Lots of great stuff came down the pipeline this month at Kernl, so lets dive in!
Features / Bugs / Improvements
- Share Load Tests – You can now share your load tests publicly! Just click the “share” button that shows up after your load test is completed.
- Analytics Widget – If you scroll down past the list of plugin/theme versions in the product detail view you’ll now see a widget with analytics data (for Kernl Analytics subscribers).
- Load Testing Line Graph Performance – For large load testing data sets the line graph performance has been improved by disabling some of the flashier features of Chart.js
- Analytics page now attempts to show the analytics for the first product in your product list upon entry.
- NODE_ENV was not set to “production” on our app servers. It is now.
- The transition to a fully managed load balancer is now complete.
Thats it for this month!
On an average day Kernl handles around 2 million requests from 135,000 unique domains. Our analytics offering lets you use this data to make better product development decisions, but there is also a more holistic view of the Kernl and WordPress ecosystem to be had. I’d like to introduce to you the Kernl WordPress Statistics page!
What is it?
The statistics page gives you a high level overview of Kernl ecosystem. This is a subset of the overall WordPress ecosystem with the important distinction that every domain represented has paid for a plugin or theme. It includes information around WordPress versions, PHP versions, and the language that the site is in.
There are a lot of neat visualizations that you could make with this data over time, so the API is exposed and can be used by anyone. Check out the Kernl API documentation to get started. No authentication required.
Awesome! Where do I go to see this in action?
Check out https://kernl.us/wordpress-installation-statistics , or go to the Kernl homepage and scroll all the way to the bottom.
Have you ever wished that Kernl supported plugin update icons? Well, your wish is our command!
As you can see, before this change the icon displayed on the WordPress update dashboard for Kernl-based plugins was the default “power cord” image.
Now you can upload your own icon to Kernl and have it displayed in the update dashboard.
Using the new plugin update icon feature is easy.
- Add the latest version of the plugin_update_check.php file to your plugin.
- Upload an icon (64×64) to Kernl in the plugin meta tab.
That’s it! Deploy your update so that all of your customers get the new plugin_update_check file and Kernl will start serving your update icon when you release your next update.
If you have any questions or need help getting set up, shoot and email to firstname.lastname@example.org