How to run WordPress cron with WP CLI via crontab on Cloudways

Sometimes you need to run WordPress cron a non-standard way, in order to guarantee successful execution on a regular schedule. The issue with “standard” WordPress cron tasks (which are a pseudo cron in themselves) is these are processed upon certain triggers, which run under PHP as your admin is loaded. This can both slow life …

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Using Amazon S3 Bucket to offload site images

Offloading the entire uploads directory into an Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) bucket helps to speed up a site and can also be essential if you have an especially large uploads folder which is preventing other processes from completing – for example: spinning up a staging environment. Benefits Saves money on hosting all the …

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How to start with Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS) on WordPress

It’s nice when thing’s stay still – especially when you’re looking at a webpage. Simply put, CLS is a measure of how still a webpage stays while a user is looking at it. Google rates this as an important user experience factor. Cumulative Layout Shift scoring and how to improve your site’s score is a …

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Remove Out of Stock products from WooCommerce Related Products

Looking at a WooCommerce client recently who has opted to display (albeit not prominently) out of stock products in their store, sometimes we were seeing those OOS (out of stock) products showing up in Related Products. Since there were 4 slots available, this would sometimes create an undesirable buying experience: why would anyone want to …

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10 Years of Silicon Dales!

We noticed today was the 23 July, and, while it may seem an inauspicious date to most, for us, here at Silicon Dales, it’s a pretty cool landmark… As you can see in the featured image, 23 July 2020 marks 10 years since we incorporated the business. You can see most of the potted history …

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How to wget files from Google Drive

A long time ago, I had occasion to WGET files from WeTransfer to a server after being sent a large file from a client, and being located somewhere with poor broadband. This happens to us less regularly now, but sometimes you maybe will find yourself in a situation where you want to get a file …

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WP Engine Coupon Code Discount: Get 10% off

We’ve spent a lot of time over the years evaluating hosting for WordPress. We’ve seen the good, the bad and the downright ugly (GoDaddy, I’m looking a little bit at you, okay!?) and, as we’re honing our WordPress offering to offer maintenance and support for the very best WordPress installs out there, we’re always looking …

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WordPress Hosting – Best hosts for your website

Clients often ask for our recommendation when buying web hosting for WordPress websites. Here, developer Robin Scott gives guidance on choosing the right home for your WP site. The below will be updated in future as recommendations are updated. Best Hosts for WordPress Here’s a list in order of my personal preference for hosting WordPress. …

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