Goodbye PHP 5.5

php55Yes, another milestone this weekend as PHP 5.5 reaches the end of its safe operating life on web servers. As of July 9, 2016 it will receive no more security updates. Should you be concerned? Maybe, if you are one of the many web designers and site owners whose server runs on PHP 5.5.

I see into the admin panels of many sites every day, and the majority are still using PHP 5.5 or earlier. I still see some with PHP 5.2, and many with PHP5.3. Such a security risk cannot be worth taking, surely?

Similarly, I see way too many sites using the user name ‘admin’ with a simple password, making the life of the hacker way too easy. Be aware that if you have registered the Ultimatum Toolset with one admin user, you must not delete that user without first resetting the Ultimatum Toolset (in effect de-registering it). The same applies if you wish to change the ID number of the main admin user (iThemes Security does this). An alternative to making a safer main admin user name is to rename the main admin, and there are plugins that help you do this, such as the WPVN – Username Changer plugin (use it but then remove it).

With only PHP 5.6 still being supported from the PHP 5 series, the switch to PHP 7 becomes more pressing. At last, cPanel, the supplier of the control panel software most often used by hosts, have announced that EasyApache 4 will be a stable release (out of beta) for their next version; cPanel 58 (but the easy conversion interface to convert from the current EasyApache 3 to the new 4 has been delayed; your host will have to do this from the command line for now). Also coming soon from them is add-on support for Let’s Encrypt automated, free SSL certification, and some support for NGiNX and PHP-FPM. Happy days for those of you seeking better performance and security without the need for expert server tuning skills.

Data Centric WordPress Website Design


Good planning makes a website much easier to design and deliver, making you more profit and getting the website to the customer faster and more efficiently. Let’s ignore all the fluff and magic that makes up the appearance of the website, but instead take a look at the data structure underlying your design. We are going to look at how WordPress and Ultimatum give you the tools to make your website design Data Centric. (more…)

Sticky Scroll Header Menu in Ultimatum

sticky-notesThere are many ways to implement a sticky scroll header menu feature in WordPress and Ultimatum; this blog post will focus on making a sticky scroll header menu in an Ultimatum partial header layout without using a sticky scroll plugin or the sticky header option in Ultimatum layouts.

Increase your site’s conversion rates with Convertplug

The simple fact all marketers will tell you is that 90% of your website visitors will not visit you again. This fact can be overcome with several ways and the most effective one is e-mail. Yes, the e-mail is the king when it comes to marketing. We will not speak of numbers and analytics in this post as you can easily find them in Internet with simple searches. What we are going to say is that we have agreed with our fellows at Brainstorm Force to include Convertplug into Ultimatum.

100K Sites and Growing Fast

wordpress-frameworksYes, well over 100,000 (now nearly 102,000) sites are now powered by Ultimatum (as measured by active API connections). Add in all those that do not have their toolsets connected, and the figure could well be a lot higher. That’s simply amazing. And it is all down to the creativity of Ultimatum users. Made possible by the most flexible and powerful WordPress theme designing tool available today. So says a recent poll at GoBarrelRoll. Read the results here.

gobarrelrolllogoThe survey by GoBarrelRoll pitched the major frameworks against each other and asked the users to vote … and they did. A fast, hard-run race, but the worthy winner was Ultimatum. Ultimatum users know just how powerful this great framework is. Under the hood it is just so powerful and flexible. Using the Bootstrap 3 grid, it has a huge variety of styling options, together with an impressive list of premium plugins.

What makes Ultimatum so popular? One voter added this comment, “I am so pleased I bought Ultimatum Pro. I echo everyone about the advantages of the theme, and the helpfulness of the company through support, blogs, YouTube tutorials and the forums.” With every release Ultimatum gets better, more powerful, more flexible. It helps the web designer be more efficient; as one voter said, “… you have more time to make your layouts beautiful and keep your customers happy.”

Have you tried Ultimatum yet? Why not? Come on in and grab a license today, you won’t regret it. See what our members are making every day with Ultimatum on our showcase. Read the testimonials written by genuine users the world over. Make Ultimatum the last WordPress theme you ever buy.