A round up of weekly news about the WordPress community and other useful articles.

This is weekly round up of WordPress news for 19, 2017 that I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.

Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new June 19, 2017

This is weekly round up of WordPress news for 19, 2017  that I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website.

This is a weekly round up of WordPress news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.

We try to have news here that is not only important to help you with your website as well as new from the #wpdrama scene and more to share.

Some of the news here will be of interesting links to not only articles but training materials and other sources I can find online that will help you create a better WordPress website.

 


This week we have the following news for you.

WordPress 4.8 Text Widget Meltdown

https://www.blogaid.net/wordpress-4-8-text-widget-meltdown/The new rich Text Widget in WordPress 4.8 is stripping out code. Get the skinny on what to do for your site and the changes being made to the Text Widget.

The new rich Text Widget is stripping out some HTML code.

That’s wreaking havoc for site owners that have certain types of custom coding.

Read original article here…. blogaid.net

How to Easily Hide Widget Title in WordPress

http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-easily-hide-widget-title-in-wordpress/Widgets make it extremely easy for beginner level WordPress users to drag and drop items into different widget areas and create unique layouts for their websites. You can even extend the power of default widgets to get better control on your site’s layout by using conditional statements. Most widgets allow you to give them a title. This title then appears in Widgets admin area as well as your website’s front end. The problem is that some times you may not want to display the widget title on your website. One of our users recently asked us how to remove widget title in WordPress? Well in this article, we will show you how to easily hide widget title in WordPress. Read original article here…. wpbeginner.com

5 Steps to Supercharge your WordPress blog

https://www.hostreview.com/blog/170615-5-steps-to-supercharge-your-wordpress-blogImagine you visit a website. Let’s say www.randomwebsite.com. You enter the URL and waited for 10-15 seconds to load the website. Now, think, how do you feel? When you browse the internet, you cannot afford such big operational mistake. 10-15 seconds load time can lead your visitor to simply click the large red colored X, up above at the top.

Slow website means slow traffic. You create a blog website to educate people over the internet, not to frustrate them with your slow loading website. When we talk about “The Internet Phenomenon” every additional loading second is a flaw. Every flaw triggers a negative effect with it. That negative effect will create a drawback which will simply affect your goal. Read original article here…. hostreview.com

10 security tips to protect your wordpress website from hackers

http://www.geektime.com/2017/06/14/10-security-tips-to-protect-your-wordpress-website-from-hackers/Do you want a site that is easily manageable, easy to use, SEO friendly and secure? WordPress is probably the best bet for you, but you still need to know how to secure it properly.

If it didn’t occur to you then allow me to remind you that WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) out there seeing as how it powers more than 27% of the world’s websites and has a massive online community.

However, that fame and glory comes with a price. Having such an elevated status makes WordPress an easy target for hackers, DDoS and brute force attacks. Thankfully, the WP community works tirelessly to beef up security as best as it can. Read original article here…. geektime.com

Imagely Acquires TeslaThemes, Is Seeking Other Acquisition Opportunities

https://wptavern.com/imagely-acquires-teslathemes-is-seeking-other-acquisition-opportunitiesIn an effort to diversify and expand into the commercial WordPress theme market, Imagely, maintainers of NextGEN Gallery, have acquired TeslaThemes for an undisclosed amount.

TeslaThemes launched in 2013 as a theme club and recently celebrated its fourth anniversary. The company has 68 themes in its library, including the TeslaThemes framework.

Eric Danzer, Founder and CEO of Imagely, says no major changes will be happening with TeslaThemes and that their immediate focus will be to provide maintenance and support. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

16,000 WordPress Sites Have Been Hacked

http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/16000-wordpress-sites-have-been/Cookies enable us to provide the best experience possible and help us understand how visitors use our website. By browsing Infosecurity Magazine, you agree to our use of cookies.

At least 15,769 WordPress websites have been compromised so far this year by cyber-attackers, and most are serving up malware, unflagged by Google’s Safe Browsing checks. Read original article here…. infosecurity-magazine.com

How to Improve Your WordPress Site’s Reputation Right Now

http://www.wpexplorer.com/improve-wordpress-site-reputation/The overall success of your website may completely depend on whether or not people berate you with bad reviews and comments. Although the average business doesn’t have thousands of bad Yelp reviews, we’ve seen far too many times how not responding properly to feedback can cause problems for your future reputation.

Overall, the internet is no place to be shy about how great your business is. Otherwise, the folks that do get disgruntled about your business will be louder than you. Read original article here…. wpexplorer.com

 

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WordPress Migrations and SEO: Post-Migration Tasks & Testing

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-migrations-seo-post-migration-tasks-testing/?utm_expid=3606929-93.spVh-aR3SwGklKzL4HJQQg.0Moving a WordPress website is straightforward enough (if you know what you’re doing, that is – and if not, here’s how). But it’s important to be aware of the possible fall-out and impacts on your SEO.

This is part two of a two-part series on WordPress Migrations and SEO. In part one, we looked at how a website migration can affect organic traffic and what needs to be completed in preparation for it. In this post, I’ll show you in detail what needs to be done immediately after the migration and how to check if your search engine optimization has been affected. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

WordPress 4.7 Introduces Twenty Seventeen Default Theme and WP REST API Content Endpoints

https://wptavern.com/wordpress-4-7-introduces-twenty-seventeen-default-theme-and-wp-rest-api-content-endpointsWordPress 4.7 “Vaughan” was released today, named in honor of American jazz vocalist Sarah “Sassy” Vaughan. This release makes significant improvements to the new theme setup experience, inspiring the tagline: “Your site, your way.”

Twenty Seventeen is making its debut in 4.7 as the first default theme designed for business websites. It beautifully showcases new features for theme developers and demonstrates many improvements to the setup process. Twenty Seventeen offers four customizable panels on the front page for displaying existing content, custom logo upload, fullscreen featured images, and brand new core support for video headers. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

60 Keyboard Shortcuts That Will Make You More Productive

https://medium.com/@larrykim/60-keyboard-shortcuts-that-will-make-you-more-productive-56307896a40b#.yekt8ri76Seconds add up. If you can find ways to shave off a few seconds here and there, you’ll be well on your way to being faster and more efficient at your job.

That’s what’s so great about keyboard shortcuts. They make you way more productive.

Every day your work probably requires you to navigate lots of different operating systems, browsers, and software. That’s why I’ve previously shared some brilliant hacks to make your life simpler — especially if you use Gmail, Excel, Word, Twitter, and Google search. 60 Keyboard Shortcuts That Will Make You More Productive

Everything You Need to Know from State of the Word 2016

https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/general-news/everything-you-need-to-know-from-state-of-the-word-2016?utm_source=Elegant+Themes&utm_campaign=04ee0e0920-WordPress_Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c886a2fc0a-04ee0e0920-51249745From December 2nd to December 4th, hordes of WordPress devotees descended on Philadelphia, PA for WordCamp US. The three day convention culminated with Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word 2016, a fun play on the President’s State of the Union Address. The State of the Word discusses WordPress’ achievements over the past year and lays out a roadmap for the future.

If you want to check out the full State of the Word 2016, you can find the video and slides at Matt’s website. Otherwise, keep reading for my summary of everything noteworthy from State of the Word 2016. I’ll summarize chronologically so that it will be easier for you to jump to the video if something catches your attention. Read original article here…. elegantthemes.com

10+ Best Feminine WordPress Themes for Your Beautiful Website

http://www.wpexplorer.com/feminine-wordpress-themes/Whether you have a blog, a store, or a portfolio, a feminine brand warrants a suitable and appropriate design. However, selecting a theme solely based on aesthetic could lead you to choose one that lacks your required functionality.

Thankfully, there are lots of pretty, chic, feminine WordPress themes that also provide plenty of features to get your website in shape. Looking over a list of fitting themes should reveal at least one or two that might work for your project.

This post will highlight the ten most exquisite feminine themes in 2016, and will definitely inspire you to prettify your site. Let’s get started! Read original article here…. wpexplorer.com

WordPress Set-up and Plugins A to Z with Wesley Williams

http://www.wordpresswiki.org/wordpress-set-up-and-plugins-a-to-z-with-wesley-williams/Read original article here…. wordpresswiki.org

 

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This is weekly round up of WordPress news for 12, 2017 that I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.

Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new June 12, 2017

This is weekly round up of WordPress news for 12, 2017 that I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website.

This is a weekly round up of WordPress news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.

We try to have news here that is not only important to help you with your website as well as new from the #wpdrama scene and more to share.

Some of the news here will be of interesting links to not only articles but training materials and other sources I can find online that will help you create a better WordPress website.

 


This week we have the following news for you.

WordPress 4.8 “Evans” Released Featuring Nearby WordPress Events, New Media Widgets, and Link Boundaries

https://wptavern.com/wordpress-4-8-evans-released-featuring-nearby-wordpress-events-new-media-widgets-and-link-boundariesWordPress 4.8 “Evans” is available for download and is the first major release of the year under the new release cycle. WordPress 4.8 is named after William John “Bill” Evans, an American jazz pianist.

WordPress 4.8 includes three new widgets. All three widgets make it easier to display images, video, or audio  without using HTML. The Text widget now has support for TinyMCE providing rich-text functionality. Similar to the post editor, users have a choice between using a Visual or Text editor with limited formatting options.

Read original article here…. wptavern.com

New in WordPress 4.8 [Video Tour]

https://www.blogaid.net/new-in-wordpress-4-8-video-tour/?utm_source=BlogAid+Newsletter&utm_campaign=92e4dcd66b-BlogAid_Blog_Posts5_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7bdf20ec49-92e4dcd66b-710348757See the new features coming in WordPress 4.8, including new audio, video, and image widgets, plus an enhanced Text widget.

Here’s what the WP devs say about why it took so long:

“A primary reason for the long delay in incorporating TinyMCE into the Text widget was the difficulty of cleanly instantiating another copy of the WordPress visual editor dynamically after the page has loaded.”

Read original article here…. blogaid.net

Version 4.8 « WordPress Codex

https://codex.wordpress.org/Version_4.8On June 8, 2017, WordPress Version 4.8, named for jazz pianist and composer William John “Bill” Evans, was released to the public. For more information on this enhancement and bug-fix release, read the WordPress Blog, and see the Changelog for 4.8.

For Version 4.8, the database version (db_version in wp_options) changed to 38590, and the Trac revision was 40888.

