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 …

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Remove Out of Stock products from WooCommerce Related Products

Looking at a WooCommerce client recently who has opted to display (albeit not prominently) out of stock products in their store, sometimes we were seeing those OOS (out of stock) products showing up in Related Products. Since there were 4 slots available, this would sometimes create an undesirable buying experience: why would anyone want to …

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How To: Leverage Browser Caching for Images, CSS and JS

Ever checked your website speed using GTmetrix, Pingdom, PageSpeed or Yslow… or any of the other many and various latest and greatest speed checking tools? ***2021 update: take a look at Lighthouse Well, if you have, you might have come across a request to “leverage browser caching…” or similar. What does “Leverage Browser Caching” actually …

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How to start with Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS) on WordPress

It’s nice when thing’s stay still – especially when you’re looking at a webpage. Simply put, CLS is a measure of how still a webpage stays while a user is looking at it. Google rates this as an important user experience factor. Cumulative Layout Shift scoring and how to improve your site’s score is a …

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Why Is My Website Slow?

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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Using Amazon S3 Bucket to offload site images

Offloading the entire uploads directory into an Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) bucket helps to speed up a site and can also be essential if you have an especially large uploads folder which is preventing other processes from completing – for example: spinning up a staging environment. Benefits Saves money on hosting all the …

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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 disable reviews in WooCommerce

Sometimes clients and developers want to know how to do something… and there’s a setting sitting somewhere, for which the exact option can be configured. This is exactly the case if you are wondering how to disable reviews in a WooCommerce store: there’s a setting! Where is this “Enable Product Reviews” option? Well, you can …

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