Press Ahead With WordPress and WP Engine

The entire digital landscape has shifted over the last few months, making the website the front door for businesses across every industry. From restaurants to yoga studios, and universities to doctors’ offices, engaging online is now the new normal. At WP Engine, we’ve experienced our own digital transformations—engaging with each other in new ways using

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WP Engine Appoints Jason Teichman as COO

AUSTIN, Texas – June 15, 2020 – WP Engine, the WordPress Digital Experience Platform (DXP), today announced it has appointed Jason Teichman as Chief Operating Officer.  As COO of WP Engine, Jason will be responsible for overseeing the full customer journey of the business, driving strong operational excellence, global growth and amplifying the company’s customer-inspired

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Transforming the Industry with Creative Technology

Businesses are staring down the difficult challenge of digital innovation as never before. Massive amounts of activity have moved online in recent months, and consequently, being able to change and adapt to a new digital reality has become a major test for organizations of all shapes and sizes.  This has been felt across every industry,

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Join WP Engine at WordCamp Europe

WordCamp Europe kicks off next week, and the three-day conference, which has moved online, will be a wonderful opportunity for the European WordPress community and beyond—everyone from casual WordPress users to Core developers—to discuss all things WordPress, share ideas, and network with one another.  Now in its eighth year, the conference offers a wide range

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New on DigitalOcean Kubernetes: Fresh Features & 1-Click Apps

It’s our privilege to help you run your containerized apps with DigitalOcean Kubernetes, and we’re always eager to hear your feedback about the product. To that end, we thought we’d provide an update on some of our projects that address common customer comments.

As of today, DigitalOcean Kubernetes, which we affectionally call "DOKS," now supports cluster autoscaling, tokenized authentication, minor version upgrades, and the latest Kubernetes release (version 1.15). In addition, you can now install the first Kubernetes 1-Click Apps from the DigitalOcean Marketplace.

Automatically scale your cluster to ensure fast performance while controlling costs

It’s common to use Kubernetes to run your app as a collection of loosely coupled services, with each service being scalable independently of others. Each service typically corresponds to a pool of identically sized nodes (Droplets on DOKS), with each node executing an instance of the same containerized service. One challenge, then, becomes provisioning and deprovisioning nodes so that you have an appropriate number – enough that your service runs quickly, but not so many that you’re wasting lots of money.

That’s why we’ve enhanced DOKS to support automatic horizontal scaling based on CPU and memory usage triggers. When you enable autoscaling, DOKS continuously monitors CPU and memory usage within your node pools. The service then automatically adds nodes when your application requires more resources. DOKS will, conversely, deactivate nodes when your application’s load declines, saving you money.

At present, you can enable autoscaling through the CLI and API. The UI is coming soon.

Connect to your Kubernetes clusters with an access token (or with certificates)

We know that many of you who have used DOKS have felt the pinprick of disappointment each time you’ve had to download a new certificate to connect to your clusters.

With today’s release, you can now connect to your DigitalOcean Kubernetes clusters using your DigitalOcean API access token, in addition to the previously supported certificates. Unlike certificates that expire weekly and cannot be revoked by project administrators, access tokens are owned by individual users, do not expire, and can be revoked instantly by admins. We hope that you enjoy this easier, more manageable method of connecting to your clusters.

Seamlessly upgrade your Kubernetes clusters to new minor versions, including 1.15

The Kubernetes project continues to evolve quickly with the recent release of 1.15, introducing 25 new enhancements focused on continuous improvement and extensibility.

We enhanced DigitalOcean Kubernetes to support 1.15 a few weeks ago. As of today, you can upgrade your cluster to the latest minor version via the DigitalOcean control panel or API. Note that in order to upgrade minor releases (eg 1.14 to 1.15), you must first apply the latest patches to your cluster.

Easily deploy software to your cluster with the first of our Kubernetes 1-Click Apps

Manually setting up software on Kubernetes clusters can be a time-consuming and tricky process as you need to install and configure your application across several nodes.

