Give your WordPress website some TLC this Valentine’s

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Every WordPress website needs tender loving care, to keep up with the latest versions of software, new browsers & devices and the latest security patches. To give your users the best experience possible, make sure your website gets the TLC it deserves with our checklist below: The Silicon Dales WordPress TLC Checklist Backup your website. Upgrade to […]

WordPress – Using MySQL to Update Specific Custom Fields

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Some time ago, we told you how to Find & Replace Data using MySQL – today I am going to explain how to use this query to update specific custom fields in WordPress databases, in bulk, on-the-fly, without having to login, open, and edit every single WordPress post you’ve got! Remember, before doing anything to […]

How to Setup MySQL’s my.cnf for Micro AWS EC2 Instance

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If you’re using a micro AWS EC2 instance to host a website which uses a database running on MySQL (yes, this is possible using WordPress on a free usage tier!), then you’ll need to configure MySQL to play nicely on such a puny setup. One very easy way to get this working relatively well is […]

Convert WordPress MySQL Database Tables from MyISAM to InnoDB for Better Scale

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Scaling WordPress websites to stupidly big levels is something that makes us very, very happy. Over the past 10 years, I’ve overseen some fairly significant web applications, powered by WordPress, which pushed the envelope in terms of what the CMS can do. One instance saw us taking 5,000+ XML (NewsML + other types) files pushed […]

Big WordPress Problem – Slow WP Admin / Uncached Pageloads Slow

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Some problems are first world problems. Other problems are big WordPress problems. We deal with some big WordPress customers, and often their sites can become slow. There’s sometimes a myth floating around that “WordPress doesn’t scale” or, more specifically, that “WooCommerce doesn’t scale” but there’s a reason I call this a myth… because it isn’t […]

How To: Sign up for Akismet to Get Rid of WordPress Comment Spam

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We’ve touched on WordPress comment spam several times over the past few years, and we offer managed WordPress clients the opportunity to use our developer licenced version of Akismet to get rid of comment spam, but if you’re self hosted, the below tutorial will help you to get Akismet installed, setup and running, and get […]

Example CodeIgniter .htaccess for mod_rewrite

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If you are like Silicon Dales, a few years back, you would have used CodeIgniter (CI) probably quite a lot 5-6 years ago, but perhaps not so much “these days” on projects. We have a number of clients with legacy CI sites, and sometimes, we need to move them around and configure them. For this […]

Case Study: Update WooCommerce for Reflex Nutrition

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Reflex Nutrition engaged Robin Scott from Silicon Dales to update a complex WooCommerce store using the full staging & testing process outlined here, to ensure a seamless upgrade. So who are Reflex Nutrition? Reflex Nutrition has been producing the finest sports supplements since 1996. We are committed to creating unsurpassable, innovative products across all nutritional groups […]

Fix Broken YouTube Auto Embed with WordPress

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On WordPress blogs, there has for a number of versions been a really handy trick which automatically embeds YouTube videos when you post the URL on it’s own on a new line. Traditionally(!) this was a real time saver, as it allowed busy WordPress webmasters the opportunity to grab YouTube URLs and simply paste them […]

Fix “You do not have sufficient permissions to access this page.” on WordPress Admin

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Step-by-step guide to troubleshooting the WordPress page permissions error message. If you’re trying to access the WordPress admin on a website you administrate, and you’ve just logged in with the correct username and password, and seen a grey box with the words: “You do not have sufficient permissions to access this page.” Then you’ll likely […]

Transfer (Copy) a WordPress website, files & database, within Plesk (12.5+)

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The instructions below will allow you to copy a complete WordPress website, and all files, from one domain to another, within Plesk version 12.5 or higher. We are assuming that the old domain is called olddomain.com and the new domain is called newdomain.com. First you purchase and add your new domain to Plesk as you […]

Case Study: Re-Theme, Migration & Optimization for Client of Xperformm – the Sports Consultancy Agency

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Founded in 2013 Xperformm is company rooted in the sports, fitness and physical training arena. XPerformm Inc provide web, social, email and software -as-a-service. We’re driven by value, service level and cost benefit. Silicon Dales assisted the specialist team from Xperformm to re-theme, migrate and optimize a client website which include a large amount of content […]

Troubleshoot & Fix WooCommerce Subscriptions 2.1 Upgrade Issues

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If you recently upgraded WooCommerce Subscriptions to the much awaited and hotly anticipated version 2.1, you may find that there are a few nifty new features. Things like automatically retrying failed payments are now a thing, and much more. But, as with any upgrade, you may run into issues and incompatibilities. This will be particularly […]

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