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WooCommerce 2.4 available with some neat new features!

From WooThemes today comes the release of WooCommerce 2.4. The thing about this release is that it contains a lot of exciting new things which may not be instantly visible if you just review the full release announcement.

Perhaps most exciting is that they are removing admin-ajax.php for all frontend AJAX. Saving the technical explanation, it should mean a considerable performance boost for your store pages, as this was often a typical problem before.

Apart from this new thing, a few others for developers and a nice new (highly necessary) onboarding wizard for new years, the new release has considerable improvements in the shipping section for both flat and international based shipping methods. Check them out. They can do some quite neat new things.

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How to get WordPress with WooCommerce Loading in 200ms in Five Steps

On a recent project, we were working with Kristofer and Sixten over at DoorSigns.co.uk to develop a brand new WordPress multisite e-commerce network. Fortunately, both of them understood the need for performance both from a usability and conversion point of view and from a SEO point of view.

Client buy-in is important to be able to get a site running as fast as possible, and we were able to make this WordPress multisite network load at around 200ms from european locations. Let’s look at what we did, and what you can do.

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WordPress 4.2.4 Fixes Security Vulnerabilities

The latest security update to WordPress was just released. WordPress 4.2.4 fixed several important security holes: cross-site scripting vulnerabilities and potential SQL injection opportunities. Apart from these, there are a few bugs fixed too.

Make sure your get your site updated as quickly as possible. Security releases tend to be a target to hackers relatively quickly afterwards. If you don’t want to keep track of this, we’d be happy to help you through a maintenance plan for as low as $29/month, just contact us.

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Update to WordPress 4.0.1

Last night we saw the release of WordPress 4.0.1 which is a strict security release to fix a critical security vulnerability that was found a while ago and has existed in WordPress for a long time.

As such, it is perhaps even more important than usual that you go ahead and click that update button to make sure you are running the latest version. If your site is using the auto-updater, make sure it has done its job. If you are on our maintenance plan your site has already been upgraded this past night.

How to Submit Your WordPress Website Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools

When you have your website all created, ready and done, you should create an account with Google Webmaster Tools and add your WordPress website sitemap to it, so that you help Google see and find the pages that it should index.

In this short video, I’ll show you how to generate a good sitemap from WordPress and then explain how to add it to Google Webmaster Tools and why this is important.

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Launching a new site for SAS Captain!

Earlier this fall, Christer Lundström, more known as SAS Captain on Twitter and Instagram, came to me and asked for help with a new website. He wanted to be able to gather photos, videos and stories from his job as a commercial air pilot as Scandinavian Airlines in another place than just on social media.

The solution? We built a smart WordPress website for Christer that apart from showing the content he publishes himself via the WordPress dashboard, also automatically fetches photos from his Instagram and movies from his YouTube account and creates posts from these. In this way, the site is automatically updated reducing Christer’s workload.

Visit the site, or read more about the project in our case study,

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How to migrate a WordPress database from a dev to a live environment

The process of moving a WordPress site from one server to another and/or one domain name to another is actually not that complicated once you get the hang of the process. Apart from moving all the files via FTP, you need to migrate the database which holds all of your posts, pages and settings.

In this video, I will walk you through how this migration is done via phpMyAdmin that most web hosts use, and changing the domain name properly in the database through the popular Search Replace DB script. Continue Reading »