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 fast browse view technology for Skyscanner and now he is on a mission to make WordPress the fastest platform on the planet. 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. michael
    August 16, 2016 @ 2:21 am

    Id like to see the search performance fixes. I am getting very slow searches with woo commerce currently


    • Dave Hilditch
      August 18, 2016 @ 12:07 pm

      They are coming – I have a search upgrade in development which provides normal search as well as a cool new widget which gives lightning fast Ajax search – i.e. you type in the box and the most relevant answers appear in a little dropdown below with image and title & description & optionally price. Bear with me while I iron out the remaining items in this and get it into the WPI plugin.


  2. sasha
    August 16, 2016 @ 11:31 am

    Hi My site breaks when I activate the plugin with
    HTTP ERROR 500


    • Dave Hilditch
      August 18, 2016 @ 12:06 pm

      Hi – I think I helped you through email? Fixed in v2.71 (was breaking non-woocommerce sites)


    • Dave Hilditch
      August 19, 2016 @ 4:25 pm

      If you are activating the latest version of the plugin and you get an HTTP ERROR 500 (generic server error), please refresh the page a few times until it clears. i.e. keep activating the plugin until all the indexes are created.

      Alternatively, modify your php.ini max_execution_time and your nginx fast_cgi_read_timeout values to allow longer script execution.

      There are about 10 indexes that get created, they can take some time, but once each one has been created it doesn’t need to be made again – that’s why if you keep trying to activate it with a really low timeout setting, the database will get the command to build the index and eventually all indexes will be built and it will activate.


  3. michael
    August 29, 2016 @ 7:33 am

    My sorting options on my woovommerce site cartgrabber.com are not working with the plugin activated.


  4. Dave Hilditch
    August 29, 2016 @ 12:53 pm

    From the options page, there is an ordering option. If you choose to remove the ability to have custom sorting from the options, you will get a speed boost (particularly if you also remove the product counts) but it does remove the functionality to adjust sorting – i.e. it uses the default sort order on the table.

    This is under the WP_Query options in the WPI perf settings page.


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