Case study: Las Vegas hotel and restaurant listings site for OnTheStrip.com

OnTheStrip Las Vegas hotel and restaurant listings screenshot

The Client “On The Strip is a local, independent travel booking site focused on increasing travel to and within Las Vegas. Unlike other booking sites, On The Strip is content-driven creating an informed customized experience for a curious traveler. Written by locals, On The Strip provides breaking news and freshly updated information about places to …

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The Silicon Dales Guide to Updating WordPress

WordPress is used by 65.2% of websites – even in a sample of the top million websites. It’s popular and it works.

In order to keep up with a changing world, the code powering WordPress is updated on a regular basis. As a result, the plugins, themes and integrations which work with WordPress also update on a regular basis (at least, the good ones do!).

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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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Installing XCache on Amazon EC2

We’ve been benchmarking Amazon EC2 server instances for some highly complicated PHP applications over the past week. During this time, we’ve discovered that XCache is perhaps the best opcode caching product for our purposes. If anyone would like a walkthrough for installing XCache on an Amazon EC2 instance, simply leave a comment below and we …

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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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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. We have a depth of experience in speeding up WP sites using AMP as well as harnessing a slew of other techniques and approaches to make sure users get …

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Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Docs

Have you ever been on Google Docs and wondered “isn’t there some shortcut key for that?!?” Quite often, there is. Below are many of the popular keyboard shortcuts for Google Docs. Hint: you can find these while you are in Google Docs by pressing ctrl + / (on Windows) and obtain the full list at …

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How to Strikethrough text in Google Docs

A long while ago, I wrote about how to get the strikethrough (which is like this) in WordPress, and it has over the years proved to be a surprisingly popular WordPress tutorial. Today, I’m going to post an even simpler tutorial, this time its for our Google Workspace clients who use Google Docs, and it …

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