WordPress Extensions

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We often install the Open source (free, and developed by a community of programmers, rather than one, paid, team) Content Management System (CMS), WordPress. WordPress was originally a blogging platform developed by Matt Mullenweg, but, in its short history, the software, which runs on (also Open source) PHP and MySQL, has developed into far more […]

How to Make WordPress Auto-Thumbnails Work

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If you’re recently installed WordPress onto a new server (we do this a lot on Amazon EC2 instances of varying sizes) and you notice that your image uploads aren’t auto-thumbnailing (when WordPress “crunches” your images into “thumbnail” “medium” and “large” sizes for use throughout your website) then chances are your server doesn’t have the GD […]

Installing APC on Amazon EC2 Instance

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Some time ago, I wrote a short blog post explaining how to go about installing XCache on an Amazon EC2 instance to help with opcode caching. More recently, we’ve begun using APC for similar reasons, with excellent results, including on Amazon EC2 Micro instances, which can be used under their free usage tier to run […]

Minimum Requirements for WooCommerce

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Below are the minimum requirements for WooCommerce and (by extension) WordPress. Some are taken from WooCommerce, some from WordPress, and also, some, we are adding as recommendations. It should be apparent, below, which is which! Before getting started, if you’re here to assess a WooCommerce host, then you may be interested to check out our […]

How to declare WooCommerce support in your theme

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Received a WooCommerce help SOS through our contact form, so here is the simple answer to a question we’ve been asked more than once! [HINT if you came here looking for actual WooCommerce Support <- visit the link! i.e. if you wanted help and support with your wc project] If you have WordPress + WooCommerce […]

Where to put Snippets in your WordPress Functions.php File

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Every so often, on the WordPress.org forum, or some blog comments thread, or on Twitter, or some other place, we see helpful open source practitioners posting snippets to be added to “the end” your theme’s (child theme, child theme, please use a child theme) functions.php file. Then we hear of someone who has done exactly […]

Silicon Dales on GitHub

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We finally got Silicon Dales onto GitHub. Its the versioning tool of choice for most of our partners and counterparts, so we’re gradually hauling our assets from internal tools and SVN over to GitHub. There’s no need to swim against the tide forever! Note all of our projects and most of our info is at […]

How to Use Shortcodes in your WordPress Theme Files

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Got a plugin that does something really nifty, and turns out really good results in your WordPress posts and pages? Want to use that shortcode in your theme files, somewhere, outside the loop, and not sure how to do that? This WordPress tutorial will tell you how to get this done. Thankfully, as with so […]

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