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September 18, 2017

Home Routers Wage War On WordPress

A huge botnet of home routers has targeted WordPress sites with brute-force attacks over the last few weeks. Brute-force attacks are a risk for WordPress websites with insecure passwords, and they can cause problems even if a site has secure passwords by consuming a significant proportion of its resources. A botnet is a collection of […]

September 15, 2017

Magento Connect Will Close In September

Magento Connect, which has for many years been the official source of Magento extensions, will shut down in September. The role of Magento Connect will be taken over by the Magento Marketplace, which was introduced a year ago and will become the official Magento-sanctioned repository of extensions. Magento’s extensions are one of the most important […]

September 08, 2017

Why Do Spammers Attack WordPress Sites?

A WordPress site with web-facing forms will be spammed. If there’s a form to be filled in, it will be filled in by spammers, even when there is no clear motivation for doing so. Spammers register for membership of any site they find, they fill in forms for gated content, they submit fake email addresses […]

September 07, 2017

Are You Using A Staging Server For WordPress Development?

If you run a WordPress site, the following scenario is probably familiar to you. You have what seems like an excellent idea for a change to your site. You log in to the administration dashboard, make some changes, and everything looks good. Then you refresh your site’s homepage to find that instead of the elegantly-designed […]

September 05, 2017

Find Out How Your WordPress Plugin Is Used With Wisdom

A few weeks ago we, wrote about a proposal to add data collection facilities to WordPress. The proposal was rejected, but that doesn’t mean the points it made weren’t valid. Collecting data about real-world software use can be valuable to developers. Wisdom is a premium WordPress plugin that allows plugin developers to collect information about […]

September 02, 2017

Making The Case For Automatic Updates In WordPress

The release of WordPress 3.7 introduced a feature that was met with mixed reactions: automatic background updates. In all versions after 3.7, WordPress completes minor updates without asking for permission. Left to their own devices, site owners often neglect to perform updates. Updates — particularly the minor updates that can be applied automatically — include […]

August 31, 2017

Customer Spotlight: WebWise Solutions

If you have ever met anyone on our Managed WordPress team, one thing is glaringly obvious. We really love coffee. I mean, it is something that gets talked about often in our daily calls. Imagine my excitement when I spoke with one of our most devoted Nexcess customers (he’s been with us for 10 years!) […]

August 31, 2017

How Two-Factor Authentication Can Help Keep Your WordPress Site Safe

There are lots of hacked WordPress sites on the web. Hacked sites are often the victims of botnets that brute force the login process, trying lots of different combinations of usernames and passwords until they hit one that lets them in. After they have access they can plant malware or other undesirable content on a […]

August 24, 2017

WordPress Plugin And Theme Development: Which Languages Do You Need To Know?

WordPress is enormously popular and that popularity shows no sign of waning. If you learn how to build themes, plugins, and other integrations, you can tap into a massive market. It’s a competitive market, to be sure, but one that offers opportunities to developers in many different areas: bespoke theme and plugin development, premium theme […]

August 23, 2017

Why Is It Important That WordPress Is Open Source?

WordPress is open source software. For a project to be called open source it has to fulfill a couple of criteria: the source code must be freely available and it must be licensed in such a way as to ensure that anyone can modify and share and the code. If you aren’t a developer, your […]