Have you ever tried updating a link, or the text around a link, and found you can’t seem to edit it correctly? When you edit the text after the link, your new text also ends up linked. Or you edit the text in the link, but your text ends up outside of it. This can be frustrating! With link boundaries, a great new feature, the process is streamlined and your links will work well. You’ll be happier. We promise. Read original article here…. codex.wordpress.org

What’s New in WordPress 4.8

https://wplook.com/whats-new-wordpress-4-8/?inf_contact_key=c076e422dab40553dd87f44fe35021902fa902b6de26710405c0ec4e648e3b32A new update of WordPress will be released by the WordPress team in June. Crucial patches and new features are among the exciting things eagerly awaited by WordPress platform users.

Improved Visual Text Editor The visual editor is now more user-friendly and hassle-free. TinyMCE features have been included in the latest WordPress update to improve the visual editor. Navigating through links is now easier as compared to previous versions of WordPress. A Click on a hyperlinked text area extends the blank space in front of the text. The extra blank space can be used to add extra text which is automatically hyperlinked. Read original article here…. wplook.com

Tips Tuesday

https://www.blogaid.net/tips-tuesday-chrome-ad-blocker-wordpress-4-8-blogging-frequency/?utm_source=BlogAid+Newsletter&utm_campaign=cd68f11e7b-BlogAid_Blog_Posts5_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7bdf20ec49-cd68f11e7b-710348757The next major release of WordPress is slated to release on Thursday of this week.

They’ve already made a bunch of bug changes to the first release candidate and rolled out a second release candidate a few days ago. I’m poking all over it already.

Read original article here…. blogaid.net

Adding Custom Images Sizes to the WordPress Media Library

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/adding-custom-images-sizes-wordpress/Automatically uploading images into WordPress creates different sizes from the original but, unfortunately, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution.

The default sizes that are created are thumbnail, medium, large and full-size. But, if you need a different size, such as for products in an eCommerce store, then you can create your own custom size to suit your needs.

In this post, I’ll show you how to create custom image sizes by registering them in your theme with code.

Before you dive right in and start adding code to your theme, you should create a child theme if you’re working with a pre-existing theme. This prevents all your changes from being erased if you apply updates to your theme once they become available. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

Top 20 WordPress Plugins for Business Websites 2017

http://www.wpexplorer.com/top-wordpress-plugins-business-websites/Why do you need WordPress plugins if WordPress is as impressive a platform as they say? That is, indeed, a great question. Well, you don’t need all WordPress plugins, but just a select few to take your business website to the next level.

As a content management system, WordPress is quite impressive. Still, a lot of the action we love is found in the thousands of free and premium WordPress plugins out there. And there’s a horde out there man, of hungry developers making even more as we speak.

First, how about we drop a couple of fun facts just so know you’re in for a great ride. If that’s a yes I hear from the guys at the back, who I am to keep you waiting? Did you know? Read original article here…. wpexplorer.com

Where and How to Hire a WordPress Developer (Places and Tips)

https://kinsta.com/blog/hire-wordpress-developer/Finding a skilled and professional WordPress developer can truly be a long, grueling, and daunting task. There are literally hundreds of sites out there with millions of members, all fighting for projects and undercutting each other’s prices. The problem is that a lot of these gladiators are nowhere near ready for the arena. Many sites don’t actually take the time to vet their providers, instead opting to let natural selection (ratings and reviews) cull the weakest members through time. This translates to a bad user experience for many customers who become frustrated and quickly lose faith in the development process. It can also be quite costly, as some have to try multiple developers before finding one they are confident they can work with.

Thankfully, there are several platforms out there that do take measures to make the hiring experience better for their users and actually attract professional talent to their sites. In this article, we’ll look at eight great sources and finish with some tips on how to find and hire the best WordPress developers. Where and How to Hire a WordPress Developer (Places and Tips)

Holler Box: A Smart Notification Plugin for WordPress Websites

https://wptavern.com/holler-box-a-smart-notification-plugin-for-wordpress-websitesScott Bolinger, co-founder of AppPresser, has launched a new sales and conversion tool for WordPress websites called Holler Box. The plugin offers a lightweight, elegant popup message for capturing email addresses, displaying a (fake) live chat, or announcing a sale or event.

Bolinger designed it to be non-intrusive – it’s not the kind of modal dialog that obscures content with an animated box in the middle of the page. Holler Box appears at the bottom right-hand of the page by default. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

 

Top 20 WordPress Plugins for Business Websites 2017

http://www.wpexplorer.com/top-wordpress-plugins-business-websites/Why do you need WordPress plugins if WordPress is as impressive a platform as they say? That is, indeed, a great question. Well, you don’t need all WordPress plugins, but just a select few to take your business website to the next level.

As a content management system, WordPress is quite impressive. Still, a lot of the action we love is found in the thousands of free and premium WordPress plugins out there. And there’s a horde out there man, of hungry developers making even more as we speak.

First, how about we drop a couple of fun facts just so know you’re in for a great ride. If that’s a yes I hear from the guys at the back, who I am to keep you waiting? Did you know? Read original article here…. wpexplorer.com

 

And now for something older in the past article collections.

StudioPress Puts WooCommerce Compatibility on the Roadmap for New Themes

https://wptavern.com/studiopress-puts-woocommerce-compatibility-on-the-roadmap-for-new-themesIn Rainmaker.fm’s recent interview with Matt Mullenweg, StudioPress founder Brian Gardner confirmed that the company has put WooCommerce compatibility on the roadmap for its themes, starting with new products first. The “unofficial announcement” was not a secret, as Gardner has been hinting at it on social media and also posted a sneak peak on Dribbble of StudioPress’ upcoming WooCommerce theme.

“We are focusing our themes and I’m literally designing one as we speak that will be WooCommerce compatible,” Gardner said. “The writing is on the wall. We’re now at a point where we can focus and dedicate some of our time. My hope is that we can take all our existing themes on StudioPress and work in the WooCommerce component – at the very least – to make WooCommerce out of the box look good.” Read original article here…. wptavern.com

Mullenweg Takes Aim at Wix over GPL Abuses, Wix Response Fails to Address Licensing Issue

https://wptavern.com/mullenweg-takes-aim-at-wix-over-gpl-abuses-wix-response-fails-to-address-licensing-issueOver the weekend WordPress co-creator and Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg called out Wix for copying GPL code from the WordPress mobile app and distributing it in its proprietary app. He identified two repositories that Wix forked in order to bring the GPL-licensed WordPress Rich Text Editor into its app.

“If I were being charitable, I’d say, ‘The app’s editor is based on the WordPress mobile app’s editor.’ Mullenweg said. “If I were being honest, I’d say that Wix copied WordPress without attribution, credit, or following the license.” Read original article here…. wptavern.com

Beware the 100 Page WordPress Limitation

https://woorkup.com/beware-the-100-page-wordpress-limitation/If you are having performance issues on the backend (in your dashboard) you might want to check on how many pages you currently have. WordPress was not meant for over 100 pages as it will start running into memory issues. This won’t affect the front end load times, but you will want to start banging your head against your desk. I had a client recently with a little over 1,000 pages and it brought WordPress to a crawl. And yes they are on a high-end VPS. It doesn’t have to do with the server, but rather how WordPress is structured. Read original article here…. woorkup.com

WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg slams Wix: ‘Your app editor is built with stolen code’

http://venturebeat.com/2016/10/28/wordpress-creator-matt-mullenweg-slams-wix-your-app-editor-is-built-with-stolen-code/WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg has taken exception to the editor used in Wix’s mobile app, alleging that the do-it-yourself web building service has copied his platform’s editor and failed to give proper attribution and adhere to the general public license (GPL) — basically, to open source the work.

“If I were being honest, I’d say that Wix copied WordPress without attribution, credit, or following the license. The custom icons, the class names, even the bugs. You can see the forked repositories on GitHub complete with original commits from Alex and Maxime, two developers on Automattic’s mobile team,” he wrote in a blog post. “Wix has always borrowed liberally from WordPress — including their company name, which used to be Wixpress Ltd. — but this blatant rip-off and code theft is beyond anything I’ve seen before from a competitor.” Read original article here…. venturebeat.com

8 Must-Do Steps for Securing and Hardening Your WordPress Website

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/must-do-steps-securing-wordpress/Imagine with me for a moment that you’re a hacker looking for ways to hijack reputable websites and use them to funnel unsuspecting traffic to a nefarious phishing scam.

How would you target websites for maximum impact? One option would be to locate and target a single vulnerability that affects hundreds or thousands of sites. If such a thing could be found and exploited you could create digital carnage in very short order.

Are you starting to see why hardening WordPress is so important?

As the most popular content management system on the web, WordPress is a prime target for hackers everywhere. But there’s something you can do about it. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

 

How to Move Your Blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/moving-wordpress-com-wordpress-org/When you’re ready to scale up your WordPress.com blog or website without limits, migrating to a self-hosted WordPress.org site is the best way to go.

You can get full reign over your site’s design and functionality, as well as access help from people in the WordPress community (and us here at WPMU DEV!) when you’re in a jam.

When you’re used to the WordPress.com interface, navigating your way through the migration process to a self-hosted server can be tricky. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

 

Well that’s a wrap for this week more next week from WP Plugins A to Z.

 

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Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new May 29, 2017

The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website.

This is a weekly round up of WordPress news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.

We try to have news here that is not only important to help you with your website as well as new from the #wpdrama scene and more to share.

Some of the news here will be of interesting links to not only articles but training materials and other sources I can find online that will help you create a better WordPress website.

 


This week we have the following news for you.

WordPress 14

https://ma.tt/2017/05/wordpress-14/?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=962d913c7b-THE_WHIP_Not_My_Cup_of_Emoji_2017_05_29&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-962d913c7b-102893693Today is 14 years from the very first release of WordPress. The interface I’m using to write this (Calypso) is completely unrecognizable from what WordPress looked and worked like even a few years ago. Fourteen years in, I’m waking up every day excited about what’s coming next for us. The progress of the editor and CLI so far this year is awesome, and I’m looking forward to that flowing into improvements for customization and the REST API. Thanks as always to Mike for kicking off this crazy journey, all the people chipping in to make WordPress better, and Konstantin and Erick for surprising me with the cool cake above. Read original article here…. ma.tt

14 Amazing WordPress Milestones

https://torquemag.io/2017/05/wordpress-milestones/?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=962d913c7b-THE_WHIP_Not_My_Cup_of_Emoji_2017_05_29&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-962d913c7b-102893693WordPress this weekend celebrates its 14th birthday. The CMS has come a long way since its release in 2003. Not only does it today power more than 28 percent of the internet, but its also supported and maintained by a growing community.

