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Category : WordPress
September 21, 2016

What Happens When A WordPress Site Outgrows Its Hosting Environment?

Successful WordPress sites follow a fairly predictable path. They begin with an idea, which — because no one has a clue it will be successful — is built on a small shared hosting plan. Shared hosting plans are perfect for moderately trafficked sites, but as the sites grow, they need something more. A WordPress site […]

September 20, 2016

WordPress Security: What Is A Patch?

WordPress is a complex piece of software comprising many thousands of lines of code — a mixture of PHP, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It’s under constant development, which means that all those files are subject to change. Often, those changes will address security issues; that is, they are edits to code that caused a vulnerability. […]

September 15, 2016

The WordPress Authentication Broker Is An Important Move Forward For The REST API

One of the major motivations for the creation of the WordPress REST API is that it allows developers to easily — or more easily — build WordPress client applications. With the API, developers can build applications that can control most aspects of a WordPress site. However, great though the API is, authentication has been a […]

August 31, 2016

What’s The Difference Between Tags And Categories In WordPress?

A website is a network of interconnected pages. Links within the content bind the pages together into a single entity, but they aren’t the only — or the best — way to organize pages according to the content they contain. To do that, we need a taxonomy, a way of grouping pages according to their […]

August 25, 2016

Users Of The All In One SEO Pack WordPress Plugin Should Update Immediately

Versions of All In One SEO Pack older than 2.3.7 are vulnerable to a serious cross-site scripting vulnerability that could allow an attacker to take over a WordPress site. All In One SEO Pack users should immediately update the plugin to the most recent version, which contains a patch to remove the vulnerability. All In […]

August 24, 2016

Don’t Use “WordPress” or “Woo” In The Name Of Your WordPress Business.

The popularity of WordPress nourishes a thriving ecosystem of plugin and theme developers and designers, as well as thousands of businesses that offer WordPress-related services. The WordPress economy is worth many millions of dollars. And, it’s largely an open playing field. With a little knowledge and hard-work, it’s relatively easy to get started as a […]

August 23, 2016

Can You Help Make WordPress More Accessible?

Recently, we’ve been looking at how WordPress users can contribute back to the WordPress community. We discussed the ways that non-programmers can contribute, including aiding in translation efforts. Today I’d like to take a look at how you can help make WordPress more accessible. Accessibility testing is an important part of the WordPress development process. […]

August 22, 2016

Watch Out For WordPress Plugin Vulnerabilities & Hacks, Identify Scripts & Stay Updated

My client’s website was hacked via an outdated WordPress plugin. In “Steps to Fix and Prevent a Hacked WordPress Site”, you learned how to fix a client site after a hack. The steps in that blog came from two real-life scenarios, and today we will look more closely at one of them: an outdated plugin […]

August 10, 2016

Facebook And Automattic Release Instant Articles Plugin For WordPress

In preparation for the imminent opening up of Instant Articles to all publishers, Facebook and Automattic have teamed up to develop an Instant Articles plugin for WordPress. Instant Articles is Facebook’s answer to slow websites — compatible web pages will load much more quickly within the Facebook app than on the web (assuming that the […]

August 09, 2016

Abandoned WordPress Plugins: What Are Your Options?

One of WordPress’s great strengths is the plugin ecosystem. Developers have created thousands of plugins — most of which are free — that add any functionality you can imagine. Many businesses are built on WordPress, and some of those businesses depend on the plugins they use. What happens if those plugins go away? What do […]