How to Defer Parsing of JavaScript in WordPress

JavaScript is one of the most popular programming languages in the world. Most websites use it to create more dynamic experiences for visitors. Critical features like contact forms and site analytics are just a couple of ways JavaScript is put into practice on a daily basis. Unfortunately, while it’s highly useful, all of this code has the potential to slow down your site. 

Deferring parsing of JavaScript (also just called, “deferring JavaScript”) means telling your site to load your non-essential JavaScript code last. This simple tweak can improve your page loading times and overall performance, depending on the number of scripts your website uses.

In this article, we’ll break down exactly what parsing is and what deferring involves. We’ll also discuss how deferring JavaScript can benefit your site and show you how to do it. Finally, we’ll wrap up with some frequently asked questions (FAQs) to address any remaining doubts. 

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WordPress Autosave: How to Use, Change, Enable, & Disable This Feature

Things don’t always go perfectly, and they seem to go wrong at the worst possible time. If you have a website, you may be familiar with this conundrum. Right when you’re about to publish a post you’ve been working on for hours, your power goes out, your browser crashes, or your cat walks across your keyboard.

But all is not lost! The WordPress autosave feature makes it possible to get that work back quickly and easily. Let’s find out how. 

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What is WooCommerce and How to Install it in WordPress

Whether you sell physical products, digital items, services, bookings, or courses, an online store can be an incredible opportunity to reach your target audience. It helps you reach people where they already spend their time, even if they’re always on the go. And it allows you to share the benefits and strengths of your products in the best way possible.

But how do you get started selling online? And what tools do you need to build the best ecommerce store? 

Let’s take a look at WooCommerce, a powerful ecommerce platform. We’ll learn what it is, how businesses use it to run their stores, and the steps you can take to get started.

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Jetpack Search: Free for Small Sites and Free Trials for All

Picture this: an excited fan comes to your site to buy your newest product, or read your latest article. They go to the search box, type it in…and it doesn’t work. Sadness.

No matter the size of your site, people expect a working search box. That’s why we’re excited to bring the power and ease of Jetpack Search to even the smallest sites.

We’ve simplified our pricing, and also added a free tier and a 3-month free trial. Add Jetpack Search to your site to see how much it helps your fans find what they’re looking for — available today through Jetpack, the new standalone Jetpack Search plugin, and WordPress.com.

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WordPress Revisions: How to Use, Optimize, Limit, & Delete Them

When you’re working on a page or post in WordPress, you’ll likely go through several versions or “revisions.” WordPress revisions are the drafts of content you create using the editor. The revisions system works in the background to ensure that you always have previous versions of your work on hand. 

In this article, we’ll outline everything you need to know about WordPress post revisions. We’ll discuss how they work, where you can find them, and how to use them.

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How to Deactivate a Plugin Without Access to WP-Admin

Sometimes, a plugin can cause a fatal or critical error in WordPress that results in loss of access to a site’s web pages or WP Admin area. When a fatal error occurs on a WordPress site, it’s usually due to a bug in a plugin or theme’s code that causes the site’s server to become stuck and unable to respond to requests.

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How to Fix the DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN Error

When you’re trying to access a website, the last thing you want is to experience technical difficulties. Unfortunately though, you’re likely to encounter a few, like the DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error, at some point while managing a site.

The good news is that there are plenty of steps you can take to resolve the issue relatively quickly. The key is understanding what the error message means and following some simple troubleshooting steps to fix it. Regardless of which device or operating system (OS) you’re using, you should be able to get your browsing experience back on track with minimal effort.

In this post, we’ll explain what the DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error means and some common things that cause it. Then, we’ll walk you through the steps you can take to fix it on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.

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How to Add a Video Background to a WordPress Page

It takes mere seconds for visitors to decide whether they want to stay on your website or go elsewhere. So it’s important that you grab their attention immediately and convince them to explore the rest of your site.

A great way to captivate and impress your audience is with a video background. In this post, we’ll take a look at the benefits of adding a video background to your site. Then, we’ll discuss some best practices and show you four easy ways to do this in WordPress. 

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Jetpack 11.5: Under-the-hood improvements to enhance your experience

Update 2022-11-02: Jetpack 11.5.1 was released today to address a conflict with WP Super Cache and an upgrade issue that caused critical errors on some sites.

For more details on the latter issue, Jetpack was looking for a file that didn’t exist because the Firewall module didn’t regenerate it properly during the update. The 11.5.1 update makes sure the file is properly generated before upgrading. There are instances where the file may have still been generated during upgrading, which is why this didn’t affect every site with the module enabled on 11.5. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.

This month we have worked on several under-the-hood improvements to enhance your Jetpack experience, including updates to forms, notification emails, and Jetpack Social.

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What Are WordPress Widgets & How to Add Them to Your Site

When putting together a WordPress site, it’s easy to get lost in the details. The content management system (CMS) offers so many features and options, it can be hard to decide what’s best for your website.

There’s a lot of talk about topics like what pages to include or how to set up a site header and menu. However, a slightly less talked about feature is the widget.

Thankfully, that’s the focus of our article today. We’ll break down what WordPress widgets are, explain how they work, and offer examples of how to set up widgets on multiple areas of your website.

There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started.

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