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July 21, 2015

Install WordPress and PHP 7 on CentOS

With PHP 7 around the corner, we wanted to create a dev environment to test some apps and prepare for its arrival. PHP 7 installation for CentOS is not difficult and can be found here. With the precompiled builds, we created a VM with the appropriate software to start testing WordPress: Apache2, MariaDB and PHP […]

July 16, 2015

WordPress' New Security Czar Is Good News For The WordPress Community

WordPress is a complex software ecosystem. Its huge userbase and an active developer community numbering in the tens of thousands make for a potential security nightmare, but, in fact, it functions surprisingly smoothly. For users who hear only about the most recent security vulnerability, it might not appear so, but the widespread publicity of security […]

June 30, 2015

Is Ghost a Viable WordPress Alternative?

When WordPress was first created by Matt Mullenweg, he was scratching his own itch; he wanted a simple-to-use blogging engine — and that’s what WordPress used to be. Over the years, it has grown into something much more powerful. WordPress is now a superbly feature-rich content management system with an enormous collection of extensions and […]

June 30, 2015

Top 3 WordPress Caching Plugins

One of the simplest methods of implementing caching for WordPress Hosting is through third-party plugins. Caching will speed up your site and reduce latency by temporarily storing frequently-requested data. Because repeated page requests can be slow and expensive in terms of resources, it is helpful to cache the results of those requests. Third-party caching plugins for […]

June 23, 2015

Using Metadata To Improve WordPress Search And Social Performance

Ideally, search engines and social networks would be smart enough to look at a website and glean all of the information they need from the human-readable content on the page. In reality, they’re nowhere near intelligent enough; they can make guesses which are often pretty good, but they need a little help to understand what […]

June 16, 2015

Responsive Design Or A Mobile Site For WordPress Mobile-Friendliness?

Over the last few months we’ve seen a number of mobile watersheds: Facebook announced that almost half of its users only use Facebook on mobile; Google announced that there were more searches from mobile devices than PCs in many key markets and that it would be giving mobile-friendly sites a boost in the SERPS for […]

June 11, 2015

VersionPress Hits 1.0 And Brings Git Goodness To WordPress

WordPress has a rudimentary revision tracking system built in. It’s great when you want to recover a paragraph you delete in haste, or check exactly who made an edit to an article. But the built-in system doesn’t have a fraction of the power of version control systems that developers are used to using every day. […]

June 04, 2015

What Does The New REST API Mean For WordPress?

With what is expected to be the final release before work begins on integration into WordPress core, version 1.2 of the REST API development plugin has been announced. Like many new features planned for eventual inclusion into WordPress, the new API has been developed outside of the mainline of WordPress development, freeing its developers to […]

June 02, 2015

What Can We Expect From WordPress 4.3?

In April, WordPress 4.2 arrived, and after a short pause to mop up any outstanding bugs and security issues, work has begun in earnest on the next release, which we can expect to land in the middle of August (officially August 18th). 4.2 brought with it a number of UI improvements, especially to the plugin […]

May 26, 2015

The Right Way To Handle Images For Retina Devices In WordPress

We’re well into the era of high-definition displays. The term Retina is a bit of marketing-speak from Apple, but almost every smartphone and most tablets now offer screens with very high numbers of pixels crammed into a small space. Retina screens are still relatively uncommon on the desktop, but that’s likely to change — once […]