Don’t Get Abandoned on WordPress 4.9.3
A pretty unfortunate and important issue happened when WordPress 4.9.3 was released a few days ago: it has an error that makes it impossible for WordPress to update itself again. After the error was understood, they stopped rolling out automatic updates. But that was after quite a few sites (speculatively: millions) had updated to it. That’s a problem. So, if you’re running 4.9.3 on any WordPress site, make sure that it (manually, perhaps) gets to WordPress 4.9.4. That’s crucial. Let’s explore why.
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.
What I’m Thankful For in WordPress: 2017 Edition
This year, it’s felt like change is in the air. The WordPress landscape seems to be shifting at the small-to-medium client level, with ever-stronger competitors driving attempted innovation within WordPress, while some giant players (huge hosting companies, “everything” themes) continue to gobble up huge numbers of the worst-informed customers and the rest of the marketplace starts to crunch.
SSH Access Using PuTTy: A Guide from SiteGround
Let’s Encrypt Has Issued More than 20 Million Free SSL Certificates
What do Let’s Encrypt’s 20 active million SSL certificates have in common? They’re all free.
Free E-Book: “Speed Matters: 21 Expert Tips to an Ultra-Fast WordPress Site”
SiteGround, our longtime favorite host ever (see our SiteGround review here), just published a free e-book on WordPress site speed. I’ve looked through it, and it’s wonderful advice. “Avoid Bloated Themes,” in particular, is a great mantra for a WordPress developer—not only because of site speed. Very worth checking out!
Free SSL For All: Interview on Let’s Encrypt with SiteGround’s Hristo Pandjarov
Blazing-Fast Dynamic Caching for WordPress: Interview with SiteGround’s Hristo Pandjarov
This week, we interview Hristo Pandjarov from SiteGround. Hristo is helping lead the development of SiteGround’s CachePress caching plugin (want to know how to use that? We explain here)—part of an innovative dynamic caching solution that uses Nginx as a reverse proxy to serve full pages from the server memory.