Author: Fred Meyer
WordPress is a Factory: A Technical Introduction
This is a chapter from our “learn WordPress development” guide Up and Running, about to launch in its revised and expanded 3rd Edition.
Unsplash: Beautiful, Free, Unrestricted-Use Images
I should spend more time talking to designers. An excellent designer I’m working with on a few projects noticed me Googling for a sample image to put into a new site design, and told me about Unsplash. It’s a major step up.
Using Beaver Builder to Create Medium-Like Layouts in WordPress
Beaver Builder is one of my all-time favorite additions to the WordPress ecosystem (see our full Beaver Builder review here). It’s the first drag-and-drop WordPress layout builder I can really recommend, and use without resentment on my own clients’ sites. Given how helpful a good WordPress layout builder is, that feels a bit like saying it’s the first working teleporter—a big deal.
“My Developer Ruined My Site’s SEO”: Three Huge SEO Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Far too often, a developer comes in to “modernize” a site—and ends up wrecking a thriving online business by ruining its SEO.
ReviewSignal Publishes its 2018 Hosting Benchmarks
Kevin Ohashi of Review Signal is a singular voice in hosting reviews. His annual Hosting Benchmarks is an immense resource of real data on how hosts actually perform, opinions and brand names aside. His just-published 2018 results are a treasure trove, with dozens of hosts analyzed by pricing tier and all kinds of load testing benchmarks. Highly recommended for data heads.
Post Status on Market Segmentation in WordPress
In this edition of their podcast, Brian Krogsgard and Brian Richards have a lot to say about how the WordPress market segments out. Starting around 12 minutes in, they download pure knowledge about the state of the market and the actors in it.
David Writes on Insecure PHP and WordPress Functions for Smashing Magazine
Your first million dollars. The game-winning catch. A guest post in Smashing Magazine. These are life’s moments of pure success, and David had one of them this week. We’ll keep you posted on the other two.
SiteGround Review: Why SiteGround Should Be Your First Choice for Shared Hosting in 2018
This SiteGround review has been updated for 2018. We changed WPShout’s web host to SiteGround in mid-2014. We wrote our first SiteGround review a few months later, and updated it in January 2016. This review is revised and expanded to incorporate two additional years of experience with SiteGround as our host.
Get Around Your ISP’s DNS Cache with Google’s Public DNS
If you’ve ever migrated a WordPress site to new hosting, you know that one of the many ways the process can turn confusing is DNS caching by your internet service provider (ISP). It looks as follows:
What to Build First: MVP vs. SLC
Jason Cohen, billionaire WP Engine founder and playboy, has one of the few blogs online that I can say I find truly important. (Edgy plot twist: it’s not on WordPress…?)