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This is Colm and Simon from CommerceGurus, with a handpicked weekly roundup of eCommerce articles.
This excellent article is a collection of the best practices that the Chrome DevRel team believes are the most effective ways to improve Core Web Vitals performance in 2023.
The list of top web performance recommendations are ones that:
- Will have the largest real-world impact
- That are relevant and applicable to most sites
- That are realistic for most developers to implement
We'll be implementing the tip covered in the "Ensure the LCP resource is prioritized" section in our own CommerceKit product gallery module in a future update.
Discover the Top Core Vitals recommendations for 2023
Louis-Philippe Dea has written an excellent guide on how to set up Cloudflare on a WordPress site.
Cloudflare is more than a CDN. It is also a DNS provider, a web performance and security panel, a web firewall and much more.
It can fix performance gaps from your hosting provider. For example, it can activate HTTP/2, optimize your images, minify your files and activate compression.
Plus, you can benefit from all of the features covered in the guide on the Cloudflare free plan.
Learn how to configure Cloudflare with WordPress
This is Shopify’s annual report on the latest trends shaping commerce, pulled from proprietary data, insider experts, and top global brands.
As brands grapple with challenges in 2023, they'll need to respond by adding flexibility to their products, plans, and policies.
With an economic recession on the horizon, being agile has never been more important. This report outlines the global trends equipping brands to confront the unexpected.
Read Shopify's Commerce Trends for 2023
When chatting to customers on support we always emphasize how important it is to have a separate staging site so that you can safely test updates.
Most decent web hosts offer a one-click staging creation facility but in case yours doesn't InstaWP Connect looks like a good solution.
InstaWP allows you to create WordPress websites for testing, development and staging within seconds.
After your site is connected, you can create 1-click staging websites from within the WP admin panel.
It's also worth checking out this 1 minute video which shows the plugin in action.
Discover the InstaWP Connect Plugin
This is a nice collection of brand and digital product design studios that are doing cool stuff. If you are in need of some inspiration before starting your next project you'll find some great examples of creative work in this directory.
Take a look at Doing Cool Stuff
We released a minor update for both Shoptimizer and CommerceKit this week. See what's new in the changelog.
To update both, just follow each guide in our documentation.
That's it for this edition. Simply reply to this email if you have any questions or suggestions, we read every message. Have a great week and best of luck with your projects!
Colm and Simon from CommerceGurus