WordPress has grown so much in the last decade – today we want to highlight some of the biggest milestones of the last 14 years.

Now over a decade later, the CMS is a powerful platform that supports sites such as Wired, The New York Times, Disney, Sony, and beyond. WordPress has evolved into so much more than blogging software – it is a platform from which any person or company can launch their digital experiences. Read original article here…. torquemag.io

WordPress 4.8 Release Candidate

https://wordpress.org/news/2017/05/wordpress-4-8-release-candidate/?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=962d913c7b-THE_WHIP_Not_My_Cup_of_Emoji_2017_05_29&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-962d913c7b-102893693The release candidate for WordPress 4.8 is now available.

RC means we think we’re done, but with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, it’s possible we’ve missed something. We hope to ship WordPress 4.8 on Thursday, June 8, but we need your help to get there. If you haven’t tested 4.8 yet, now is the time!

To test WordPress 4.8, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin or you can download the release candidate here (zip). Read original article here…. wordpress.org

WordPress 4.8 Release Candidate is Out

https://www.blogaid.net/wordpress-4-8-release-candidate-is-out/?utm_source=BlogAid+Newsletter&utm_campaign=4a7acb0216-BlogAid_Blog_Posts5_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7bdf20ec49-4a7acb0216-710348757WordPress has launched the first Release Candidate for version 4.8.

That means the devs have closed all new additions and are asking webmasters to test it so they can fix any bugs.

This version contains some fun new widgets.

I’ll be poking around it to see:

Read original article here…. blogaid.net

10 Ways to Determine the Quality of a Free WordPress Plugin

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/determining-quality-free-wordpress-plugin/Whether you’re a developer who loves to code or you’re an implementer looking to design high-quality sites without breaking too much of a sweat, at some point you’ll want to turn to WordPress plugins for help.

Sometimes, it’s not worth it to try and figure out the manual way of adding popup messages to your site or animating your new landing page. With so many awesome plugins out there, why spend your time coding that functionality from scratch when someone else has already done it for you? Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

Tips Tuesday

https://www.blogaid.net/tips-tuesday-wp-site-services-meta-keywords-google-my-business/?utm_source=BlogAid+Newsletter&utm_campaign=70bcfd02d5-BlogAid_Blog_Posts5_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7bdf20ec49-70bcfd02d5-710348757Help for DIY Site Owners with WordPress, SEO, HTTPS, Security, and Performance

Read original article here…. blogaid.net

How to Set Up a WordPress Multi Network

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-multi-network/WordPress Multisite is an awesome tool in its own right that enables you to create a network of WordPress websites, but did you know it’s possible to create a network of Multisite networks, i.e. a network of networks?

A multi-network allows you to have virtually infinite Multisite networks, all using a single WordPress install and database. Each network can host virtually infinite child blogs/sites.

There are great benefits to having a multi-network as well as risks: on the one hand, you have a single install with centralized updates for all networks and blogs/sites – all of your networks conveniently located in the one place. On the other hand, you have one single install with centralized updates for all networks and blogs/sites… having everything in one place can make you vulnerable to hacking attacks and other security issues. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

 

And now for something older in the past article collections.

Integrate Google Search Console Data into Google Analytics

https://www.blogaid.net/integrate-google-search-console-data-into-google-analytics/?utm_source=BlogAid+Newsletter&utm_campaign=0b64a85f5e-BlogAid_Blog_Posts5_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7bdf20ec49-0b64a85f5e-710348757Easily see how folks find your site in search and what pages and posts they visit on your site with this new integration from Google.

Savvy site owners pour over their analytics – like a hawk.

They want clear feedback on what type of content and marketing methods are bringing in the traffic.

Read original article here…. blogaid.net

WP Engine: Top WordPress plug-ins and themes generated more than a quarter of a billion dollars since 2010

http://marketingland.com/wp-engine-top-wordpress-plug-ins-themes-generated-quarter-billion-dollars-since-2010-195699The popular website content management system WordPress — which powers more than a quarter of all websites — has given birth to a thriving cottage industry of plug-ins and visual themes.

But it’s a pretty big cottage. In a report recently released by WordPress hosting service provider WP Engine, plug-ins and themes have generated more than a quarter of a billion dollars since 2010. A bit over $267 million, in fact, breaking down to about $232 million for approximately 5500 themes and over $35 million for 3800 plug-ins. Read original article here…. marketingland.com

GitHub

https://github.com/taniarascia/wp-functionsThis is a list of useful WordPress functions that I often reference to enhance or clean up my sites. Please be careful and make backups.

Update: As of WP 4.1, the long version is no longer required – simply add the following to functions.php and remove thetag from your header.

Insert this where you want it to appear, and save the menu in Appearance -> Menus.

 

WP REST API Content Endpoints Officially Approved for Merge into WordPress 4.7

https://wptavern.com/wp-rest-api-officially-approved-for-merge-into-wordpress-4-7After a lengthy and impassioned meeting in the WordPress #core Slack channel on Monday evening, the WP REST API content endpoints were conditionally approved for merge into 4.7. Since that time Brian Krogsgard published a document with input from the team on how they plan to measure the success of the API.

The conditions included some last minute work from the team on demonstrating how the API can benefit core development. Contributors produced multiple proofs of concept, including leveraging the REST API endpoints for Press this and Quick Draft features. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

How to Properly Uninstall WordPress Plugin Manually

https://www.cloudways.com/blog/uninstall-wordpress-plugin-manually/After installing WordPress, typically one of the first things you do is install plugins. As you develop your website and play around with options, you get to know that not every plugin is the best fit for your website. Once that happens, one usually deactivates them. However, it is important to properly uninstall and delete the plugins to make sure they do not interfere with your website.

This article will illustrate how to do just that, and also why it is important to do so. So line up all your unwanted plugins, aim, and get ready to fire.

Before we banish the plugins that are of no use, though, let’s discuss why uninstalling and deleting the plugins properly is necessary. Read original article here…. cloudways.com

Why PixelGrade is Experimenting with a $225 WordPress Theme on Themeforest

https://wptavern.com/why-pixelgrade-is-experimenting-with-a-225-wordpress-theme-on-themeforestThis post was contributed by guest author Sami Keijonen. Sami is a math teacher who enjoys learning about the web, accessibility, and WordPress. He juggles between freelancing, building themes at Foxland, and teaching.

Several theme authors have been experimenting with new pricing on ThemeForest. But PixelGrade took it to the next level by raising the price of its Pile theme from $59 to $225.

That’s a bold move, but I expect nothing less from them. They want to think outside of the box and push the boundaries. Based on the theme shop’s wild yet functional designs and the anti-corporate thoughts expressed in the co-founder’s Our Saga article, I have to say that I like PixelGrade’s approach. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

GoDaddy Makes Building WordPress Websites Easier With New Product Introduction

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/godaddy-makes-building-wordpress-websites-easier-with-new-product-introduction-300345302.htmlGoDaddy developed WordPress Websites for small business owners, and any looking to put their ideas online, who want a professional-looking WordPress website, but may not have experience with website development.

With the Quick Start Wizard, users can quickly get started with a choice of premium quality themes and layouts that include essential pages and features (e.g. blog, photo gallery, contact form, social integration with Facebook, Twitter and more) and access to a library of thousands of free images. From here, the Visual Page Editor allows you to edit text, drag and drop columns and rows, and insert images directly onto your page. Read original article here…. prnewswire.com

 

 

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Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new May 22, 2017

This is weekly round up of WordPress news for May 22, 2017 that I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website.

This is a weekly round up of WordPress news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.

We try to have news here that is not only important to help you with your website as well as new from the #wpdrama scene and more to share.

Some of the news here will be of interesting links to not only articles but training materials and other sources I can find online that will help you create a better WordPress website.

 


This week we have the following news for you.

Is Your WordPress Database a Disaster? | WP Fangirl

https://www.wpfangirl.com/2017/is-your-wordpress-database-a-disaster/Over time, your WordPress database accumulates clutter. There may be whole tables left behind by plugins that you are no longer using. There are almost sure to be expired transients, outdated options, and orphaned post or user meta. A bloated WordPress database can cause performance problems, and it may also make backing up and restoring more difficult.

Inspecting your database for problems is a little harder than looking for missing images or making sure your forms are working. If you’re not familiar with the WordPress database structure and tools like phpMyAdmin, it’s probably best to ask your developer to do the checking. It’s perfectly safe to install one of the database maintenance plugins I mention in the next section, though. Is Your WordPress Database a Disaster? | WP Fangirl

WordPress.com’s TV Commercials Are Confusing

https://wptavern.com/wordpress-coms-tv-commercials-are-confusingAutomattic has unveiled five commercials that are being tested in six different television markets. The videos were created earlier this year when a volunteer team of Automatticians visited Detroit, MI, to participate in the Rebrand Detroit project.

The commercials are part of a series called ‘Free to be’ where business owners share what success means to them and the city of Detroit.

I’ve watched each commercial a few times and my initial reaction is confusion. I don’t know exactly what WordPress.com is trying to sell me. It’s obvious that these people are seeing success with hosting their sites on WordPress.com. But is it because of the tools available or is it because the VIP team or other staff members stepped in and guided them through the process? Read original article here…. wptavern.com

WordPress 4.7.5 Patches Six Security Issues, Immediate Update Recommended

https://wptavern.com/wordpress-4-7-5-patches-six-security-issues-immediate-update-recommendedWordPress 4.7.5 was released today with fixes for six security issues. If you manage multiple sites, you may have seen automatic update notices landing in your inbox this evening. The security release is for all previous versions and WordPress is recommending an immediate update. Sites running versions older than 3.7 will require a manual update.

The vulnerabilities patched in 4.7.5 were responsibly disclosed to the WordPress security team by five different parties credited in the release post. These include the following: Read original article here…. wptavern.com

What to Expect in WordPress 4.8

https://wptavern.com/what-to-expect-in-wordpress-4-8WordPress 4.8 Beta 1 is available for testing and has a couple of features that will likely have a big impact.

WordPress 4.8 has three new core widgets and adds a visual editor to the Text widget. Adding video, audio, or images to text widgets typically involves using custom HTML.

