WooCommerce High-Performance Order Storage (HPOS) – What You Need to Know and Why

WooCommerce has historically stored orders data as specially formatted entries in the standard WordPress post system. Although it sounds odd that order data would be stored alongside your blog posts, everything tied to WordPress core on a structural level is considered a post. It’s important to note that the HPOS change is not related to security; rather, it will allow WooCommerce to store order data more efficiently. WooCommerce began the project in 2022, as a way to separate the data in the site database into more streamlined and performant custom database tables. What is HPOS? Basically, HPOS how WooCommerce will now store orders data – in dedicated tables. Orders in their own tables allows your shop to scale more easily, simplifies your orders data storage, and increases relatability. According to WooCommerce, HPOS will greatly improve […]

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Monitoring WordPress Cron via heartbeat checks

Part of my onboarding process and performance optimization for new sites is setting up proper server-level scheduled cron jobs using wp-cli. I use Kinsta hosting for clients and internal sites here at Sprucely Designed and, while they have an excellent hosting stack preconfigured out of the box, they don’t disable the stock WP-Cron or configure a system cron to my liking. So, based on Kinsta’s own knowledgebase recommendations, this is one of the first optimizations I make for new sites. First, I disable the default WP Cron, by adding this line to the site’s wp-config.php. On Kinsta hosting, this won’t completely disable the cron because Kinsta has a default server cron setup within crontab that performs a curl request to wp-cron.php?server_triggered_cronjob every 15 minutes. They do this as a backup to the default WP cron

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