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

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!

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

 

And now for something older in the past article collections.

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

 

 

 

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

 

Save

Save

Save

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!

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

Save

Save

Save

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!

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

 

And now for something older in the past article collections.

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

 

 

 

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

 

Save

Save

Save

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

 

 

And now for something older in the past article collections.

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

 

 

 

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

 

Save

Save

Save

It's Episode 288 and we've got plugins for Video Display, Widget Display, Adding Popups, Video Display and the Rest API. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new January 2, 2017

It's Episode 288 and we've got plugins for Video Display, Widget Display, Adding Popups, Video Display and the Rest API. 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.

WordPress: block anonymous Rest API access

https://www.ghacks.net/2016/12/27/wordpress-block-anonymous-rest-api-access-information-leak/The most recent version of WordPress ships with new REST API capabilities which plugins, apps, services, or the WordPress core can utilize.

The WordPress development team pushes new features to WordPress all the time. Many of those features improve the functionality of WordPress significantly.

The new REST API functionality for instance may be used by anyone to list all user accounts of the WordPress installation.

This in itself is not enough to gain access, but once you know more about a site, you could run brute force attacks against the site, try to guess passwords, or use social engineering to get access to the site. Read original article here…. ghacks.net

Repairing Corrupted, Broken or Missing Files and Databases in WordPress

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/repairing-corrupted-broken-missing-files-databases-wordpress/Have you found that your WordPress site’s on the fritz and all you can say is “I didn’t do anything, I swear!?” Yet, you see errors that say your files or database are broken, missing or corrupted.

“Warning: require_once(path/to/file.php) [function.require-once]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in…”

“Cannot establish database connection.”

Not to worry because today, I’ll explain how these kinds of broken, missing and corrupted errors happen, how to fix them and most importantly, I’ll share why it’s more than likely not your fault. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

How to Hide Media Attachment Pages in WordPress

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/hide-media-attachment-pages-wordpress/The WordPress core makes it’s easy to password protect posts and pages — a handy feature if you want to easily limit access to certain content. The only problem is that any images or videos you display on those pages can still be accessed by going straight to the media attachment pages.

This can be a real problem if the media files contain important information that you wish to keep behind password-protection. One solution to this problem is to drop WordPress’ support for media attachment pages. If you aren’t actively using attachment pages, then simply dropping them from your site will mean users have to access the password-protected post or page to view the content. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

How WordPress Ate The Internet in 2016… And The World in 2017

http://www.forbes.com/sites/montymunford/2016/12/22/how-wordpress-ate-the-internet-in-2016-and-the-world-in-2017/#2e7908e54b24WordPress is the most popular CMS in the world and is used by nearly 75 million websites. According to WordPress, more than 409 million people view more than 23.6 billion pages each month and users produce 69.5 million new posts and 46.8 million new comments every month. It also powers more than 25% of the world’s websites.

Whether it’s personal blogs or major magazines and news organizations such as The New Yorker and the BBC, WordPress is gradually eating the internet and it’s not stopping. In 2017 its ubiquity is expected to increase further and it may even eat the world. Even more importantly it is the CMS that Forbes itself uses.

For some time now, however, it has been a little like the Wild West with hundreds of WordPress suppliers in a more-or-less unregulated industry with no widely acknowledged qualifications. In many cases, a monkey could do it, but that has changed hugely over the past three years; the numbers don’t lie. Read original article here…. forbes.com

15 of the Best WordPress Plugins to Keep Your Site Secure

https://hacked.com/15-best-wordpress-plugins-to-keep-your-site-secure/Take a look at the top 15 WordPress plugins that are used by bloggers around the world to beef up the security of their site.

Clean and simple, this plugin maintains a log of everything that happens on your WordPress blog or website. You can easily track any suspicious activity and determine the threat level. You receive security alerts in real-time whenever:

A combination of WP security best practices rolled into a single plugin, Security Ninja performs over 31 security tests, like brute-force attacks. Your site is checked thoroughly for holes and security vulnerabilities, and preventative measures help stop attacks. Read original article here…. hacked.com

How To Socratically Question New Project Leads

https://doubleyourfreelancing.com/socratically-question-new-project-leads/“I have no idea what I should be saying when I meet with a new potential client.”

She’d read my case study that laid out exactly how I closed a recent client, but was a bit unsure about how she could translate my success into something she could emulate in her web design business.

With her permission, I’d like to do my best to recreate our discussion. If you’ve ever been in the dark about how you should approach talking with a new client for the first time, I think you’ll really get a lot out of what’s below.

Her: “I have some questions about what I should say and ask when talking to a new potential client.” Read original article here…. doubleyourfreelancing.com

Developers: How to Bill for Ongoing WordPress Plugin Renewals

https://barn2.co.uk/developers-wordpress-plugin-renewal/We receive a lot of enquiries from WordPress developers wanting to buy our premium plugins for a client with no ongoing costs. They say they want to buy the plugin for a client and then hand over the website without the client having to pay to pay any future costs. It surprises me that so many WordPress professionals have such short-term relationships with their clients, as well as so little understanding of the issues around WordPress and ongoing maintenance.

I’m writing this post for other developers, to share our experience of reselling WordPress plugins to our own clients. This will help you develop an effective process for charging clients for ongoing plugin costs. It will also help you to build more profitable, longer-term relationships with your clients.

Until a couple of years ago, most WordPress themes and plugins had a single one-off cost. A small one-time fee of perhaps $29 would get you a premium plugin plus unlimited updates and support FOREVER. Read original article here…. barn2.co.uk

 

 

 

And now for something older in the past article collections.

How To Find a Post, Page or Category ID in WordPress

https://bobwp.com/find-post-page-category-id-wordpress/Have you ever installed a theme, plugin or widget that asks for a post, page or category ID? Over the years I have come across this tons of times. It might be a setting to exclude a category from your blog archive. Or to choose a specific page or post. In most cases, I have found that people who have started using WordPress, and even some who have used it for quite sometime, don’t know of any easy way to find that little bugger.

Now there are some plugins that will actually add a column with post and page ID’s where they are listed in your admin. But really, do you want to add a plugin for something you may only need, rarely?