Each of the new widgets in 4.8 takes advantage of the WordPress Media Library. Because the widgets use the media modal, users can insert content from a URL. This is particularly convenient for the Video widget as most videos are not stored locally. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

Are You Sure Your Website Is Still Working?

https://www.wpfangirl.com/2017/is-your-website-working/When was the last time you really looked at your website? If you can’t remember, it’s probably time for a website review. This series walks you through what to test and when to call your developer

If your website doesn’t get a lot of traffic–and sometimes even if it does–you may never know when something isn’t working. Unlike your car, which has warning lights and beeps for every conceivable problem, your website won’t always tell you when something is wrong. Take some time right now to check the following. Read original article here…. wpfangirl.com

 

 

 

How To Run A WordPress Security Audit

https://ithemes.com/2017/05/17/how-to-run-a-wordpress-security-audit/?utm_source=iThemes+Updates&utm_campaign=cfc242e3cd-05_18_2017_Updates_Security_Audit&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_79a8f605eb-cfc242e3cd-297439873With so many threats to your website, it’s important to make your WordPress site as secure as possible. Running a WordPress security audit of your website helps you prepare for and prevent successful attacks on your site. You can’t protect your site from every possible issue, but you can make sure you’re prepared for the most common threats by running a WordPress security audit.

Here are some questions to ask while running your WordPress security audit: Read original article here…. ithemes.com

WordCamp Europe Attendees Are Being Denied Visas Because Conference Ticket Price Is Too Low

https://wptavern.com/wordcamp-europe-attendees-are-being-denied-visas-because-conference-ticket-price-is-too-lowIt has come to our attention that our friends from some countries are having problems with their Visas being rejected on the ground that “a 40€ entry fee cannot justify international travel”, something that makes this conference accessible to all. We are sad this is happening because now — for the first time in WordCamp Europe history — our inclusiveness is a burden we are carrying.

The open letter explains the WordCamp tradition of keeping ticket prices low to make it more inclusive for all income levels. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

 

And now for something older in the past article collections.

5 Ways to Grow Traffic to Your WordPress Website with the Power of Pinterest

Pinterest is the second largest social media traffic referrer after Facebook, driving far more referrals than Twitter, StumbleUpon, and Reddit combined. If you haven’t already invested time into developing your Pinterest strategy, chances are you’re missing out on a huge source of traffic. Read original article here…. wpexplorer.com

 

A First Look at Mergebot: Simple Database Merging for WordPress?

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/mergebot-database-merging-wordpress/So you’ve wrapped up a WordPress website overhaul and you’re ready to deploy. There’s only one problem. How do you deploy your development site without losing all of the updates and new content added to the production site while you were developing?

What you need is some way to compare your development database to the production database, merge the two databases, and resolve any conflicts one by one. The only problem is, there is no such tool. Or is there? Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

Top 5 WordPress SEO Trends for 2017

http://www.getmotopress.com/blog/top-5-wordpress-seo-trends-for-2017/Google search algorithm can be changed quicker (around 500 times per year) than you write blog posts, voice search trend is growing faster than you realize it actually exists, paid ads may decrease trustful relationships with your prospects. These are the realities of SEO and if you take a good care of your WordPress website from this perspective, check out this post to find out more about core SEO trends in 2017.

Researches from Alameda Internet Marketing agency interviewed 37 SEO experts asking them to give their vision on SEO trends for 2017. What you should pay attention to when optimizing the website for future, that is. The results of the research they presented in the following chart: Read original article here…. getmotopress.com

How to Create a Custom Taxonomy for Departments or Divisions on a Company WordPress Site

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/custom-taxonomy-departments-divisions-company-website/I often get asked if WordPress Multisite is a suitable solution for a company website that has different divisions with unique identities. The answer is usually yes – Multisite can do this excellently.

But it isn’t always necessary to create a separate site for each of the divisions in your company website, even using Multisite. If you want to include shared content that’s not specific to each division, or your divisions’ identity has a lot in common, or you’re working with an existing single site installation, then there is a way to get around this without activating Multisite. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

Why You Should Be Using a WordPress Content Locker Plugin

Content lockers can be an effective way of growing your email list, gaining more followers on social media and getting your content shared with a wider audience. But what exactly is a content locker and how can you use them on your WordPress website?

In this article we discuss what a content locker is and how they can help your site convert against its goals. We then look at some different WordPress content locker plugins, the features they offer and their suitability for your website. Read original article here…. wpexplorer.com

 

WordPress 2.7 Is the Role Model for How Design Can Lead the Way

https://wptavern.com/wordpress-2-7-is-the-role-model-for-how-design-can-lead-the-wayWhen Matt Mullenweg, co-creator of the WordPress open source project, announced that design would lead the way for WordPress development in 2017, utilizing user research and mockups, the first thing that came to my mind was WordPress 2.7. That release was the culmination of effective leadership and effort from Jen Mylo and Liz Danzico. In order to learn why this release is in a class of its own, we must look at how it was created. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

 

How to Give Away a Free Ebook (and Get More Subscribers) with WordPress

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/give-away-ebooks-get-subscribers/If you like ebooks, you can get a boatload of them by signing up for newsletters. That’s because offering a free ebook download as an incentive for signing up for a mailing list is a time-tested strategy to (hopefully) boost mailing list opt-in rates.

There’s a good chance you either use this strategy or have thought about using it and would like to get started. However, if you’ve never used this technique before you may not be sure how to actually deliver that ebook incentive to new subscribers. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

 

 

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Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new May 8, 2017

This is weekly round up of WordPress news for May 8, 2017 that I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website.

This is a weekly round up of WordPress news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.

We try to have news here that is not only important to help you with your website as well as new from the #wpdrama scene and more to share.

Some of the news here will be of interesting links to not only articles but training materials and other sources I can find online that will help you create a better WordPress website.

 


This week we have the following news for you.

WordPress 4.8 Release Targeted for June 8

https://wptavern.com/wordpress-4-8-release-targeted-for-june-8WordPress 4.8 kicked off in this week’s core developer meeting and the schedule for the upcoming release is now published. Beta 1 is scheduled for May 12 and the official release is targeted for June 8. This will be the first major release in 2017 and is focused on laying the foundation for the new Gutenberg editor. The schedule identifies the features that contributors are aiming to ship in 4.8: Read original article here…. wptavern.com

11 Newsletter Plugins for WordPress

http://www.practicalecommerce.com/11-Newsletter-Plugins-for-WordPressWordPress is a highly customizable content management system. With the right plugins, it can be an effective platform to create a newsletter and build a list of subscribers.

Here is a list of newsletter plugins for WordPress. There are plugins to design and publish newsletters, as well as track campaign results. There are also opt-in and lead generation plugins to build lists of newsletter subscribers. Read original article here…. practicalecommerce.com

Install or Avoid? 14 Popular WordPress Plugins Reviewed

http://roundpeg.biz/2017/05/popular-wordpress-plugins-reviewed/WordPress plugins are applications installed on your WordPress website that add new functions and features. The big plugin community is the heart of what people mean when they say you can do anything with WordPress. But how do you tell which popular WordPress plugins are credible and won’t hack your site? Do the popular plugins actually work?

For this post I’m referring to Popular WordPress Plugins on WordPress.org. The first thing to note is these change periodically and are not curated or selected. It’s totally a popularity contest.

Since most plugins currently on the page have at least 1 million active installs, we know that number is the big factor in ranking them. But star rating and reviews may also play a role. But still, how reliable are these rankings? Read original article here…. roundpeg.biz

 

 

Tips Tuesday

https://www.blogaid.net/tips-tuesday-plugin-challenge-kickoff-noreferrer-links-pop-ups-and-seo/?utm_source=BlogAid+Newsletter&utm_campaign=75c9e712ae-BlogAid_Blog_Posts5_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7bdf20ec49-75c9e712ae-710348757Tips this week include:

I hope you’ll join our blogger village to receive and give help with getting seriously old plugins off your site and making it PHP 7 ready.

It will take you 15-20 minutes to make your contribution to the old plugins list. And you’ll get all manner of tasty treats too. Think of it like being invited to a super duper potluck dinner.

I hope you’ll share this Challenge post with every blogger you know. Email it to them, post it in your blogger groups. Let’s get everyone involved, because everyone who owns a WP site is involved and needs this help.

Read original article here…. blogaid.net

How to Add A Signature to All WordPress Posts

http://www.1dogwoof.com/how-to-add-a-signature-to-all-wordpress-posts/NOTE: This tutorial will add a signature to ALL your posts, old and new.  If you already have a signature in your old posts, your posts will show two signatures, so user beware, this may force you to go back and remove all those old signatures.  I don’t have a magical plan to do that yet, and yes, I actually gritted my teeth and went through all my old posts and removed the code manually.  eek.

NOTE: This tutorial will add a signature to ALL your posts, old and new.  If you already have a signature in your old posts, your posts will show two signatures, so user beware, this may force you to go back and remove all those old signatures.  I don’t have a magical plan to do that yet, and yes, I actually gritted my teeth and went through all my old posts and removed the code manually.  eek. Read original article here…. 1dogwoof.com

Plugins that Check Old Plugins on Your Site

https://www.blogaid.net/plugins-that-check-old-plugins-on-your-site/?utm_source=BlogAid+Newsletter&utm_campaign=fec8b30b3a-BlogAid_Blog_Posts5_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7bdf20ec49-fec8b30b3a-710348757Outdated plugins can introduce a serious security issue on your site. See easy ways to find outdated plugins and ones that have been removed from the WordPress Plugins Repository.

This post is part of the Seriously Old Plugin Challenge for the month of May. Join us and get your site ready for PHP 7 and get rid of all those old plugins.

The core WordPress code is changing with every update. The overwhelming majority of those changes are bug fixes and to plug security holes. Read original article here…. blogaid.net

 

 

And now for something older in the past article collections.

WordPress Careers Masterclass: Selling Your Code (Themes and Plugins)

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-careers-masterclass-selling-code-themes-plugins/Are you interested in a career selling your code? Specifically, coding themes and plugins that you can then sell for profit?

