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Pagely 2019 Predictions: Technology Advancements in WordPress and Web Security

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2019.  Read them in this 11th annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Joshua Strebel, CEO and co-founder of Pagely

Technology Advancements in WordPress and Web Security

2018 was a year of peaks and pitfalls for the tech industry. As the year closes we find ourselves at the intersection of innovation and skepticism of technology. From the Facebook privacy scandal to the rise of artificial intelligence, our society has experienced a spectrum of technology changes so transformative that they seem to beget more questions than answers. In the managed WordPress hosting industry, we saw the rise of serverless hosting, changing pricing models and preparation for changes to WordPress itself. 2019 promises to amplify these changes and bring many more innovations.

Changes in WordPress Hosting

Here at Pagely, we are seeing a rise in preference for serverless hosting over using traditional methods. Going serverless allows users to build and run applications in a cost-effective, scalable manner. It leaves more time for developers to create great products and requires no internal resources to provision, scale, and manage any servers, as this is all automated.  

Companies everywhere are recognizing the value in scalability but also recognizing the issues it presents as well. Amazon Web Service (AWS) is one of the largest companies tackling this challenge with the release of products like Amazon Aurora. It allows customers to auto-scale without manual interference, making it more accessible for those without extensive experience. Our latest platform, NorthStack, allows WordPress users to build and run dynamic websites with plugins in a serverless, pay-as-you-go environment. This flexibility addresses the ongoing issue of over-paying when a site is in low demand or compromising quality when demand is high. We think that other WordPress hosting sites will follow suit as far as scalable pricing in order to serve customers more efficiently.

Another exciting development in 2019 will be the release of WordPress 5.0. Our team expects the update will bring the best user experience WordPress users have seen in the last 10+ years.

Privacy Concerns

Privacy was a huge theme in 2018. From the Facebook information scandal to GDPR we have learned a lot of lessons. In 2019 people will demand more transparency about what data is collected and how it's used. While the "Do Not Track" trend took off in response to this, it has more or less been a failure. This is evidenced by companies like FireFox announcing new versions of their anti-tracking systems. These newest systems will be default settings and will allow users to block known trackers from storing cookies on their computer.

What's more, the U.S. will likely move towards implementing GDPR like laws to protect personal data after the security breaches that took place in 2018. This means anything relying on data will take a hit. Currently, some customers who use Pagely block those from the EU from accessing the site entirely because the fines they could incur are simply too much. These companies will have to adapt or die if the U.S. moves in that direction.

2019 promises to bring big things to the world of tech in many areas but privacy and flexibility will continue to grow as a sticking point for consumers. With innovations in AI and machine learning reaching into every aspect of daily life, and edge computing merging the physical and the virtual, we're in an unprecedented phase of technological evolution.


About the Author 


Joshua Strebel is the co-founder and CEO of Pagely, the first-to-market and leading premium managed WordPress hosting provider. In 2003, Joshua and his wife Sally co-founded and grew a boutique web design agency to a modest level of success in Scottsdale, Arizona.

In 2008, he transitioned the agency away from web design and development services and into the hosting space focusing exclusively on WordPress. Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, this agency developed into Pagely, which has grown into a successful operation supporting brands such as Visa, Disney and Time Inc. with deploying, managing and scaling their WordPress applications.

Off the clock, Joshua is a husband and father, automobile enthusiast, aging snow sports participant and connoisseur of single malt scotch.
Published Thursday, December 20, 2018 7:43 AM by David Marshall
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