Distributed teams, different geographies, and complex dynamics are redefining the modern workday. Soon, “job perks” like flexible hours and work-from-anywhere will become table-stakes benefits that every company needs to offer to stay competitive.
WordPress.com’s parent company Automattic has long been ahead of this curve, growing a global software company of more than 850 people across 68 countries with no central office. Along the way, we’ve found that many business products are still locked into old assumptions about how a company runs, so we had to build our own internal tools to work the way we want. Now, we’re making these tools available to like-minded companies who need a better way to work.
Today Automattic is announcing Happy Tools, a suite of products for the future of work. Each product in Happy Tools has been used internally at Automattic to grow our company.
The suite is launching with Happy Schedule, a new take on workforce management. Designed to handle the complexities that come up when business goals are planned around real-world schedules, it helps you treat your employees like humans instead of resources. Using Happy Schedule, Automattic is able to plan 24/7 customer support while offering flexible working hours to our 300+ Happiness Engineers spanning many timezones.
Happy Schedule helps you meet coverage goals across a distributed team.
Happy Schedule is just the start. Over the coming years Automattic will release more of its internal applications into Happy Tools, with smart integrations between the products that make them even better when used together.
We hope that by offering Happy Tools, even more forward-thinking companies will be able to move to a new way of working with customer support, internal communication, and people-management.
You can get a 30-day free trial of Happy Tools when you sign up for a Happy Schedule demo at https://happy.tools.
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WordPress 5.2 is targeted for release at the end of this month, and with it comes an update to the minimum required version of PHP. WordPress will now require a minimum of PHP 5.6.20.
Beginning in WordPress 5.1, users running PHP versions below 5.6 have had a notification in their dashboard that includes information to help them update PHP. Since then, the WordPress stats have shown an increase in users on more recent versions of PHP.
The dashboard widget users see if running an outdated version of PHP
Why You Should Update PHP
If your site is running on an unsupported version of PHP, the WordPress updater will not offer WordPress 5.2 to your site. If you attempt to update WordPress manually, that update will fail. To continue using the latest features of WordPress you must update to a newer version of PHP.
When updating to a new version of PHP, WordPress encourages updating to its recommended version, PHP 7.3. The PHP internals team has done a great job making its most recent version the fastest version of PHP yet. This means that updating will improve the speed of your site, both for you and your visitors.
This performance increase also means fewer servers are needed to host websites. Updating PHP isn’t just good for your site, it also means less energy is needed for the 1-in-3 sites that use WordPress, so it’s good for the planet.
How to Update PHP
If you need help updating to a new version of PHP, detailed documentation is available. This includes sample communication to send to your host for them to assist you. Many hosting companies have published information on how to update PHP that is specific for them.
5.6 now, but soon 7+
This is the first increase in PHP required version for WordPress since 2010, but may not be the only increase in 2019. The WordPress core team will monitor the adoption of the most recent versions of PHP with an eye towards making PHP 7+ the minimum version towards the end of the year.
Update PHP today, so you can update WordPress tomorrow!
When you put together a website, one of the first things that you will have to take care of is the domain name registration. This can be a complicated process, especially when it comes to renewing the registration at regular intervals.
But some people may be asking themselves if it is easier and cheaper to take care of the registration on your own or to handle the paperwork yourself. As with many things, that’s a complicated question with a few different things to consider.
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Drupal is a secure CMS used by almost 3% of websites worldwide. Since its creation in 2000, the web application has seen limited vulnerabilities when compared with other popular CMS platforms. For this reason, organizations around the world have decided to rely on Drupal to provide them with the site foundation they need to remain… Continue reading →
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Web Hosting Directory and Review site www.FindMyHost.com released the April Editor’s Choice Awards for 2019 today. Web Hosting companies strive to provide their customers with the very best service and support. We want to take the opportunity to acknowledge the hosts per category who have excelled in their field. The FindMyHost Editors’ Choice Awards are chosen based on Editor and Consumer Reviews.
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WordPress reached a significant milestone this month. With some exciting developments in Core, an interesting new proposal, and the return of a valuable global event, March was certainly an interesting time.
WordPress Now Powers One-Third of the Web
WordPress’ market share has been steadily increasing, and as of halfway through this month, it powers over one-third of the top 10 million sites on the web (according to W3Techs, which tracks usage statistics for all major web platforms).
