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.

 

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