• WordCamp 2020: On Stage in Phoenix as the Self Documenting Developer

    The recent WordCamp Phoenix was once again a vibrant, community-focused event that was packed with useful content and friendly people. I was thrilled to speak on stage as a software developer to a great crowd of my fellow WordPress and engineer peers about documentation from a developer’s perspective, and how documentation has evolved over the

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  • WordPress Security Updates: Jan 2020

    WordPress Security and Maintenance Releases: 5.2.4, 5.3.1, and 5.3.2 Pagely customers were spared issues from bugs introduced in the 5.3.0 release as, due to the proximity to the holidays, we didn’t upgrade our customers to 5.3 until early January. All Pagely customers received security patches for vulnerabilities identified in WordPress Core before 5.2.4 for the

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  • Pagely’s Lizzie Kardon Interviewed by NBC on the TODAY Show

    Today I went on national television to represent over 500 women in tech because it’s time to close the pay gap and start paying people what they’re worth. The tech industry has long been dominated by men, with only 25% of the workforce being made up of women. Yes, this isn’t a new conversation. Women

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  • The Short History of Unauthenticated Site Options Update Vulnerabilities

    Over recent years Pagely’s security team noticed a trend in WordPress related attacks targeting unauthenticated changes to a WordPress website’s options table. The attack is specific to WordPress, but in its boiled down essence, this vulnerability would fall under Broken Access Controls/Elevation of Privilege (OWASP Top 10, 2017 A5). In laypersons terms: the application lacks

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  • Exploring Microservices Architecture: What You Need to Know

    Microservice Architecture (a.k.a. “Microservices”) is a method of developing software focused on building single-function modules. The term was coined in 2011 and the microservice approach quickly gained steam near the end of 2013: The advancement of microservices was driven, in part, by tech giants like Netflix, Amazon, Twitter, Google, and Uber evangelizing its benefits. What’s

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  • An Introduction to Amazon EC2

    “The cloud” changed the game so much, and so quickly, it’s difficult to remember what things were like before it arrived. But, not that long ago, getting server resources meant buying or leasing an actual box off the rack of a server farm. It wasn’t instant. It wasn’t cheap. And it usually required a great

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  • Can WordPress Developers and Security Researchers get along?

    The relationship between WordPress developers and security researchers has been strained for some time now. Recently it is so bad that vulnerability reporters are going rogue which is affecting site owners. In the past months we’ve seen multiple researchers drop 0-day information (vulnerability details with no current patch available) which has resulted in our security

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  • Exploring Data Reliability Within WordPress

    Site reliability is generally talked about less often than other performance indicators, like page speed. With many web hosts offering multiple 9’s of guaranteed uptime, it’s become less of a ‘hot’ topic and more of the norm that your site will be up 99.99x percent of the time. But what many people don’t realize is

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  • Make Your WordPress Website Faster with the Smush Image Optimization Plugin

    A fast loading website has many benefits for both you as a website owner and your visitors. Slow site speeds have been shown to not only hamper the user experience, resulting in reduced conversion rates and higher bounce rates, but it can also negatively affect the position of your website in the search engines results

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  • An Introduction to Amazon RDS

    As innovators in the hosting space, we’re constantly testing hardware and software solutions here at Pagely to find the optimum balance between price and performance for the unique demands of WordPress. Through all of that testing, Amazon RDS emerged as the clear winner for our database solution. We’ve built our hosting solution on it so

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