Silicon Dales at WordCamp EU 2022

WordCamp Europe 2022 Porto

Silicon Dales attended WordCamp EU 2022 in Porto to catch up with the great people in the WordPress eco-system including hosting providers, plugin makers and, of course, the platforms themselves. It has been 3 years since the last European meetup and it was really refreshing to finally catch up with those we’ve been working with …

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Case Study: Annual Report Microsite for EBRD

The Client The EBRD was created in April 1991 to ‘foster the transition towards open market-oriented economies and to promote private and entrepreneurial initiative’. The Task Set up 2 microsites to host data from the EBRD Annual Report in time for the presentation in Marrakesh, Morocco, in the second week of May 2022: The 2021 …

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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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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 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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Silicon Dales named as AMP Experts

Silicon Dales have just been named as AMP Experts, recognising our work in the field of speeding up WordPress & WooCommerce installations. See the listing here. What is AMP? AMP stands for Accelerated Mobile Pages and is a way to serve webpages faster using Google’s infrastructure, thus not hitting your own servers and hosting. There …

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Silicon Dales now Platinum WooExperts for 2022

WooCommerce recently relaunched its partner program for accredited WooCommerce development agencies and Silicon Dales have been announced as Platinum Level WooExperts. What does this mean? Silicon Dales have been accredited WooExperts since 2015. This means we know how to help with almost any WooCommerce project or task. Whether it’s recommending a developer, tweaking a plugin …

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Case Study: Las Vegas WordPress Magazine “OffTheStrip”

The Client OffTheStrip.com serves Las Vegas locals and lovers with top quality news, reviews and pointers about the people, food and attractions that make the city such a great place to be. The Task Redesign and optimize a WordPress based magazine website to enhance user experience and – as a result – improve search engine …

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Case Study: Microsite from PSD for Greene King’s Craft Academy

Silicon Dales made a WordPress-based microsite from PSD designs for Greene King’s Craft Academy initiative. Craft Academy is a beer brand with a difference. It was founded on the principle that young people who have the drive and ambition to succeed should be offered the opportunity to realise it. Greene King is the UK’s largest …

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