Opinion

Huge Increase in Spam in the Last 2 Months

I noticed in the past 24 hours, I saw a huge increase in spam comments. I noticed it particularly because Akismet was failing and I suddenly received hundreds of e-mails from WordPress. So I took another look at my recent Akismet stats, and I can clearly see an increase surge in spam comments. Have you…

Growing Your WordPress Company – Copyblogger Media

Copyblogger Media was created by a merger between Copyblogger and StudioPress back in 2010. Today, it’s a flourishing company that provides an array of services. StudioPress offers premium WordPress themes, and Copyblogger Media offers Scribe, Premise, and Synthesis. I spoke with Jessica Commins — EVP of Operations at Copyblogger Media — and she said that…

The Human Side of WooThemes

WooThemes recently gave their homepage a refresh, a refresh that I’m in love with. The one element of the page that I think they executed on really well, is bringing their support team to life. Does your support team exist? One thing I’ve seen far too often with premium theme companies, is a lack of…

EC2 or no EC2: The great WordPress server debate

There has been some discussion recently as to whether Amazon’s EC2 infrastructure is or isn’t ideal for WordPress installations, as someone who’s spoken on the topic at multiple WordCamps including WCNYC and WCLV I feel like this is an important subject for those looking to run their own servers and are looking at all of…

10 Years of WordPress, Thank You.

WordPress, thank you. Thank you to the community, thank you to Matt Mullenweg, thank you to Mike Little [2]. The first thing I want to say is that it’s been a wild ride. I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today without WordPress in my life. It has changed many…

WordPress Jumps to 52% on the Royal Pingdom Top 100

Pingdom.com’s blog, Royal Pingdom, puts out a Top 100 every year, naming which platform the top 100 blogs use. Last year, between WordPress.org (self-hosted) and WordPress.com, WordPress took home 49% of the marketshare. This year? WordPress takes home the cake with 52% of the top 100 blogs. While Pingdom didn’t break out WordPress.org vs WordPress.com…

WordPress as a CMS? As an App? For the Enterprise?

In a recent post by Morten Rand-hendrikso, he wrote an extensive piece about WordPress and its many facets. WordPress for blogging? WordPress as a CMS? WordPress as an application? WordPress powering a network of sites? WordPress as Software as a Service? There are many more ways you could use WordPress. WordPress is celebrating its 10th…

Photos from WordCamp San Diego 2013

This last weekend was truly amazing. The WordCamp San Diego organizaters did an incredible job of setting up a great line-up of speakers and putting on a great event. There were a bunch of great talks. Did you miss the liveblogging action? Saturday – All About WordPress Hiring the Right WordPress Consultant with Cody Landefeld…

Will I see you at WordCamp San Diego 2013?

WordCamp San Diego here we come! Last year, tickets sold out in 11 hours, this year, just 7 hours to sell out. I’m planning on testing the WordPress liveblogging plugin by Automattic that I’ve been writing about, to give it a real world test. Mark your calendars for March 23rd and 24th next weekend, to…

Why I Absolutely Love MaxCDN

Have you ever wanted to speed up your WordPress site? One of the easiest ways to do that is with a Content Delivery Network (CDN). Here on WPForce.com, I use MaxCDN. So why MaxCDN over the other networks? I’ve come to love how easy it is, for a non-server admin like myself, to use the…

Sitting down with Andy Stratton: Let’s talk about WP Maintainer

Introduce yourself Andy, I’d really like my readers to know more about who you are and your background with WordPress. Hey, I’m Andy (Stratton). Some know me as @theandystratton. I’m a freelance WordPress developer, founder of Sizeable Interactive (a WordPress co-operative), and founder of WordPress maintenance service WP Maintainer. I’ve been coding since age 12,…

Sucuri Hiring a Security Analyst & PHP Developer

Malware security firm, Sucuri, has two openings for full-time employment; a Junior Security Support Analyst and a PHP Developer. The support analyst opening doesn’t necessarily require extensive web security experience, but being an uber-geek helps your application a lot. Sucuri offers a WordPress plugin to help prevent WordPress sites from being hacked and attacked with…

Matt Mullenweg on Automattic in 2012

Matt Mullenweg, one of the founders of WordPress, posted a 2012 wrap-up about WordPress and Automattic. Some of the 2012 highlights he included are: We added 48 new Automatticians We made over 40,000 commits to our various repositories, about half of those on WP.com alone We added 75M uniques to our our network There is…

Test Your WordPress Skills at Smarterer.com

Smarterer, a site that let’s you test your skills against other experts on the same topic, has a few WordPress tests. I decided to go head to head against the other 5,000+ people on the WordPress Smarterer test. So I scored a 752 after answering all the questions. Not too shabby. I’ll be honest, a…