How to Block an IP Address from accessing your website

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Looking to block a specific IP address from accessing your website? Maybe you saw some rogue activity, and its coming from a specific IP? Perhaps some IP address you can see spidering through all your content – and its not a search robot? Whatever the reason, if you’re looking to block a specific IP address …

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Resolving err_too_many_redirects

Have you seen the message err_too_many_redirects on a page or pages of your website? Would you like to resolve this? Sure you would! Read on… What err_too_many_redirects Means It doesn’t take a genius to realise what this error means, but its probably worth breaking it down. Error. Too many redirects. There is no such thing …

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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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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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Adding a User to AWS with CloudFront permissions

If you want to allow someone else (like a contractor, or Silicon Dales) to access your AWS account to add CloudFront to act as a CDN for your WordPress website (and why wouldn’t you, its a great way to offload static content, and can even be free for your first year under the free usage …

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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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How To: Leverage Browser Caching for Images, CSS and JS

Ever checked your website speed using GTmetrix, Pingdom, PageSpeed or Yslow… or any of the other many and various latest and greatest speed checking tools? ***2021 update: take a look at Lighthouse Well, if you have, you might have come across a request to “leverage browser caching…” or similar. What does “Leverage Browser Caching” actually …

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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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Why Is My Website Slow?

This is a question we are asked by people on a regular basis: “Why is my website slow?” The answer provided here, since 2012, is generally speaking in a WordPress context – because we are WP specialists – but a lot of the rules will apply to really any website, particularly one which runs on …

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