Friends in tech: Jon Penland

Company Kinsta Industry Hosting Time in this Industry 5-7 Years Origin Story Early in my career, I went to work for a company that manufactured custom-engineered mechanical equipment. While I enjoyed the role and learned quite a bit, the industry was well-established and slow-moving, and I worried that opportunities for advancement would be few and …

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Friends in tech: Tony Perez

Company NOC.org Industry Networking Services Time in this Industry 11+ Years Origin Story Oh gosh, where to even begin.. the most relevant to this industry probably starts around 2009. Prior to that I was in tech, but I was a Defense contractor working on government projects and systems.  It was in 2009 that I was …

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WordPress 5.8 Beta 1

WordPress 5.8 Beta 1 has finally been announced! The new update for WordPress looks to mainly be geared towards blocks and items associated with them. It also is removing compatibility with Internet Explorer 11! This alone should make developers and designers rejoice knowing they no longer have to cater to a legacy oddball browser! Going …

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Friends in tech: Austin Ginder

Company Anchor Hosting Industry Hosting Time in this Industry 11+ Years Origin Story It all started back in 2008. While working a full-time job as an IT consultant, I began building WordPress sites during nights and weekends for something fun to do. The first few sites were for folks who already knew me through my …

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Testing out Elastic Search and Redis

I was interested in how much Elasticsearch and/or Redis cache would help to speed up a site, so I got to work testing it. I created a vanilla WordPress install with WooCommerce installed, I then populated this install with 20,000 posts that each contained a couple of paragraphs of “Lorem ipsum“. I chose to install …

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Friends in tech: Angela Bowman

Company Ask WP Girl, LLC Industry WordPress Time in this Industry 11+ Years Origin Story It’s a long story, but I was building websites in HTML tables back in the day. I took a class in CSS one night, and at the end, the instructor mentioned WordPress. I went home that night and tried the …

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Filesystem Fridays

A friend of mine has a long-running ritual that takes place on Thursdays, which he simply refers to the day to “Clean your fucking desk!“. While I keep a pretty minimal clean desk/setup I have found it useful to take a day out of the week to tidy up things, as I feel clutter on …

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Gutenberg adds Duotone filters

Duotone Filter

Starting with WordPress 5.8 you will be able to add Duotone filters to the images that you upload to your WordPress site! This is pretty exciting especially for those that really depend on filters on Instagram for instance, as you will be able to do the same thing within WordPress and all native! This really …

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Friends in tech: Topher DeRosia

Company Camber Creative Industry Website and Mobile Development Time in this Industry 11+ Years Origin Story I fell in love with the Internet when it came to my college in 1994. We got access to email, then Gopher, then Telnet, and in 1995 a web browser called Lynx. Everything was on dumb terminals connected to …

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WordPress finally dropping support for Internet Explorer 11

WordPress has finally started to phase out Internet Explorer 11, and as of WordPress version 5.8, it will no longer be supported! This is an awesome step forward in terms of designing sites since you will no longer need to make sure that the site works in Internet Explorer which was always a pain due …

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