How To Add A Custom Class To Astra Search Form

A friend had a question on how to add a custom class to the header search box in Astra that was too complex to answer in a Facebook post, so I’ll put it here. Essentially, he wanted to add a class to the input field which already has the class “search-field”. The class he wanted

How To Find Which WordPress Database Belongs To Your Website

When you have multiple websites installed on your hosting account, it can be tricky to track which database belongs to which WordPress installation. Given that most of the unique information belonging to a website lives in the database, you don’t want to accidentally edit the wrong one. To find which WordPress database belongs to your

How To Create A New WordPress Admin User In phpMyAdmin

Sometimes a client will give you cPanel access to a WordPress website, but not the login details for an admin. Other times, you might find yourself locked out of WordPress, or the site got hacked and the password changed. Whatever the reason, you might need to manually create a new admin user through the database.

How To Disable WordPress Admin Email Verification

WordPress 5.3 introduced a screen that appears every six months to check if the administration email for the website is up to date. You’ve probably seen it. It looks like this: Thankfully it will only show to people with the “manage_options” capability, which generally means only website admins. For most of us, it’s annoying, but

How To Enable XML-RPC On WordPress

I needed to use XML-RPC on one of my sites to verify that I owned the site. Normally that’s not a problem with WordPress sites, because XML-RPC is enabled by default. However, I always turn it off and block access to it through iThemes Security. To enable XML-RPC on WordPress, go through your security, speed

How To Show Hidden Files Like .htaccess In cPanel File Manager

Every WordPress installation has at least one “dotfile” called .htaccess. Files usually have a file name, then an ending, like index.php. But .htaccess is just the ending. By default, cPanel’s File Manager doesn’t show dotfiles. You have to change a setting so that you can see them. To show hidden files in cPanel like .htaccess,

How To Close Down A WordPress Website

There comes a point in every business, when it’s time to close down. I closed down a business website for a client today and figured I’d walk through how I did it, for people who’ve not done it before. It’s not as simple as just deleting the website and walking away. You want to leave

How To Add Custom CSS To WordPress Admin Area

Sometimes it’s nice to add a bit of custom styling to the WordPress admin area to make things stand out a bit better. Today I needed to resize a meta box in the sidebar of the Gutenberg editor. We had lots of options for membership levels, but it was annoying to have to scroll through

How To Fix "Another Update Is Currently In Progress" WordPress Error

From time to time, when I’m updating WordPress, I get hit with the error message “Another update is currently in progress”. This is caused by a line (possibly two) in the database that is supposed to stop clashing updates, but sometimes gets stuck. You could leave the site alone for 15 minutes and it will