WordPress 4.8 – Ending Support for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10

WordPress

On April 22nd WordPress.org officially announced that they will be ending support for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10, beginning with WP 4.8. This is due to Microsoft discontinuing support for these browsers back in January 2016. The lack of updates define these browsers as security risks, and are considered to be “holding back WordPress development” according to Matt Mullenweg, founder and CEO of WordPress’ parent company Automattic.

Global Internet Explorer usage has been declining for years, and now sits at just 4.18% of all internet users. Combined, only 0.91% of users are utilizing IE 8, 9, or 10.
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Boosting Internet Speeds

Boosting Internet Speed

If your internet speed seems to be dragging behind lately, try some of these correctional techniques to revitalize your connectivity.

Perform local updates

Slow speeds can be caused by a lack of updated tools.

  • Internet browsers can auto-update, but that doesn’t imply that you are using the most up to date version. Check your settings to verify that you are running the most recent version of your browser, or download it directly from their website.
  • The same goes for your operating system. Don’t be overly dependent on auto-updates for your software. There are various methods to go about this, depending on the OS you are using. Computers running Windows can be updated by searching “Update” in your task bar. Macs are updated through the top menu in the App Store. Linux users can update using terminal commands (varying depending on the OS).
  • Routers can also get occasional firmware updates. Implementing these varies significantly, so do some research on your router company’s website for instructions for updates (if there are any available)
  • Could it be your device causing the slowdown? Be sure to update your phones, tablets, and other devices you have connected to the web.

 
Cables and such

Old Ethernet cables can potentially slow your internet speeds to a crawl. These cables are split into categories, and are noticeably different from each other. Lifehacker has a great article explaining these differences. If possible, try switching to fiber optics. It may cost you a pretty penny, but the boost you gain from running fiber can make it worthwhile. Get in contact with your Internet Service Provider to see if this is a feasible solution for you.

Do some spring cleaning

Your computer may be caught up running background processes that suck up your bandwidth. If you are running Windows, delve into your Task Manager and kill any running processes that you know you don’t need. On A Mac, use the Activity Monitor in the Utilities folder. And once again, Linux users can check using command line prompts or loaded management programs.

If these solutions don’t seem to do enough, you may want to consider switching ISPs, or making some technical investments. Or just ask your neighbor for the WiFi password with false promises of only using it one time.

CU*Answers Launches the Online Store

The New CU*Answers Online Store

CU*Answers is taking the next step in our commitment to online retailing. The CU*Answers Online Store contains products and services from multiple CU*Answers departments and is growing in size each day. Incorporating all the major perks of modern e-commerce including featured and suggested products, descriptive content, and aesthetically pleasing organization – ordering services from CU*Answers has never been easier.

Visit today and experience the future of CU*Answers-  https://store.cuanswers.com/

Ambitions to be a Web Developer?

Hello World!

Have you ever wanted to give web development a shot, but don’t quite know where to start?

Whether you plan to make a career out of front end/full stack dev or just want to get crazy on the keyboard- the typical starting point for web development is learning HTML and CSS. Once you have an understanding and comprehension of these languages, you could spiderweb out and incorporate programming languages such as PHP and JavaScript.

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What’s the Best Image Format?

Living in the 21st century you see images all over this massive, intangible thing we call the internet. As you have probably noticed, these images don’t all have the same format, saved as various file types. So here’s the question- Which one is best? Let’s find out.

Here are the main image formats we’re going to cover:

  • JPG
  • GIF
  • PNG
  • SVG

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Internet Explorer- No Longer King

In January 2016, Internet Explorer was still the most used browser in America, sitting at 46% of total web users. The crown was then stolen by Google Chrome in mid March, according to netmarketshare.com

Although Internet Explorer still receives security updates, regular support has been discontinued since 2015 due to Microsoft pushing Edge. This has caused some irritation among web users, as Edge is currently only usable on Windows 10, which covers approximately 24% of operating systems in use. Edge in itself has not taken off very well- as only 22% of Windows 10 users prefer it over other browsers available.

For more stats on these browsers, see this nice article from Ars Technica.