Case study: Las Vegas hotel and restaurant listings site for OnTheStrip.com

OnTheStrip Las Vegas hotel and restaurant listings screenshot

The Client “On The Strip is a local, independent travel booking site focused on increasing travel to and within Las Vegas. Unlike other booking sites, On The Strip is content-driven creating an informed customized experience for a curious traveler. Written by locals, On The Strip provides breaking news and freshly updated information about places to …

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The Silicon Dales Guide to Updating WordPress

WordPress is used by 65.2% of websites – even in a sample of the top million websites. It’s popular and it works.

In order to keep up with a changing world, the code powering WordPress is updated on a regular basis. As a result, the plugins, themes and integrations which work with WordPress also update on a regular basis (at least, the good ones do!).

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How to run WordPress cron with WP CLI via crontab on Cloudways

Sometimes you need to run WordPress cron a non-standard way, in order to guarantee successful execution on a regular schedule. The issue with “standard” WordPress cron tasks (which are a pseudo cron in themselves) is these are processed upon certain triggers, which run under PHP as your admin is loaded. This can both slow life …

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How to Block an IP Address from accessing your website

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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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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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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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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Minimum Requirements for WooCommerce

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 …

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How To Remove Related Products from WooCommerce

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. Cross sells and upsells Its worth first understanding which related products are being displayed in your site (the …

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