A curated list of those WordPress news and artifacts, bits and pieces that made it in the third week of February 2016. Leave a comment if you find we missed on something interesting or important, or for any reason whatsoever.
A secret stash of plugins — If you find that the official source of WordPress plugins just isn’t enough for your needs, you can always head over to Github. This blog post explains how to search Github for plugins, how to avoid the risks and how to find the golden nuggets you’re looking for. \wpmudev.org
Code Accounting — Technical debt is the single most significant source of uncontrolled cost in software development. If you pay for software development, you’re likely borrowing from a shadowy lender you never heard of. A guide to technical debt for non-technical people. Includes a video explanation. \pressupinc.com
More than a fistful of dollars — What’s your host like? How can you compare hosting plans across such a wide variety of providers? What should you be looking for? Does it really matter? The author of this extensive tutorial (free) on how to select a host for your blog does know the answers, apparently. \webdesign.tutsplus.com
How many acronyms must a man memorize — …before you can call him a man? The answer my friend is 3: SSL, HTTPS and TLS. Luckily they all refer to the same thing. And here’s a tutorial on how to get TLS up and running, hassle- and fee-free, for your WordPress site. \WPBeginner.com
HTTP/2 and HTTPS too — HTTP/2 is coming fast, and you can’t ignore it much longer. If you like to read, the hop over to this article on Smashing Mag for a complete overview of HTTP/2. If you’d rather listen and are familiar with the concepts, then give these guys’ podcast a listen.
Pingback or not — The W3C is apparently working on Webmention, a specification that very closely resemble WordPress’ Pingback functionality. The same functionality that security experts recommend you disable in its current form. Now if you’re confused, you’re not the only one. \itpro
E-commerce Checklists — If you’re bidding on, or planning to release an E-commerce site, then here’s a few things to consider, along with a few ideas on how to extend the product pages with engaging resources.
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