It’s not as hard as you might think to find it. Simply scroll over the post or page name you want the number of and you will see at the bottom of your browser window a URL. Read original article here…. bobwp.com

The Top Three Most Common WordPress Errors – and How to Fix Them

http://www.htmlgoodies.com/beyond/cms/the-top-three-most-common-wordpress-errors-and-how-to-fix-them.htmlOverall, WordPress (WP) is a great content publishing system, but it’s not perfect. In my humble opinion, WP’s worst flaw is its error handling. Perhaps it’s because WP is built using PHP, which is an interpreted language. In any event, even the tiniest of errors can result in a white screen – perhaps with a cryptic error message, perhaps not – commonly known by those in the know as the “WordPress White Screen of Death” (WSOD). On high volume sites, this drives both users and the site owner completely batty! As the developer of such sites, it keeps me on edge, as I never know when I’ll be getting panicked calls and/or emails.

And that’s just the worst of the offenders. There are plenty more common WP errors to worry about. In today’s article, I’ll describe a few of these and offer tips on how to combat these unwanted annoyances. Read original article here…. htmlgoodies.com

What Happens To Your Content When You Change Your WordPress Theme?

https://bobwp.com/happens-content-change-theme/This is a question I get asked a lot. There are many things that can happen when changing your theme and you can learn more about that in this video post. But in reality, we are mostly concerned with content. If you have 25 pages and 999 blog posts on your site, the thought of them evaporating is downright horrifying.

So let me give you a bit of reassurance.

When you click on All Pages and you see everything you created there. That isn’t going anywhere.

When you click on All Posts, same thing.

That content will remain there when you switch out themes. Read original article here…. bobwp.com

WordPress Careers Masterclass: Selling a Product (E-Commerce and SaaS)

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-careers-masterclass-ecommerce-saas/There are two main ways to monetize WordPress: you can use it to set up an online store and sell products, either physical or virtual. Or you can use it to power a Software as a Service (SaaS) business, like our own Edublogs.

Both of these sound like a great way to earn a living: you don’t have to deal with clients, you don’t have a boss breathing down your neck, and you don’t have to go out looking for freelance work. But before you picture yourself as the next Matt Mullenweg or Jeff Bezos, stop and think about the reality.

Setting up a successful product based business is hard. There’s a lot of upfront work that you’ll earn nothing for, which could prove to be wasted time if things don’t work out. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

Top 7 Reasons Why WordPress Is the Best for Small Business Website Design

If you plan to start a business and to make an online presence, no matter whether it is online or offline, WordPress is the most recommended solution for you. Abundant business owners around the world use WordPress to create a website for their business.

Here are some basic reasons why WordPress is the best solution for small and medium business owners if they want to make an online presence.

1. High Search Engine Friendliness: One of the biggest benefits of WordPress is that it is highly search engine friendly. This quality helps the websites and blogs to be top in ranking. SEO helps for enhanced visibility and WordPress makes in possible with some useful in-built features. It adds value to the used applications by remaining SEO friendly. Moreover, plenty of fabulous additional ‘plugins’ are available in WordPress that make the SEO even better. Read original article here…. techfeatured.com

 

Moving a WordPress Site Into a Multisite Network

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/move-wordpress-site-multisite-network/If you move your site using plugins, you’ll be able to move two things: your content (posts, pages, custom post types, menus – all of your content) and widgets. But what it doesn’t let you move is the settings for your site. If you’ve got some heavy plugins installed (like an e-commerce plugin) or you’ve made lots of tweaks to your site’s settings, you;’ll then have to go into the admin screens for your new site and set those up manually, copying what you did for your old site.

This can be a pain. It takes time and it’s not entirely reliable. What if you miss something important? If your site has a lot of settings, it’s not easy to make sure you’ve caught everything.

So in this post, I’m going to show you a more thorough and reliable way to move your site into your Multisite network. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

 

 

 

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

 

Save

Save

Save

It's Episode 287 and we've got plugins for publishing to LinkedIn, Anti-Spam Tools, Auto Deleting Users, Image Insertion, and a new plugin to enhance your admin posts view. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new December 28, 2016

It's Episode 287 and we've got plugins for publishing to LinkedIn, Anti-Spam Tools, Auto Deleting Users, Image Insertion, and a new plugin to enhance your admin posts view. 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.

Critical Vulnerability in PHPMailer. Affects WP Core.

https://www.wordfence.com/blog/2016/12/phpmailer-vulnerability/A critical remote code execution vulnerability in PHPMailer has been discovered by Polish researcher Dawid Golunski. The vulnerability was announced on legalhackers.com yesterday but proof of concept exploit details were not included.

Unfortunately someone posted a proof of concept to exploit-db and to github a few hours ago demonstrating how the vulnerability can be exploited in the PHPMailer library, but not targeting any web application that is in use.

We are publishing this unscheduled update to give PHP developers and our community advance warning of this issue. We expect this story to continue to evolve rapidly as more developers and malicious actors look at this code. Read original article here…. wordfence.com

PHPMailer Exploit in WordPress Core

http://www.blogaid.net/phpmailer-exploit-in-wordpress-core/?utm_source=BlogAid+Newsletter&utm_campaign=b923198e04-BlogAid_Blog_Posts5_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7bdf20ec49-b923198e04-710348757A new security issue has been found in the PHPMailer used to send emails from your WordPress site.

It will take a WordPress update to fix it and they are already working on that.

If you use a plugin for email from your site, (like one with SMTP and an outside service) it will not be affected by this exploit. Read original article here…. blogaid.net

35+ Best WordPress Gravity Forms Extension / Addons

http://www.wpulti.org/best-wordpress-gravity-forms-extension/Gravity forms is a very popular WordPress form plugin and over a half million WordPress users are already using Gravity Forms. But main package of Gravity Form doesn’t come with everything. For example, if you want to integrate Geo conditional fields, there is not option in the main package. But thanks to the WordPress developers that they have created many extensions / add-ons for Gravity Forms. Also check out Best WordPress Contact Form Plugins.

