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Here’s the dream scenario. You have a hobby about which you are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. You suspect there’s an audience of like minded hobbyists interested in what you have to say on the subject. You start a blog. Hosting is inexpensive, social media promotion offers enormous reach. You write and publish a couple of dozen […]

August 27, 2015

WordPress is a relatively secure content management system. As we’ve discussed before, there is no such thing as completely secure software, but the WordPress development team do an excellent job of keeping WordPress users safe by introducing as few vulnerabilities as possible and fixing them when they arise. That said, WordPress is enormously popular, which […]

August 18, 2015

Reactor from AppPresser is a new tool that can create a native application for iOS and Android from your existing WordPress site. As a platform for building mobile-friendly websites, WordPress is well ahead of the curve. Theme marketplaces are full of responsive themes that make it straightforward to build sites that play well with devices […]

August 13, 2015

Passwords alone are not a good authentication mechanism. Too many things can go wrong with passwords for eCommerce retailers to entirely trust them. Users often choose weak passwords or accidentally allow them to fall into the hands of malicious individuals. Particularly in the eCommerce world, where sensitive data, money, and a business’s reputation are on […]

August 11, 2015

Magento has just released patch SUPEE-6482, which addresses four different vulnerabilities affecting Magento Community and Enterprise editions. We strongly advise all Magento store administrators to update to the latest version to address these vulnerabilities (1.9.2.1 for Community or 1.14.2.1 for Enterprise). Those that do not want to update to the most current version of Magento […]

August 10, 2015

The developers of WordPress have to strike a careful balance between performance and feature-set or complexity. WordPress is so easy to use because it’s a dynamic site generator: it builds pages on the fly from PHP scripts and MySQL database entries. That’s not an inherently slow process, but it’s slower than serving static HTML, CSS, […]

August 06, 2015

In the wake of a number of serious vulnerabilities — including the critical ShopLift vulnerability — Magento announced in May that it would be introducing the Magento Alert Registry to keep eCommerce retailers up-to-date about potential security problems. You can now sign up here. “We are committed to platform security and are taking proactive steps intended to […]

August 04, 2015

Accessibility is not often at the front of our minds when we are choosing or designing a WordPress theme. We’re more concerned with aesthetics, functionality, and conversion potential. But ignoring accessibility excludes a huge proportion of our potential users. Worldwide there are 285 million people with visual impairments, 39 million of whom are legally blind. […]

July 28, 2015

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 21, 2015

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 […]

July 16, 2015
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