Why Is My Website Slow?

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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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How to Migrate to Kinsta

Kinsta is Silicon Dales’ favourite managed WordPress + WooCommerce hosts when it comes to the support, available features and admin panel. Though they’re traditionally a little more expensive than most other hosts, they nicely combine the things business owners need to know with a developer friendly approach (they allow SSH access and WP CLI, by …

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WooCommerce Hosting – Best Hosts for your Store

Clients often ask for our recommendation when buying web hosting for WordPress and particularly WooCommerce websites. Here, WooExpert Robin Scott gives guidance on choosing the right home for your WP site. The below will be updated in future as recommendations are updated. Best Hosts for WooCommerce Here’s a list in order of my personal preference …

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WordPress Hosting – Best hosts for your website

Clients often ask for our recommendation when buying web hosting for WordPress websites. Here, developer Robin Scott gives guidance on choosing the right home for your WP site. The below will be updated in future as recommendations are updated. Best Hosts for WordPress Here’s a list in order of my personal preference for hosting WordPress. …

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How to Safely Update Linux in AWS EC2 Micro Instance – Using Yum

Often, when logging into via SSH to an Amazon EC2 instance, you are told that there are several updates (usually including security updates) waiting to be updated on your system. The panel on Amazon Linux even goes so far as to explain how one might go about updating to this version. HOWEVER, as this may …

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A bid for freedom: moving online sales to Open Source

Migrating an online store to Open Source can be a great way to bust out of vendor lock-in and take back control of your business functions and costs. Benefits Open Source is a great way to future-proof your eCommerce requirements. Here’s how it can offer improvements to the bottom line: Customization Take Open Source code …

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PHP 8 has been released – get Silicon Dales to update your stack

PHP 8 was released on 26th November 2020. This is the latest version of PHP. A note before update Updating to PHP 8 is not without issues , particularly if you have older code. You will most likely get warnings and perhaps even errors coming from some of your scripts. If you’d like help upgrading …

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WP Engine Coupon Code Discount: Get 10% off

We’ve spent a lot of time over the years evaluating hosting for WordPress. We’ve seen the good, the bad and the downright ugly (GoDaddy, I’m looking a little bit at you, okay!?) and, as we’re honing our WordPress offering to offer maintenance and support for the very best WordPress installs out there, we’re always looking …

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