Welcome to the second post in this series on how to build a successful career with WordPress. If you followed part one of this series, WordPress Careers Masterclass: How to Forge a Successful Career, you should have some ideas about your own strengths as well as your career goals. And if you didn’t, I strongly recommend doing back and doing so. WordPress Careers Masterclass: Selling Your Code (Themes and Plugins) – WPMU DEV

Why Is The WordPress REST API Such A Big Deal?

http://www.thewhir.com/blog/why-is-the-wordpress-rest-api-such-a-big-dealWhen we think of WordPress, we think of a monolithic application we install on a server. It provides a backend that generates web pages in concert with a database, an interface we use to configure our websites and publish content, and a front-end that displays the pages of the site.

All of this functionality is bundled into one “thing” called WordPress. WordPress has plugins and themes, so it’s modular in that sense, but both types of extension simply modify the functionality of the core application — and they have to be written in PHP. Read original article here…. thewhir.com

Visible Edit Shortcuts in WordPress 4.7 Makes Customizing Sites Easier

https://wptavern.com/visible-edit-shortcuts-in-wordpress-4-7-makes-customizing-sites-easierEarlier this year, Automattic added visual icons to the WordPress.com customizer after user testing showed users tried clicking on the parts of the page they wanted to edit, rather than searching through the menus in the customizer. In an effort to see if the same could be done for the self-hosted version of WordPress, Payton Swick open sourced Automattic’s work into a plugin and placed it on GitHub. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

This is How WPMU DEV Makes Life Easier for WordPress Developers

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/how-wpmu-dev-makes-life-easier-for-wordpress-developers/?utm_expid=3606929-91.15T0nlf8TFCqo1W_BlZjGg.0Let’s face it. WordPress development is not for the faint of heart. Wages aren’t as strong as they are for other types of developers, competition is fierce, and you’re expected to work miracles in minutes — after all, it’s just a simple WordPress website, right?

One way to address this conundrum is to simplify your development process by pre-making routine development decisions.

Here’s what I mean: while every WordPress website you build is unique, they all have certain things in common — core factors, you might say. One way to simplify your life as a WordPress developer is to develop a system that knocks out the core needs of every WordPress website the exact same way, every single time, in one fell swoop.

That way, you can focus on the things that make each site unique rather than spending time redefining the wheel. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new February 20, 2017

It's Episode 295 and we've got plugins for Mobile Click to Call, Scrolling Widgets, Manual Payments for WooCommerce, Sticky Audio Players, and Featured Content. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website.

This is a weekly round up of WordPress news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.

We try to have news here that is not only important to help you with your website as well as new from the #wpdrama scene and more to share.

Some of the news here will be of interesting links to not only articles but training materials and other sources I can find online that will help you create a better WordPress website.

 


This week we have the following news for you.

How to Get Started Learning WordPress Development

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/get-started-learning-wordpress-development/So you’ve been using WordPress for a while, maybe even for years. You’ve implemented themes for your own projects and for a few paying clients. But now you’re feeling stuck, unable to get from advanced WordPress user to WordPress developer.

Many WordPress developers were once upon a time right where you are right now — I’ve even been there myself. The truth is, you can make the transition, all you need is a plan and the self-discipline to consistently work toward reaching developer status.

While I can’t lend you the self-discipline, I can help you formulate a plan. In this article, we’ll explore three things you can start doing today to make the jump from advanced WordPress user or implementor to WordPress developer. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

4 Hacking Tricks That Take Websites Down. [No. 2 Is Killer]

https://www.techaai.com/4-hacking-tricks-that-take-websites-down-no-2-is-killer/As a website owner it is the most disappointing and most annoying thing to discover that your website is down. This happens when you type in your domain nameand instead of seeing your beautiful website design, you’re greeted with a blank screen. This is never a good experience, but it happens to many websites and itcould happen to your website as well and of course using these hacking tricks mentioned this post.

The rapid growth in technology moves up as cyber criminals also grow. Cyber-attacks target websites and for which ever reason, you cannot rule out your website as an exception to such attacks. Many big websites have faced such attacks, some for minutes, an hour, or even more hours.

So, lets dig deep in these four hacking tricks that hackers are using to take websites down! Read original article here…. techaai.com

How Many WordPress Plugins is Too Many? The Answer Might Surprise

https://wplift.com/how-many-wordpress-plugins?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+Wplift+(WPLift)&utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=8d6688bfff-The_WhiP_The_Man_In_The_Typography_Mask_02_17_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-8d6688bfff-102893693But is that actually true? I mean, people tell me I shouldn’t swim after eating, but I’ve done that my whole life and I’m still alive and kicking! So is the common knowledge that “too many plugins is bad” good for WordPress?

In this post, I’m going to attempt to answer that question. So, if your admin sidebar is bursting at the seams with links to plugin settings pages, join me on this adventure into the world of plugin collecting. Read original article here…. wplift.com

#StopMullware – On the Security of 27% of the Websites on the Internet

http://web.archive.org/web/20170214062414/https://medium.com/@CiPHPerCoder/stopmullware-on-the-security-of-27-of-the-websites-on-the-internet-298a7e5b6871This is the story of how I failed to proactively prevent every WordPress blog on the Internet from ever being conscripted into a Mirai-like botnet.

My name is Scott Arciszewski. If you have ever heard of me before, it’s likely through my open source security research and cryptography engineering work through Paragon Initiative Enterprises.

I recently proposed a successful RFC to make libsodium a core extension in PHP 7.2, which will make secure and usable cryptography more accessible to web developers the whole world over. However, I’ve been working hard to make the Internet more secure for years, starting with the tools and frameworks that developers rely on in their day-to-day. Read original article here….

Matt Mullenweg Responds to Security Rant: Digital Signatures for WordPress Updates Are Important but Not a Priority

https://wptavern.com/matt-mullenweg-responds-to-security-rant-digital-signatures-for-wordpress-updates-are-important-but-not-a-priority?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=8d6688bfff-The_WhiP_The_Man_In_The_Typography_Mask_02_17_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-8d6688bfff-102893693Scott Arciszewski, Chief Development Officer for Paragon Initiative Enterprises, who is most widely known for his cryptography engineering work, published a post on Medium criticizing Matt Mullenweg, co-creator of the WordPress open-source software project, for not caring enough about security. Arciszewski has since retracted the post but you can read it via the Wayback Machine.

Arciszewski is working on a project known as libsodium, a core extension to PHP 7.2 which allows for encryption, decryption, signatures, password hashing and more. Its goal is to enable developers to build higher-level cryptographic tools. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

 

Chat with Matt Mullenweg, New Tutorials and Workshops – BlogAid Today – BlogAid

https://www.blogaid.net/chat-with-matt-mullenweg-new-tutorials-and-workshops-blogaid-today/?utm_source=BlogAid+Newsletter&utm_campaign=3094987324-BlogAid_Blog_Posts5_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7bdf20ec49-3094987324-710348757Chat with Matt Mullenweg, New Tutorials and Workshops – BlogAid Today – BlogAid

How to Speed Up a WordPress Site & Why It Matters

https://ithemes.com/2017/02/10/how-to-speed-up-a-wordpress-site-why-it-matters/?utm_source=iThemes+Updates&utm_campaign=55d3d4bee9-02_16_2017Updates_How_to_Speed&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_79a8f605eb-55d3d4bee9-297439873Is your WordPress website sluggish? Are pages and posts loading slowly and you don’t know why? In this post, we’ll discuss the reasons and show how to speed up a WordPress site.

Whether your hosting provider, poor code or not optimizing images is to blame, digging into why your website is running slowly is worth the time and effort. Why?

Faster websites result in a better user experience.

Speeding up your website can also help with your Google search rankings, as Google takes into account page loading speed.

Let’s dig into the most common reasons for a slow WordPress website. Read original article here…. ithemes.com

 

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Behind the Scenes of WordPress.com Themes with David Kennedy

https://wptavern.com/behind-the-scenes-of-wordpress-com-themes-with-david-kennedyI’ve been doing several WordPress Theme Shop interviews lately. The original reason for the interviews was that people kept asking me where to find well-designed WordPress themes. (Yes, I know the irony because I also create solid themes.)

The interviews have been valuable for helping users find themes they like, analyzing different business models for selling themes, and exploring the history, present, and future of WordPress themes.

This time I’m thrilled to publish an interview with David A. Kennedy from Automattic. I see him as respected Theminator (we’ll get to this title later on) who cares about accessibility. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

What does any of this fuss have to do with WordPress?

https://www.wpfangirl.com/2016/what-does-any-of-this-fuss-have-to-do-with-wordpress/It’s starting to seem like there’s another post about bad behavior within the “WordPress community” every time I turn around. There have certainly been too many to list, some of them very thoughtful, but the one that made me decide I had to say something was James Dalman’s “Goodbye WordPress” post.

Because yes, there have definitely been instances of bad behavior in various of the communities of people who use WordPress. And no one who encounters discrimination, harassment, personal attacks, or mistreatment should put up with it. If you see it happening in any group you’re part of, whether or not it’s happening to you, then you should confront it, and that’s what many of these posts are attempting to do.

But if you expect to be able to avoid any of these things by leaving WordPress behind, you’re in for a very unpleasant surprise. Read original article here…. wpfangirl.com

Hey WordPress Community, Stop Being A Fan and Start Doing

https://surefirewebservices.com/hey-wordpress-community-stop-fan-start/?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=e3f736d432-The_WhiP_Things_That_Go_Woo_in_the+_10_17_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-e3f736d432-102893693OK, before I get a ton of hate mail/comments from every WordPress lover out there, let’s get something straight.  I use WordPress ALL THE TIME.  I have no issues with it, in fact, I love using it.  It makes life super easy, it makes building much faster than having to start from scratch, and I really enjoy it.

With that said, wtf is with all this WordPress community BS?  I just finished reading an article by James Dalman, and while it’s truly a sad article and I have nothing respect for the man, he also linked a bunch of other posts with users addressing the WordPress community and not being happy with it.  This has nothing to do with him, but more the “WordPress Community” as a whole and the fact that a lot of people see it as some holy grail. Read original article here…. surefirewebservices.com

11 Top WordPress Plugins From the Experts by www.thehostingnews.com

http://www.thehostingnews.com/11-top-wordpress-plugins-from-the-experts.htmlOnce you have a grasp of the top-rated choices, you’ll have an easier time determining which ones would benefit your site the most. Take a look at the top 11 WordPress plugins that these marketing experts recommend.

