How You Can Be Better At Affiliate Marketing

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on November 20, 2014

Affiliate MarketingAlthough traditional optimization techniques have lost a lot of steam, they’re still an important part of maintaining a successful website. You’ve just got to use them a little differently to see any benefit from them, is all. Affiliate marketing, for example – a system by which a business rewards a partner for each conversion they generate – can help you build a valuable network of trusted associates and bring traffic which might otherwise not see your site Continue reading

Networking Basics: BGP And Routing Optimization

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on November 18, 2014

Networking BasicsNon-technical people tend to conceive of the Internet as one enormous entity, and, at a high enough level of abstraction, that is a useful model. But in reality, the Internet is composed of many smaller — although still very large — networks run by a multitude of different organizations. Every packet sent from a web hosting company like WiredTree has to find its way through one or more of these networks, which are often referred to as autonomous systems. Continue reading

The Most Significant Issue With SSL – And How To Solve It

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on November 13, 2014

Issues With SSLYou’ve probably heard the news by now – SSL is on its last legs. Apparently, it’s been dying for at least three years or so, ever since the announcement of the IPv6 Standard. The POODLE vulnerability, it’s been said, is the final nail in the coffin; the last in a rash of repeated, devastating security vulnerabilities.

It’s not entirely journalistic hype, truth be told. Continue reading

What To Do When Your WordPress Plugin Gets Popular: Eight Experts Weigh In

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on November 10, 2014

When Your Plugin Gets PopularSo, that plugin you made for WordPress has hit the “Most Popular” list. That’s great – but don’t kick back and rest on your laurels just yet. You’ve made a great plugin, but now it’s time for you to see to the really difficult part of development – your reputation.

How you handle yourself over the coming days, weeks, and months will shape the community’s perception of you as a developer. Mishandle your plugin now, and it could spell the end of your tenure as a WordPress developer. Kind of an intimidating prospect, isn’t it?

To help you avoid bungling things, we tapped a few of WordPress’s top developers to see what advice they could offer on getting – and staying – popular.

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October’s Best Web Design/Development, CMS, and Security Content from Around the Web

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on November 7, 2014

smiling pumpkinThere were some pretty scary Halloween costumes and haunted houses to be found last month, but in terms of striking fear into people, Drupal’s security vulnerability took the cake in October. While that was among the most important news stories in the past thirty days, and definitely is covered in the roundup, there was good news as well. HTML5 finally reached official status, so we do have that. In addition to those stories, we also gathered up the most interesting and engaging web design/development, CMS, and security articles from the past thirty days to get you caught up on what you may have missed. Enjoy and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google + for the same great content the rest of the year.

Web Design and Development

The Real World Guide to Responsive Design – Responsive design has been one of the cornerstones of 2014 digital strategies. Getting ‘it’ right across all devices is now critical to success with as much as 60% of traffic now coming from mobile. The question is how to do you ensure you create the right ‘experience’ for your customers and visitors?

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What Content Management System Is Best Suited For You?

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on October 23, 2014

What CMS Is BestIf you’re thinking of building a website, then a content management system is probably one of the best tools for the task. Simply install it on your server, and you’ll have access to a formidable array of features, all designed to make your users, content, and website easier to run. Truth be told, the most difficult task you’re probably going to face is figuring out which CMS is the best choice for your site.

See…you aren’t exactly facing a dearth of choices. There are countless scores of platforms on the web, all designed with different use cases in mind. It’s all too easy to become overwhelmed – after all, how do you know which one is the best option for your organization?   Continue reading

September’s Best Web Design/Development, CMS, and Security Content from Around the Web

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on October 17, 2014

timeThe biggest news since our last roundup was the discovery of the Shellshock Bash vulnerability. In this month’s post we’ve included a couple of articles on that subject including an interesting profile of the man who found the bug. In more recent security news, SSL has run into some trouble. But it’s not all bad news. CSS recently celebrated a twentieth birthday and Drupal 8 is on the horizon. So without further ado, here are the most interesting and engaging web design/development, CMS, and security articles from September and October to get you caught up. Enjoy and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google + for the same great content the rest of the year.

Web Design and Development

Pitfalls and Prizes of Ensuring Quality Mobile Apps – The Guardian’s QA team has worked extensively with native mobile apps for several years, so when we began working on the next generation of the Guardian’s app we were aware of the difficulties that we were going to face when testing and ensuring the quality of the app.

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Looking Forward To Drupal 8

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on October 16, 2014

Drupal 8 LogoIt’s been a long time coming, but beta releases for the newest version of the Drupal content management system and web framework have begun to be made available for download, so it’s a good time to take a look at what we can expect to see in the next version of one of the world’s most popular enterprise-grade CMSs. Drupal 8 has been gestating for a long time, and there are hundreds of new features, enhancements, and fixes to look forward to. Continue reading

How Can You Tell If A Managed Server Is The Right Choice?

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on October 7, 2014

Is Managed Server Right?So, you’ve finally determined that it’s high time your business sprang for a dedicated server. There’s just one problem – you’ve no idea whether your business should choose managed hosting or unmanaged. Truth be told, you aren’t even entirely certain what the difference is between the two.

Don’t worry, we can help. In today’s piece, we’re going to be taking a look at exactly what each term means. In so doing, we’ll help you determine which one your business should go with – and which one they should avoid. Continue reading

This Is Why Storing Passwords in Plain Text Isn’t Very Smart

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on October 3, 2014

Plain Text PasswordsStoring usernames and passwords in plain text is a bad idea. If the reason isn’t obvious, the reaction the iThemes plugin and WordPress services company received to its recent revelation that it was storing users’ passwords without any form of hashing should be instructive.

In the ancient prehistory of the internet, passwords were frequently stored in databases just as they were entered by users.  The internet has changed. Identity theft is big business and online service providers have a responsibility to ensure that they make it as difficult as possible for hackers to steal password databases. It’s not all that difficult to do. Every commonly used programing language includes functions for cryptographic hashing of strings of text. Continue reading