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It’s Time For WordPress Developers To Learn JavaScript

In 2015’s State Of The Word address, Matt Mullenweg talked about WordPress 4.4, about PHP 7, and about the growth of WordPress, but the headline message of the talk was this: JavaScript and APIs are WordPress’s future. That statement has to be taken in its proper context: WordPress isn’t abandoning PHP, and PHP will be part […]

Clef Brings No-Hassle Two-Factor Authentication To WordPress

Passwords are not a great authentication method — a point that’s been made many times, not least by me on this blog. Passwords are great in theory, but in practice, when users are asked to choose and manage strong passwords, they don’t. They choose easy-to-remember and hence easy-to-guess passwords. And they use the same password […]

Five Simple Tips for WordPress Users

An uncared for WordPress site will soldier on through the years, but it won’t provide the best service. Eventually, without intervention, something will go wrong: it will be hacked or a software bug or hardware failure will cause data to be lost. If you aren’t prepared for that eventuality, the result can be catastrophic. The […]

Six Magento Extensions For A Better eCommerce Experience

After surviving the busy holiday shopping season last November and December and now with the first quarter of 2016 in the rear-view mirror, hopefully your Magento store is still going strong. Need to fine-tune things a bit? There’s still plenty of time for renovations and enhancing stores before the 2016 holiday season arrives. Now is a […]

Alarmbell Is A New Magento Security Extension From Nexcess

Alarmbell is an open source Magento extension for monitoring and notifying users of changes to a Magento store’s admin user accounts. A Magento eCommerce site is a high-value target for online criminals. Although credit card data is usually safe even if an attacker gains access to a Magento store’s server or the Magento installation itself, […]

Contributing To WordPress If You Can’t Code

WordPress is big business, but it’s also an open source project that encourages contributions from the wider WordPress community. Any competent developer can contribute code. But what if you know nothing at all about programming and still want to help out? Many people want to give back to a community that has given so much […]

WordPress Global Translation Day: Can You Help Translate WordPress?

WordPress Global Translation Day, which aims to increase awareness and participation in the effort to make WordPress available in as many languages as possible, will take place on the April 24th 2016. WordPress is a truly global phenomenon. Tens of millions of people from all over the world rely on WordPress to communicate, to express […]

Choose WordPress Plugins With Care To Keep Your Site Safe

The plugin ecosystem is one of WordPress’ major strengths. The free repository contains plugins that meet almost any need a WordPress site owner might have, and there is a thriving market for premium plugins. Without its diverse selection of plugins, it’s doubtful that WordPress would have achieved the astonishing popularity it enjoys today, but not […]

WordAds Can Now Be Used By Self-Hosted WordPress Sites

There’s no shortage of monetization options for WordPress site owners. They range from affiliate marketing to digital sales and a lot in between, but advertising remains the single most popular way to generate money from WordPress content. AdWords is by far the most popular advertising network for self-hosted WordPress sites, but Automattic, the company behind […]

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 […]