Following is a collection of 35+ Best WordPress Gravity Forms Extension / Addons. We’ll divide the collection as “Premium Gravity Forms Extensions / Addons” and “Free Gravity Forms Extensions / Addons“. Read original article here…. wpulti.org

The site structure of a growing blog • Yoast

https://yoast.com/the-site-structure-of-a-growing-blog/#utm_source=social&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=postIt is never easy to set up a new blog. It can take quite some time to get picked up by the search engines. Nevertheless, as your blog starts to grow, you’ll probably face new SEO problems. In the upcoming weeks, I’ll discuss some of the difficulties you might encounter as your blog really starts to grow. How do you come up with new content? Should your keyword strategy be adapted as your blog gets bigger? How do you manage different authors? And how will you keep the structure of your blog in shape? In this post, I’ll discuss some techniques to improve the structure of a growing blog.

Learn how to structure your site well with our Site structure training! »

As your blog is growing, it could well be that you’re blogging about one thing far more than other things. That’s just the way blogging goes. You should therefore critically evaluate your categories every few months, asking yourself whether or not one category is growing much faster than another category. If some parts of your blog are growing much faster than other parts, you could divide such a category in two separate categories. Read original article here…. yoast.com

My Biggest Mistake as a WordPress Designer

https://barn2.co.uk/wordpress-designer-biggest-mistake/I’ve been reading WPMU’s article 4 Ridiculously Obvious Mistakes I Made Building WordPress Sites for Clients. This has made me reflect on my own biggest mistakes as a WordPress designer.

I decided that my biggest mistake has been to show a new WordPress website to a client before it’s ready. I have done this a few times and it has never worked out well!

There are many reasons why a WordPress designer might be tempted to show a work-in-progress to a client:

All of this makes it very tempting to show the draft website to the client as soon as possible. It makes sense – after all, surely the client will understand that it’s not 100 polished yet and we still need to make the finishing touches? Read original article here…. barn2.co.uk

14 Advanced SEO Tactics That Your Competition Doesn’t Know About

https://www.quicksprout.com/2016/12/14/14-advanced-seo-tactics-that-your-competition-doesnt-know-about/Believe it or not, SEO is still an ultra-powerful tool in 2016.

In fact, SEO might be more powerful than ever, and for one simple reason: Most sites are neglecting their SEO.

To get you started on the path to SEO mastery, here’s a list of 14 advanced SEO tactics your competition doesn’t know about.

One way is to create as many social media profiles as possible for your brand. In short, you need to be actively involved on as many networks as possible. Read original article here…. quicksprout.com

10 WordPress Maintenance Tips For A Smooth Running Site (Infographic)

https://www.wpshrug.com/blog/10-wordpress-maintenance-tips-smooth-running-site-infographic/WordPress out of the box is great, it can load a webpage in less than half a second! However if you don’t take care of your website, it can become slow, cause random errors and be exploited by hackers looking to take advantage of your audience and resources. Like running a business, WordPress websites need maintaining and improving over time, however WordPress maintenance can be easy once you know how.

One of the most important steps you can take when looking to maintain a WordPress website is to setup regular backups to the cloud. However bear in mind that if your site were to be compromised, a backup can also be compromised, but at least you’ll have something you can work from and you wont have to start from scratch after losing your websites data where it’s hosted. Read original article here…. wpshrug.com

 

 

And now for something older in the past article collections.

How to Move a Single WordPress Site into a Multisite Network

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/moving-wordpress-site-into-multisite/One of the most frequent questions I’ve been asked by students completing the WordPress Multisite course in The Academy is this: how do you move an existing WordPress site into a Multisite network?

But if you’ve made a lot of customizations to your site using the Customizer, or you’ve spent a lot of time setting up your plugins, this method won’t migrate all of that. You can either take the time to manually tweak everything again (see the final part of this post) or you can manually migrate the site by copying the relevant database tables.

Migrating the database tables involves using phpMyAdmin to download database tables, editing the resulting sql file and re-uploading that using phpMyAdmin again. It saves you having to do any tidying up at the end but can be a bit daunting. I’ll cover that in a separate post – if you don’t feel up to that, by all means follow the instructions here. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

New Guide on How to Fix Hacked WordPress Sites

https://blog.sucuri.net/2016/09/guide-for-hacked-wordpress.htmlWith more than 25% of the internet running WordPress, beginners are creating a web presence for the first time using the platform.

This type of popularity also invites the attention of hackers. Beginners and novices alike are often unprepared to fix a hacked WordPress site.

Because of this, our mission is now expanding. Thanks to a new initiative, we are happy to announce a new section of our website dedicated to providing concise and comprehensive guides to website security. Please enjoy our first one – How to Clean a Hacked WordPress Site.

This guide will offer an appropriate foundation for resolving a WordPress security incident.

It is coupled with an infographic that helps illustrate the cleaning process: Read original article here…. blog.sucuri.net

Everything You Need to Know about Headway Themes Support Issues and Financial Trouble

https://purposethemes.com/367913/everything-to-know-about-headway-themes-crisis/Headway Themes, a popular drag and drop WordPress layout builder is in financial trouble. Father-son duo Grant Griffiths and Clay Griffiths owns Headway Themes which works as a visual layout builder for WordPress based sites. Problems at Headway started appearing after 4.0 release in May 2016.

WP Tavern reported this concern and then lot of people from other theme community and businesses started talking about the wrongdoings of Headway Themes. Read original article here…. purposethemes.com

Headway Themes Confirms Financial Difficulties, Issues Apology to Customers

https://wptavern.com/headway-themes-confirms-financial-difficulties-issues-apology-to-customersHeadway Themes publicly apologized to its customers on the company’s blog this evening for a lack of communication, the decline in support, and the extensive issues with the most recent 4.0 release.

We’re writing today to communicate with you as best we can our mistakes, to apologize for those mistakes, and to tell you what we’re doing to remedy them for you.

First of all to our community of amazing users: We admit we’ve made mistakes in not communicating with you as we should have. This post should have gone out a long time ago. And we sincerely apologize for this lack of communication. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

Making your WordPress site slow

https://wpgeodirectory.com/making-your-wordpress-site-slow/Please don’t follow any of these steps!

