Link Category: Ideas
The Leaky Tech Pipeline
“How to Get Web Design Clients”
“How do I get clients?” This is the eat-or-don’t-eat question for any web developer—especially a freelancer, and especially a freelancer early in his or her career. If there were a magic answer, you’d have heard about it by now. But there is good advice to at least give structure and a system to the difficult task of finding your way in the marketplace.
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.
Mika Epstein’s Case Against Security Plugins
I made a whole course about WordPress security last year. So I’ve got some opinions on how and what it means to keep a WordPress site secure. I think I won’t fully endorse Mika’s whole argument—I think there are clear benefits to the fully featured WordPress security plugins she’s writing against. But that said, I think she makes a very good point that real time and thought is better than some false sense of security from something that claims to do it all. As she says:
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…?)
Conditions for Gutenberg’s Success
Whether if lands in your dashboard now, or in April, or next year, there’s no doubt that the new WordPress editor that is Gutenberg will really shake things up. There’s a lot of dust that still hasn’t settled, and lots of opinions swirling about what it all means. (Fred’s good and thorough take is: “This Changes Everything: Gutenberg is Good Now”.)
This Code Sucks: A Story About Non-violent Communication
Yesterday I stumbled over this talk by Nadia Odunayo while on Twitter. It highlights to things I care about a lot, being nice and talking about feelings. What her short (under 20 minute) talk does a great job of covering is the high-level of what Non-violent Communication is, how it differs from what most people are used to, and why it matters.
Don’t Cache WP_Query Objects (and Why Not)
Recently, I was working on site speed for a client with one page that makes a large number of custom database queries through WordPress’s WP_Query API.