Time To Get Stable

I recently published installment 5/6 at ArtsHacker.com on how to combat post net neutrality slowdowns. This installment focuses on how to best handle the necessary (and increasingly challenging) task of keeping core platform, theme, and plugin code up to date.

No doubt about it, open source publishing platforms (WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc.) are loaded with positives. At the same time, one of the growing challenges is making sure the combination of themes and plugins function as designed without conflicts following updates.

And you can be sure that update cycles are going to being picking up over the next year as developers begin tightening their code to operate better in the slow lane/fast lane environments. As such, this guide is designed to help those responsible for site maintenance implement these tasks efficiently and without compromising site up-time.

ArtsHacker’s Guide To Combating Post Net Neutrality Slowdowns: Stability and Security

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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