28 Facts You Probably Don’t Know About WordPress [Infographic]

WordPress Popularity

Just about everyone who has gone through the process of trying to figure out exactly how they will get a website online has run into WordPress already. It is an extremely popular CMS but you might not realize just how many websites are using it in 2016.

Endless Options

As we mentioned in the earlier segment, WordPress provides an almost endless amount of customization’s that you can use on your website. There are over 45,000 plugins available for free which adds functionality, and over 4,000 free themes that can change the look of a website.

WordPress Security Breaches

Yes, it’s sad but true that WordPress has been the target of some quite large security breaches. It just goes to show that once you become big enough and popular enough you will become the target of people who want to take you down. The same thing happened with Windows when it became the most popular operating system for home computers. It became the target for virus makers, WordPress is not immune to that.


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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

 

 

 

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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!

WordPress Plugins A-Z #291 WooCommerce Document Previews, WP Tasks After Install

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!It’s Episode 291 and we’ve got plugins for Embedding Twitch, Birthday Emails, Theme Style Switching, WooCommerce Document Previews, and a great new lazy plugin that is a “must install” for any new WP installation. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!!

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It's Episode 290 and we've got plugins for Removing Old Slugs, Removing Products, Cropping Background Images, Remote Site Search, and Custom States for Woo Commerce. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

WordPress Plugins A-Z #290 Cropping Background Images, Remote Site Search

 It's Episode 290 and we've got plugins for Removing Old Slugs, Removing Products, Cropping Background Images, Remote Site Search, and Custom States for Woo Commerce. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It’s Episode 290 and we’ve got plugins for Removing Old Slugs, Removing Products, Cropping Background Images, Remote Site Search, and Custom States for Woo Commerce. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


This week we have the following news for you.

Tips Tuesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alternatives to 66 of Your Favorite Dead WordPress Plugins

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

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

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

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

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

Scanning & Attacking WordPress Websites Behind Firewalls

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

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

9 Easy Ways to Make WordPress Lightning Fast

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

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

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

Quick Tips To Speed Up Your WordPress

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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WordPress Plugins A-Z #289 SMS Notifications, PhoneGap

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It's Episode 286 and we've got plugins for Measuring CPU and Host performance, GeoIP Detection, Floating Carts and a great new plugin for Importing Facebook Events to The Events Calendar. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

Transcript of Episode 286

It's Episode 286 and we've got plugins for Measuring CPU and Host performance, GeoIP Detection, Floating Carts and a great new plugin for Importing Facebook Events to The Events Calendar. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for Episode #286


It’s Episode 286 and we’ve got plugins for Measuring CPU and Host performance, GeoIP Detection, Floating Carts and a great new plugin for Importing Facebook Events to The Events Calendar. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #286

John:                This week here my first plugin is PHP/MySQL CPU Performance Statistics. This plugin here — I had a brief job this past week to check out a client’s website as to why it was running so poorly, and I’m starting to dig more and more into doing site performance analysis on websites and find out what’s happening, whether it be their theme, their plugins, their server. Who’s the problem and how do we solve it? So I found a few plugins along the way to help you solve that problem, and that’s what this one here is for.

What it does is it tests out your PHP/MySQL configurations and it let you know how that is performing on your website. It sends internal tests, then it spits back a report to you, and then gives you a comparison report for what standards should be. It tells you if your server and MySQL is running too slow, if it’s taking too much time, if it’s having problems with the MySQL, MySQL inserts, the updates, etc.

It’s a really great diagnostic tool to find out if MySQL is running correctly and if PHP is running correctly. So check this one out. I gave it a 4-Dragon rating. It’s called PHP/MySQL CPU Performance Statistics.

Marcus:           How the heck did they fit that all in one slug?

John:                How did I get it without tripping over it?

Marcus:           Hmm…even better question. That’s right. All right, this next plugin is kind of similar to what you’ve got going on there, John. It’s called Host Info, and it actually shows you real-time server and environment information. It’s pretty cool in terms of how it classifies and shows you statistics of your web server. I actually did this as a test on two different websites.

I did it on one that was on managed hosting and then I did it on a shared hosting, and I was very surprised in terms of what it showed me. But it’s not really customizable and you can’t really save it in relation to being able to look at archives or stuff like that. It’s just kind of a basic snapshot of what’s going on at the time for your host info. Kind of a handy tool but probably one that you would install then uninstall —

John:                Yeah?