Do you enjoy using Google Docs? For those that like to write their articles and come back to them later for an edit, using the Postable plugin may be the perfect way to improve this process of your online business. Read original article here…. thehostingnews.com

Goodbye WordPress – JAMES DALMAN

http://jamesdalman.com/goodbye-wordpress/I’ve struggled whether it would be appropriate to share my experience and struggles in the WordPress community. A few people have encouraged me to open up. A few people have begged me to remain silent.

The cost versus benefit has been at the back of my mind for a couple years. I wanted to be honest but I also feared retribution. Damned if I do. Damned if I don’t. But I finally feel it’s time to open up.

WordPress opened up a world I never expected.

I’ve worked with some of the best people in the industry. I helped create some of the most amazing products and training programs. I built friendships with incredible people around the world. WordPress provided me an extraordinary living for ten years. I’m truly thankful. Read original article here…. jamesdalman.com

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new February 13, 2017

It's Episode 294 and we've got plugins for Sales Countdown Woocommerce, Sending Bad Bots to the corner, Techxplorer's Plugin Listicle sounds like something from Epic Spell Wars. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website.

This is a weekly round up of WordPress news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.

We try to have news here that is not only important to help you with your website as well as new from the #wpdrama scene and more to share.

Some of the news here will be of interesting links to not only articles but training materials and other sources I can find online that will help you create a better WordPress website.

 


This week we have the following news for you.

Why do I need HTTPS if I don’t sell anything on my site?

https://www.blogaid.net/why-do-i-need-https-if-i-dont-sell-anything-on-my-site/?utm_source=BlogAid+Newsletter&utm_campaign=0c7c298dd8-BlogAid_Blog_Posts5_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7bdf20ec49-0c7c298dd8-710348757Free SSL certificates, like Let’s Encrypt, are now easy to obtain through most hosts.

And hosts are starting to turn them on by default now, and require all new sites to be HTTPS.

And at some point, Chrome, Firefox, and other major browsers are going to splash a big warning in the face of anyone visiting any site that is not HTTPS.

That day is coming, quicker than most folks think. Read original article here…. blogaid.net

How to Fix the “Warning: File_Get_Contents” Error in WordPress

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/fix-warning-file_get_contents-error-wordpress/?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=d840c6ee83-THE_WHIP_Pumped_10up_Kicks_2017_02_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-d840c6ee83-98310037There’s a WordPress error that’s frustrating to no end because if you’ve come across it, you probably didn’t actually do anything wrong. Still, plastered across your site will be these words:

Warning: file_get_contents(path/to/wordpress/file): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /path/to/another/wordpress/file.php on line #

The error message itself is almost misleading because it lists two files and a line number at the end, which would otherwise indicate a specific issue within a file if it were a different error, though, this isn’t always the case. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

New Tags Coming to the WordPress Plugin Repo? Users Respond With an Unanimous “Meh”

https://www.codeinwp.com/blog/wordpress-plugin-tags/?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=d840c6ee83-THE_WHIP_Pumped_10up_Kicks_2017_02_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-d840c6ee83-98310037According to our small survey, 90% of users say they don’t care if a free plugin they’re getting from the directory is only a limited, “lite” version of the fully-featured PRO.

Okay, I might have BuzzFeeded the stats a bit here. The exact question we asked was, “Would you not use a WordPress.org plugin, just because it has a PRO version also available?” Again, 90% said “no.”

The whole thing started several months ago when Matt Mullenweg encouraged the WordPress community to brainstorm some ideas on how to improve the way plugins are presented in the official repository: Read original article here…. codeinwp.com

Hackers deface thousands of website by exploiting WordPress vulnerability

https://www.hackread.com/wordpress-websites-hacked-amid-vulnerability/WordPress vulnerabilities which were discovered recently have been negatively and sometimes fatally affecting countless websites thus far. Initially, there were three flaws (identified about two weeks back) for which WordPress has already released security updates. However, we later learned that there was another huge vulnerability that allowed cyber-criminals to obtain unauthorized remote access to manipulate WordPress sites by editing or even deleting pages. This vulnerability was disclosed by the security firm, Sucuri. Read original article here…. hackread.com

How to Easily Remove Your Shop Page Sorting Options in WooCommerce

https://bobwp.com/learn-how-to-easily-remove-your-shop-page-sorting-options-in-woocommerce/Sometimes you just need a simple fix. Something bugs you and will confuse your shoppers, but the solution is just not built into the WooCommerce core. Such is the case with the sorting options on your shop page.

If we go back into our WooCommerce settings > products > display, we find that we can set the Default Product Sorting but that doesn’t let us remove anything.

For my recent shop page I wanted to remove some of these options for a specific reason. I lucked out when I discovered the WooCommerce Remove Product Sorting plugin from my friends over at Skyverge. And yes, it’s even free—and simple to use. Read original article here…. bobwp.com

WordPress REST API Vulnerability is Being Actively Exploited, Hundreds of Thousands of Sites Defaced

https://wptavern.com/wordpress-rest-api-vulnerability-is-being-actively-exploited-hundreds-of-thousands-of-sites-defaced?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=1b6dba0f5f-The_WhiP_REST_Case_Scenario_02_08_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-1b6dba0f5f-102893693At the end of January, WordPress 4.7.2 was released to fix four security issues, three of which were disclosed at the time of the release. These included a SQL injection vulnerability in WP_Query, a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in the posts list table, and the Press This feature allowing users without permission to assign taxonomy terms. The fourth and most critical issue, an unauthenticated privilege escalation vulnerability in a REST API endpoint, was fixed silently and disclosed a week after the release.

Contributors on the release opted to delay disclosure in order to mitigate the potential for mass exploitation, given that any site running 4.7 or 4.7.1 is at risk. This allowed time for users to update manually and for automatic updates to roll out. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

Why You Should Add a Hello Bar to Your WordPress Website and How To Do It

https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/tips-tricks/why-you-should-add-a-hello-bar-to-your-wordpress-website-and-how-to-do-it?utm_source=Elegant+Themes&utm_campaign=ec04457f51-WordPress_Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c886a2fc0a-ec04457f51-51249745A hello bar is a great alternative to using a pop-up, an option that is unpopular with so many. Hello bars are less obtrusive, yet are constantly on display. This means you can present a specific message to your visitors, without distracting them from your regular content.

In this article, we will discuss the benefits of using a hello bar, or notification bar as they are also known. We are then going to consider some top tips for creating a hello bar and analyze some popular and reputable plugins that will cover how to add a hello bar to your WordPress Website. Read original article here…. elegantthemes.com

 

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WordPress Plugin Roundup: Duplicate Post, PDF Embedder and Redirection

https://bobwp.com/wordpress-plugin-roundup-duplicate-post-pdf-embedder-redirection/In today’s roundup we are looking at:  Duplicate Post, PDF Embedder and Redirection Plugin.

This is one of those plugins that can save a ton of time if you have the need to do this a lot. If needed only occasionally, it might not choose to add yet another plugin to your site. But there have been times when I was using a formatted page or post over and over where this did save me a ton of time.

You will first clone the page or post, then you click on New Draft. It gives you the options in the settings to copy the date, status, excerpt, attachments, taxonomies (categories and tags) and custom fields. Read original article here…. bobwp.com

Marcus Couch: Membership Site Success Strategies

https://wordpress.tv/2016/09/29/marcus-couch-membership-site-success-strategies/Membership Sites are quickly becoming a mainstream method to generate income, provide support, training and connect with niche communities. We will review and discuss 5 different Membership Site models that can transform any business into a dynamic, content-rich membership site.

Read original article here…. wordpress.tv

Automattic to Revive WP Job Manager

https://wptavern.com/automattic-to-revive-wp-job-managerAutomattic announced today the company is bringing WP Job Manager back to life. The plugin became an Auttomattic project after the company acquired WooCommerce and its employees in 2015 but it has not been actively developed since then. Today’s announcement also requests feedback from WP Job Manager users who want to help shape future development:

The WP Job Manager team launched a demo site today, which allows potential customers to test drive commercial add-ons and create new accounts, job listings, and applications. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

 

WordPress Theme Authors Experiment with New Pricing on ThemeForest

https://wptavern.com/wordpress-theme-authors-experiment-with-new-pricing-on-themeforestEnvato has been rolling out author-driven pricing across ThemeForest categories throughout 2016. The new pricing options have finally hit the WordPress category and authors are now experimenting with pricing changes outside of the average $35-65 range.

Ben Chan, executive General Manager at Envato, explained why the company is extending author-driven pricing to ThemeForest after successfully launching it on GraphicRiver more than a year ago: Read original article here…. wptavern.com

 

Get To Know WordPress: A Seattle WordCamp Workshop for Beginners

https://bobwp.com/get-to-know-wordpress-a-seattle-wordcamp-workshop-for-beginners/In an earlier post, I mentioned my upcoming workshop at WordCamp Seattle, October 29th and 30th. As it gets closer, I wanted to create a full post on this event. Why?

1.  You will not only learn the very basics of WordPress in these 3 hours, but you will also have a full two days of learning even more about WordPress in three tracks.

2. You will meet a lot of great WordPress peeps who are out there to help you and answer your questions. Read original article here…. bobwp.com

 

 

 

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Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new January 30, 2017

The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website.

This is a weekly round up of WordPress news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.

We try to have news here that is not only important to help you with your website as well as new from the #wpdrama scene and more to share.

Some of the news here will be of interesting links to not only articles but training materials and other sources I can find online that will help you create a better WordPress website.

 


This week we have the following news for you.

Wix Removes GPL-Licensed WordPress Code from Mobile App, Forks Original MIT Library

https://wptavern.com/wix-removes-gpl-licensed-wordpress-code-from-mobile-app-forks-original-mit-library?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=bd7400cab1-THE_WHIP_Boogie_Woogie_Google_Boy_2017_01_23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-bd7400cab1-98310037In October 2016, Matt Mullenweg called out Wix for using GPL-licensed code from the WordPress mobile app and distributing it in its proprietary app. After identifying a path for Wix to comply with the license, Mullenweg confirmed he would be willing to go to court to protect the GPL.

Wix CEO Avishai Abrahami’s response to the allegations failed to address the issue of licensing, dodging the question with references to other open source contributions. Abrahami seemed to indicate that Wix would open source its mobile app but was not clear whether it would be GPL licensed:

“We always shared and admired your commitment to give back, which is exactly why we have those 224 open source projects, and thousands more bugs/improvements available to the open source community and we will release the app you saw as well,” Abrahami said. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

Finding the Best WordPress Hosting

https://pagely.com/blog/2017/01/finding-best-wordpress-hosting/?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=78bc40dea8-THE_WHIP_Silicon_Valley_and_the_Temple_2017_01_30&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-78bc40dea8-102893693Best. It’s a word meant to rank similar things in a given category by established comparison points, providing an unbiased view on how they stack up.