This growth of WordPress is only made possible by the large team of volunteers working to build the project and community. If you would like to get involved in building the future of WordPress, then check out the Make network for a contributor team that fits your skill set.
WordPress 5.2 is on the Way
WordPress 5.1.1 was released this month, with 14 fixes and enhancements, and the Core team is now focusing on the next major release, version 5.2. This release will include some great new features, along with the latest updates to the block editor.
One of the most anticipated new features is the improved fatal error detection – this was removed from v5.1 shortly before release so that it could be improved and made more secure for this release. Along with that, PHP 5.6 is going to become the minimum required PHP version for WordPress, a significant step towards a more modern web and updated coding standards.
WordPress 5.2 is now in beta and you can test it by installing the Beta Tester plugin on any WordPress site.
Want to get involved in building WordPress Core? Follow the Core team blog and join the #core channel in the Making WordPress Slack group.
Proposal for a Central Block Directory
With blocks becoming the new way to manage content in WordPress, more and more types of blocks are being developed to cater for different use cases and content types. In an effort to make it easier for content creators to find these block types, there is a proposal for a new type of plugin and a directory to handle it.
The proposal outlines a new type of WordPress plugin that provides blocks and nothing else, named Single Block Plugins. The primary benefit would be to provide content creators with individual pieces of functionality and new types of blocks without the need to search for and install new plugins.
Want to get involved in shaping this new type of plugin? Join in the conversation on the proposal post, follow the Meta team blog, and join the #meta channel in the Making WordPress Slack group.
Global WordPress Translation Day is Back
On 11 May 2019, the fourth Global WordPress Translation Day will take place. This is a 24-hour global event dedicated to the translation of all things WordPress, from core to themes, plugins to marketing.
Over the course of 24 hours, WordPress communities will meet to translate WordPress into their local languages and watch talks and sessions broadcast on wptranslationday.org. During the last Global WordPress Translation Day, 71 local events took place in 29 countries, and even more communities are expected to take part this time.
Want to get involved in the Global WordPress Translation Day? Find out how to organize a local event, apply to be a speaker, follow the updates on the Polyglots team blog, and join the #polyglots channel in the Making WordPress Slack group.
Gutenberg Development Continues
With the block editor in WordPress Core, the team has been able to focus on adding some frequently requested features. Version 5.3 of Gutenberg, released this month, includes a new block manager modal, the ability to nest different elements in the cover block, and some UI tweaks to improve the hover state of blocks.
Want to get involved in developing Gutenberg? Check out the GitHub repository and join the #core-editor channel in the Making WordPress Slack group.
The PHP upgrade notice in WordPress 5.1 has already had a hugely positive effect on thousands of websites.The Theme Review Team has released their useful Theme Sniffer plugin on the Plugin Directory to help theme developers build more standards-compliant themes.The Polyglots team has started a discussion about the best way to localize WordPress user documentation.The schedule for WordCamp Europe 2019 has been published – the event takes place on June 20-22.A new `wp_body_open` hook has been added to Core in version 5.2, providing more power and flexibility for theme developers.The dates and location of WordCamp for Publishers 2019 have been announced.In a milestone achievement for inclusivity, more than 50% of all speakers at WordCamp Miami were women.
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In 2018 Google seemed to be rewarding sites with depth and breadth of content more than ever. Does your site measure up?
In this episode of the award-winning Here’s Why digital marketing video series, Eric Enge explains why a user needs analysis can reveal content gaps that are hurting your SEO and show you how to perform such an analysis for your site.
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Mark: Eric, what is a user needs analysis?
Eric: Great question, Mark. So, the basic idea when the user needs analysis is to try to assess in detail what users are looking for on a site like yours. So, what are their real needs.
This goes much deeper than researching the top keywords that people search on. The concept instead is to focus on developing a very broad and deep content experience on your site that meets a wide range of user needs.
Mark: Eric, I’ve heard you say in the past that much of this has to do with the Google algorithm updates in 2018. Can you elaborate on that a little bit?
Eric: Sure, happy to.
First of all, Google did many very important updates in 2018, beginning all the way back in March and throughout the year. One of the big areas they focused on was better understanding user intent. So, I have a classic example where looking at a digital camera search result in February versus what it looks like in October, we had a shift that had two digital camera review sites versus two e-tail sites, and by the end of the year was just four e-tail sites, massive change in the overall intent.
