Improving nginx Proxy + Fastcgi Page Caching Skip Cache Reasons

Many nginx users nowadays are enjoying the benefits of server side caching with a reverse proxy cache or fastcgi cache (this is what Kinsta use). I have the pleasure of working with a lot of these server configurations and sometimes you get some undesired caching behavior that you need to debug in the nginx virtual … Learn more…

Checking the Current WordPress Version via Command Line with(out) WP-CLI

There are so many ways to check the current WordPress version mainly using the graphical user interface (GUI) dashboard. Usually I am working on the command line so I prefer to be able to check without having to log in to the site. Below I show 3 different ways that you can check the current … Learn more…

Find out which WordPress Database Options Belong to Plugins

This post will show you how to identify which WordPress plugin options in the wp_options table belong to a specific plugin. Normally developers will search in the wp_options table manually with phpMyAdmin or Adminer (WordPress plugin version) but this can often be very tedious as you have to paginate though sometimes hundreds of pages! When … Learn more…

How to Transfer + Clean WPEngine Backup Zip for Local Installation

If you have ever tried to do some tests on a local installation with a WordPress site hosted on WPEngine you may have found that it doesn’t always work right out of the box. Sometimes you just need to use XDebug with PHPStorm in a local troubleshooting environment to efficiently debug a site so a local … Learn more…