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

Mac laptop with code editor in view

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

Desk with several stacked books, an apple on top, pencils and ABC blocks

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.

How to keep using older Apple hardware

Ubuntu 20.04 desktop modified to look like MacOS top bar, background, dock, and window control bars

While indirectly related to my concentration with WooCommerce online stores, I thought I’d share the exciting progress I’ve made concerning two older iMac computers and how open-source community software has extended the useful life for these obsolete Apple products.

Essential WooCommerce Plugins

About a dozen colorful wires on a large switchboard with dials and switches

Now it’s time to talk about the best and most essential plugins to use on a WooCommerce site. Here’s the 14 plugins that I run on my own site.

Repair or Replace?

Car being repaired

Recently a question came up about whether it’s better to repair or replace a WooCommerce site that wasn’t well built. I’d like to take a moment to make a recommendation based on my expertise.

Shopify?

BuiltWith eCommerce usage distribution in the top 1 million sites, with pie chart and sidebar categories

I recently had a client move a smaller WooCommerce site over to Shopify. Bummer! Usually it’s the other way around from where I sit. I understand Shopify to have a mix of good and bad qualities to its business model. Here’s my thoughts.

Big WooCommerce Stores

View of store shelves packed with products and clerk int he foreground checking labels

WooCommerce is known as the leading eCommerce platform for having millions of installations worldwide. It’s had a reputation for scaling challenges. Not any longer! A recent official blog post covered this topic and included examples of six larger WooCommerce stores and a link to the official showcase of sites by category. Scaling is defined there […]

Co-organizing WordCamp Santa Clarita 2020

University Center - College of the Canyons

WordCamp Santa Clarita 2020 #wcscv website is now live and the call for speakers is up! Our call for sponsors, volunteers and opening of attendee tickets is forthcoming. Please stay tuned or subscribe for updates (see footer). I hope to see folks there in early April.