There are a few tricks to getting the slowest hosting but i am here to let you know them.

Firstly many people over look this one on a quest for cheap hosting but hosting location can play a big part, for example if you are building a website for a mainly United Kingdom (UK) audience then you are definitely going to want to look for hosting on another continent, the USA or even somewhere like Australia would be great, there is no point in looking for hosting in Europe it would deliver the fastest response times. Read original article here…. wpgeodirectory.com

A to Z of WordPress Terminology for Beginners to Advanced

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-dictionary/?nct=b&utm_expid=3606929-85.mSQ3nlVLSHShaT4smJ6ikw.1A lot of posts on this blog attempt to explain WordPress concepts and terminology, or at least those that are relevant to the post. And the WordPress Codex does a great job of explaining the concepts used by WordPress.

But following lots of questions I’ve seen in comments on posts asking for definitions and explanations, I thought it would be useful to create a jargon buster for WordPress users and developers.

So in this post I’ll attempt to define and explain some of the key concepts in WordPress. Some of these are more relevant for users, others for developers, and some for both. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

 

 

 

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

 

Save

Save

Save

Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new December 19, 2016

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.

Allot of articles have been written on how to secure your WordPress website and the importance of doing that, yet here is another one to help you keep your site secure.

10 Ways to Protect Your WordPress Site You Didn’t Know About

https://www.hackread.com/10-ways-to-protect-your-wordpress-site/Security is a myth

Do you own a WordPress site? Congratulations, the advanced security features of the platform will protect you for life…or so you’d like to think. Unlike ready SaaS solutions, online website builders with centralized managements, WordPress is a popular open-source CMS with open code with lots of security vulnerabilities. And believe me, these vulnerabilities can be easily used to bring harm to your website and business. You need to defend yourself, and the best way to do so is add reinforcements. I know what you’re thinking – plugins! However, plugins aren’t a 100 percent foolproof. In fact, it’s now being said that the more plugins, themes, and custom codes you add to your WordPress blog, the higher the likelihood of getting hacked. No, what you need to do is secure your site’s administrator. Betcha didn’t know about that! To know how to find out below. Read original article here…. hackread.com

 

Then again you never know are the tales of WordPress insecurity overbloan and a myth. TYhis article take a look at that and presents it opnion on that.

Tales of WordPress Plugin Insecurity Overblown, Researchers Say

https://threatpost.com/tales-of-wordpress-plugin-insecurity-overblown-researchers-say/122547/The insecurity of WordPress plugins has been well documented, especially over the last year, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s not as bad as it seems, experts claim.

Hendrik Buchwald, a researcher and cofounder of RIPS, a German firm that performs static source code analysis, recently combed through tens of thousands of WordPress plugins to see just how vulnerable they are. As part of their investigation, the company used a tool to search for vulnerabilities in PHP scripts. It downloaded all 47,959 official plugins from WordPress’ repository and reviewed each plugin that had at least one PHP file, roughly 44,705 plugins.

Buchwald said that from there, researchers with the firm looked at larger plugins – plugins with more than 500 lines of code – about 10,523 in all. About half of the plugins – 4,559, or 43 percent – had at least one medium-severity security issue. Read original article here…. threatpost.com

Have you ever tried to score 100 on the Google page speed check well this article says to not even bothger it cna’t be done, contrary to the artcle we presented last week which said it could be done.

Why Trying to Get a 100 Score on Google PageSpeed Insights for WordPress Is Never Going to Happen – WPMU DEV

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/100-score-google-pagespeed-insights-not-happening/I’m a woman obsessed. So once I decided I wanted to get that perfect 100 score from Google PageSpeed Insights, I went for it and wouldn’t. Let. Go.

I challenged myself to make it happen with a larger site because, well, you gotta just go for it sometimes! I figured it would be easy given all the tools I had at my disposal, including WP Checkup, Hummingbird and WP Smush Pro.

I can definitely say with no confidence at all that I achieved my goal. (FYI: That’s my way of making myself feel better.)

Today, I’ll explain what I learned instead: Every site can’t get a perfect score and Google PageSpeed Insights isn’t actually the best benchmark for site speed, but it’s still worth using. Why Trying to Get a 100 Score on Google PageSpeed Insights for WordPress Is Never Going to Happen – WPMU DEV

How much does it really cost nto create a WordPress website and are developers undercharging or shortchanging themselves check this article to find out more about what a WordPress website really costs.

How much should a custom WordPress website cost?

https://poststatus.com/wordpress-website-cost/Eventually, you have to talk about cost.

These questions are important. The answers are important. Gauging the client is important. Every interaction I have with the client helps me learn more about them and the project at hand, and affects what the cost will be.

Cost often also depends on market and location. I’m assuming I’m talking to an American audience in US dollars. What follows may translate well or poorly depending on your location and culture.

So in short: it always depends.

An estimate takes time. Whether that time is in a paid discovery or a sunk cost I (the consultant) bring on myself is a different matter. Either way, estimates are expensive because they are time consuming. And I promise you if I spend a week on an estimate or proposal I’m putting that cost into the proposal, somewhere. Read original article here…. poststatus.com

This article has a great toungue in cheek take on why so many clients think anything developed in WordPress should be dirt cheepo or even free.

The $15 WordPress gig – Mario Peshev on WordPress Development

http://devwp.eu/15-wordpress-gig/Three weeks ago I received the following message on LinkedIn:

Hello, I’m looking for someone who could customize a WordPress plugin we bought. It’s a car reservation system, we need to change the pricing model and add a few extra SQL tables that would operate with the plugin.

The contact is a manager of some small agency, in his 50s, so I replied with my usual template for people who get in touch with me as I do dozens of WordPress things here and don’t look like scam – that I can forward that to my peers and share it in the relevant group if he has a post or at least a detailed project description, where scope, deadline and budget would highly increase the chance of finding a decent candidate. What I got as a response was quite stunning:

Thanks, the plugin costs $25 so I estimate the change would probably cost around $15. Read original article here…. devwp.eu

 

And now for something older in the past article collections.

