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March 17, 2016

A Quick Guide To JavaScript Frameworks For WordPress Developers

JavaScript is about to enter the WordPress world in a big way. WordPress theme and plugin developers have always used JavaScript, of course — it’s an essential part of the web developer’s toolbox. But with the introduction of a JSON REST API and Matt Mullenweg’s suggestion that WordPress developers should learn Javascript (deeply), we’re likely […]

March 15, 2016

WordPress Sites With The Custom Content Type Manager Plugin May Have Been Compromised

The code repository for the Custom Content Type Manager plugin in the WordPress Plugin Repository was recently compromised by a malicious user. The plugin was modified so that it contained a backdoor that could be used by the attacker to install further malicious code, create admin users, and steal authentication credentials. This attack is a […]

March 10, 2016

Should WordPress Publishers Invest In Manual Link Building?

In spite of the many advances Google has made to its search engine algorithms in the years since Larry Page invented PageRank, inbound links are still central to the way the search giant decides how to rank pages. But all links aren’t equal, and the easiest links to get are also the least valuable — […]

March 09, 2016

How Do Server Clusters Make WordPress And Magento Websites Faster?

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We can accommodate such a diverse range of hosting requirements because of the different infrastructure configurations we offer. In this article, I’d like to discuss how we are able to host the biggest, high-traffic sites and keep them performing faster than most hosts dream of.
March 08, 2016

Looking Forward To WordPress 4.5

Twice a year, WordPress’s developers release a beta for the upcoming version of everyone’s favorite content management system. The most recent beta landed in early March, and is ready for testing by WordPress site owners who want to get a preview of the new features and test their plugins and themes before the final release, […]

February 24, 2016

Build An Audience For Your WordPress Site With Email Newsletters

A few years ago, I had all but given up on email newsletters. My inbox was full of junk newsletters stuffed with thin content and promotional garbage that didn’t provide a shred of value. I spent more time deleting newsletters than reading them. But over the last couple of years, email newsletters have become genuinely […]

February 18, 2016

Should WordPress Business Bloggers Cross-Post To Medium?

Medium is a powerhouse publishing platform from the founder of Blogger and co-founder and former CEO of Twitter — Evan Williams. It offers push-button publishing, a beautiful reading experience, and a social graph that makes promoting content relatively straightforward. Williams has not been shy about his intentions for Medium: “The idea won’t be to start […]

February 11, 2016

Many WordPress Sites Hacked To Redirect Users To Malware Sites

A spate of articles from web security companies report that numerous WordPress sites have been the victim of an attack that leads to code being injected into the JavaScript of WordPress installations. The code is injected into all of a site’s legitimate JavaScript files, and includes various backdoors as well as redirects that send users […]

February 10, 2016

Get Your WordPress Content Into Google News

When you search Google for a topic with relevance to current affairs, you may notice a section on the results page called “In The News”. Unlike some of the other search page sections, the news section doesn’t come from Google’s main index, but from Google News — an algorithmic curation of new stories that have […]

February 09, 2016

Protecting Your Magento eCommerce Store From Ransomware Attacks

For a particular type of morally bankrupt individual, the idea of ransomware must appear to be a stroke of brilliance. For everyone else, ransomware is the stuff of nightmares. That goes double for eCommerce merchants, for whom their store and its data is their business and livelihood. The loss of data to a ransomware attack […]