WordPress 4.4 + PHP 7 + SSD = great performance

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WordPress 4.4

WordPress 4.4 has been released! You can now find WordPress 4.4, named “Clifford”, in our one-click installer. It’s running recently-introduced PHP 7.0.

WordPress 4.4 has several new features, including:

  • a new default theme, Twenty Sixteen, that’s designed to look sharp on all screens, from mobile phones to giant desktop displays
  • responsive images so WordPress shows images at the right size for each device (potentially abbreviating page loads)
  • embeddable WordPress content, so your content can be shared more gracefully across sites that support consuming oEmbed data
  • more support for embedding outside content, like Speaker Deck and Reddit comments

Plus, many changes have been introduced to WordPress core to support WordPress developers—including changes that lay the groundwork for the eventual introduction of a REST API in WordPress core in a future release.

Specific to WebFaction, installations of WordPress 4.4 use PHP 7.0. PHP 7.0 is known to improve the performance of many PHP applications. In an informal test of a new WordPress 4.4 installation running under FastCGI, PHP 7.0 handled almost a third more requests per second than PHP 5.6:A graph comparing WordPress 4.4 under PHP 5.6 and PHP 7.0

And that’s before any other steps to optimize the application, like caching WordPress.

For a complete look at the changes in WordPress 4.4, check out the project’s official announcement. When you’re ready, fire up a WordPress 4.4 installation with the one-click installer. If you have any questions, join us in the Q&A community.


One-click installers: content management systems

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It’s time for another installment (pun-intended) in our ongoing series about the one-click installers available with the WebFaction control panel. Today, it’s all about content management systems. Whether you need to organize a complex knowledge base or start (or re-start) your blog, we’ve got a few one-click installers that might meet your needs: Drupal, Joomla, Plone, and WordPress.


Drupal is an open source content management system with a thorough system for controlling the publishing process, from taxonomies to sophisticated author and editor management. Drupal’s large community has also created a variety of themes and modules that add to Drupal’s already-capable core components.

Check out the WebFaction-specific docs for Drupal and the official Drupal docs.


Joomla, like Drupal, is a PHP-based content management system. Joomla has a set of tools for creating and organizing content, along with handy features like polls and internal messaging system. The Joomla community has also expanded the capabilities of Joomla with a large collection of extensions.

Check out the WebFaction-specific docs for Joomla and the official Joomla docs.


Plone is a content management system built atop Zope, a Python-based web application server. Like Drupal, Plone has a robust set of publishing tools, for controlling when and how your content is presented, whether it’s text, images, or files. The Plone community has also created many add-on products to introduce new features and themes.

Check out the WebFaction-specific docs for Zope and Plone and the official Plone docs.


WordPress is one of the most popular blogging tools, and so it comes as no surprise that its one of our most popular one-click installers. WordPress is no mere blogging tool, however. It’s broad set of features and the numerous plugins make it a capable content management system, fit for running a variety of sites, not just your personal weblog.

Check out the WebFaction-specific docs for WordPress and the official WordPress docs.

So we invite you to try a new CMS and, if you need any help, join us in the Q&A Community.


WordPress 3.3 is here

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WordPress 3.3 is out now and so is our new one-click installer:

This version of WordPress has many new features and refinements. One of the handiest new features is the drag-and-drop media uploader. Just drag files from your computer onto the target to upload files easily:

The dashboard has also received a considerable refresh. For example, the dashboard’s admin header and admin bar have been combined into a unified toolbar. Feature callouts help introduce new WordPress features (great for novice and expert users alike). WordPress 3.3’s dashboard also reduces the number of clicks for navigation with mouse over fly out menus:

There’s a lot more in this version of WordPress, especially for developers. Check out the video introduction and the WordPress Codex’s comprehensive changelog for all the details. When you’re ready, give the WordPress 3.3 one-click installer a try and join us in the Q&A Community if you have any questions.


WordPress 3.1 now available

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WordPress 3.1 is here and so is our new one-click installer:

WordPress 3.1 brings with it a bunch of new features you’re sure to find useful. Some of the highlights include:

  • The Add New Post page has been simplified. Infrequently used panels have been hidden from view by default.
  • Inserting and editing links to content on your WordPress site is easy with the updated link workflow.
  • A new admin bar that makes commonly used dashboard tools available from any WordPress page.

The new admin bar is perhaps the most exciting addition with this version of WordPress. The admin bar appears on your WordPress pages and posts so you can access the dashboard, edit posts, and create new entires in fewer clicks:

There’s even more in this version of WordPress for network (multisite) users and WordPress developers. Check out the WordPress 3.1 announcement for more details. When you’re ready to try out the latest version, give the new one-click installer a try and join us in the Q&A Community if you have any questions.