New services in 2021 – Ometria, Sage & more

Over the past 12 months, the team at Silicon Dales has developed across a number of specialized B2B areas. Notably performing WooCommerce integrations with Ometria and Sage 200 (on-premises) as well as setting up full Purchase Order & invoicing systems for a number of enterprise B2B clients. Take a look at the new services: Ometria …

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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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How to manually process payments in Stripe

Ever wanted to manually process credit or debit cards through Stripe, without putting them through your web store or invoicing software – for example to collect a payment over the phone? Is this even possible? The answer is, yes, this is possible, via Stripe’s online dashboard – the precise description for how to do this …

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How to Setup FTP (FTPS (not SFTP)) on an AWS EC2 Instance

Below are the commands required to setup FTP (well, FTPS in fact, and specifically not SFTP, which you can most easily use by adding your security certificate to your FTP program and accessing over SSH) on your AWS EC2 cloud instance. I’m assuming you use the AWS flavour of Linux. If you do not use …

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How to wget files from Google Drive

A long time ago, I had occassion 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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How to whitelist your IP in WordFence so you don’t get locked out

Are you using WordFence to secure your WordPress application? Have you been doing some admin action, like scanning for some file, or loading lots of pages which keeps triggering the firewall and blocking you out? Whatever it is you’d like to do, it can make a lot of sense to whitelist your IP address (or …

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