Meltdown and Spectre are hardware vulnerabilities affecting most computers. These vulnerabilities allow information to be divulged inappropriately. This could include passwords and encryption keys, for example.
The computing industry is applying software mitigations to reduce exposure to exploitation of these problems. The mitigations have already caused predicted performance loss, as well as having caused unexpected crashes of computer systems.
As mitigations continue to be deployed across the industry, we should expect that the web sites we care about might be slower and might be less available than what we are used to.
To get great performance and lower maintenance costs from your PHP-based (SilverStripe, Drupal, Wordpress, Laravel, etc.) web site, it should run on FreeBSD, Nginx, and MariaDB (FEMP), not Linux, Apache, and MySQL (LAMP). FEMP is the platform we use at Quinn Interactive. Here’s why.
SilverStripe modules are a type of add-on (the other kind is themes) that provide extra functionality to SilverStripe. The core of SilverStripe functionality strives to include only what’s necessary. Nonetheless, we find that we almost always use a handful of modules with particularly widespread applicability.
I’ve seen lots of comparisons between SilverStripe and other CMSs like Drupal, but most of them are either very high-level, or mostly editor-centric. So, I thought I’d explain why we chose SilverStripe over Drupal, from the point of view of a web developer.
TLS certificates are based on complex mathematical principles of public-key cryptography, so there is a certain, unavoidable level of intricacy to the process. This brief guide aims to make the process of getting your certificate as painless as possible.
For years we've been abusing the poor <blockquote> tag. And I've been as guilty as anyone. Most of the time, we use it as a pull-quote. Those big excerpts of text from within the current article we highlight to make a point stand out, or to add some visual interest to page. The things is, that's not what a <blockquote> is for.
You might have noticed that the URL on our company site changed just a bit, from http://quinn.com to https://quinn.com. A small change, but a fairly big difference. That lock means that your interactions with our website are secured with TLS (transport layer security), the web standard for secure communications. It could also mean better search rankings.