WordCamp Milwaukee September 17-18 to Be Themed After the 1950s – WordPress Tavern

https://wptavern.com/wordcamp-milwaukee-september-17-18-to-be-themed-after-the-1950sWordCamp Milwaukee is set to take place September 17-18 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education. More than 170 tickets are still available at $40 each and provide access to both days of the event, including the after party.

The event’s second round of speakers were recently announced and according to Marc Benzakein, lead organizer for WordCamp Milwaukee, diversity of topics was an important part of the selection process. “This year, we had a wide range of topics submitted,” Benzakein told the Tavern. WordCamp Milwaukee September 17-18 to Be Themed After the 1950s – WordPress Tavern

Security lessons learned from WordPress attacks

http://www.networkworld.com/article/3117110/security/lessons-learned-from-wordpress-attacks.htmlI traveled from VMworld to the lab last Wednesday, and during that time, something infected two websites I control.

I suspect the servers were used as part of a Syn Flood attack. The servers, both using WordPress, would come up and serve their web pages, but then they would quickly run out of cache by processes that were difficult to track.

They initially made contact with some IPs located conveniently in Russia, then lots of syn traffic, and interesting session waits and listens. It took about two minutes before the sites cratered from resource drainage, and the errantly injected processes dominated then effectively cratered the servers from their intended use. Read original article here…. networkworld.com

When WordPress’ Freedom Kills Your Business—Compatibility Issues

https://neliosoftware.com/blog/when-wordpress-freedom-kills-your-business/Last week one of our customers opened a support ticket describing a weird issue—when he tried to use our plugin, its UI was broken, rendering it completely unusable. Since I’m the one who usually takes care of incoming issues, I’m quite familiar with the problems our customers face… but this was the first time I heard about “a broken UI that makes our plugin unusable”  Indeed, a weird issue.

What the heck?! Our customer was completely right—our plugin can’t be used at all! Just look at the previous screenshot: the editor’s toolbar is over the dialog, the dialog’s layout is completely off, the look and feel is changed (who added this orange bar?)… Read original article here…. neliosoftware.com

How to Easily Import and Export WordPress Users

http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-easily-import-and-export-wordpress-users/Do you want to import and export WordPress users from one site to another? This could be really helpful when you are merging sites and want to automatically add all users from existing websites. In this article, we will show you how to easily import and export users in WordPress.

While there are several use-cases for importing and exporting WordPress users, the three most common scenarios when you need to import / export users are:

On large multi-author sites or a membership site in WordPress, each user profile has tons of useful data (like profile photo, bio information, social links, and more). Read original article here…. wpbeginner.com

 

 

 

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

 

Save

Save

Save

It's Episode 285 and we've got plugins for Displaying Instagram Feeds, Product Review Charts, Page Builders, Email Tracking, Time Based Content, and a new way to update your WooCommerce customers in Facebook. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new December 12, 2016

It's Episode 285 and we've got plugins for Displaying Instagram Feeds, Product Review Charts, Page Builders, Email Tracking, Time Based Content, and a new way to update your WooCommerce customers in Facebook. 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.

With the usual warning that no one is perfect and eventually every one has downtime. Just be patient it will be back.

Bluehost Network Outage Hits Customers with 12 Hours of Downtime

https://wptavern.com/bluehost-network-outage-hits-users-with-12-hours-of-downtimeOver the weekend, Bluehost experienced a severe, widespread network issue that caused customer sites to go down. The incident began Friday evening and continued into the night. As WP Tavern is hosted on Bluehost, we were watching the situation with keen interest, finally clocking the downtime at 12 hours before our site was back up.

We are seeing problems w/ network flapping which could be caused by denial of service or other network issues in our switching fabric. (1/5)

— Bluehost (@bluehost) December 10, 2016 Read original article here…. wptavern.com

Go for the Gold in Google work for the 100/100 in pagespeed insights this article will tell you how to accomplish that task

How to Score 100/100 in Google PageSpeed Insights with WordPress

https://kinsta.com/blog/google-pagespeed-insights/Google PageSpeed Insights is a web performance tool created by Google to help you easily identify ways to make your site faster and more mobile-friendly, by following recommendations on best web practices. A very important thing to remember though is that you shouldn’t always obsess over scoring 100/100. This might not even be possible in all scenarios, depending upon how your WordPress site is setup. With a lot of multipurpose themes and sites with dozens of external scripts, you simply will have an almost impossible time trying to achieve a perfect score. Which is perfectly OK.

We recommend looking at the speed of your site, more than the scores. Scores with tools like Pingdom, GTMetrix, and Google PageSpeed Insights can sometimes lead you astray. Especially since some of them don’t even support HTTP/2 yet. What really matters is ensuring your site loads fast and that the perceived performance is also up to par. Perceived performance is how fast your website feels like it loads to users. Read original article here…. kinsta.com

Matt Mullenweg state of the word address

Matt Mullenweg State of the Word, 2016 • Post Status

https://poststatus.com/matt-mullenweg-state-word-2016/Matt Mullenweg just completed the 2016 State of the Word, which highlights the accomplishments of the past year, and sets the direction for the year ahead for WordPress.

This year, Matt focused on a variety of important topics, including the state of user experience in WordPress today, goals for future interface improvements, a WordPress growth council, internationalization gains, the further proliferation of secure websites, and important changes to the WordPress development process.

Matt began his talk by thanking the city of Philadelphia for being a great host of the first two WordCamp US events, as well as the sponsors, organizers, and volunteers that helped make WordCamp US one of the most successful and smoothest run WordCamps ever. Read original article here…. poststatus.com

How valuable is a WordCamp sponsorship to a business this article discusses if it has any value at all.

The Value of Sponsoring a WordCamp from a Business’ Perspective

https://wptavern.com/the-value-of-sponsoring-a-wordcamp-from-a-business-perspectiveOne of the industry events we’ve been actively participating in since our inception has been WordCamps. Unlike 2015, in 2016 I decided to be more pragmatic in the way we invest in WordCamps. This new approach stemmed from two basic questions – What is the ROI of sponsoring a WordCamp and should a business sponsor a WordCamp?

