Week in review: VIP learning, Javascript pervasiveness, and changing lives with WordPress
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Week in review: VIP learning, Javascript pervasiveness, and changing lives with WordPress

Welcome to the second “Week in Review” on Post Status, where I hope to offer up some of the things you may have missed in the last week or so. WP Sessions VIP My friend Brian Richards is going full-force with WP Sessions and its new VIP offering. WP Sessions is a great way to…

Evermore, hosted WordPress with power and ease of use
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Evermore, hosted WordPress with power and ease of use

Finally, finally someone has done it. They’ve combined the power of self-hosted WordPress with the ease of hosted WordPress.com. Evermore is WordPress for everyone. It comes with “the most important functionality built in.” There aren’t loads of tiny upsells like other hosted services (I’m looking at you, WordPress.com), and there are only two plans. It…

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Impressions from a Drupal professional new to WordPress

Josh Koenig is aΒ co-founder of Pantheon, the Drupal hosting platform turned Drupal and WordPress hosting platform. I interviewed Josh when they launched their WordPress product in March, and also wrote about their Series B financing round of $21.5 million. In a recent post on the Pantheon blog, Josh — a ten year veteran of the…

Image optimization and automation in WordPress

Matt Cromwell compares a few different image optimization methodsΒ for WordPress sites, including EWWW Image Optimizer, manual optimization, and WPInject. Matt also mentions the WP Smush.it plugin, but interestingly, implies that it produces results similar to EWWW, only less effective. I would’ve liked to see it included as well, since it’s such a widely used plugin….

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WordPress 3.8.2, 3.7.2, and 3.9 Release Candidate 1 have been released

All of your websites are ready for updates. There is a security and maintenance release ready for WordPress 3.8.2 and WordPress 3.7.2. It’s being released for both 3.7 and 3.8 due to the auto-updating feature released in WordPress 3.7. One of the items updated was to address the processing of pingbacks. The fix is identical…

Pantheon for WordPress: a website hosting and management platform
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Pantheon for WordPress: a website hosting and management platform

Pantheon is a website development, deployment, and hosting platform. But they aren’t just any host. They like to think of their product as a hosting killer, because in their mind, they do much more than just hosting. I heard about Pantheon for the first time last year, when it was a Drupal-only platform. When Pantheon…

PushUp offers push notification integration for WordPress and Mac OS X
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PushUp offers push notification integration for WordPress and Mac OS X

PushUp is a new product from 10up that offers push notification integration between WordPress and Mac OS X Mavericks. Currently, only Safari is supported and users must opt-in by viewing a website in Safari, where they are greeted by a popup that prompts them to enable push notifications from a specific website: If a site…

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Why we don’t use a CDN: A story about SPDY and SSL

A great post from Zack Tollman at The Theme Foundry on why defaulting to what most consider best practices can sometimes be detrimental to performance. Using a CDN (content delivery network) for the new site was a forgone conclusion, as we assumed it would help us speed things up. But, after testing with a few…

OptinMonster aims to be the dominant WordPress conversion plugin
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OptinMonster aims to be the dominant WordPress conversion plugin

WordPress lead generation or conversion plugins are not typically my type of thing. In fact, I’ve hated every instance I’ve ever seen of them. But Syed Balkhi and Thomas Griffin have created OptinMonster, their take on a WordPress conversion plugin that I don’t hate. That’s a strong compliment for this kind of plugin from me….

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