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WooCommerce performance tips

Recently I gave a talk at Wordcamp Rome 2018 about “Using WordPress in a large business” where I touched the key challenges addressed in managing a high traffic e-commerce website powered by WooCommerce and WordPress.

One of the topics was about considering your database “like a garden”, keeping it from overgrowing and maintaining it clean. As the number of orders increase, the impact on database performance can be devastating.

We have addressed this issue drastically, importing orders

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Fixing things

Let’s fix, not just make

Some years ago I read an article on Wired Magazine on the need for a Fixer (not just a Maker) Movement. I truly believe our civilization needs to keep dominating the technology it uses every day to avoid succumbing. We need a collective effort in understanding, teaching and documenting technology in order to be able to replicate, fix and improve all the components and systems that are dominating
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How much does it really take to style a scroll-bar

Some days ago I attended a presentation by Oded Lavie to a group of parents and students at the Open Day of a university. In his profile on LinkedIN, Oded Lavie describes himself as a “Creative thinker. Curiosity driven. Problem Solver. Content lover. Helper. Mentor. Learner. Speaker. Proud Omni-Potenialite”.

His talk was inspiring. He made the point that we should do only what is really useful. To re-enforce this concept he described a recent situation where a customer requested to

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Better home network security

It have been listening to Security Now podcast with Leo and Steve since episode one and this has had a strong influence in my approach to security and technology.

After listening to the Three Dumb Routers episode I decided to abandon the single ADSL/WIFI Router solution I was using with a more secure architecture. I didn’t just want the segmentation described by Steve, I wanted increased

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Improving standard WordPress search

Note: This is a living post that I’ll update as I go on in my quest to improve WordPress search

Version 1.2 - Added review of Relevanssi Search Plugin Version 1.1 - Added screenshots of Better Search Plugin

Search is very basic in WordPress so I’m trying to find some better solutions. In particular I have the following goals:

  1. Improve overall search quality and ranking.
  2. Be able to index specific content. Apart from jus pages and posts I would
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