Need custom application development, but your website is on WordPress? A plugin is the solution.
Plugins are enhancements that extend what WordPress can do.
Staying up to day with updates and patches is a GDPR requirement, and no where is it harder than on the web, where the the whole online world can connected world has access. WordPress has an Update Manager, and it’s a great way to manage this process for small to medium size businesses.
Publishing a plugin to the WordPress Plugin Directory is a great way to raise your profile.
HYC, one of Ireland’s Premier Yacht Clubs, has adopted Delegator Events Payments as their online payments solution.
This microservice accepts transaction information in, providing an endpoint for payments and a place for users to store and manage cards, reporting for accounts, and a payment receipt for the client. It follows the GDPR requirement of making the data available in portable form outputting CSV format reports suitable for excel or import to Jonas or other accounts packages.
The payment gateway implements a new responsive design, which integrated seamlessly with the fixed width layout of the legacy web application.
The gateway has been in operation since December 2018 and is integrated with the payments provider Globex.
Microservices allow businesses to move functions (like payments) onto for-purpose platforms and then provide service to other systems that need the function.
HYC have used the microservices architectural pattern to process payments for a number of diverse functions including member subscriptions, account top-ups and racing events.
Because the service is ‘loosely coupled‘, HYC are able to deploy classes of payment services very rapidly and without being bound to any one vendor.
Reduced GDPR footprint
By moving the various payment functions out of their custom built web infrastructure HYC were able to reduce the risk levels and management overhead associated with processing payments, while keeping a legacy CRM system operational.
Delegator Payments accepts multiline ledger payments as an input and every line item can be tagged with the appropriate General Ledger code, making reconciling in downstream accounts packages straightforward.
Many accounts packages* have APIs, CSV file uploads or other mechanisms to allow uploading of payment information. Delegator Payment Services can design custom interfaces to any platform, even custom built ERP or CRM.
Delegator loves to hear from partners, and our unique ledger payment API means that it’s easy to integrate. Contact us if you would like to discuss partnership.
*For uploading to Jonas Club Management, it is necessary to have the ‘Automated Lockbox Upload’ feature enabled.
Site speed is important for SEO, but can be hard to achieve in WordPress. One of my favourite tools for site is the Google PageSpeed Insights tool – who better to tell you what your site needs to be SEOed? So let’s take a look at our client’s brand new WordPress site:
It’s not the worst page speed I’ve ever seen. But it’s not far off the worst.
but this site does need some work. Fix the biggest problems first. A common cause of problems is image size, and that’s what’s happening on this WordPress site:
The top four account for the lion’s share of the image size. Let’s take a look in the directory, because we’ve only looked at one page (the homepage), but the whole site needs to be optimised.
There are plenty of big images. This can happen when a graphic designer is uploading unoptimised images. They focus on image quality, and tend not to think about filesize and performance.
Let’s take a closer look at the biggest file:
That’s a bit big. Let’s get it down to something that won’t eat up all the bandwidth quota of a visitor’s data plan. It’s a big homepage image slider, so it still needs to be big enough to look good.
We scaled it down to 180kb. Let’s see the effect on the site speed tool.
We got the size down from 540kb to 82kb! What does Google think?
We’ve jumped 7 points on the scale, and we’re approaching half way there! Let’s do all the rest that google flagged, and see what happens. First the jpegs…we could A) optimise each one individually to check for artifacts, or we could B) batch compress.
Anyway, on with optimising.
The logo is problematic – it’s HUUUGE. Let’s fix this and see what Google thinks…
We’re nearly half way there, but even better – images aren’t our biggest problem anymore, which is great. Time to dive down into the code.
We move onto the server / code optimisation, and we bring the WordPress site to 100% optimised.
We’ll be posting more on code optimisation in a later post.
Do have a WordPress Website that needs a speed boost? Sort out your images first! If your site is transactional, and you need to optimise your revenue get in touch. or leave your questions in the comments.
The manager at HYC, Paddy Judge is a former pilot and aircrash investigator – knows where to site an antenna and working with the IOT team in Vinyl Matt Media to get some fantastic coverage.
The results were so good that the nice people at marinetraffic.com gave a us a ‘pro’ level account a few weeks early, and we look forward to forward to seeing the value that their suit of tools adds to HYC’s operation.