So, that’s one of the things that Google did. But they also changed a lot, in my opinion, on how they’re evaluating the breadth and depth of content. I saw many sites that saw huge upticks in traffic. And these were sites that were publishing a really significant volume of quality content. And then we saw some sites take a major beating. And these were sites that in our opinion lost because of the quality of their content.
Mark: Can you expand on the rationale behind this analysis?
Eric: Sure. Imagine that you have 100 users come to your site after entering a keyword at Google. Let’s for example say the keyword is “Digital Cameras.” If you asked them all to provide the top five to ten things they’re looking for, some might mention storage, others might discuss zoom capabilities, some might have a specific brand in mind.
Yet others may be more concerned with reviews or learning about photography even. Chances are that no two people will provide the exact same list. And if you summed up all the different choices people make, I bet you’re going to get about 500 different choices.
Eric: The right idea from a planning point of view is to produce content that addresses a large array of those needs.
Mark: How do you perform the analysis that you’re talking about?
Eric: There are many good data sources to tap into.
First, model the personas of your target audience. Get a sense for who they are and how they think. So, a small business owner versus somebody in a large corporation in a marketing department versus consumer: they all have very different mindsets. Understand what your customer base is like.
Then talk to your product designers; figure out what was in their brain when they were making their decisions. Next talk to your customer service people and find out what the most common user questions are.
Also, just to get old fashioned about it from an SEO perspective, go to Google, type the phrase in, and look at Google Suggest and the People Also Ask results and see what you see there. Oh, and by the way, if you could do the survey I suggested at the beginning, do it.
Mark: What do you do with this analysis once you have it?
Eric: You’re going to use it to inform your content plan. You want to build out a map for your content, an editorial calendar that covers as large an array of all the identified needs as possible. Get related content created by true subject matter experts and make it really easy for people to find on your site. And of course, like in all good content marketing, make sure the world knows about it.
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Amazon Web Services recently selected Singapore-based Racker Hitesh Bhardwaj to be an AWS Partner Network Ambassador. The accolade reinforces Rackspace Asia’s in-house technical prowess and expertise. Hitesh brings in-depth AWS knowledge and a passion for solving companies’ challenges with technology, making him a natural fit as an expert and ambassador. He has attained multiple AWS […]
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There are many options that come with creating a website using a platform such as InMotion Hosting’s website builder. One of the great things about such a system is the way that you can combine both a professional website builder and a hosting platform that can take that website and get it out to the public with high speeds and great uptime rates.
Choosing a Great Website Builder
If you are creating a website for your business, you want to make the process as easy as possible so that you can move on to the important work of running your business.
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If you’ve got a NAS (network attached storage) device at home, you know how great they are.
These mini-computers full of hard drives live on your home network, ready and waiting to store and share all of your music, photos, and other media. You can grant access to yourself, your friends, your family, or everyone on the planet using any number of different apps!
While NAS devices themselves are extremely fault-tolerant, that doesn’t mean that they could survive . . . a flood. Or a fire. A Godzilla foot would definitely destroy all your data.
That’s why you should back up your NAS regularly. Synology has made this easy by providing powerful backup tools in their line of NAS devices.
Today we’ll look at setting up Synology’s Hyper Backup app, and we’ll be using it to back up the contents of our Synology device to DreamHost’s DreamObjects cloud storage service.
You’ll first need to create a private “bucket” on DreamObjects — this where your data will live. Doing this is quick and easy, and at the end of the process, you’ll have three things: a public key, a secret key, and a bucket name.
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The process to create a bucket on the DreamObjects control panel is pretty straightforward, but if you need a little hand-holding, our knowledge base has got you covered: DreamHost Knowledge Base: What is DreamObjects?
Once you’ve got your bucket created, log in to your Synology device’s web interface, also known as DSM.
Click over to the Package Center, navigate to the “Hyper Backup” app, and click to Install/Open it.
If you’ve just installed Hyper Backup, navigate to your list of installed apps where you’ll see that it now sits proudly under a spotlight, awaiting your click.
Launch Hyper Backup.
The first thing you’ll be asked is which where you’d like your backups to live. Navigate to “S3 Storage.”
