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Get Ready For WordCamp Boston 2017! (wpengine.com) WordCamp Boston 2017 is set to occur this week (July 22-23) at Boston University. The two-day event will be filled with lecture-style sessions, panels, and workshops all geared toward WordPress and tech.
AJ Morris Acquires iThemes Exchange (wptavern.com) Everything iThemes Exchange related will transition to ExchangeWP.com. Toolkit, Plugin Suite, Exchange Pro Pack, and iThemes Exchange Add-on customers will be given accounts for free support and upgrades through August 2018 at ExchangeWP.com.
Customers will no longer be able to purchase Exchange or its add-ons through iThemes as the company transfers licenses and products to ExchangeWP. However, iThemes will continue to provide customer support until the transition is completed, expected to happen in early August.
2017 WordPress Hosting Survey: 4,750 Respondents Say GoDaddy Hosting Is Quite Okay (www.codeinwp.com) Something that’s not a mystery here, and hasn’t been ever, is that we like our managed hosting plan at Kinsta quite a bit. It works, keeps things fast, overall … great! We even reviewed it here.
That being said, the way we host our sites and the way most “WordPress insiders” host theirs, isn’t at all what casual users do.
As it turns out, most people host with GoDaddy, Bluehost, and HostGator. And you know what? … They’re loving it! We’ve just concluded our 2017 WordPress hosting survey (a much larger survey than last year’s), and the results are quite stunning, or highly interesting, to say the least.
Paid Member Subscriptions 1.5.0 Released! New Features: Free Trials and Sign-Up Fees. (www.cozmoslabs.com) Version 1.5.0 of Paid Member Subscriptions is the biggest release the membership plugin has seen since its initial launch.
We are really proud and excited about it, because it is the result of the collaboration between you, the users who have reached out to our support team for help, the support team, which has been doing its best to listen to your needs and to transform these needs into well documented feature requests, and also the development team which has been hard at work implementing these features.
5 WordPress Age Verification Plugins to Help You Add an Age Gate (kinsta.com) While age gates aren’t technically required by law in most major jurisdictions, plenty of businesses dealing in age-sensitive industries opt to use an age gate to at least partially control the age of their visitors. Common industries where you’ll see them include alcohol, tobacco, gambling and more.
Additionally, even though age gates aren’t required in most countries, Americans might be interested in knowing that the FTC still does recommend that such sites use age-verification technologies anyway. No matter what your reason, adding an age gate to WordPress is easy with any one of the following WordPress age verification plugins.
30+ Best Education WordPress Themes for Schools, Colleges, Kindergartens and more (createandcode.com) Among all the flash and sizzle of SEO WordPress themes, review themes, creative themes, and more, you probably don’t expect education to pop up. But, if there’s anything to take away from the various capabilities WordPress offers, is that if you thought of it, there’s probably a theme for it.
So today, we dive into the realm of education based themes, and like the title suggests, it’ll cover everything on the education spectrum.
In this article, we’ll go over how to build a React plugin interface using Webpack and all (well, most of) the bells and whistles. I’ve released the starter plugin on Github so you can follow along with a live example.
How to Stop a DDoS Attack in Its Tracks (Case Study) (kinsta.com) In our last case study, we showed you how we cleaned up a negative SEO attack on Kinsta. Today we are going to show you some steps and troubleshooting we took to stop a DDoS attack on a small WordPress e-commerce site. DDoS attacks can come out of nowhere and smaller sites are usually even more vulnerable, as they aren’t prepared to deal with it when it happens. Let us ask you this question. If your site was attacked tomorrow, what would you do? If you don’t have any ideas, then perhaps you should bookmark and read this article.