till’s original plugin that can be found in the WordPress repo. This is the object caching plugin that will now be installed on newly created websites moving forward.

Any existing sites that use our fork will continue to work, but we’ve published a knowledge base article detailing a few different methods to easily update sites from our fork to the original.

Changelog

The changelog has been updated. The major releases are detailed above, and you can check out the other fixes and improvements on our roadmap here:

https://roadmap.gridpane.com/f/changelog/

August was primarily laying the groundwork for features and updates to come. Some bug fixes and improvements were also pushed.

Newly Published Knowledge Base Articles

We published 5 new articles in August. This includes a series of articles on using a CDN with GridPane.

1. Using a CDN With GridPane

To answer the questions we’re often asked about CDNs and whether or not they should be used, and which we recommend, etc. In this article, we’ll offer some guidance and recommendations, along with some additional info that is generally useful to be aware of when using a CDN.

Using a CDN With GridPane

2. How to Set Up Cloudflare APO

Cloudflare’s Automatic Platform Optimization (APO) for WordPress offering is excellent. They have a WordPress plugin, it’s easy to set up, and it starts from $5/month.

How to Set Up Cloudflare APO

3. How to Set Up QUIC.cloud CDN for WordPress

QUIC.cloud is LiteSpeed’s own CDN product built specifically for WordPress. The LiteSpeed Cache plugin directly integrates with the CDN, making it highly configurable and easy to manage. If you need a CDN for an OLS site, this is an excellent option that offers great value for money.

How to Set Up QUIC.cloud CDN for WordPress

4. Updating the GridPane Redis Object Cache Forked Plugin Back to the Original Plugin

As mentioned in the section above, this article details how to update your sites to Till’s Redis Object Caching plugin. This can be done on a per-site basis, or you can use a token file to update all sites or multiple specific sites.

Updating the GridPane Redis Object Cache Forked Plugin Back to the Original Plugin

5. How to Clear Your Website Caches (All Methods)

We covered this article in last months recap. Read it here: 

How to Clear Your Website Caches (All Methods)

Knowledge Base Updates

In addition to the 5 new articles above, the following knowledge base articles were completely rewritten:

  1. Why Does My Site Take X Seconds to Load?
  2. MySQL is Consuming Lots of CPU
  3. Where to Start Determining Where a Performance Issue Exists?

Updated Articles

These articles were also updated during August:

  1. Using GridPane Multitenancy
  2. Using the GridPane Git Integration
  3. How to Create a Content Security Policy (CSP Header)
  4. How to Clear Your Website Caches (All Methods)
  5. Using a CDN With GridPane
  6. Using Cloudflare with GridPane
  7. How to Setup Snapshot Failover™ with DNS Made Easy
  8. How to Set Up Slack Notifications
  9. How Do I Reinstall GridPane Plugins?
  10. An Introduction to GridPane Server Caching Options
  11. How to Clear Your Website Caches (All Methods)
  12. Using GridPane Redis Object Caching
  13. GridPane Caching Plugin Download Links
  14. The OWASP Top 10 and GridPane WordPress Security Options
  15. Generate SSH Key on Windows with Putty
  16. V2 Backups Part 1. How Backups Work / Configuration / Purging / Exports and Imports
  17. How to Migrate a WordPress Website with WP-CLI and rsync
  18. How to Set Up QUIC.cloud CDN
  19. How to Use the top Command to Monitor System Processes and Resource Usage
  20. How to Use the htop Command to Monitor System Processes and Resource Usage

The knowledge base “Plugins/Services” category page has also been updated to include a section dedicated to Cloudflare-specific articles (and articles that make heavy use of their features).

That’s a Wrap!

Thanks for reading. We’ll continue to keep you posted in the weekly newsletter. Have a great September everyone!

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