WP Engine DNS Gets an Update

Getting Rid of DNS Timeouts Causing Speed Issues with Outbound Connections In our continuing efforts to drive faster site performance, we’ve uncovered and already fixed an intermittent issue affecting code that creates outbound connections. Summary: Some customers might have found our caching DNS resolution was timing out, which caused outgoing API requests to 3rd-party services [Read More]

Finely Tuned Consultant – Kevin Leary

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Kevin Leary, a multi-tasking WordPress developer and all-round nice guy. Read our interview below, where we talk about Kevin’s history with WordPress; his interest in writing; and his tips, tricks, and thoughts on the future. How did you get into WordPress? It was probably 2006 or so [Read More]

Addressing the Recent Reports of Back End Slowness

Some of our customers have contacted us about a slowness in our backend system. We want to not only say “we’re sorry,” which of course we are, but we also want to spend some time explaining what happened and how we’re fixing it. While for anyone it is a bit uncomfortable to admit where we [Read More]

Growth is Hard

When WP Engine was young, life was simple. We didn’t have meetings, because everyone knew everything. We didn’t have training classes, because we hired about one person every three months, and they could just “ride shotgun” and learn the ropes. We were working out of an amazing accelerator called the Capital Factory and space was [Read More]

Why the Block Chain Could Be Bigger than Bitcoin

During TechCrunch Disrupt New York, Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures said he’s “really excited” about the opportunities presented by block chain based architectures (like the one Bitcoin is based on): The block chain could be a much bigger opportunity than Bitcoin….The whole thing about block chain based architectures is that they allow trustless transactional activity…There [Read More]

Mastering the Shape of Stories

Storytelling is an artform as old as the earth we walk on today. Stories have inspired, cautioned, and entertained us for generations. One question that we don’t necessarily ask ourselves often, is “What do stories look like graphically?” Kurt Vonnegut’s lecture “The Shape of Stories” answers this question and gives us some fascinating tools to analyze [Read More]

A Note on the WooThemes Incident

There has been much discussion on the fact that WooThemes suffered a security breach last week. Since we do host WooThemes we have also had a few people ask about this and wanted to give some update and context. While we understand customers concerns about the WooThemes breach it is an incident related to a [Read More]

The Internet of Things Will Be “Like Electricity” by 2025

4 out of 5 experts canvassed recently by the Pew Research Center believe that the Internet of Things (IoTs) will have widespread and beneficial effects on our everyday lives by 2025. The Internet of Things will reduce inefficiencies in our transport systems—which means less waiting for the train! The Pew Research Center Internet Project asked experts [Read More]

Evangelism Isn’t Just for Preachers

As engaging as tech products are, for some people they lack a certain humanness. To circumnavigate this, companies producing truly great products often appoint (or inherit) a figurehead that personifies their product. This gives an otherwise faceless piece of technology a personality and identity. Evangelism has been around in the tech community for years. Practitioners [Read More]

TechCrunch Disrupt New York 2014

This week, I was lucky enough to attend TechCrunch Disrupt New York, along with some of my WP Engine colleagues. Our friends Lisa Sabin-Wilson and Brian Messenlehner from WebDevStudios also joined us at the booth to spread the word about all things WordPress! TechCrunch Disrupt is one of the most anticipated technology conferences of the year, and features a [Read More]

Introducing WP Engine’s WordPress Community Team

One of our values here at WP Engine is Aspiring to Lead, Committed to Give Back. We think it’s especially important to give back to the WordPress community—it is, after all, our home. We love attending WordCamps, helping run WordPress meetups, and engaging with the WordPress community whenever we can. We have three special people on [Read More]

Book Review: The Hard Thing About Hard Things

The hard thing isn’t setting a big, hairy, audacious goal. The hard thing is laying people off when you miss the big goal. The hard thing isn’t hiring great people. The hard thing is when those “great people” develop a sense of entitlement and start demanding unreasonable things. The hard thing isn’t setting up an [Read More]