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 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
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
I've written quite a bit in the past about the benefits of using a CDN to deliver your WordPress website content. The page-speed benefits (which result in SEO benefits) are quite well known but the cost benefits of using a CDN aren't as widely understood. Here is a very quick recap of CDN speed … [Read more...] about Use AWS to massively reduce WordPress hosting costs
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is super-duper awesome. I use AWS to administer Route53 (DNS hosting), CloudFront (CDN) and S3 (mainly storing offsite backups) for various client WordPress Websites, as well my own. Through AWS Internet Access Management (IAM) it's possible to add people to manage all or … [Read more...] about How to – AWS IAM permissions & Route 53