ManageWP.com: The Ultimate WordPress Dashboard

ManageWP is more than just a backup service. It’s more than just a place to manage all your comments. It’s even more than just a place to update all your WordPress installations. It’s all of those, and more. ManageWP.com will let you manage multiple sites in a grouped and orderly fashion. The system will let…

WordPress Hosting: Apache or Nginx?

This is a guest post written Austin W. Gunter, the Brand Ambassador of WP Engine’s Managed WordPress Hosting Platform. WordPress’s development has been intertwined with Apache since the beginning. WordPress was built to be served on Apache. Recently Nginx has risen to prominence to serve traffic from 11.4% of all known traffic. Automattic moved WordPress.com…

Ryan Duff Croudsourcing His Journey to WordCamp SF

Long time community member Ryan Duff, is seeking support from the community to help get him to WordCamp SF 2012. WCSF is undoubtedly the largest WordCamp each year, founded and ran by the powerhouse behind WordPress — Automattic. UPDATE:Duff was successful in his crowdsourcing was able to raise enough money, in under 24 hours, none…

Has Your WordPress Blog Been Hacked?

This is a guest post by Simon Ward, founder and author of Pingable.org. You can find him on twitter @Pingable. I have been blogging with WordPress since 2007. It’s a fantastic platform with a huge variety of plugins and themes which allow for a fantastic experience for you and your readers. However, if you follow…

WooThemes Celebrates 4 Years with Huge Discounts

WooThemes is undoudbtly a successful premium themes company. They have certainly left their footprint both in the WordPress core and the on the WordPress community as a whole. 4 years ago today WooThemes launched. What started as 3 WordPress designers dabbling in commercial theme development working from three home offices in Cape Town, London and…

Thank you WordPress

Thank you WordPress. Thank you Matt Mullenweg. Thank you Mike Little. Thank you community. Brian Gardner’s expression of thanks is for different reasons than mine, but I’m still just as thankful for WordPress. WordPress has enabled me to build a WordPress consulting company in my part-time. It has helped me build strong relationships — online…

Beta Testing with the Ability to Roll Back to Stable

In a recent post by Jane Wells, UX lead of WordPress, she asks @Westi if there should be an option in the Beta Tester plugin, to roll back to the latest stable version of WordPress. To date, there has never been an easy way to roll back to a previous version. Whether you were running…

How to Stop the Hackers – WordPress Security

Tony Perez, COO & CFO of Sucuri, posted a great tutorial and write-up about how to harden WordPress. Why bother hardening WordPress? Stop the hackers. Tony discusses how to effectively use your .htaccess file — password protection, denying a visitor by IP address, hot link protection and more. He also goes over how to securely…

WordPress Plugin Repository Wordle Mashup

The WordPress repository houses just over 29,000 plugins. Below is a beautiful Wordle that gives us a pretty good representation of what a majority of the plugins are about. There are 602 plugins that have the word “posts” in them, hence why posts is so large in the Wordle. Comments with 398 references in the…

Password Security in the Year 2012

Recent events, including the password breach at LinkedIn and eHarmony, have been getting worse and worse. Whether it’s AOL accidentally releasing search data on 500,000 people, or Gawker’s in-house CMS getting hacked and exposing passwords to 1.3 million users, security is becoming a hot topic. The core developers of WordPress agree that security should be…

Monitoring Social Activity in Google Analytics

Hopefully by now, everyone is aware of Google Analytics. If not, it’s a free* application by Google that lets you analyze your web traffic to very finite levels. Google released a new feature this month called Activity Stream. It helps you monitor and gather insights about how your site is socially shared on the web.…

May Updates from Drew at The Theme Foundry

Drew Strojny, founder of a premium WordPress theme shop called The Theme Foundry, pushed out a May update for their company. Quite some interesting news, to say the least. First, Drew highlighted the launch of their latest theme called Portfolio. It’s a $68 premium WordPress theme that showcases your photos. I must say, it is…

WordPress Theme Sponsors Under SEO Attack by Google

Barry Schwartz of SERoundTable.com, a blog all about Search Engines, posted this morning that WordPress theme sponsors may be under attack from Google. Those links you see, either “Theme sponsored by…” or “Designed by…” may be getting a downgraded authority because of those links. I know that for a fact, some sites like StudioPress or…

The Plugins and Code Behind WPForce 2.0

Earlier this month, I launched the second version of WPForce. Here is the nitty-gritty of what went into building the second version of this site. Choosing a Framework (and a theme) The first version of WPForce was built on the Genesis Framework created by StudioPress. Since I found it so easy to work with, I…

WordPress Hosting Survey by Joost

Joost, who runs Yoast.com (the term Yoast is help the English-speaking folks actually pronounce his name right ;), is running a WordPress hosting survey to figure out from the community which webhost people recommend. He’s particularly looking for people in Europe to fill it out, which isn’t a surprise since Joost lives in the Netherlands.…