WooCommerce Hosting – Top 5 Hosts For An Ecommerce Store

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Silicon Dales’ top five recommendations for hosting WordPress and WooCommerce. 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 post is published on 29 September 2017, and will be updated in […]

Tutorial: Use WP CLI to recount WordPress taxonomy terms

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Sometimes in WordPress or WooCommerce website, you find that (for example) some custom post type or other content has been removed, but the taxonomy terms are still registering the “old” content, and therefore the term numbers are all wrong. Well, heck, what to do?! In this situation, there are a few steps you can take […]

How to Uninstall and completely remove WooCommerce

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I know, right! Why would you want to do that?! Well, joking aside, there are legitimate reasons to want to take WooCommerce out of a WordPress site (maybe you’re migrating it to its own subdomain, we do this a lot for our clients), and, when you’ve got rid of it, you want to take out […]

Upgrade Your G Suite Account to Include Google Hangouts

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Silicon Dales has setup the majority of clients with Gmail for Domains, now known as G Suite. Basically, this means our clients have world class email systems, but they also have access to a suite of other Google services. What services are included with my email package? The G Suite email accounts also include: Docs […]

Twitter Header Image Size / Dimensions

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UPDATE 2 – its time for another little update on this one… Twitter Header Image Size – 1500×500 The above still holds, but the exact size they will resize this image to are: 1263px x 421px. So you can do little better than to make your header image that size. Twitter Profile Pic Size – 500px […]

Adding Your Silicon Dales Google Apps / Gmail Account to an Android Smartphone

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The tutorial in this post will help you to get your Google Apps based email (from Silicon Dales) working from your Android smartphone or tablet device using the “Gmail” application.

How to Migrate Contacts from Outlook to Google Apps Email

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If you have a new email account via Google Apps, or a personal Gmail account, you might want to import all your old contacts from your Outlook program on your desktop or laptop computer so that you can use this list when accessing webmail, or sending mail via other devices. The instructions below will allow […]

Tutorial: How To Enable POP3 in Gmail & Collect in a New Google Apps Account

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If you already use Gmail but have recently switched to using Google Apps for your business, you may want to collect all your old Gmail email and have that sent to your new account. This is possible using the tutorial below, which describes the two steps involved in getting this working. In this example, I […]

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 […]

Installing XCache on Amazon EC2

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We’ve been benchmarking Amazon EC2 server instances for some highly complicated PHP applications over the past week. During this time, we’ve discovered that XCache is perhaps the best opcode caching product for our purposes. If anyone would like a walkthrough for installing XCache on an Amazon EC2 instance, simply leave a comment below and we […]

How Do You Pronounce “MySQL”?

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We sometimes talk on the telephone with various technology companies, and their representatives. The people on the telephone fall into one of two camps: technical and non-technical. Nobody, however, seems to be sure exactly how to pronounce the abbreviation “MySQL”. The people who made and host MySQL have been quite clear about this. It is […]

How to Find & Replace in MySQL

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Sometimes, we need to find and replace certain strings or pieces of data in MySQL on the fly, for example if we’ve changed a Top Level domain (TLD) and want to update a bunch of links all in one go. For those times, the following command can be issued: update [table_name] set [field_name] = replace([field_name],'[string_to_find]’,'[string_to_replace]’); […]

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 […]

How to Restart MySQL After Editing innodb Log Size

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Sometimes, either because we’ve got a puny amount of RAM available, or because we’ve recently boosted available RAM, we want to allow MySQL a different amount of memory for it’s innodb logs. However, when we change this, restarting MySQL(d) can cause a hiccup or two. Namely, the MySQL service won’t restart. If this happens, what […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fix MySQL Server Issue: “Another MySQL daemon already running with the same unix socket.”

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Just the code you need for responding to this error. The following message can sometime prevent MySQL from (re)starting: Another MySQL daemon already running with the same unix socket. Sometimes, this message displays when you KNOW there is not another MySQL daemon running on the same unix socket, because you just issued a “stop” command […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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