Why S3? Simple! DreamObjects is compatible with S3’s API, meaning that just about any app written for AWS S3 will work flawlessly with DreamObjects.
Select “Custom Server URL” for your S3 Server. Your server address should be “objects-us-east1.dream.io” and your signature version can be v4. Once you provide your access key (public key) and secret key, all of your available DreamObjects buckets will populate the dropdown list. Select the one that you want to use (you might only have one.) The “Directory” will be a directory that lives at the top level of your bucket, and you can name it whatever you like.
Now you’ll need to tell Hyper Backup which directories to include in this backup task.
If you want to back up the settings and data from any of Synology’s own applications, you can do that as well on the next screen.
You’ll now need to give this backup task a name so that you’ll be able to quickly identify it in the future. You’ll also need to choose how often you’d like the backup to run.
Finally, you’ll need to determine your rotation settings. This is important. If you allow your backups to run every week, for example, you’ll end up with 52 backups by the end of the year, and you’ll end up paying for all 52 of them. That’s probably not what you want.
What you select on this screen is up to you, but here’s the official word from Synology on how their Rotation Settings work.
If all goes as planned, you should now see a screen like this:
Whatever data you’ve selected from your NAS is now being backed up to DreamObjects! You can now kick back and never worry about having to retrieve it until you have to!
If all goes well, you’ll see this:
If you ever have a need to restore your data, just launch Hyper Backup and click this little fella to get started:
Alternately, you can use Synology’s standalone utility, Hyper Backup Explorer to retrieve individual files buried within your backups as well.
Backups automated with tools like Hyper Backup and DreamObjects can be key to ensuring the security of your data in a world full of ransomware, random hardware failures, and natural disasters. Be prepared!
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Want to DIY your SEO? Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as you might think. In fact, you can get the same results that the pros do, right from the comfort of your living room – if you know what you’re doing.
In this article, we’re going to walk you through optimizing your website so you can get the search engine results you want – and we’re going to assume you already have the basics down (for instance, you know what a keyword is) so we can dive in a little deeper.
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If you want to set up your own website, be it for a business or a personal site, then you need to spend some time doing your homework on website hosting services. This is one of the most important decisions that you will make because it can have an impact on your website in many ways including security, speed, set-up/support, and control.
What Difference Does Website Hosting Make For You?
By taking the time to educate yourself about the options and realizing why you need website hosting to begin with, you will be able to make those choices that will define your website and set it on the road to success.
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Is your church badly in need of building an online presence to gain more attention and attract more attendees? You certainly aren’t alone in this endeavor. Most churches have the same problem: how to create a website on a small budget.
Traditionally, designing a website was a considerable investment. However, with the tools and options available today, churches can easily build an impressive website without breaking the bank. In fact, we recommend that you jot down “create WordPress website” into your plans for this year.
Continue reading Why Creating a WordPress Website Is the Best Option for Your Church at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.
Welcome to this week’s edition of the Social Media Marketing Talk Show, a news show for marketers who want to stay on the leading edge of social media. On this week’s Social Media Marketing Talk Show, we explore Instagram’s new in-app checkout and polling in sponsored stories with our special guest, Rebekah Radice. Watch the […]
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Modern-day businesses are beginning to realize the importance of agile hosting services. It has become evident that the quality of hosting will determine the success of several crucial parameters such as SEO, bounce rate reduction, customer retention, and to an extent even the sales numbers. Given the relevance of these factors in determining the success of any business, companies have begun to look for faster and better hosting services.
Gone are the days when companies would rely solely on the options provided by their website developers. Today, companies research the best possible solutions and evaluate what may be ideal for them. While most organisations have already made the move from Shared to VPS Hosting, smart organizations are diving further to determine the benefits between SSD vs HDD VPS Hosting. Let us try to find out what is the difference between Solid-State Drive and Hard Disk Drive along with your best possible option.
Before we take a look at the difference between SSD and HDD, it is vital to understand the underlying working mechanism of both technologies. HDD is a decades-old technology based on the mechanism of vinyl records. The HDD drive stores data in patterns magnetically. It has a thin metal disk which rotates at 7200 RPM to record and read data. Each driver is equipped with sensors capable of reading the data and sending it back to the motherboard.
