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March 30, 2017

Make Yourself Heard With The WordPress Editor Experience Survey

If you’re a regular user of the WordPress editor interface, you might want to make your thoughts known by completing the Editor Experience Survey. The survey, part of the WordPress project’s attempt to understand how WordPress bloggers and professionals use the tools WordPress provides shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to complete and will […]

March 29, 2017

When Is It Right To Keep WordPress Vulnerabilities Secret?

Bugs are an inevitable part of the software development process. As hard as developers try to avoid them — and they try very hard indeed — mistakes will be made and some of those mistakes will cause security vulnerabilities. What’s important is how developers handle vulnerabilities when they do occur, including how they communicate about […]

March 28, 2017

New OpenVPN Plans For Magento And WordPress Dedicated Servers

We’re happy to announce the introduction of secure OpenVPN accounts to our dedicated server and enterprise cluster hosting plans. OpenVPN allows site owners to use a secure encrypted login process to access services on dedicated servers that would otherwise be unencrypted, including HTTP and FTP services. OpenVPN will be available on all 400 and 500–level […]

March 23, 2017

Google Is Retiring Its WordPress AdSense Plugin

Google has announced the retirement of its popular WordPress AdSense plugin, which was embraced by bloggers and publishers as a simple way to monetize content on WordPress sites. Existing ads aren’t affected, but within a couple of months, users will no longer be able to change the layout of their ads or visit the front-end […]

March 22, 2017

VVV 2.0 Includes YAML Configuration For Custom WordPress Development Environments

Varying Vagrant Vagrants, a tool for creating WordPress development environments, hit the big 2.0 recently, with the addition of a feature that many WordPress developers have been asking for: a YAML-based configuration system that makes it easier to tweak your development environment. VVV solves a common problem in WordPress development and web development more generally: […]

March 21, 2017

Google Docs Users Can Now Send Articles Straight To WordPress

WordPress’ editing interface is great for writing – and it’s only going to get better – but collaboration is a weak point. It is possible to collaborate on a WordPress article, but only if writers and editors take it in turns. Several contributors can’t work on the same document at the same time, which is […]

March 07, 2017

A WordPress Security Plugin Won’t Solve All Your Security Problems

WordPress security plugins help improve the security of WordPress sites, but they’re no substitute for an understanding of basic security precautions. Any web application is vulnerable if its developers and users don’t follow security best practices. WordPress is no different, and because WordPress is used by millions of non-technical users, it’s reasonable to assume that […]

March 01, 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 […]

February 28, 2017

Gutenberg – A New WordPress Editing Experience In The Making

I’ve been a WordPress user for years and I’ve written many thousands of words in the WordPress editor. I’ve seen the editor develop from a barely usable and — at times — frustrating writing experience into a functional tool. Gradual iteration over more than a decade has created a polished interface for writing and creating […]

February 22, 2017

Magento Introduces Stricter Quality Checking For Marketplace Extensions

The Magento Marketplace is a rich source of extra functionality for Magento eCommerce stores. The core Magento application can’t fulfil every requirement an eCommerce merchant might have: every store is unique and a Magento that could be all things to all retailers would be a bloated and unwieldy application. Instead, Magento is a modular system […]