Dave Hilditch

Dave has been programming since 6 years old and has been developing Wordpress plugins, themes and websites since 2010. In the past he built the browse view technology for Skyscanner and now he helps clients with interesting website challenges. He is always on at least one of his computers when he's awake, so get in touch and he'll get right back to you.


  1. Derek
    April 9, 2016 @ 6:06 pm

    Great article. Small type on ‘rsycn’ instead of ‘rsync’ that people may run into. I was able to get through all of the instructions but I seem to be getting an error when trying to upload a new plugin and also when running WPAll Import.

    The error is “The uploaded file could not be moved to wp-content/uploads/2016/04.”

    I followed all of the instructions above. Is there anything you know of that may be causing this error and is there any reason I shouldn’t delete the olduploads folder?

    Also I have all my files in S3 but it looks like my site is still using the uploads directory.


  2. Kristian Zwart
    August 4, 2016 @ 8:25 am

    Hi Dave, great article, thanks. I wonder if you could advise me on what to do regarding using wpallimportpro with resales online database. The whole image database is between 40-60gb , too much for my server so it keeps timing out. So they advised me to work out how to use cdn instead of importing images. How can I do this in wordpress using wpallimport pro?

    here are some examples below of what redirect I need to do for every image.



    • Dave Hilditch
      August 4, 2016 @ 11:14 am

      To use the CDN source instead of downloading your images:

      1. Modify your import, don’t import images
      2. Map your CDN image URL(s) to a custom meta field – perhaps called external_image_url
      3. Add a WordPress filter for ‘post_thumbnail_html’ and write the code to build the image using the external URL
      4. Optionally add some extra stuff into your back-end admin system so you can administer this URL – e.g. a filter on admin_post_thumbnail_html and save_post
      5. If you’re using WooCommerce, you’ll need to write filters for woocommerce_single_product_image_html and woocommerce_single_product_image_thumbnail_html too

  3. twardyx
    December 2, 2016 @ 12:26 pm

    I want to store my images on Amazon S3 – will it work with WP Smush Plugin?

    • Dave Hilditch
      February 19, 2017 @ 6:03 pm

      I have not tested with Smush but it should work since Smush is just writing the images back to the uploads folder as normal.

  4. Duong
    July 10, 2017 @ 3:53 am

    Hi, Dave

    Can you record a video help me?


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