But what’s best for one person or company is not always the best choice for another – and to further complicate things, financial bias is often the primary motivator when 3rd parties make their ‘best of’ lists.

I’ll be exploring both sides of the ‘best’ coin as they relate to WordPress hosting, but before diving in, let’s address the pink elephant in the room: yes, Pagely is a managed WordPress host, writing about how to find the best WordPress Hosting. And while I’ll try to remain neutral, you need to know who is telling you what is ‘best.’ Read original article here…. pagely.com

7 Elements You Should Know About Launching Your Membership Site

https://bobwp.com/7-elements-you-should-know-about-starting-your-membership-site/Over the last couple of years, membership sites have been popping up in the WordPress world. Launching a membership site seems to be a growing trend. Or should I say the idea of a membership site is growing.

You will hear from some people that a membership site is easy money. But what they are often talking about is the setup of the site with WordPress. What steps to take. What plugin to use. You know, the technical stuff. Read original article here…. bobwp.com

About WordPress Plugin Vulnerabilities and How to Address Them

https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/tips-tricks/about-wordpress-plugin-vulnerabilities-and-how-to-address-them?utm_source=Elegant+Themes&utm_campaign=34c948ff67-WordPress_Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c886a2fc0a-34c948ff67-51249745You work hard to make your site awesome. And with all that work you put in, the last thing you want to do is lose your site to some malicious hacker. When it comes to hackers and WordPress, plugin vulnerabilities are one of the easiest ways for the bad guys to get in.

Because of its popularity, WordPress is a magnet for hackers. According to Sucuri’s Q1 2016 Website Hacked Trend Report, 78% of the hacked websites they deal with were running WordPress. And based on a survey from WordFence, 55.9% of WordPress hacks with known entry points were a result of plugin vulnerabilities. This makes plugins by far the biggest known contributor to hacked WordPress sites.

In this post, I’ll take a good hard look at some proactive steps you can take to prevent your site from becoming vulnerable to plugin exploits. Read original article here…. elegantthemes.com

Lowdown on the Google Mobile Popup Penalty for WordPress Users

https://kinsta.com/blog/google-mobile-popup-penalty/?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=422f3e242d-The_WhiP_Between_an_IP_Lockout_01_18_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-422f3e242d-102893693We realize that many of you don’t keep up with the latest Google trends and updates. How can you? Many of you are busy running businesses and there is only so much time in a day. Another large portion of you might outsource work on your website to an agency or WordPress maintenance company. But they too are juggling lots of clients. As of January 10th, 2017, the Google mobile popup penalty went into effect across the web. If you are seeing a major dip in mobile traffic lately, you might want to check your WordPress site to ensure you are using popups correctly. Read more about what what this penalty entails below and what you can do about it.

January 10, 2017 update: Starting today, pages where content is not easily accessible to a user on the transition from the mobile search results may not rank as high. As we said, this new signal is just one of hundreds of signals that are used in ranking and the intent of the search query is still a very strong signal, so a page may still rank highly if it has great, relevant content. – Google Webmaster Team Read original article here…. kinsta.com

And now for something older in the past article collections.

It's Episode 292 and we've got plugins for Displaying Team Members, Confession, Callback Widgets and multiple WooCommerce Plugins to enhance your E-Commerce system. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

50 Things to Do with WordPress Before You Die

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/50-things-to-do-with-wordpress-before-you-die/?utm_source=WPMU+DEV+Blog&utm_campaign=c684222438-Weekly_blog_update_011917&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_591b793ca5-c684222438-86821581&utm_expid=3606929-94.Ie3dH-CaRwe6MU3VrZsdvw.0Whether you work with WordPress full-time or just as a hobby, one thing’s for sure – you’re reading this because WordPress means something to you.

Now, as much as WordPress is mostly work for many of us, I am of the firm belief that it shouldn’t be just about work. No, there’s definitely some elements of fun you can attach to this CMS. So I brainstormed the list below of 50 things to do with WordPress before you die.

Some things are fun, some are work, some are lofty goals to set yourself, and other are just good old fashioned nice things you can do for the WordPress community.

Yes, below you’ll find your WordPress bucket list. And not just your bucket list, mine too – I’ve marked the ones I’ve completed myself, though I still have a ways to go. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

Security Firm Tries to Silence Critic Using Questionable DMCA Notice

http://news.softpedia.com/news/security-firm-tries-to-silence-critic-using-questionable-dmca-notice-508501.shtmlSiteLock, a web security firm, has sent two DMCA notices to rival White Fir Design and asked the latter to remove two images of the SiteLock homepage from two articles that criticized its web security services.

The article where the first image was used is named “SiteLock Labels Website as Secure Despite Being Very Dangerous For Visitors” and contains harsh criticism of SiteLock after the company displayed a “SiteLock Secure” badge on a malicious website.

White Fir Design staff discovered that the website where the badge was displayed, a Magento e-commerce store, contained malicious code to scrape and steal data from the checkout forms. Read original article here…. news.softpedia.com

Introducing WPMU DEV Cloud Backups (Members Get 10GB for Free!)

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/introducing-managed-wordpress-cloud-backups-for-free/?npp=b&utm_expid=3606929-84.YoGL0StOSa-tkbGo-lVlvw.1Hey, we just took your WPMU DEV membership to the next level by giving you 10GB unlimited site managed cloud backups.

Oh, and guess what? It’s part of your regular WPMU DEV membership so is gonna cost you zero dollars and zero cents 🙂

How does it all work? Well, first up you can manage all of your backups along with your sites through The Hub (just sign up for a free trial of WPMU DEV to have a play, or if you are already a member, go to My Websites).

And there you have it, all that you need to do is install (or update) our backup plugin Snapshot and every site you manage via WPMU DEV will come with managed backups. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

Crusader Security

https://wpcrusader.com/Bleeding edge technology combined with our security expertise has brought one of a kind security suite for your WordPress website that nullifies all threats with ease.

Make changes to in-depth WordPress settings, that normally do not exist, to harden your security beyond imagination.

One of the most important things when running a website is to have always a backup. We offer total backups with ability of storing them at Amazon S3, Dropbox, FTP and etc.

The easiest way of preventing your website from being hacked. Even if you do have a vulnerable plugin/theme installed, with our Anti Exploit module – you will be safe! Read original article here…. wpcrusader.com

1st Ever ThemeForest WordPress Theme Selling For $225.00!

http://wpin.me/1st-themeforest-wordpress-theme-selling-225-00/A while ago I reviewed a WordPress theme called Pile. It was a paid for review, however true to form I always review warts and all irrespective of payment or not. To my surprise today I got an email stating that theme itself had shot up in price.

Well I say shot up, in fairness a BIG JUMP to $225.00 for a single licence. Whilst I did enjoy the WordPress theme itself, liked how it functioned and more do I think it’s worth $225.00??

Well it’s certainly a good looking and functional theme worth $225.00? Maybe in fairness. Read original article here…. wpin.me

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new January 23, 2017

It's Episode 291 and we've got plugins for Embedding Twitch, Birthday Emails, Theme Style Switching, WooCommerce Document Previews, and a gret new lazy plugin that is a "must install" for any new WP installation. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website.

This is a weekly round up of WordPress news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.

We try to have news here that is not only important to help you with your website as well as new from the #wpdrama scene and more to share.

Some of the news here will be of interesting links to not only articles but training materials and other sources I can find online that will help you create a better WordPress website.

 


This week we have the following news for you.

10 Tips to Help You Create Your WordPress Tutorials

https://bobwp.com/10-tips-help-create-wordpress-tutorials/There are literally thousands, if not tens of thousands, of WordPress tutorials at your fingertips. You can find them on blogs and YouTube and in online courses. They seem to be everywhere. And they run the whole gamut of quality, from the extraordinary to the totally worthless.

Creating workshops and tutorials for the last six years has been an enlightening experience. The feedback I got helped me craft my art so I could better deliver tutorials that filled real needs.

The first rule, of course, is to know your audience. With that foundation, here are my 10 tips to consider when creating free or paid WordPress tutorials. Read original article here…. bobwp.com

10 Hottest Web Design Trends You Gotta Know for 2017

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/web-design-trends-2017/The web is a rapidly evolving space. Technologies and development techniques can appear quickly. Ever improving tools allow for greater freedom when designing interfaces and interactions. And because of this, web design patterns and techniques can begin to trend within a short period of time.

Below is a list of web design trends to keep in mind during 2017. They aren’t all new; some are styles that have been gaining and/or maintaining their popularity during 2016. These are expected to continue to be in common use for new websites launched in 2017.

There are also a few fairly new techniques and technologies you may want to implement in your site designs. These aren’t necessarily in widespread use yet, but you may want to take advantage of them now to stay ahead of the curve.

Color choice for a website is incredibly important. It can influence visitors’ emotions, thoughts, and conversion rates. So, what are going to be the color trends for 2017? Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

10 Hottest Web Design Trends You Gotta Know for 2017

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/web-design-trends-2017/The web is a rapidly evolving space. Technologies and development techniques can appear quickly. Ever improving tools allow for greater freedom when designing interfaces and interactions. And because of this, web design patterns and techniques can begin to trend within a short period of time.

Below is a list of web design trends to keep in mind during 2017. They aren’t all new; some are styles that have been gaining and/or maintaining their popularity during 2016. These are expected to continue to be in common use for new websites launched in 2017.

There are also a few fairly new techniques and technologies you may want to implement in your site designs. These aren’t necessarily in widespread use yet, but you may want to take advantage of them now to stay ahead of the curve. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

Latest Version of WordPress Fixes 62 Bugs and 8 Flaws

https://www.socpedia.com/latest-version-of-wordpress-fixes-62-bugs-and-8-flawsThis Wednesday saw the release of WordPress’ latest version, which the team categorized as a security edition for every version before 4.7.1, the number of the latest rendition of this CMS. The release notes accompanying the launch of the updated version of the software explain that it fixes 62 issues along with 8 security vulnerabilities.

The new rendition of the CMS also deals with two XSS or cross-site scripting flaws that showed up in plugins.

