Atlanta WP Digest May 29

The Step-By-Step Process To Properly Test Your WordPress Website Before Updating It
It’s easy to just go ahead and update your WordPress website, your theme, and plugin files by yourself. You just hit the “update” button three times and the job is, well… mostly done. But that’s not where the real challenge lies and where some issues might arise eventually. The “real deal” happens seconds after your updates, when you’ll need to check and test if your website is still working the way you want. What if you’ve just updated your live site and you broke it? That’s going to be painful! And this is isn’t the worst scenario: what if the website breaks only on certain devices but you don’t realize it because you are viewing it from your desktop?

10 Reasons Why Your Domains and WordPress Should Be Kept Separate
There are several popular providers that offer both domains and hosting for WordPress. For over a decade, the standard advice has suggested you should forgo convenience and keep your domains and hosting separate. This article identifies 10 reasons why you should consider keeping your hosting and domains separate, and also gives you a definitive answer on whether it’s still considered good practice for WordPress.

What WordPress Teaches Us About Software Ecosystems
WordPress is, without a doubt, one of the most successful pieces of software of all time. WordPress people like to boast that it’s running on at least 25% of the web. And right or wrong, that number gives a pretty clear sense of the impact of it as a technology. That’s what is explored in this article: what facets of WordPress’s current and historical ecosystem led to its success?