An animated GIF file is a great way to have a video effect where you want a sequence of images to autoplay. Animated GIFs are very popular at present on websites and in email campaigns. Services such as Giphy allow for free hosting and sharing however it's very easy to create an animated GIF from a … [Read more...] about Create animated GIF with AWS
Unfortunately there is no means of being absolutely sure that your email messages will reach your recipients. We can do certain things like ensuring that we set SPF and DKIM DNS records but ultimately it's best to leave bulk email sending to the experts. Particularly if you're sending invoices or … [Read more...] about The Best Transactional Email Sending Services
I'm endlessly fascinated and impressed how inexpensive and accessible powerful computing, networking and data storage has become. Without the likes of AWS, Alibaba Cloud, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform one wonders if many technologies, services and brands would even exist. I've happily … [Read more...] about The Best AWS CLI Commands
I use Google Drive to store my data. I also use Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive but like the integration of Google Drive with Inbox by Google and other Google apps that I use. In order to backup my data I've used Datto Backupify for several years and all had appeared to be going well. Backupify … [Read more...] about How to use AWS to Extract Massive ZIP Files
AWS is now ten years old. It seems incredible that this amazing set of services didn't exist only ten (and a bit) years back. One wonders if Netflix, Airbnb, Pinterest, Freshdesk, Spotify and others would even exist without the flexibility and range of services that AWS offers. AWS enables … [Read more...] about Without Amazon would Netflix exist?
I'm very disappointed that Mailchimp has decided to include Mandrill as a paid Mailchimp subscription option (rather than keeping it a stand-alone service). Mandrill is an excellent transactional email services and has been very inexpensive for small businesses. I've worked with clients with … [Read more...] about Moving from Mandrill to Amazon SES in WordPress
Today a client had an excellent question; "why wouldn't a WordPress website use CloudFlare?". I try to get all my web design / web development clients (I'm also a Mailchimp Expert so my business is divided into two distinct specialities) to use to use CloudFlare and I'm so used to communicating the … [Read more...] about Why shouldn't I use CloudFlare?
I wrote recently about using Mandrill transactional email for sending WordPress website emails. I've had quite a bit of feedback from that article with people asking questions regarding this so thought I'd respond to the most popular questions below. When does WordPress send emails? WordPress by … [Read more...] about Help. My WordPress emails aren't being sent.
I'm a massive fan of Amazon Web Services (AWS). The power of the Amazon.com servers and network being available to organizations small and large for a miniscule cost is brilliant. We use the following AWS services on various websites and for various other uses; Route 53 (the best DNS hosting by … [Read more...] about How Amazon competes with customers