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March 07, 2017

A WordPress Security Plugin Won’t Solve All Your Security Problems

WordPress security plugins help improve the security of WordPress sites, but they’re no substitute for an understanding of basic security precautions. Any web application is vulnerable if its developers and users don’t follow security best practices. WordPress is no different, and because WordPress is used by millions of non-technical users, it’s reasonable to assume that […]

March 01, 2017

Making The Case For Automatic Updates In WordPress

The release of WordPress 3.7 introduced a feature that was met with mixed reactions: automatic background updates. In all versions after 3.7, WordPress completes minor updates without asking for permission. Left to their own devices, site owners often neglect to perform updates. Updates – particularly the minor updates that can be applied automatically – include […]

February 28, 2017

Gutenberg – A New WordPress Editing Experience In The Making

I’ve been a WordPress user for years and I’ve written many thousands of words in the WordPress editor. I’ve seen the editor develop from a barely usable and — at times — frustrating writing experience into a functional tool. Gradual iteration over more than a decade has created a polished interface for writing and creating […]

February 22, 2017

Magento Introduces Stricter Quality Checking For Marketplace Extensions

The Magento Marketplace is a rich source of extra functionality for Magento eCommerce stores. The core Magento application can’t fulfil every requirement an eCommerce merchant might have: every store is unique and a Magento that could be all things to all retailers would be a bloated and unwieldy application. Instead, Magento is a modular system […]

February 21, 2017

10Up Introduces A New Front-End WordPress Component Library

A typical WordPress theme consists of the same basic components put together in novel ways. Almost every WordPress site has a logo, navigation components, blog posts, blog indexes, and so on. Many theme developers create their own spins on each of these components or adapt existing front-end frameworks to work with WordPress. Rebuilding or repurposing […]

February 15, 2017

Algolia Brings Google-like Search To WordPress

Any large WordPress blog has a hinterland of content that isn’t exposed on the homepage. Site owners use tools like “Recent Articles” widgets to surface some of that content, but users still only see a tiny fraction of published posts. Frequently, the only place users are exposed to older articles is in Google search results. […]

February 09, 2017

Protecting Photographers’ Image Copyright On WordPress Sites

The web doesn’t have a native mechanism for protecting content from copyright infringement. Aside from complex digital rights management solutions, which aren’t really appropriate for photography sites, there’s little a photographer can do to prevent determined infringers from copying images and using them without regard for the photographer’s chosen licence. This is a huge problem […]

February 08, 2017

Mergebot Aims To Make Seamless WordPress Staging To Production Deployments A Reality

If you’re a WordPress pro, the awkwardness of deploying from a testing or dev server to a live server will be all-too-familiar. It’s easy enough to replicate a WordPress site, and there are plugins that will do the job for you, but the reality is usually messier than a simple migration. Ideally, a WordPress staging […]

February 01, 2017

One Day, A WordPress Backup Could Save Your Business

Most WordPress users realise they should backup their site. It’s a dangerous world, and if a business depends on its WordPress site, a backup — or preferably several backups — is a necessary safety net. However, a backup is worthless if it isn’t tested and verified. I’ve come across many sites where the owners have […]

January 31, 2017

Magento Introduces Magento DevBox — A New Local Development Environment

Local development of any web application can be complex, especially if the developer works on several projects at the same time. To make it easier for developers to get up-and-running with a standardized Magento installation on their local machine, Magento has released Magento DevBox Beta, a Docker-based tool for local Magento development. If you’re not […]