Deploying WordPress on Cloudways

When I started this site a few months ago, I wrote about trying out DigitalOcean’s “One Click” WordPress install to get a droplet quickly set up with the required LEMP stack. I also noted some performance and security concerns long term, so I’ve been thinking about a different hosting provider. I wanted somewhere that offers […]

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Creating a content scheduler in WordPress

When creating CMS tools, it is sometimes helpful to allow the automation of content updates. For example, during a sale an ecommerce client may wish to highlight daily deals. I use ACF (Advanced Custom Fields) to create a lot of WordPress customisations, and using the date picker field makes implementing a simple scheduler quite straight […]

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The Openside Group

This website was created as part of a full branding project. We developed a highly customised WordPress theme to fully implement the new brand aesthetics, and to provide the client with a set of comprehensive publishing tools for a range of content. The client had previously used WordPress, so setting up an import strategy was […]

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Turning off automatic scaling of large images in WordPress

While I was uploading posts of my work recently, I noticed that the larger images had been scaled down. Some of the screenshots of my sites are very tall, and the scaling being applied due to exceeding the maximum height had quite a dramatic affect on the width. It turned out that this behaviour was […]

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The Foil Invite Company

I have been involved with the development of the The Foil Invite Company website development since the company began in 2012. Initially the website was built using .NET, but was moved across to WooCommerce in 2015 to improve the eCommerce experience and make content management more straight forward. Since then work has been on going […]

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Lewis Knox

This website was built as part of a branding package created for an award winning interior design studio based in Cheshire. The primary focus of the site is to communicate the services provided and display their portfolio. To give projects a visually interesting layout, a ‘broken grid’ was devised. Foundation was the frontend framework the […]

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Draw A Bath

This website was created as part of a full branding project for a brand new bathroom showroom. Draw A Bath create bespoke bathroom designs from design to fitting and it was crucial that the website communicated the standards and high quality ethos of the brand. The frontend framework Foundation was used to create a custom […]

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Chester Hunger Games

This project began with an idea at a Good For Nothing meet up that was tasked with generating ideas on how to encourage people to support local independent caf├ęs and restaurants. The concept was to create an app that added an element of fun when choosing where to eat. Users should be able to simply […]

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Deploying WordPress on DigitalOcean

At Stride we use DigitalOcean Droplets connected to a server management service for the majority of our hosting needs. This gives us a great balance between the flexibility and access of a self-hosted VPS whilst still benefiting from some of the features of a fully managed plan, such as automated security updates. However, when deciding […]

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