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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Will Moving To A JavaScript Front-End Hurt Your WordPress Site’s SEO?

When the REST API was first introduced, Matt Mullenweg said WordPress developers should “learn JavaScript, deeply”. The REST API, which recently gained new content endpoints, makes WordPress more than a content management framework: it can now act as the back-end for a huge variety front-end applications and we can expect to see more WordPress themes […]

WordPress Security Basics: What Do WordPress File Permissions Mean?

A WordPress site is made of files. Database aside — which is a special set of files — everything else is a chunk of data stored on the server’s file system. That includes content like images and the executable PHP files that comprise WordPress Core, themes, and plugins. It’s vitally important that only the right […]