Abandonment issues

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Theme and plugin abandonment is common. Themes and plugins need to be updated about monthly to reflect testing with latest core components, addressing community requests, fixing issues and developing new features. It takes a critical mass for the business side to work.

WordPress Santa Clarita Presentation on Database Cleanup

Presentation: Database cleanup, pruning cruft and optimizing WooCommerce sites

I’m presenting on the topic Database Cleanup at two events coming up. Everyone’s invited! The first venue will be WordPress Santa Clarita Valley Meetup the evening of Tuesday Sep 15th 7:00pm over Zoom. The second venue will be taking place mid October and will be announced soon…

WooCommerce Maintenance

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In a recent post about Shopify I discussed the ups and downs of proprietary eCommerce platforms. I described how one can balance the benefits of a hosted solution with the benefits of open-source software by implementing what I labeled a “Shopify-esque” edition of WooCommerce – achieved by relying on official themes, plugins, hosting, having Automattic’s […]

Privacy policies are required

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Privacy policies are required by state, federal, and international laws for websites that collect any personal information, such as name, email, address, phone. The policy describes what information is collected, how it’s collected and why.

The Internet re-imagined

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Last week I enjoyed a webinar with partner company Pantheon by the same title covering strategies during the 2020 Covid-19 crisis. Pantheon is a provider of enterprise-grade developer-operations friendly managed WordPress hosting. Following are my notes.

Local WordPress development multi-environment sandboxes with fully-trusted SSL

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There’s myriad options for local WordPress development environments. Some are quite simple to set-up, usually connected to a paid hosting service that funds the local dev project. Some automatically install WordPress while others require manual installation into the web root htdocs plus database initialization. For Linux users like myself the options are primarily: direct installation/configuration […]

Presentation on Sensei LMS

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Last week I presented at our WooCommerce Los Angeles Meetup group on Sensei LMS. Sensei is an Automattic, Inc. open-source project offering free classroom features for WordPress powered websites.