The problem, however, arises with the fact that the disk will approximately spin 3.8 billion times a year leading to wear & tear and eventually some mechanical failure. On the other hand, SDD does not contain any moving parts. It stores data on interconnected flash memory chips. It can be seen as an upsized and advanced version of the regular pen drives. SSD uses a NAND-based flash memory making it more secure even when the device is turned off.
The working mechanism plays a significant role in dictating the outcome of SSD vs HDD Speed tests. HDD is equipped with moving parts bringing lesser read speeds and write speed as compared to SSD. SSD with its NAND flash memory is capable of clocking substantially high read and write speeds. The rotational latency in HDD leads to lower speeds when compared to SSD.
It is obvious that hosting servers employing SSD will offer better speeds than service providers using HDD storage. A faster loading website will give a significant boost to your SEO and improve your Google ranking. Search engine algorithms give importance to the website loading time in determining the rankings. Google and other search engines rewards websites with faster loading times as it provides better customer experience.
A faster loading website also gives a better customer experience as they can navigate without any lag and waiting time. Also, with the attention span of viewers reducing with ever increasing internet speeds, you have a narrow window to attract a customer before they decide to switch to another website. Web hosting with SSD ensures that your customer is delighted to visit your site and use your product or services.
Data security is another crucial parameter that can severely affect your organization. The hosting servers are operational 24*7 which is different from the production environment. Overloading of hardware with I/O requests can lead to the failure of the hard disk. Such a failure could cause your website to go offline and raise uncertainty over the recovery of your data. While most data centres do keep a backup of the data, but there is always a possibility that you may lose some due to unforeseen circumstances. It is worth noting that the cost of data recovery with HDD is higher than that for SSD.
SSD comes with faster processing time reducing the risk of failure due to increased I/O requests. These also do not have any mechanical parts that could undergo wear & tear over a period of time and lead to mechanical failure. So, your data is extremely secure with SSD VPS hosting.
The usage of SSD drives in data centres results in lower power consumption when compared with the power consumed by the HDD drives. This is because the latter generates heat due to the mechanical moving parts and needs more energy to cool down. SSD drive, on the contrary, does not generate any such heat during its operation. Besides saving the environment, opting for SSD VPS hosting will also save your financial resources as the plans are comparatively cheaper.
The aforementioned benefits clearly indicate that hosting your website with SSD based VPS Hosting will have long-term benefits for your company. Although, it is essential for you to evaluate the needs of your organisation before switching to SSD VPS hosting. If you have an HTML based static site, you may not see substantial benefits. However, if your company has a high-performance website with heavy daily traffic, you will definitely benefit from SSD VPS Hosting.
It is worth noting that the prices of SSD drives have come down significantly in the past few years. These have ensured that many notable hosting service providers have switched to SSD storage. At Resellerclub, all our VPS Hosting plans from Standard to Elite come with SSD storage options. The SSD VPS Hosting plans offered by us provide storage space from 20-120 GB and an average OS boot time of 8-12 seconds.
SSD enables backup in about 6 hours, data access in 20 ms, spare up to 6% of CPU power and are less likely to fail. Unless the efforts required to switch out-weigh these benefits, you should switch to SSD Hosting. For any further assistance and to know more about the switching process, you can get in touch with our 24*7 support centre.
On March 28th, a set of vulnerabilities for Magento Core were disclosed, one of which can allow an unauthenticated visitor to execute a SQL injection attack. These vulnerabilities are addressed in the most recent Magento security update and affect the following versions: 1.9 (fixed in 126.96.36.199) 1.14 (fixed in 188.8.131.52) 2.1 (fixed in 2.1.17) 2.2… Continue reading →
So you’ve weighed your choices and decided Drupal is the best fit for you! As discussed in our recent Drupal Vs WordPress Cagematch, it takes a developer skill set to get the most out of Drupal. Even so, it can be worthwhile to explore Drupal and get an idea of what it has to offer.… Continue reading →
The server hosting world is quite varied and crowded with many companies rushing out with cheap and even “free” hosting options. Often, these cheap or free options are not all that they may appear to be.
On the other end of the spectrum is a server option that seems to be the choice of only the largest companies—the managed dedicated server.
Is Dedicated Server Hosting Right For You?
Businesses shouldn’t be afraid of upgrading to a managed dedicated server.
Continue reading Choosing the Right Fully Managed Dedicated Server Hosting at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.