State of WordPress & Automattic



The Zend Performance Team provides insight into the upcoming impact of PHP 7 with this simple, but effective, infographic. I am lucky enough to have SiteGround as my ISP for my personal projects and since a couple of days ago I’m testing it … and in a couple of situations the websites increased speed is clearly visible…

On choosing the right theme

Just ten days ago I was writing about a theme change on these pages, adopting the Hew theme.

Along with finding a bug on it, I’ve also discovered that one-column templates (like this Celsius one I am using right now) simply works when you are really focused on a topic. Unfortunately this is not my case in the last months, where I do not have the time … or, better, the required concentration, to write here more extensively. So I keep posting links and videos and a casual user has a problem in finding the topics I’ve spoken in the last 10 years …

As in the next 10 days I have a job to fulfill, I will not have time to make a deep search in the list of the available free themes on WordPress.com … so if you land here via a browser you could see things changing.

Also, I am very interested in the process you make choosing a template for your site. Mind to share? Thanks!

Seems like the Publisher theme didn’t help my contents to be seen and explored by the visitors that comes in. So, hits on these pages have precipitate in a consistent way.

Having nothing to lose, I’ve activated the Hew theme, which is more minimal than ever. This as an experiment to see if removing navigation elements like menus and tag clouds on the sidebars makes a difference or not. We will see…

Indipendent Publisher

At last The Indipendent Publisher theme has arrived on WordPress.com. Developed by Raam Dev this template is one of the cleanest and best content focued theme born in these last two years.

I’ve even adopted it on my self-hosted blog, customizing it a little, translating it and planning to suggest a couple of enhancement to its author. Read Raam’s annouce: Independent Publisher Announced on WordPress.com

I enjoy it so much that I couldn’t resist but adopt it immediately … now there are going to be some polish here and there, but I think I’ll stick with it for long time.

Here it goes again. I’ve moved away from a classic, 2 columns, WordPress theme to a single column, responsive one. I will see how it goes.

Twenty Fifteen is a great theme, but I wasn’t able to make the most out of it in terms of “reading pleasure” and ease on the eyes. So welcome Hew

Today’s suggestions are – in my opinion – little pearls. The kind of reading that takes time to be assimilated, and then some other time to grow inside you and take you to some new ideas or approach… Enjoy them!