Welcome to the RunCloud RunDown once again, and we are back to our normal weekly schedule.
In the RunCloud Blog this week Liew has been investigating the lesser-known, but still high quality, WordPress security plugins that are available for free.
In other news, Google has deepened its support for open source by becoming a Platinum Member (sponsor) of the Linux Foundation, Digital Ocean have released their Quarterly ‘Currents’ report that looks at trends in the developer community, GitLab are beginning their migration away from Microsoft’s Azure infrastructure to the Google Cloud Platform and Kubernetes for stability and scaling reasons and absolutely nothing to do with anything else whatsoever, and the really big news from the WordPress ecosystem this week was WP Engine’s acquisition of StudioPress, the biggest name in the Premium WordPress theme market with their Genesis Theme Framework.
We also bring you an article that lists the 6 reasons that Shopsys moved from closed to open-source, an exploration of the real world issues that BigBox believes are going to cause major issues for WordPress Theme developers when Gutenberg launches (and they love Gutenberg too), we see why Laravel comes highly recommended for Secure Mission-Critical Applications, and someone has released a Laravel package that brings WordPress-like Actions and Filters to the Laravel Framework. Additionally, Aquia has formed a partnership to bring eCommerce to Drupal with Magento, Delicious Brains have hosted a WordPress hosting AMA on twitter, Hackernoon lists the 21 best Vue.js UI frameworks, and finally, we get our head around the truth that the problem you solve is more important than the code that you write.
While this week in tutorials we lead with two Git Version control tuts, Git Tips & Tricks and an effective style guide to Git Commits and follow that up with an extensive look at how to most effectively use the three most popular tools (Pingdom, YSlow, and GMetrix) for page speed performance measurement to improve page load speeds. We also have tutorials on using PHP anonymous classes as Package Private Classes, build a very simple MVC App with the Slim PHP framework, see how to break Laravels firstOrCreate using race conditions, and wrap things up with a guide to contributing to WordPress.
7 Best WordPress Security Plugins You Probably Don’t Know About
One of the most important aspects of managing your WordPress web application is maintaining security. Liew introduces 7 of the best free WordPress security plugins that you many not even know about.Read More
Development News from Across the PHP World and Beyond
Google is now a Platinum Member of The Linux Foundation
9to5 Google | Kyle Bradshaw
Open source is a very important principle at Google, considering how many of its projects are developed that way. Google is now a Platinum sponsor of The Linux Foundation — a non-profit organization that advances the cause. Find out more here.Read More
Currents - A quarterly report on developer trends in the cloud
Digital Ocean Report
Trends in the developer community move quickly, 'Currents' is a quarterly report on developer cloud trends that Digital Ocean produces to help them keep up with the technologies and tools that developers and their teams are interested in.Read More
GitLab is Moving from Azure to Google Cloud Platform
GitLab Blog | Andrew Newdigate
Improving performance and reliability is the top priority for GitLab as they move from Azure to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) in order to utilize Kubernetes to make reliability at massive scale possible. Nothing to do with anything else... honest.Read More