Block “ghost spam is free from the politics, we dancing like a paralytics” From Analytics

Block “ghost spam is free from the politics, we dancing like a paralytics” From Analytics featured image

As with referral spam in Google Analytics, non-useful traffic from other pretend sources is also something you want to filter out in order to preserve the usefulness of your Google Analytics profile(s). Recently, on many of the Google Analytics profiles we manage, we have seen the following nonsense phrase showing up an awful lot: “ghost […]

Adding a User to AWS with CloudFront permissions

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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 […]

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 […]

Case Study: Social Mums – Reviews and Events Website

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SocialMums.com.au is a reviews and events website which invites mums around Australia to join in trying out and reviewing new products. Silicon Dales assisted the team from Social Mums to present user reviews in a visually appealing way and to make those reviews both searchable & filterable. The site also underwent some cosmetic upgrades from […]

How To Remove Semalt.com to Prevent Google Analytics Stats Being Ruined!

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If you use Google Analytics to track visitor numbers, referral sources, and a host of other statistics about your web traffic (we do, and we manage this for a lot of our clients) you may have noticed over the previous year or two that a referral source which includes the domain “semalt.com” has been showing […]

How to Exclude Photos from a WordPress Gallery

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We often use WordPress’s in-built “Gallery” function to display all of the photographs we’ve added to a WordPress post or page. This is done by adding the Gallery shortcode, into a WordPress post or page (after, of course, having added some pictures to that post!): [gallery] Sometimes, though, you don’t want to include all your […]

WordPress Tip: How To Use Shortcodes in Widgets

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Shortcodes are great, and can be used for a variety of purposes within WordPress to cut out the hassle of adding code all over the place. Even better, shortcodes allow you to edit things centrally and have them updated wherever they appear across your blog. But, often, we find, our clients would like a feature […]

How To Remove Related Products from WooCommerce

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The code snippet below will allow you to remove related products from your WooCommerce store, in case you had everything in your store setup just right, and you didn’t want to feature cross sells in your site. Remove Related Products from WooCommerce Add the below code to your theme’s functions.php file. This is best done […]

How to Remove a Tab from WooCommerce

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Have you ever wanted to remove a particular tab, or tabs, from your WooCommerce store? The snippet below will allow you to do just that, from your theme’s functions.php file. Remove Tabs from WooCommerce Add the snippet below to your child theme’s functions.php file. Be sure to remove the tabs you wanted (the code below […]

WooCommerce: Change Review Author Display Name from Username

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Have you ever wanted to change the way that WooCommerce reviews are displayed in your store? The code below, when added to your theme’s functions.php file will allow you to change comment author display from username to first name and last initial with a . after it. Please note, you can always change this to […]

What to Do With Comment Spam

We often install WordPress as a CMS for businesses at Silicon Dales, because we know how important it is for companies and small firms to communicate with their customers and clients in 2012. This does, however, introduce the business web manager to a new thing: moderating comments; and comment moderation’s ugly sister – Comment Spam! […]

SEO Tip – Why Adding Your Website to Directories isn’t All About Backlinks!

In our post completion SEO guide, and whenever people ask us how to improve their web presence, one of the things we recommend is adding a website to quality directories. The are two things to be aware of here, though, and one is included in that sentence: Quality. We recommend hand crafting your directory listing, […]

How to Remove Obscure Payment Logos (Icons) from WooCommerce Stripe Gateway

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If you use the WooCommerce payment Gateway Stripe – and why wouldn’t you, it rocks rocks rocks! – and your currency is set to USD, you’ll notice that, as well as the common old Visa, Mastercard and American Express logo icons, you also see the not-quite-so-common Diners, JCB and Discover cards. On a recent project, […]

How to remove “People Also Like” section from a Facebook Page

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If you’ve got a Facebook page for your business, fan page, community event or other thing worthy of gathering friends and followers alike, sometimes it isn’t so cool to be pointing those people at pages “People also like” on Facebook, which can sometimes include competitors, or, frankly, any old page from Facebook which your followers […]

How to Automatically Delete Spam Email from Gmail

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If you use Gmail – or Google for Work (Google Apps) – based email, you might find, over time, you start to collect a lot of spam in your “Spam” (junk) folder. In particular, if you use an email client, via IMAP, and you like to use your own junk filter on email on your […]

Add a Padlock (or other) Icon into Checkout Button in WooCommerce

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We recently had a request to add a padlock directly into the checkout button in a WooCommerce checkout, so I’m posting a snippet, below, which will allow you to do just that. Please note that several plugins add their own “checkout now” text, which is not the subject of today’s lesson, so you may want […]

The Difference Between Free Gmail (Google) Accounts and Google Apps Business Accounts

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What’s the difference between a free Gmail account and a Google Apps account? Free Gmail accounts (or, more accurately, Google Accounts) provide a basic collection of Google services, and a low amount of online storage. Google Apps accounts have higher storage limits, and online document tools, often meaning that you can save money on other […]

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