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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

WordPress Update Fixes Critical PHPMailer Vulnerability

WordPress 4.7 was released towards the end of last year and brought with it a host of new features, including a new default theme, theme starter content, and REST API content endpoints. As is usually the case with a major new WordPress version, WordPress 4.7 was closely followed by a minor release with bugfixes. WordPress […]

Drizzle Is A Micropayments Platform For WordPress

Monetizing WordPress blogs has become increasingly difficult over the last few years. If you want to blog for a living, throwing up a few Google AdWords units next to your content is unlikely to cut it unless you have a huge audience — and even if you do, ad-blockers will take a bite. There are, […]

WordPress Asks For Feedback On Rewritten Plugin Guidelines

If you develop plugins for WordPress, you’ll be aware of the controversy caused by the removal of plugins from the repository for breaches of its guidelines. Many such incidents are caused by developers stepping over the line with “growth-hacking” or data collection, a prime example being incentivized reviews. Some developers offer free or discount premium […]

Why Are So Many WordPress Users Stuck With Old Versions Of PHP?

Why Are So Many WordPress Users Stuck With Old Versions Of PHP?

PHP 7 is a clear win compared to earlier versions of PHP, yet, unlike Nexcess, many WordPress hosts haven’t upgraded. It’s difficult to get a clear view of the exact adoption rates of PHP 7, but according to figures from Jordi Boggiano, developer of Composer, PHP 7 adoption rates are hovering around 20 percent, with […]