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The easiest way to use Docker for WordPress Development

Note: I recently wrote a guest post on the WP Tavern about using Docker for WordPress development. In the post I talk about what Docker and Docker Compose is and how you can use them to create your WordPress development environment. The article on the Tavern is a more in-depth introduction to using Docker. Here, I just wanted to quickly share and walk you through the Docker Compose file I use for my setup while working on WP Pusher (Git for WordPress development).

The New WP Pusher Dashboard

Announcing the new WP Pusher dashboard

Over the last few months, I have slowly rolled out the new WP Pusher dashboard. First for new-coming customers and recently existing customers were migrated too. It’s been a gradual process moving away from the old systems powering WP Pusher and it has been going smooth so far.

 

The main dashboard page.

Run WordPress in the Cloud With Laravel Forge

The other day I wrote a guest post over on the WP Tavern about using Laravel Forge to run WordPress in the cloud.

Laravel Forge now offers 1-click installs of WordPress on any cloud server. In the post I go through how to create a new server, provision it in a secure way, setting up a MySQL database, installing WordPress and installing a free SSL certificate. All made super easy by Forge.

Using Forge with WP Pusher

Forge and WP Pusher plays very well together. Use Forge to set up the server and install WordPress. Then use WP Pusher to install you plugins and themes from GitHub or Bitbucket. Forge will take care of keeping the server up to date with security releases and new SSL certificates, WordPress will take care of updating itself and WP Pusher will take care of updating plugins and themes when you commit and push a change.

If you have any questions about Forge, WordPress, Git or WP Pusher, don’t hesitate asking it here or send me an email.

Read the full article here.

A Primer on Source Control

Source code control is nothing new to software development. It’s been around for decades. But for those of us who work in the open source community, specifically those who are working with WordPress, we may not have the experience that some of our peers have.

After all, many of the people who work on or work with WordPress are people who are seasoned software developers or who have been working on software for a long time.

A Primer on Source Control: A plugin's repository.

The online Subversion repository for a simple WordPress plugin.

And to be clear, this doesn’t mean they learned source control within the context of open source development – maybe they did, maybe they didn’t. In short, they’ve had time to learn the advantages of workflows for and reasons why source control is so important.

Ultimately, the point I’m trying to make is this:

If you’re new to WordPress, and you’ve heard about source control, Subversion, Git, or GitHub or even used it to some degree (even if you aren’t entirely sure what you’re doing), that’s okay! Everyone starts at the beginning.

The purpose of this primer is to help explain some of the benefits of source control, why we use it, and how it plays a role in our day-to-day activities especially when we’re working with others.

The Power of the Niche

If there is one thing I do not understand, it is why you would run a WordPress agency without operating in a niche. If you are running a business selling WordPress based websites, you literally run the most common online based business in the world. Why would someone choose you? How would they even know that you exist?

Today I want to talk about that. Niches. Last week we talked about leveling up and productizing your services and this is very much related. Side note: I originally thought this blog had to be about Git and GitHub, but I guess there are really no rules. Whatever is relevant to people running a WordPress based service business is relevant here. Back to niches. I’m obsessed with them. They are so powerful and if you haven’t realised it, I want to convince you. So please continue reading, okay?

How To Level Up Your WordPress Business And Escape The Rat Race

The headline of this post sounds like true click bait. I know! It really isn’t, though, because leveling up your business is exactly what I’m talking about. So bear with me. I want to try something different. Instead of talking about Git, I want to talk about business. I love business. I love talking about businesses and I love running a business. So today we are going to talk about – business! If it works, I will keep doing it once in a while, and if not… Well, let’s hope it works! Let me know what you think in the comments or by sending me an email.