July 7, 2014 | Posted by Rachel Gillevet | Monthly Roundups

The Monthly Round-up: June’s Best Web Design/Development, CMS, and Security Content

The Monthly Round-up: June’s Best Web Design/Development, CMS, and Security Content

Each month we gather up the most interesting and engaging web design/development, CMS, and security articles so you can read them at your convenience. Here are the best stories and most interesting news from June. 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

How Apps Overthrew Web Development and Changed the Internet – Ever since Tim Berners-Lee decided to organize information and make it accessible through the now ubiquitous Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), humans have been forever changed by the Internet.

What Is The Most Underrated Word In Web Design? – An “affordance” is a perceived signal or clue that an object may be used to perform a particular action. A chair sits at around knee height and appears to provide support. It affords sitting. A toothbrush has a handle a little longer than the human palm. It affords gripping.

An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Swift – In case you haven’t heard, Apple just introduced a new language for iOS and OSX developers called Swift. It has come to light that Swift was in the works since 2010, which is 2 years after the first SDK was released. Apple saw the limitations of Objective-C which is almost 30 years old and decided it was time for a change.

SEO for Web Designers: Best Practices – As web designers, are we diametrically opposed to search engine optimization? We know that, at its center, web design is about elevating bland information on a screen into something aesthetically delightful and intuitively recognizable.

9 Things I Learned as a Software Engineer – Three years ago I was working in a neuroscience lab in Barcelona, busy putting electrodes on people and teaching classes on cognitive systems. Today I design and write software for a living.

What % of STEM Should Be Computer Science? – Not a day goes by that I don’t read an article or speech about the need to invest in “STEM” education, to invest in our future, for our students, for our national competitiveness, etc.

100+ Questions You Must Ask When Developing A Web Site – As a long-time web marketer (since 1998 — that’s like 160 internet years!), I’m a bit of a stickler for things that impact my online marketing efforts. Aside from actual on-page optimization and linking efforts, there is nothing that impacts a site’s performance more than the development and design.

5 Golden Rules for Great Web API Design – Ever found yourself wondering “what were they thinking?” when integrating a web service via its API? If not, you’ve been far luckier than I have. Any software developer knows how easy it is to let a project devolve into spaghetti code, and web APIs are no less prone to resulting in a tangled web.

Content Management Systems

3 Open Source Content Management Systems Compared – Whether you need to set up a blog, a portal for some specific usage, or any other website, which content management system is right for you? is a question you are going to ask yourself early on.

The 10 Most Popular WordPress Plugins – Ever since launching in 2003, WordPress has become the go-to publishing platform that has been downloaded well over 60 million times. But, what makes everyone from CNN to TechCrunch to TED to the NFL use this extremely popular blogging service?

Scoop: A Glimpse Into the NYTimes CMS – You know the importance of technology to the future of journalism has become a widely accepted fact when a prominent editor decides to join a new company because of its content management system.

Migrating The World’s Largest Website onto Drupal – Weather.com – At Drupalcon, we had the opportunity to share with the community a case study featuring The Weather Channel (TWC), which has one of the most highly visited web sites in the world (www.weather.com). And, it’s certainly among the largest Drupal sites under development.

An Extended Interview With WordPress Creator Matt Mullenweg – I sat down with Matt Mullenweg, the founder and CEO of WordPress’ parent company, Automattic, for an extended interview in March, just ahead of the company’s $160 million financing round a month later, which valued the company at $1.16 billion. (Apologies for posting this so long after the fact.)


The Not-So-Secret Art of Creating a Secure Password You Can Remember – How do you balance the necessity of highly secure passwords with the utility of easily recalling them all? It’s a question I mull each and every time a security breach happens.

Raising Lazarus – The 20 Year Old Bug that Went to Mars –  It’s rare that you come across a bug so subtle that it can last for two decades. But, that’s exactly what has happened with the Lempel-Ziv-Oberhumer (LZO) algorithm.

How an Independent Reporter Broke the Target Security Breach Story, and at What Risk – Brian Krebs, 41, of KrebsOnSecurity.com, sits at his Northern Virginia home office, showing me his daily routine. A shotgun in a case leans against the corner of the room. On his desk sit four busy computer monitors and two laptops.

The Net’s Dark Side: Watch People Try to Hack Each Other, Live – The rise of the internet has given rise to a new battlefield. Whether across the country or across the world, hackers work to penetrate the digital defenses of nations, corporations, organizations and individuals.

Hackonomics: Cybercrime’s Cost to Business – They say “crime pays” — but we can be certain the paychecks for cybercrime come right out of the pockets of every business with a digital footprint.

And this month we’ll leave you with a floppy drive playing a rousing rendition of “The Sound of Silence.”

Image via Flickr/CGP Grey