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

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

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

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

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

 


This week we have the following news for you.

WordPress 14

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

14 Amazing WordPress Milestones

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

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

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

WordPress 4.8 Release Candidate

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

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

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

WordPress 4.8 Release Candidate is Out

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

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

This version contains some fun new widgets.

I’ll be poking around it to see:

Read original article here…. blogaid.net

10 Ways to Determine the Quality of a Free WordPress Plugin

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

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

Tips Tuesday

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

Read original article here…. blogaid.net

How to Set Up a WordPress Multi Network

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

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

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

 

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Integrate Google Search Console Data into Google Analytics

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

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

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

Read original article here…. blogaid.net

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

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

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

GitHub

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

How to Properly Uninstall WordPress Plugin Manually

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GoDaddy Makes Building WordPress Websites Easier With New Product Introduction

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


This week we have the following news for you.

WordPress 4.8 Release Targeted for June 8

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

11 Newsletter Plugins for WordPress

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

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

Install or Avoid? 14 Popular WordPress Plugins Reviewed

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

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

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

 

 

Tips Tuesday

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

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

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

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

Read original article here…. blogaid.net

How to Add A Signature to All WordPress Posts

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

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

Plugins that Check Old Plugins on Your Site

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

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

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

 

 

And now for something older in the past article collections.

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

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

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

Why Is The WordPress REST API Such A Big Deal?

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

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

Visible Edit Shortcuts in WordPress 4.7 Makes Customizing Sites Easier

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

This is How WPMU DEV Makes Life Easier for WordPress Developers

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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