WordPress Stats and Genesis is the Number 1 theme!

From HackerTarget.com

WordPress Statistics for the Top 500K Sites

Results in the charts below are derived from examining the Alexa top 500K sites. WordPress sites were identified through discovery of /wp-content/plugins/ and / or /wp-content/themes/ in the HTML source of the page.

Other studies of WordPress have found total number of WordPress sites in the 20% – 25% range. The number of 20.9% that has been observed here is significant due to fact that these sites are not personal blogs, they are some of the most high traffic sites on the Internet.

I’ve read many times that WordPress powers almost a quarter of the internet but was surprised and thrilled to see under Themes that genesis is number 1 and double it’s closest competitor. This solidifies my decision to use genesis framework and child themes built on it.

If you are interested in stats, there are plenty more to ponder right here.

The Possible Effects of Automattic’s Acquisition of Scroll Kit

From Torque by Jay Hoffmann

Interesting acquisition. Type of tool that gives a SQUARESPACE feel to a site.  Can’t wait to play with it!

To add to its list of recent acquisitions, Automattic snatched up New York startup Scroll Kit last week, and added its creators to the WordPress.com product group. If you haven’t heard of it, Scroll Kit is a visual website building tool, with a snappy drag and drop interface. Their platform features simple WYSIWYG tools that allow users to create a simple one-page website simply by dragging images and text around a page in pre-configured templates.

Read the rest of the article here.

Using the Duplicator Plugin to backup your WordPress site

I’ve used the Duplicator Plugin for a while now after trying about every other backup method out there before finding what seemed to work best for me. This is also part of my backup and testing that I do for clients and on my own sites. Following is a quick explanation of how easy it is to do a quick backup.

After you have installed the Plugin you will notice a new menu item for Duplicator. Click that and you will end up at the Duplicator dashboard.

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The first time you will see nothing but over time a list of old backups will grow. I tend to keep a handful of them as they are not very big but you decide what works best for you. To get started, click the Create Package button:

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Which will pop up a new window:

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Give the Package a Name, Notes if you want and click Create Package Set. Once this runs you will return to the Duplicator dashboard and should see your new Package in the list.

From here you can either do nothing and leave the backup on your server or click Package and download it to your computer. This I prefer as it gives me an “off-site” backup if you were to lose the server or something else catastrophic occurs. If you download the Package you will end up with a zip archive. Inside you will have all the WordPress files including your plugins, themes, etc. Also, a copy of the database.

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So that’s all there is to it. From here I will test the backup locally to make sure it is 100% and save it. Obviously, if you don’t want to go through this yourself, feel free to contact me!