Posted on January 3, 2019Categories WordPressTags , , , ,   Leave a comment on WordPress.com Video UX Needs Work

WordPress.com Video UX Needs Work

For those that are not aware, Automattic and the entire WordPress “stack” have been moving more-and-more toward an all-inclusive SaaS model. At every turn Automattic’s Jetpack and WordPress users are pushed toward creating a WordPress.com account to manage “all WordPress affairs”. With the recent recommended to use the WordPress.com SaaS as a workaround to a partly (ok, mostly) broken video process in Jetpack, the message is clear — WordPress.com will be the hub for all things WordPress. The problem is … Continue reading “WordPress.com Video UX Needs Work”

Posted on January 2, 2019Categories WordPressTags , ,   Leave a comment on Automattic was not ready for WordPress 5

Automattic was not ready for WordPress 5

The problems with uploading Jetpack videos in WordPress 5 is just one example of many as to why I continue to recommend not upgrading to WordPress 5 at this time. It is clear that Matt and the folks at Automattic rushed WordPress 5 to market too quickly. Many seasoned WordPress developers including the folks at Yoast — asked Matt to wait. The ONLY reason they pushed WordPress 5 out to the public was to show it off at WordCamp US … Continue reading “Automattic was not ready for WordPress 5”

Posted on December 28, 2018Categories WordPressTags , , , 1 Comment on Uploading Jetpack Videos on WordPress 5

Uploading Jetpack Videos on WordPress 5

If you are uploading Jetpack videos on WordPress 5 you are going to need to go through some specific steps to get that to work. The built-in Video Block of WordPress 5 will not work. If you have not upgraded to WordPress 5 yet, don’t. Wait for WordPress 5.1. WordPress 5.0, 5.0.1, and 5.0.2 still have a myriad of high-importance bugs like disabling CSV imports and exports for many plugins.

Posted on December 18, 2018Categories Security, Security, Technology, WordPressTags , , ,   Leave a comment on WordPress Continues To Break Things In The Name Of Security

WordPress Continues To Break Things In The Name Of Security

In what has become a nearly annual tradition, WordPress has released yet another update that broke thousands of plugins across the Internet.    As usual, they claim this is in the best interest of security.  Thus the breaking change was done with ZERO notification to developers.   It was also forced onto most sites as a “security patch release” which will update any site that does not forcibly stop automatic updates. Communication From WordPress Core Is Horrid While I don’t have … Continue reading “WordPress Continues To Break Things In The Name Of Security”

Posted on December 10, 2018Categories WordPressTags , , , , 1 Comment on Should I Update To WordPress 5

Should I Update To WordPress 5

Should you update to WordPress 5? This is a question that has been asked thousands of times in the past week.    I have been asked at least a dozen times and every time my answer is the same.   NO. Unless WordPress automatically updates your site and it is more difficult to restore the prior 4.X release , then WAIT. While the WordPress 5.0 editor, the most obvious updated to WordPress in the 5 release, is definitely a step in … Continue reading “Should I Update To WordPress 5”

Posted on August 23, 2018Categories JavaScript, Plugin Development, Programming, Programming Languages, Technology, WordPressTags , , , , , ,   Leave a comment on Vue – JavaScript Library Outside Google/Facebook Control

Vue – JavaScript Library Outside Google/Facebook Control

Vue is running on several projects to create a better admin user experience. Vuetify is layered on top and baked into WordPress themes and plugins. You will need to add a little custom CSS to stop WordPress from stomping on the UX. You’ll also add a small localize script to seed Vue with relevant data from WordPress. A little REST applet to serve Vue requests and you get a fast good looking responsive app with far less effort than custom … Continue reading “Vue – JavaScript Library Outside Google/Facebook Control”

Posted on July 17, 2018Categories Programming, WordPressTags , ,   Leave a comment on WordPress Needs To Abandon PHP 5.2 Compatibility

WordPress Needs To Abandon PHP 5.2 Compatibility

As PHP continues its march into the future with improved support for objects, better memory management, and notable performance boosts WordPress seems to be dead-set in sticking to the “must support old technology no matter how bad it is”.    As of this writing, on the verge of the much-anticipated WordPress 5.0 release with the almost-modern reactive components interface — the past continues to hamper the technology by insisting on clinging to PHP 5.2 as the baseline version that plugins … Continue reading “WordPress Needs To Abandon PHP 5.2 Compatibility”

Posted on May 25, 2018Categories Technology, WordPressTags , , , ,   Leave a comment on Best WordPress Hosting Companies, Honestly

Best WordPress Hosting Companies, Honestly

Far too often people do NOT ask me, or my colleagues in the industry, whom they should use as a web hosting company.   Most business owners figure they are smart enough to at least select a host — especially when it comes to hosting a WordPress site. And they Google it. From the instant they made that decision they are screwed.   Web hosting is an insanely profitable business and as such it has attracted tech titans; companies with a couple … Continue reading “Best WordPress Hosting Companies, Honestly”

Posted on May 15, 2018Categories Plugin Development, WordPressTags , , , 3 Comments on Why WordPress REST Performance Sucks

Why WordPress REST Performance Sucks

WordPress REST performance sucks.   There, I said it.    Not because I dislike WordPress — in fact I think it is the best open source web application we have seen thus far.    It is a great piece of technology.    It even has the potential to be a great web application framework — in fact I use it for the Store Locator Plus managed service, MySLP. However, unless you are in 100% complete control of every component in the … Continue reading “Why WordPress REST Performance Sucks”