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 […]

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.

Essential WooCommerce Plugins

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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?

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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?

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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.