ROI takes many different shapes. Allow me to share the ROI as I see it when I look across the spectrum of some of today’s top sponsors (know that these are all my opinions as a third-party observer):

They sponsor because they need to. When they came into the space two to three years ago, after the changing of the guard they identified the potential in WordPress. They had an image problem; one that couldn’t be fixed remotely. It had to be fixed with boots on the ground. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

WordPress 4.7 is out now and it has some great new features in it. Check this article out to find out more of what it has to offer.

WordPress 4.7 version is now available for download

https://www.cozmoslabs.com/73686-wordpress-4-7-available/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+Cozmoslabs+(Cozmoslabs)If you’ve been keeping up with the latest WordPress updates, then you surely know that WordPress 4.7 was released this week and is now available for download. This latest version, named “Vaughan” in honor of jazz legend, Sarah “Sassy” Vaughan is the third major version released by WordPress earlier this year, following WordPress 4.6 “Pepper” and WordPress 4.5 “Coleman”.

Besides the new layout of the theme, you can also edit the site title, description, header, control menus and themes and modify them, directly from the WordPress customizer (Dashboard -> Appearance -> Customize).

When you upload a PDF file into WordPress you are viewing only a file icon of the document and have a preview, only by using a plugin.

This is a new powerful tool added in the Customizer Customizer, by which you will add CSS code with a live preview included. Read original article here…. cozmoslabs.com

A week is not complete without some #WPDrama and WordCamp US 2016 was happy tpo provide with the expulsion of Pantheon’s sponsorship over a disagreement about advertising and promotions.

Pantheon’s $100K WordCamp US Sponsorship Revoked the Night Before the Event

https://wptavern.com/pantheons-100k-wordcamp-us-sponsorship-revoked-the-night-before-the-eventNearly 2,000 people descended on Philadelphia, PA to attend WordCamp US last week. On the night before WordCamp US took place, Pantheon’s sponsorship was revoked and advertising materials, including the company’s booth, were hidden in a storage room inside the venue. The move generated a lot of controversy on social media and at the event. It cost Pantheon $100K to sponsor WordCamp US, but the company received a refund.

Our booth disappeared but the team’s still here! Look for us in yellow! #WCUS pic.twitter.com/lnF5aI36oy

Prior to WordCamp US Matt Stodolnic, Pantheon’s Vice President of Marketing, contacted the Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia and inquired about advertising opportunities. The Sheraton hosts a number of meetings and has a couple of different advertising packages available. Stodolnic purchased advertising space on the hotel’s elevators. The advertising material was simple and didn’t make unprovable claims, such as the world’s best or fastest host. This is in line with the sponsorship rules.

On December 1st late at night, Stodolnic received an email from WCUS organizers requesting that the advertising material be removed. Stodolnic pushed back as the sponsorship agreement does not specifically prohibit advertising in the hotel. At one point during the exchange of emails, the WCUS organizing team threatened to take the banners down themselves. Stodolnic responded with anger as the purchase had already been made but he quickly apologized. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

And to round out the fresh news more about the benefits of WordPress 4.7 and what it has in store for you.

WordPress 4.7 “Vaughan” Release

http://www.wpexplorer.com/wordpress-4-7-vaughan-release/Happy holidays! It might just be a coincidence, but WordPress has graced us with the gift of a brand new update full of fun and useful features you’re sure to enjoy. Named Vaughan after American jazz singer (and four time Grammy award winner) Sarah “Sassy” Vaughan, WordPress 4.7 is a smooth and classy update that ready for you to unwrap.

Per usual, there is an all new theme to go with the all new version of WordPress. The Twenty Seventeen theme is an elegant addition to the collection of default WordPress themes.

There are many other WordPress 4.7 features that we didn’t think needed a description, but here’s a quick list so you can see at a glance what other awesomeness awaits you after updating:

Or your can watch the official release video to see what’s new. Read original article here…. wpexplorer.com

 

And now for something older in the past article collections.

Delicious WordPress Shopping Advice

http://wpscoop.com/Are you facing the tough decision between several promising plugins? Let my objective WordPress plugin comparisons here on WPscoop help you make the right choice.

Are you facing the tough decision between several promising plugins? Let my objective WordPress plugin comparisons here on WPscoop help you make the right choice.

To get started simply click on the category of plugins you are looking for below: Read original article here…. wpscoop.com

Top 10 WooCommerce Plugins on WordPress

https://www.cloudways.com/blog/woocommerce-plugins-on-wordpress-in-2016/In this guide, we aim to educate how you can improve your eCommerce experience while using the best free add-ons, WooCommerce extensions, and plugins on WordPress. To do so, we have listed down ten must-have plugins which are free and available for you. So without further ado, let’s begin.

Although, many plugins can enable Zoom feature on your WooCommerce store. But, we prefer YITH WooCommerce Zoom Magnifier Plugin. Why? Because it can be easily customized. You can read more about WooCommerce Zoom Magnifier Plugin. Read original article here…. cloudways.com

The Best Caching Plugins for WordPress You’ve Never Heard Of

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/best-caching-plugins-wordpress/What caching plugin do you use? There’s a good chance it’s either W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache, or WP Rocket. However, while those three plugins get the most press and sport the largest user bases, they’re far from the only useful caching plugins for WordPress.

If you’re open to looking at other options, the WordPress plugin directory offers quite a few other caching plugins worth considering – especially if ease-of-use is worth more to you than a few extra milliseconds of page load time.

In this article, I’ll introduce some of the best caching plugins you’ve (probably) never heard of, explain what each does, and briefly explain how to set each one up. In addition, while I’m at it, I’ll even install each option on a test site and run the site through the Pingdom website speed test tool to make every single one of these plugins does what it’s supposed to do: speed up WordPress. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

How to Add Web Push Notifications to Your WordPress Website – WPMU DEV

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/web-push-notifications/When you read the term “push notifications” you probably think about the notices you get on your smartphone every time you receive an email or are mentioned in a tweet.

