Taking aim at file storage rivals Dropbox and Google Drive, MediaFire have launched their own desktop client for Windows and Mac.
I stumbled across a neat plugin today which replaces the default Featured Image selection metabox with a Drag and Drop interface on the post editing screen. I know it’s a pretty minor improvement, but if it’s going to save five seconds each time I post something, then that’s totally worth it.
Since it uses the default WordPress functions it will compress all sizes just as the regular upload method would and it also respects any custom image sizes.
I’ve installed Drag & Drop Featured Image on about nine sites (so far) and haven’t encountered any issues.
Today WordPress.com added support for Markdown in the post editor. As you’ve probably heard, Markdown is a simple way of formatting text without having to write verbose HTML markup. Its popularity for web publishing has skyrocketed recently, thanks to it’s inclusion in the new Ghost blogging platform.
Markdown should make it easier to produce long-form content for more technical users. I don’t see many novices choosing it over the WYSIWYG editor.
It’s currently only available to WordPress.com blogs, but self-hosted users can expect to see it appear in JetPack soon.
The first experience I had with web hosting was for a small gaming fansite. I purchased a standard shared hosting account, worth a mere five dollars a month and promptly uploaded the HTML files that formed my site. I didn’t have to worry about Operating System upgrades, daemons and services chewing up CPU resources, configuring mail or managing a DNS server. My only concern was running my website.
As my online projects became larger, more complex and reasonably popular; a simple shared hosting account was no longer sufficient. I was unceremoniously booted into the brutal world of VPS hosting. Suddenly I was responsible for managing dozens of pieces of software that I barely understood. I found myself constantly upgrading my server or moving to different companies to facilitate the constant growth of my websites. In August; after a week of inexplicable server reboots, I moved to a fully managed Hybrid server at WiredTree.
Moving my websites to WiredTree felt like coming home after a long, miserable journey. Suddenly I no longer had to stress about administration tasks. It was just like being back on a shared hosting account, only considerably more powerful and expensive. Now that I’ve been with WiredTree for four months (without a second of downtime!), I feel like it’s time to share my experience with their service.