WordPress “quietly” powers 27% of the web – TechRepublic

WordPress “quietly” powers 27% of the web – TechRepublic http://www.techrepublic.com/article/wordpress-quietly-powers-27-percent-of-the-web/#ftag=RSS56d97e7

Open Educational Resources at UW-Madison – Medium

In 2015, LSS conducted a pilot test of Pressbooks (an open-source book publishing tool built upon the popular WordPress CMS) for creating OER in the College of Letters & Science in Fall 2015. The pilot was a success, and in January 2016, I wrote to Unizin (a consortium of several public research universities that UW-Madison belongs to) to see whether they’d be willing to host instances of Pressbooks (and some additional plugins) for their members schools. Unizin agreed to our proposal and after a brief testing period with UW-Madison, Ohio State University, and the University of Minnesota, Unizin began hosting a full production instance of Pressbooks for UW-Madison on August 1, 2016. Our small but growing catalog of openly licensed texts developed and published by UW affiliates can be found at https://wisc.pb.unizin.org/.

Source: Open Educational Resources at UW-Madison – Medium

The Ultimate WordPress Development Environment – wpmudev

Over the past couple of years, I’ve written loads of tutorials here on the WPMU DEV Blog in which I share tidbits about the development environments I use. So today, I thought it’s about time I share a full environment, the kind I would put together and use for larger scale development. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to get your hands dirty! Because below is a full walkthrough of the kind of development environment I set up, and how you do can it, too.

Source: The Ultimate WordPress Development Environment – wpmudev

Combining Posts From Multiple WordPress Sites Using The REST API

This article provides a detailed walkthrough on how to use the REST API to combine posts from multiple WordPress sites. It’s also a good example of how to use JavaScript promises and leverage the browser’s local storage API.

Source: Combining Posts From Multiple WordPress Sites Using The REST API

VersionPress Brings the Power of Git to WordPress

One of the best things about WordPress is how easy it is to make sweeping changes to a website in just a few minutes. But with no easy way to revert a website to a previous state, you can lose a lot of work very quickly if you aren’t careful. VersionPress brings the power of Git to WordPress so you can make as many changes as your want with the knowledge that undoing any change is just a click away.

Source: Setting Up VersionPress for Git-Powered WordPress Version Control – WPMU DEV

Appears to work for both content and backend changes which would be handy. Not sure how it would work on large multisite installs like Classcaster or Lawbooks.

How to Create a News Aggregator as an Online Side Business – WP RSS Aggregator

How to Create a News Aggregator as an Online Side Business – WP RSS Aggregator http://www.wprssaggregator.com/how-to-create-a-news-aggregator-as-an-online-side-business/

Adding Free SSL Certificates to WordPress with Let’s Encrypt

Installing an SSL certificate on your domain is one of the best steps you can take to secure your WordPress site and now with Let’s Encrypt, you can get one for free. An SSL certificate encrypts the connection between your site and your visitors’ browser so hackers can’t intercept and steal personal information. Normally, SSL certificates can be cumbersome to install and can get expensive, but this is changing fast. Share on Facebook Tweet it Share on Google+ Sign up for more WordPress wisdom

Source: Adding Free SSL Certificates to WordPress with Let’s Encrypt

Building Fully Customized WordPress Front-End Login, Registration and Profiles Without Touching Code – WPMU DEV

Building Fully Customized WordPress Front-End Login, Registration and Profiles Without Touching Code – WPMU DEV http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/customize-wordpress-login-registration-profiles/

Calypso interface used to manage WordPress.com blogs now open source

A single interface to manage all your WordPress.com or Jetpack-enabled sites, built with the latest web technologies and used by millions of people — and now it’s open source.

https://developer.wordpress.com/calypso/

This could present a radical change for managing the Classcaster network. Written in JavaScript and powered by Node.js, Calypso leverages the REST API in WordPress. Check out the code on Github at  https://github.com/Automattic/wp-calypso.