Control HTTP 301 redirects caching

HTTP redirects should be your tool of choice when you’re reorganizing or renaming key sections of your site on order to keep visitors from hitting a not found page and make search engines update their location and keep their ranking. However, sometimes you might run into a situation when you need to update a redirect,… Continue reading Control HTTP 301 redirects caching

Hosted ElasticSearch (2017 edition)

ElasticSearch offers an excellent alternative when you need to implement a better alternative to MySQL FULLTEXT search, with nice features such as related results, facets, “did-you-mean” and many, many options to control exactly what you need to get from it. Unfortunately, as your data grows it also becomes harder to host on your own and… Continue reading Hosted ElasticSearch (2017 edition)

Simple, automated and low cost MySQL backup strategy

Setting up a mysql backup strategy it’s hardly an exciting task, so having a simple solution it’s key to actually get it out of your to-do list. Here’s a simple, automated and low-cost alternative that I use to keep MySQL database backups of small to medium-sized projects. Setting up automatic backups automysqlbackup it’s a simple… Continue reading Simple, automated and low cost MySQL backup strategy

When you’re developing a WordPress plugin, there are certain patterns and practices that are extremely useful to know and apply in order to get a better fit with the platform as a whole.

One of these things it’s what’s the better way to initialize a class on a plugin, which this answer on the WordPress StackExchange covers in great detail, while also explaining other interesting topics and recommendations such as using an autoloader and global access, registry and service locator patterns.

While you’re at it, you might also want to check these posts from Tom McFarlin:

 

Big companies that use PHP

Every now and then there’s still some people who can’t believe PHP can be used for a big, successful project, when actually there are several examples of huge sites using PHP. Here’s how some of them share their experience. Facebook With over 1.49 billion active users, Facebook has been forced into finding creative, out-of-the-box solutions… Continue reading Big companies that use PHP

Pixel Density, Demystified

…or “what you must know about designing for retina display and high-density screens”. Pixel density it’s an often misunderstood subject: some people think that the solution it’s just to design everything at twice the size that they used to, but actually it’s a little simpler and more complicated than that… at the same time. Be sure… Continue reading Pixel Density, Demystified

A Natural Language User Interface is just a User Interface

Conversational bots are one of those things that might seem “magical” at first glance, but on a deeper look you can discover that there’s nothing more than a clever new way of doing things.

Matthew Honnibal proposes we call this kind of technology Linguistic User Interface, by analogy with Graphical User Interfaces, explains clearly and simply how language input it’s not that different from a click, and why the opportunity for taking advantage of this kind of interfaces it’s probably much more narrow than people may think.

Read his full article on: A Natural Language User Interface is just a User Interface

 

Basic Authentication it’s often used as a simple security measure or as a temporary authentication method while developing with certain APIs.

While the WordPress HTTP API doesn’t have explicit support for basic authentication, it’s still possible to use it as a header:

$request = wp_remote_post(
  $remote_api_endpoint,
  array(
    'body'    => array( 'foo' => 'bar' ),
    'headers' => array(
      'Authorization' => 'Basic '. base64_encode( $username .':'. $password )
    )
  )
);

Remember that if you’re sending an unencrypted request, all the headers will be sent in plain text, so you should only use it over HTTPS.