That’s why we’re pleased to introduce the first of our Kubernetes 1-Click Apps in DigitalOcean Marketplace. With Kubernetes 1-Click Apps, you can easily create clusters that run preconfigured container images, as specified by a kubectl configuration or a Helm chart – all in a single click.

DigitalOcean Marketplace now includes seven Kubernetes 1-Click Apps specifically built for deployment in Kubernetes clusters:

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Linkerd

An ultralight service mesh for Kubernetes that gives you observability, metrics, reliability, and security without requiring any code changes.

Monitoring Stack

An integrated stack – composed of Prometheus, Grafana, and metrics-server – for Kubernetes cluster monitoring.

OpenFaaS

A Functions as a Service framework for building serverless functions with Docker and Kubernetes.

Metrics Server

An open source stack that gives you fast, simple access to cluster resource usage data, such as CPU and memory usage.

Moon

An enterprise Selenium WebDriver browser automation solution for Kubernetes.

1Password SCIM Bridge

A service that automates common administrative tasks using the 1Password SCIM protocol to connect with existing identity providers

Netdata

A highly optimized monitoring agent that provides real-time insights using highly interactive web dashboards.

If you’re a software vendor interested in listing your application in the DigitalOcean Marketplace, see our instructions for submitting your app.

Spin up your Kubernetes clusters today

We hope that you’re excited by the enhancements we’re announcing today, and we promise we’ve got much more in store.

In the meantime, we hope you’ll give DOKS a try. Or, if you’re a business interested in learning more about how DOKS can help you achieve your goals, we invite you to contact our sales team.

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WP Engine Summit/2020 Goes Digital & Registration is Free

AUSTIN, Texas — April 9, 2020 –  WP Engine, the WordPress Digital Experience Platform (DXP), announced registration is open for its signature event, now in its fifth year, Summit/2020. Due to ongoing concerns around Covid-19, WP Engine has reimagined the conference for developers and marketers as a digital event, which will still take place on

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WP Engine Summit/2020 Goes Digital & Registration is Free

AUSTIN, Texas — April 9, 2020 –  WP Engine, the WordPress Digital Experience Platform (DXP), announced registration is open for its signature event, now in its fifth year, Summit/2020. Due to ongoing concerns around Covid-19, WP Engine has reimagined the conference for developers and marketers as a digital event, which will still take place on

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Weidenhammer named a Silver agency partner

We are proud to welcome Weidenhammer as a new Silver agency partner!

Weidenhammer was formed in 1978 to help clients with Information Technology. Over 12 years ago, Weidenhammer’s agency arm started building websites on WordPress to better serve their clients’ needs.

Today, Weidenhammer builds incredible enterprise-grade web experiences – and has a blast doing it. They pay attention to the subtle design pinstriping and extra functionality that sets websites apart. Their team brings a ton of knowledge, experience and tech-nerdiness to every project. They get a kick out of solving crazy hard problems and achieving what their clients thought wasn’t possible.

“In combining tech knowledge with creativity, our team views our work as a craft. We take tremendous pride in what we build for our clients.”

– Jeremy Jones, Director of Interactive and Marketing

Weidenhammer’s strengths include all aspects of digital marketing including strategy and discovery, comprehensive website audits and roadmaps, SEO, PPC, email, and social. They provide dedicated WordPress development, custom theme development, responsive design, UI/UX planning and design, and progressive web apps. With extensive eCommerce experience, they can provide content/data migrations from other platforms, API development, and integrations, as well as continuous website maintenance and enhancement.

For more information about Weidenhammer’s partnership with WordPress VIP, please visit https://wpvip.com/partner/weidenhammer/.

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The Rise of Multi-CMS in the Enterprise

As consumers evolve in the ways they interact with new technology, building engaging, dynamic digital experiences has never been more important for businesses of all sizes.  Today’s digital consumers expect the digital experiences they interact with to be fast and engaging, and in this new digital paradigm, speed and agility are necessary to meet market

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