State of the Serverless WordPress

“Serverless” is a word you are probably hearing/reading around more and more times. Between the various definitions, I find this one from Wikipedia the clearest and most concise: “Serverless computing is a cloud-computing execution model in which the cloud provider runs the server, and dynamically manages the allocation of machine resources” (NDR: so resources are not your problem anymore). WordPress + Serverless is a “yet problematic” combination, but with a great potential for some specific types of websites.

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Why you should use a CDN with WordPress

Whether you are reading this post in a mobile, tablet, or in a computer, the content in this post is shown to you via a CDN server near you. CDN means Content Delivery Network, which is almost similar to a cellphone tower. Based on your locations, the nearest server will handle your requests and interactions with your website.

Ok, what will happen without a CDN? Say for example, if your website is hosted in a US server and your client in Italy clicks a button on your website. The data has to travel nearly 8614 KMs from the US server to reach the user in Italy. Your user must wait patiently till the page loads.

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WordPress SEO plugins: Yoast vs The SEO Framework

Well-presented contents always get appreciations from readers. Contents which have easy to remember bite-sized small paragraphs, bulletin to see the important points, and relevant images to understand the concept, are always seen as good contents which can perform better.

Not only the readers but the search engine bots also love well-organized and easy to understand contents, but in their own way. Making contents search-engine friendly is referred to as SEO by the professionals.

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How to update WordPress the right way

Updating WordPress is as easy as updating your smartphones. With a single click, you will get the greatest and latest version of the WordPress engine running on your website. But, most of us hesitate to update our WordPress websites. No matter how big the update is or how cool the features are, we’re unwilling to do update the website, Why? Because we have qualms about it.

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Customize the Easy Digital Downloads thank you page [visual guide]

When you run an e-commerce store, the “thank you” page is an important part of your set up as is the first thing the client will experience after completing a purchase. In this post, we will see how to customize the Easy Digital Downloads thank you page or replace it with a completely custom page.

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Easy Digital Downloads archive hooks [visual guide]

If you want to customize WordPress themes and plugins, the best way is using hooks and Easy Digital Downloads is no exception. Hooks allow you to add/remove elements to your design or change existing parts or strings in an “update-friendly way”, keep your code organized in the best way and comply with WordPress development standards.

Sometimes finding the right hook to use can be difficult, so I decided to put together some visual guides to easily visualize the most useful hooks for Easy Digital Downloads.

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Add custom checkout fields to Easy Digital Downloads

If you use Easy Digital Downloads for your e-commerce store, you are probably a fan of his minimal and straightforward checkout like I am. At the same time, I have to say it is not rare I need to implement custom checkout fields to collect additional information from users.

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The best caching plugin for WordPress is… no plugin!

Caching WordPress is a must, no doubts about this! It helps to speed up your website, save server resources (which means saving money!) and provide a better experience for your users, which usually love fast loading pages. Playing so important role is no surprise there are over 1.000 caching plugins only in the free repository. Well, let me go straight to the point: the best caching plugin for WordPress is… no plugin!

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Load testing WordPress plugins performances

When it comes to WordPress performance, a lot of players are involved and they all need to play together nicely to produce a robust and fast loading website. The hosting and the stack in general (caching, CDN, database) are of course critical, as well as the “size” of the site in terms of posts and images, and many other factors. 

In this article, we will focus on themes and plugins, which are equally important because every new plugin has an impact on the site’s performance, and a poorly coded theme can significantly slow down the entire site!

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