But while most of us are familiar with push notifications because mobile apps have been using them for years, you may not be aware that they’ve made the jump from smartphones to browsers and can now be delivered by any website. How to Add Web Push Notifications to Your WordPress Website – WPMU DEV

 

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

 

Save

Save

Save

Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new December 5, 2016

news-featured-12-5-2016The 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.

WordCamp USA has happened and Matt has given the State of the Word adress read more in the article below.

State of the Word 2016: Mullenweg Pushes Calypso as Future of WordPress’ Interface, Proposes Major Changes to Release Cycle

https://wptavern.com/state-of-the-word-2016-mullenweg-pushes-calypso-as-future-of-wordpress-interface-proposes-major-changes-to-release-cyclePhiladelphia welcomed 1,923 attendees to WordCamp US this weekend with an additional 2,028 enthusiasts watching via live stream. Matt Mullenweg delivered his 11th annual State of the Word address to a rapt audience ready to celebrate WordPress’ progress over the past year and hear the project leader’s vision for 2017.

Mullenweg said meetups are the leading indicator for WordCamps and these events have had the fastest growth the community has seen in five or six years. More than 62,566 people attended a local meetup in 58 countries and roughly one third of those were new members.

Mullenweg shared a few stats about the plugin directory, which will soon be launching a new design with revamped search functionality. This year has seen a 20% increase in active plugin usage and a 34% increase in plugin downloads totaling 1.48 billion, which Mullenweg attributed to a spike in internationalization efforts over the past year. The number of translation contributors has grown from 5,000 in April 2015 to 17,000 as of November 2016. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

Newer features for WordPress are going start demanding HTTPs connections.

Upcoming WordPress Features Will Require Hosts to Support HTTPS

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/upcoming-wordpress-features-will-require-hosts-to-support-https/WordPress creator and Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg announced today that upcoming versions of the WordPress CMS would include features that would require hosts to support HTTPS.

“Just as JavaScript is a near necessity for smoother user experiences and more modern PHP versions are critical for performance,” Mullenweg explained, “SSL just makes sense as the next hurdle our users are going to face.”

As Mullenweg explained, this is because future WordPress versions would “require hosts to have HTTPS available,” and the WordPress team would like to see as many hosting providers and clients start to migrate their sites to HTTPS in the meantime. Read original article here…. bleepingcomputer.com

Is your WordPress website loading slowly this article will hel;p you get it back on track.

27 Solutions to 14 Forgotten WordPress Page Speed Problems

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/fixing-wordpress-page-speed-problems/When you’re trying to get an overview of your site’s speed and performance, one of the best things you can do is to start troubleshooting. In this case, that means collecting data from different parts of your site where performance issues could be originating.

As PHP gets updated, the scripts and plugins you use on your site may become out of date as a result. Many newer versions of PHP include performance improvements that could speed up your site as well.

If you have reached 40% of any one of your resources, it’s a good time to start thinking of an action plan to keep up with your site’s growth in the future. This is especially true if you have used up these resources in a short amount of time and expect to keep going at the same pace. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

ck out WP Explorer for some great premium plugins.

Premium WordPress Plugins of the Month: November 2016

http://www.wpexplorer.com/wordpress-plugins-november-2016/Looking for some innovative functionalities to enhance your WordPress website without breaking the bank? Then welcome to the November edition of WPExplorer’s Premium WordPress Plugins of the Month series!

Every month, we scan the latest releases on CodeCanyon to bring you the very best premium WordPress plugins. And, with an emphasis on keeping things affordable, no plugin featured today has a price tag above $30. If you’re interested, read on, as we narrow down the 100+ new CodeCanyon plugins from November to just five. In no particular order… Read original article here…. wpexplorer.com

Migrating a WordPress website can be a daunting task at times use the tip in this article to make it that much easier.

Ultimate Guide to WordPress Migrations and SEO: Pre-Migration Prep

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-migrations-seo-pre-migration-prep/There are many reasons you might need to migrate a WordPress site – a change of domain name or perhaps moving a blog from a subdomain to a subdirectory. Whatever the reason, it is important to factor in SEO when considering a WordPress migration. But why, exactly, do you need to keep SEO in mind?

There are many signals that can affect organic rankings in search engines such as Google. These range from the text used on a web page, the inbound links from other sites, to the load times and optimisation of a page for mobile devices.

So in this article – the first in a two-part series – I’ll walk you through the ways in which WordPress migrations can impact your SEO, and the pre-migration steps you should carry out to minimize a hit to your organic search rankings. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

WordPress is improving preview in upcoming version 4.7

 

PDF Image Previews Among the Improvements to Media in WordPress 4.7

https://wptavern.com/pdf-image-previews-among-the-improvements-to-media-in-wordpress-4-7Among the many enhancements in WordPress 4.7 are improvements to the media component. Previous to 4.7, users who uploaded files to the media library and changed the title could not search for them by file name. Four years since the ticket was created, users will be able to search for media by filename.

PDFs are easier to preview as the media library will create an image preview of the first page. This image is used throughout the library and media attachment screens.

In order to generate the previews, the webhosting server needs to support Imagick, ImageMagick, and Ghostscript. If support is not detected, WordPress will fall back and save the attachment without adding a preview image. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

And now for something older in the past article collections.

15 Free Facebook Plugins for WordPress

http://smallbiztrends.com/2014/11/free-facebook-plugins-for-wordpress.htmlFacebook has become a real force in small business marketing. And Facebook plugins for WordPress can allow you to make the most of this social network. From sharing Facebook updates, fans, events and images on your website to automating updates and adding a handy image share feature, you’ll find a lot to like in the list of 15 free Facebook plugins for WordPress below.

About the only type of plugins you won’t find in this list are simple social sharing buttons. If you’re interested in those as well, head over and read the post on the top 10 social media plugins for WordPress.

Important:  To use many of the plugins below, you’ll need two numbers: a Facebook App ID and an App Secret key. These numbers allow Facebook to assure that it’s you and only you who has access to your updates and other Facebook information. Read original article here…. smallbiztrends.com

11 surprising WordPress statistics for law firms

http://kevin.lexblog.com/2014/11/08/11-surprising-wordpress-statistics-for-law-firms/Little question that WordPress has become the content management system of choice for innovative law firms — worldwide, large, medium or small.

