The Saga Continues
WordPressWordPress was borne of initial idea seeding via B2 (Cafelog) in 2001, which was launched by Michael Valdrighi. In 2003, cofounders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little forked B2 and created WordPress, an Open Source blogging and now content management system estimated to power the largest number of websites of any individual product (20%). Through the largest thriving community of any website management system, WordPress has grown to include theme designers, plugin developers, webmasters and site developers. With the power of participants, WP now can power anything from small individual blogs to large multi-user social communities to business websites. Core contributing developers include Ryan Boren, Mark Jaquith, Matt Mullenweg, Andrew Ozz, Peter Westwood and Andrew Nacin. WordPress has just recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary.
WPCommunityWPCommunity.com was started as an extension of Web Developer Tom Ford who found WordPress in the early days looking for a solution to power a group of large websites that had outgrown their flat HTML infrastructure. Needing more features, WordPress was chosen based on another user who was kind enough to put together a comparison chart of several platforms, with detailed information. The way this individual was able to present this side by side comparison using WordPress ultimately led to giving it a shot...which led to massive experimentation to the different things it could do. The heavy and growing demand for assistance led to offering such, bringing us to today. Tom Ford has contributed to various other development agencies including TC Websites, WPMU.org and WPML. (as well as solving countless technical issues and working through many full website builds).
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- SEP 23, 2014
WPTAVERN: ITHEMES SUFFERS SECURITY BREACH, CUSTOMERS URGED TO RESET PASSWORDS
iThemes published details on a security breach that took place earlier today. According to the announcement, after noticing suspicious activity, they noticed a signification attack on their membership database. iThemes urges all customers to reset their passwords immediately. To protect accounts from any unauthorized access, iThemes has temporarily reset all user passwords. To regain access to your account, you’ll need to reset your password.
The attackers could gain access to the following customer data:
- Email address
- First and last name (if you set it)
- IP address
- The names of products you purchased
- Coupon codes you might have used
- Access times
- Payment receipt information (but no other payment info)
Since a third-party payment processor is used, credit card information is not at risk of being obtained. iThemes is working to figure out how the attack happened, ensure the security of the rest of their servers, and make sure the site is safe for visitors to browse. The team has outlined a three-step process towards accomplishing these tasks.
- We are performing a review / audit of our Information Technology (IT) Stack
- We are performing a review / audit of our Products and their code base
- We are reviewing and updating our Security Incident Response and Detection procedures
iThemes is partnering with security service company, Sucuri, to help with the discovery process. The CEO of iThemes, Cory Miller, concluded the announcement with the following statement.
I deeply apologize for this event. Security is a staple of the service and products we provide and I assure you we will do everything we can to analyze, understand how this occurred and seek to prevent it from happening again.
Know that your personal information is of the utmost priority to me and if you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.
Although no business owner wants to go through an experience like this, I give kudos to iThemes for being upfront and honest with their customers instead of waiting for days. If you’re an iThemes customer, please make the effort to change your password as soon as possible.SEP 23, 2014
WPTAVERN: ENVATO ON THE STATE OF WORDPRESS BLOGGING THEMES
Envato has a nice article covering the current state of WordPress blogging themes. The article does a nice job highlighting not only the styles over the years but the inspiration behind them as well. The design traits profiled include:
- Modern Single-Column Layout
- Traditional Two-Column Layout
- The Journal Layout
- The Masonry/Grid Layout
My favorite style is a toss-up between the journal and single-column layout. That’s why I’m psyched to see the Twenty Fifteen default theme go with a clean, two-column layout. I think a lot of sites will use it compared to Twenty Fourteen which was more of a magazine style. Here’s a look at the various styles used by default themes in WordPress over the years starting with Twenty Ten.TwentyTen TwentyEleven TwentyTwelve TwentyThirteen TwentyFourteen TwentyFifteen
Which style is your favorite and are you happy to see the Twenty Fifteen default theme go back to a more traditional two-column layout? What do you think the next WordPress theme design trend will be?