Save £75 on Jetpack Pro with our Holidays Voucher Code!

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Silicon Dales have partnered with Automattic in relation to WordPress.com, Jetpack and WooCommerce. This means we are affiliates for the products and services provided – please note, for full disclosure, this does mean we are paid commissions for referring sales to Jetpack, WordPress.com and WooCommerce. Jetpack (and also WordPress.com) have provided an awesome special offer […]

Reverse Date Order of WooCommerce Reviews – Show Newest / Oldest First

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Sometimes you want to change some (seemingly) simple setting in your WordPress & WooCommerce website and you feel sure there should be “some setting” somewhere to fix it. For those times, we do the heavy lifting for our management clients, but for those of you learning how to self-host WooCommerce, we post tutorials. This is […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Transport HTTPS traffic to HTTP with .htaccess

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The sharp-eyed among you may have noticed that we very recently updated a couple of things here at the Silicon Dales website, and one of those steps has involved switching from delivering pages via HTTPS, now that we have retired the online shop section. The precise mechanism for doing this on a LAMP setup using […]

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 […]

Convert WordPress MySQL Database Tables from MyISAM to InnoDB for Better Scale

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Scaling WordPress websites to stupidly big levels is something that makes us very, very happy. Over the past 10 years, I’ve overseen some fairly significant web applications, powered by WordPress, which pushed the envelope in terms of what the CMS can do. One instance saw us taking 5,000+ XML (NewsML + other types) files pushed […]

How To: Sign up for Akismet to Get Rid of WordPress Comment Spam

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We’ve touched on WordPress comment spam several times over the past few years, and we offer managed WordPress clients the opportunity to use our developer licenced version of Akismet to get rid of comment spam, but if you’re self hosted, the below tutorial will help you to get Akismet installed, setup and running, and get […]

Tuning WordPress for Faster PageSpeed: Use Httpd.conf Instead of .htaccess for Permalinks

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Looking to squeeze a little more speed out of your WordPress installation? Trying to drive an AWS micro instance beyond the realms of sensibility out of a spirit of good old-fashioned thriftiness? Whatever you’re looking to achieve with WordPress, if you want to speed things up and you have root access to your server, one […]

How to Migrate to Kinsta

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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 […]

Get $150 Free Credit from Cloudways – Another Black Friday Offer!

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Cloudways is our top recommended host for WooCommerce. In terms of value-for-money, it doesn’t get better than this. With a full range of hosting options to choose from, there are even great datacentre selections available for regions such as Australia, which historically have been a little underserved. If you’re looking for a way to host […]

How To: Turn WordPress into an Affiliate Store

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We’ve had a lot of enquiries over the years about turning WordPress into a variety of things. One of the major things people would like WordPress to do is to grapple with affiliate (well, merchant, to be precise) product feeds, and spit out product based pages. Over the years, I’ve installed a few systems to […]

Transfer (Copy) a WordPress website, files & database, within Plesk (12.5+)

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The instructions below will allow you to copy a complete WordPress website, and all files, from one domain to another, within Plesk version 12.5 or higher. We are assuming that the old domain is called olddomain.com and the new domain is called newdomain.com. First you purchase and add your new domain to Plesk as you […]

Fix Broken YouTube Auto Embed with WordPress

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On WordPress blogs, there has for a number of versions been a really handy trick which automatically embeds YouTube videos when you post the URL on it’s own on a new line. Traditionally(!) this was a real time saver, as it allowed busy WordPress webmasters the opportunity to grab YouTube URLs and simply paste them […]

Fix “You do not have sufficient permissions to access this page.” on WordPress Admin

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Step-by-step guide to troubleshooting the WordPress page permissions error message. If you’re trying to access the WordPress admin on a website you administrate, and you’ve just logged in with the correct username and password, and seen a grey box with the words: “You do not have sufficient permissions to access this page.” Then you’ll likely […]

How to Migrate to WP Engine

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Silicon Dales have been very impressed with the WordPress Web Hosting offering over at WP Engine. From properly formatted caching through to one-click staging environments and allowing Cron jobs, WP Engine is one of the best WordPress-specific hosting providers we’ve seen to date, as well as being reasonably priced for most entry-level clients. Silicon Dales […]

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