Jan 2017

An introduction to the WordPress REST API

The release of WordPress 4.7 generated a lot of excitement in the community, and with good reason. Besides the many improvements and features introduced, the real show stealer was the REST API core integration announcement. As we mentioned in previous posts, this effectively transforms WordPress from a blogging platform to a Content Management System (CMS). But how will this transformation take place? And what will be the benefits for the […]

Dec 2016

How DNS works

Computers communicate over the Internet using an addressing scheme called IP. An IP address, is a unique string of numbers, separated by full stops. However, humans tend to be terrible at remembering long strings of numbers. So, in order to make access to computers easier, a phone book of sorts was needed. A phone book that would map computer names to IP addresses; so that humans and software could easily connect […]

Dec 2016

How the Web works, Part II: What happens when you visit a URL

In the previous post, we’ve talked about how the Web came to be. In this post, we’ll  take a ride and see what happens when you visit a URL with your browser. We’ll also take a look at the  contemporary technologies being used in the Web and how they all fit together. The technologies involved, from the moment you press the Enter button to when you view a web page, are numerous. […]

Nov 2016

How the Web works, Part I: History, Hypertext & HTTP

  “Vague but exciting” These were the words that Mike Sendall, Tim Berners Lee’s supervisor, wrote in his proposal regarding a new information management system for CERN. This was back in March 1989, and the world would never be the same again.  The problem he was trying to solve was surprisingly modern judging by today’s standards. The researchers at CERN were dealing with the typical issues that large and complex projects […]