WordCamp San Diego 2015 – Vetting Plugins

Today I had the honor to talk about a topic dear to me at WordCamp San Diego, Vetting Plugins. This talk provides a quick overview of what plugins are and how to know the plugin you’re installing is the right one for you. If you’re new to WordPress or shopping for a plugin yourself check… Continue reading

Handling HHVM Crashes with NGINX

If you’re looking to speed up your WordPress (or any PHP) website HHVM is one of the best things you can implement. HHVM is a PHP engine, designed by Facebook, that compiles the PHP on your site into a C++ binary allowing it to run at a deeper level than traditional PHP engines. This can offer quite… Continue reading

My Development Toolbox – 2015

I’m a bit of a tool junky. Up until recently I had over 150 apps installed on my computer to handle all the little nuances of development. Frankly it was overkill. The truth is I only really need a few different apps as long as I learn them well. About once a year I take… Continue reading

Moving On To New Endeavors

“All good things must come to an end.” Last week this quote meant more to me than most as I turned over the reins to the Better WP Security/iThemes Security project that I had been building since 2010. I am proud to say that as of the 23rd of this month I am now a… Continue reading

This Site is Finally All HTTPS

While it took me a while to implement, I’m happy to say this site is now running completely on HTTPS with a new stack behind it which, with a little luck, will make it both more secure and faster when I get the bugs worked out.

Creating a Dev Environment – The Austin WordPress Meetup

Last night I had the opportunity to present on creating a local development environment for the Austin WordPress Meetup. The talk focused primarily on tools new developers can use to get started working from their own machine such as MAMP, Coda and others. Check out the slides below for a full list of tools as… Continue reading