Developer plugin v1.1: Themers are developers too!

UPDATE: we regularly push updates to the developer plugin, make sure you grab the latest version here:

We’ve pushed out v1.1 of the Developer plugin, which is packed full of goodies for WordPress theme developers.

You can now indicate that you’re working on a theme for a self-hosted WordPress install to get recommendations on a number of must-have plugins as suggested by the Theme Team.

We also cleaned up a few things, fixed some bugs, added some new plugins (User Switching by John Blackbourn and Pig Latin by Nikolay Bachiyski) and some other useful resources (like the _s starter theme).

(Note: we also pushed out v1.1.1 shortly after to fix an issue with the plugin slug for the Pig Latin plugin. Thanks bobbingwide for the fix.)

As always, if you’d like to check out the code and contribute, join us on Github; pull requests, bug reports, and plugin recommendations are more than welcome.

Barry on WordPress

Yesterday, Valentin Bartenev, a developer at Nginx, Inc., announced SPDY support for the Nginx web server. SPDY is a next-generation networking protocol developed by Google and focused on making the web faster. More information on SPDY can be found on Wikipedia.

At Automattic, we have used Nginx since 2008. Since then, it has made its way into almost every piece of our web infrastructure. We use it for load balancing, image serving (via MogileFS), serving static and dynamic web content, and caching. In fact, we have almost 1000 servers running Nginx today, serving over 100,000 requests per second.

I met Andrew and Igor at WordCamp San Fransicso in 2011.  For the next six months, we discussed the best way for Automattic and Nginx, Inc. to work together. In December 2011, we agreed that Automattic would sponsor the development and integration of SPDY into Nginx. The…

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