The advisory states that one XSS flaw was discovered by Dominik Schilling, who is a member of WordPress’ security team, and could be an issue through the name of the plugin or the header featuring the version on update-core.php. Latest Version of WordPress Fixes 62 Bugs and 8 Flaws

27 Must Have WordPress Plugins to Kickstart Any New Website – WPMU DEV

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/must-have-wordpress-plugins/?mksi=b&utm_expid=3606929-94.Ie3dH-CaRwe6MU3VrZsdvw.1&utm_campaign=Roost&utm_source=Roost&utm_medium=push&utm_referrer=https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?roost=true&roost_action=load&noteID=65959017&sendID=35073&body=27%20Must%20Have%20WordPress%20Plugins%20to%20Kickstart%20Any%20New%20WebsiteDon’t get me wrong, a fresh installation of WordPress is great and all, but if you really want to kick your site into gear, you’re going to need some top-notch plugins to get the job done.

There are certain plugins that are exceptional because they can help you create a stunning site that performs at its best.

Here’s a list of plugins you just can’t live without – so to speak – when you create a new self-hosted WordPress installation (or Multisite!). All have been tested and are regularly used by the team at WPMU DEV. 27 Must Have WordPress Plugins to Kickstart Any New Website – WPMU DEV

 

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WordPress eCommerce Week on the Web: January 13, 2017

https://bobwp.com/wordpress-ecommerce-week-web-january-13-2017/The WooCommerce blog shares some ways that you can start building solid customer relationships that can lead to higher sales, better shopper satisfaction and customer loyalty.

A professional affiliate marketer chimes in over on Practical Ecommerce sharing what she has learned are five critical points when you are diving into affiliate marketing.

If you use Shopify, the new integration with Amazon makes it easy to list your products there. Read original article here…. bobwp.com

WPWeekly Episode 249

https://wptavern.com/wpweekly-episode-249-zerif-lite-kinsta-scholarship-w3-total-cache-and-my-take-on-headway-themesIn this episode of WordPress Weekly, Marcus Couch and I discuss some of the major headlines of the past two weeks. We talk about the unprecedented move by the Theme Review Team to suspend Zerif Lite from the theme directory leaving 300K users without a way to get updates. We share what’s new in Edit Flow 0.8.2 and the troubles users are encountering upgrading W3 Total Cache to 0.9.5.

At the end of the news segment, I took some time to describe some of the process behind my coverage of Headway Themes. I share a few of my opinions on the matter and reinforced how important it is for companies to communicate. We ended the show with Marcus’ plugin picks of the week. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

Disable Specific WordPress Update Emails with the Control WP Core Emails Plugin

https://wptavern.com/disable-specific-wordpress-update-emails-with-the-control-wp-core-emails-pluginIf you manage a number of WordPress sites, you may find yourself inundated with emails each time a new version of WordPress is released. If you’d like to quickly disable these types of notifications, check out Control WP Core Emails, a brand new plugin developed by Andrew Norcross of Reaktiv Studios.

Once activated, browse to Settings > General and scroll to the bottom of the page. From here, you can configure which emails you want to suppress. Email types include, success, manual, failure, and critical. One thing to note is that Control WP Core Emails does not provide the ability to manipulate the emails. Its sole purpose is to disable them from arriving in your inbox. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

 

 

 

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It's Episode 289 and we've got plugins for Word Counts, Auto Complete, SMS Notifications, PhoneGap, and Dynamic Maps. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new January 9, 2017

It's Episode 289 and we've got plugins for Word Counts, Auto Complete, SMS Notifications, PhoneGap, and Dynamic Maps. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website.

This is a weekly round up of WordPress news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.

We try to have news here that is not only important to help you with your website as well as new from the #wpdrama scene and more to share.

Some of the news here will be of interesting links to not only articles but training materials and other sources I can find online that will help you create a better WordPress website.

 


This week we have the following news for you.

Tips Tuesday

http://www.blogaid.net/tips-tuesday-cookbook-recipe-plugin-wp-optimize-plugin-wordpress-4-7-1/?utm_source=BlogAid+Newsletter&utm_campaign=021f9a531e-BlogAid_Blog_Posts5_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7bdf20ec49-021f9a531e-710348757I just updated the .htaccess tutorial and am revamping the robots.txt tutorial, both in Level 2. Both of these root host files are at the core of your site security and performance.

And I continue to clarify tutorials in the HTTPS course that teaches folks how to convert sites to HTTPS.

My goal for 2017 is to generate more traffic for BlogAid because I think I’m the best kept secret on the planet for site owners who are serious about their success.

So, I’m trying to do something about that by holding more webinars to help more folks find me and my programs and services.

I hope you’ll come to them and help me spread the word on those when they pop up because you know they’ll be a firehouse of useful info too, unlike most webinars that are all hype and just straight sales pitches.

The overwhelming opinion that came out of the recent surveys I sent out and conversations with clients and the recent town hall meeting was that y’all are most interested in very focused workshops, like an intensive on a topic. Read original article here…. blogaid.net

Alternatives to 66 of Your Favorite Dead WordPress Plugins

http://www.whoishostingthis.com/compare/wordpress/dead-plugins/#statpressWordPress plugins are developed and maintained by thousands of independent developers. Over time, it’s inevitable that some of these plugins will stop being supported. Developers move on to other projects, or become overwhelmed by the task of keeping their code up to date. Sometimes, WordPress evolves to cover the functionality that plugins once provided.

This article covers some of the most popular defunct WordPress plugins, and suggests alternatives for them. While we can’t switch everything like-for-like, you should be able to change your plugins without a huge investment of time. Read original article here…. whoishostingthis.com

What’s New (and Awesome!) in WordPress 4.7

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/whats-new-wordpress-4-7/WordPress 4.7 was only recently released in December and numerous user experience and developer, not to mention Twenty Seventeen, a brand new default theme.

Work began on Twenty Seventeen shortly after last year’s theme, Twenty Sixteen, was complete and now we can reap the rewards. Twenty Seventeen is a theme that aims for simplicity while introducing a host of advanced features that showcase the powers WordPress has been endowed with since Twenty Sixteen. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

Scanning & Attacking WordPress Websites Behind Firewalls

https://www.netsparker.com/blog/web-security/bruteforce-wordpress-local-networks-xshm-attack/Statistics from w3techs suggest that 1 out of 4 websites (around 25%) on the internet are powered by WordPress. WordPress’ popularity is derived from its ease of setup and use, its contributing community, and the big repertoire of plugins and themes that are available.

Even though WordPress is a beginner friendly web application, like every other platform it has its own issues and limitations. One of the most voiced security issues is that it is possible and very easy to bruteforce login credentials. WordPress’ advice on this is to install a security plugin, protect the WordPress login page with a .htpasswd file (HTTP authentication), and of course use strong credentials. Read original article here…. netsparker.com

9 Easy Ways to Make WordPress Lightning Fast

https://www.cmscritic.com/9-easy-ways-to-make-wordpress-lightning-fast/WordPress is the most popular CMS out there. But, there are a lot of things slowing it down.

Maybe you’ve already noticed this on your own site. With heavy plugins, dense themes and millions of users, WordPress isn’t always the speediest platform.

The bad news is that a slow website can cause all sorts of problems. First of all, it’s a poor first impression. You want your visitors to associate your site with professionalism and speed – not a slow load time. Read original article here…. cmscritic.com

Quick Tips To Speed Up Your WordPress

http://bwdisrupt.businessworld.in/article/Quick-Tips-To-Speed-Up-Your-WordPress-/02-01-2017-110565/No one today likes to ‘Wait’.  It is becoming tough for slow websites to stand out and engage with their users. As mentioned on kissmetrics blog, one-second delay in page response can result in a 7% reduction in conversions.

Forty percent of people abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load. If you are running a website, you have very little time to show the content and convince a user to stay on your website.

Even Google and other search engines factors site speed in its search rankings. If you are running a slow website, now it’s the time to lace your shoes to speed it up. Read original article here…. bwdisrupt.businessworld.in

 

 

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Testing WordPress Website Backups to Avoid Future Disasters

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/testing-wordpress-backups/?nct=b&utm_expid=3606929-85.mSQ3nlVLSHShaT4smJ6ikw.1If you’ve used WordPress for a while, you know keeping regular backups can save you from losing your website (you know, the site you’ve put all that time and effort – literally hours – into building). But have you tested your WordPress backups to see if they actually work?

Sometimes, backups could be missing files or become corrupted. It may not be a common occurrence, but can you afford to take that risk the next time you need to restore your site?

Your WordPress backup could become unusable for many possible reasons, some of which include: Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

New WordPress Plugin Displays a Live Twitter Wall for WordCamps and Events

https://wptavern.com/new-wordpress-plugin-displays-a-live-twitter-wall-for-wordcamps-and-eventsSince the rise of Twitter, every WordCamp has a designated hashtag for aggregating tweets about the event. Tweets using the hashtag are often a good measure of attendees’ excitement and connection to the speakers and activities.

French developers Willy Bahuaud and Thierry Pigot have just released a new plugin to display a live Twitter wall at WordCamps (or other events) on any WordPress website. Attendees can use a projector to show the wall on the screen in between speakers or out in the common areas. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

WordPress plugin update leads to thousands of sites exposing users to adware

http://www.scmagazineuk.com/wordpress-plugin-update-leads-to-thousands-of-sites-exposing-users-to-adware/article/523672/Paul Bischoff, security and privacy advocate for Comparitech.com is warning website owners who use the Simple Share Buttons plugin for WordPress that clicking to “accept” the terms and conditions of the latest update could allow their websites to subject users to threats.

Users were asked to accept new terms and conditions because social media toolmaker ShareThis acquired the company that makes the plugin back in June. The Simple Share Buttons now fall under ShareThis’ privacy policy. Read original article here…. scmagazineuk.com

LAT Multilingual announces partnership with WPML

https://slator.com/press-releases/lat-multilingual-announces-partnership-wpml/The LAT Multilingual team of translators from around the world specializes in adapting and crafting clients’ marketing messages for other languages. They understand marketing, the linguistic communities they live in and the industries they work in, and are able to provide translations customized to the market needs of their clients.

The idea for this partnership originated when LAT Multilingual started receiving more requests for website translations, not only from English to French for the Canadian market, but for other languages as well, from companies who recognize global opportunities. Read original article here…. slator.com

 

 

 

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