PHP development – Systems vs custom made

We’ve used a variety of PHP content management and ecommerce systems over the years and have gone in the direction of using existing systems rather than creating custom made systems for clients. We chose this route as using a ready made starting point reduces development costs and theoretically makes life easier when it comes to […]

‘Accountability buddy’ trial for productivity

My brother and I have recently tried an ‘accountability buddy’ system to help us both be more productive. We have been having a weekly 30 minute call to see how we are progressing with tasks that we set ourselves for the following week and also self care like getting enough sleep, eating and exercising. Results […]

WP Super Cache on Heart Internet

We’ve recently started getting WordPress sites to pass the Google Pagespeed Insights test to help with SEO. As part of this they are looking for the server response time to be as low as possible. One way to get this down is to serve HTML cached versions of the WordPress pages rather than doing a […]

Google Pagespeed tweaks for WordPress

Site speed is now an important signal of site quality to Google and our SEO guy has started running sites through the Google Pagespeed tool when assessing sites for clients. This usually throws up the same issues with WordPress sites and I’ve made some notes on how to fix these. With our own server we […]

New ride: BMW e28 525e Lux

I’ve been after this car for a while as it’s had all the problem areas sorted already and recent paint. Went to fetch it from up North at the weekend and the top hose popped off after ten minutes on the a19, steam cleaning the engine bay. Luckily we limped to a petrol station and […]

WooCommerce – autocomplete downloadable orders

When a downloadable order is made in WordPress/WooCommerce 2.1 the order is set to ‘processing’ the same as an order that is physically shipped. The order can then be marked as ‘complete’ by the shop admin, but it makes more sense for the order to be completed as soon as it’s paid for. Luckily, there […]