German entrepreneur and blogger, Nick Schäferhoff shared thirteen surprising WordPress statistics, many of which he picked up from WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg’s recent “State of the Word” 2014.

Here’s eleven of the statistics of which law firms should make note.

1. WordPress sites around the globe publish 17 posts every second.

That comes to 1,023 blog posts per minute, 61,391 an hour and 1.5 million per day. And this number, as with many of the below statistics, only includes those sites which WordPress can track.

2. The combined traffic on WordPress sites is 14.7 billion monthly pageviews. Read original article here…. kevin.lexblog.com

 

 

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

 

Save

Save

Save

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

Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new November 28, 2016

The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website.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 Write Winning Case Studies That Will Score You More WordPress Work https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/writing-winning-case-studies-wordpress/

How to Write Winning Case Studies That Will Score You More WordPress Work

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/writing-winning-case-studies-wordpress/If you haven’t added any case studies to your portfolio yet, start now. Here’s a simple five-step guide to help you write a case study in no time.

The first step to developing a case study is picking a candidate. If you offer just one service, select any interesting project and go to step #2.

But if you offer multiple services, before choosing the client it’s a good idea to pick the services you want more clients for. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

8 Social WordPress Plugins to Improve Your Blog

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/8-social-wordpress-plugins-to-improve-your-blog/Do you want to make your WordPress blog more social media-friendly?

Looking for easy-to-use solutions?

In this article, you’ll discover eight plugins to socialize your WordPress blog.

Sharing new blog posts on social media is pretty much mandatory at this point. You want as much content exposure as possible, but posting from your blog to your social channels takes time. Read original article here…. socialmediaexaminer.com

Hacking 27% of the Web via WordPress Auto-Update https://www.wordfence.com/blog/2016/11/hacking-27-web-via-wordpress-auto-update/  This is an interesting article about the risks of the central updates from WordPress, while the issue in the article has been patched it still presents us with some scary ideas.

Hacking 27% of the Web via WordPress Auto-Update

https://www.wordfence.com/blog/2016/11/hacking-27-web-via-wordpress-auto-update/The vulnerability we describe below may have allowed an attacker to use the WordPress auto-update function, which is turned on by default, to deploy malware to up to 27% of the Web at once.

The server api.wordpress.org (or servers) has an important role in the WordPress ecosystem: it releases automatic updates for WordPress websites. Every WordPress installation makes a request to this server about once an hour to check for plugin, theme, or WordPress core updates. The response from this server contains information about any newer versions that may be available, including if the plugin, theme or core needs to be updated automatically. It also includes a URL to download and install the updated software. Read original article here…. wordfence.com

The WordPress Loop Explained

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/the-wordpress-loop-explained/?utm_expid=3606929-91.15T0nlf8TFCqo1W_BlZjGg.0The WordPress loop is big. It’s huge. It’s critical. Without it, your WordPress site won’t work.

By this, I don’t mean that it’s large. In fact, it should be as lean, tight and quick as possible. But it’s a major part of what makes WordPress, well, WordPress. Without it you can’t query the database and display your content, whether that’s your blog archive, your “About” page or your latest post.

Nothing works without the WordPress Loop.

So, now we’ve established how important the loop is, you might be wondering just what it is if you haven’t come across it before. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

This is a lesson in why you need to control your data and always have local backup copies of stuff.

Upvato Backup Service Terminated by Storage Provider, Files May Not be Recoverable

https://wptavern.com/upvato-backup-service-terminated-by-storage-provider-files-may-not-be-recoverableUpvato, the service that specializes in backing up Envato Market files, has shut down without warning. Freddy Lundekvam, a full time programmer and frequent user of Envato products, created the service after losing 10 files to Envato’s policy of reserving the right to take down and remove any file at its or the author’s sole discretion. Losing files is a common frustration among Envato users, as the company cannot guarantee the ongoing availability of products due to situations like copyright complaints and technical issues.

Upvato made it easy for users to automatically backup their purchases, cataloguing them with screenshots, descriptions, titles, and author information. The service offered unlimited backups and Lundekvam encouraged users to connect their Envato accounts to keep their files safe. A few weeks ago, Upvato users started to suspect that the service was shutting down. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

WordPress 4.7 is on its way check the beta and see whats new.

WordPress 4.7 Beta Updates: all you need to know

http://theusbport.com/wordpress-47-beta-updates/21378WordPress just published the third Beta version of its upcoming 4.7 model. The new WordPress will have a variety of new features, and the Beta 3 release introduces some fixes on previous issues. WordPress 4.7 is scheduled for launch on December 6.

The popular blogging platform and content management system will have its last major update of the year with the release of 4.7. Over 60 million websites built on WordPress will receive the much-awaited update in just a couple of weeks.

In total, the new WordPress will introduce over 500 new components to the complex structure of its websites. Beta 3 is the latest version to come out, but it may not be the last before the early December launch. Read original article here…. theusbport.com

Want to save some money on themes and plugins this service helps you find out when the developer drops their prices.

Set Price Alert to Get Notified When Premium WP Themes Price Drops

https://purposethemes.com/368850/set-price-alert-premium-wordpress-themes/Internet is full of Premium WordPress Themes with hundreds of Themes Clubs and Thousands of Authors. Theme Clubs offer special discount like Black Friday Deals, Anniversary Deals, Thanksgiving Offers etc. and reduce the price to 50% or even more. If you have not subscribed to the theme club, you may miss such offers and even it is not possible to subscribe such offers from all theme clubs. What if a service can alert you when the price drops. PurposeThemes offers you “Set Price Alert” feature to set a price that you like to purchase a particular theme for, and when the theme’s price drops, PurposeThemes will send you an email.

These are few scenarios when Theme Clubs reduce the price of premium WordPress Themes.

On every theme page indexed on PurposeThemes, there is an option “Set Price Alert”

Now you have set the alert for PointPro WordPress Theme saying that notify me when the price comes down to $30. Read original article here…. purposethemes.com

 

 

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

 

Save

Save

Save