Marcus:           — just right after you use it, so I gave this one a 3 out of 5.

John:                Well, still not bad.

Marcus:           No.

John:                It’s a great way to find out what’s happening.

Marcus:           Definitely.

John:                The next one I’ve got here for you is called WP Hosting Performance Check. Now this plugin here, what it does for you is when you put it in and install it, it sets up for your site and it requires an additional plugin, which I’ll be talking about next. You can track the countries your visitors are coming from. But it starts monitoring everything across your site: all of the performance that is happening, page load times, server response times, what your technology is, whether it’s PHP 5, 7, MySQL 10 or 5. It tells you all of these pieces and then it will monitor it.

If you leave it plugged in and turned on for several days, it’ll keep monitoring to give you an average over the days and it’ll tell you hour-by-hour what your peak loads are and what your low loads are, and what’s happening in those timeframes. This is a really great diagnostic tool to run over the course of 48 hours or 72 hours to get a real idea of what’s happening on your website. I found it to be very useful in that we were having a website that the client was complaining that they were seeing 404 errors and other issues while they were working on it. But when I was working on it, I couldn’t get any of these to occur. I put this in and started showing that there were peak times during the day when the server was performing very slowly or was responding slowly. They are on a shared hosting platform with one of those companies out there that overloads their servers at times and you could see where it was hitting those peak loads.

Overall, it was showing a server poor response time while the web page loading times weren’t too bad when the pages were actually loaded. Then it also showed that the technology for the server was a little bit out-of-date. So this is a really great plugin for finding that information and diagnosing what’s happening on your site. So check it out: WP Hosting Performance Check and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Hmm…pretty cool.

John:                Yeah.

Marcus:           That’s a great way to look through them.

John:                Well, I’ve been running it on our websites just to see if my servers had been up to snuff and so far, they’ve been really great, so I’m kind of happy about that.

Marcus:           Very nice, very nice. Okay, for those of you out there that use WooCommerce, here’s a pretty cool plugin. This is a freemium plugin but there’s also a pro version. It’s called Woo Floating Cart Lite and it’s available in the Repository. What happens is when somebody adds something to your cart, it actually shows the cart in the lower right side instantly. So as they scroll through the different pages, the cart still remains visible and reminds them to check out.

Cart abandonment is one of those things that are just a slight improvement in cart abandonment. It could almost double your revenue – seriously – so this is a nice way to keep the cart in view, front and center at all times for your customer. Awesome plugin. Again, this is the lite version; there is a pro version that has more features and I rated this one a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice! I’m going to have to take advantage of that one because I’m just finishing up a WooCommerce website.

Marcus:           Nice! Yeah, give it a shot.

John:                I like that. All right, well the final plugin I’ve got here today is called GeoIP Detection. This plugin came about because of the previous plugin I talked about, the WP Hosting Performance Check. But I also discovered the GeoIP Detection can be used in many areas, especially if you’re a developer. How it’s used in the previous plugin is that it’s used to track what countries your visitors are coming from to give you a report.

What you can also do with this plugin here is it has shortcodes that you can build into your theme development or plugin development. You can build this as a dependency to help with your geoIP tracking. Now, the plugin uses a couple of forms of the geoIP maps: it has its own built-in map that it takes from MaxMind or you can download the direct MaxMind IP map to it also to get more precise tracking with it. It’s a really great plugin. It works relatively smoothly and installed rather well. Then it’s got a lot of tips and tidbits in it on how to use it. So check it out if you’re doing development and you want to do geoIP tracking, and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           Hmm…pretty cool! I’ll have to check that out myself. Okay, finally, a lot of people out there use the Events Manager or the Events Calendar as one of their plugins or go-to events management tools on their website. A lot of people also use Facebook for their events. Now, you can use both. With this plugin, it’s called Import Facebook Events, and it allows you to import your events from Facebook.com right into the Events Calendar and Events Manager.

So if you’re like me and you use the Events Manager as your plugin, this one is a no-brainer as an extra add-on. It just completely imports all of your Facebook events and brings them right into your WordPress site with little effort required. It is pretty great. I love the Events Calendar. I use that for most of my clients and now that this is out, it gives me even more of a reason to love the plugin. It’s called Import Facebook Events and I gave it a perfect 5 out of 5.

John:                Very nice. Wow, there seems to be a lot of plugins being built for the Events Manager and as I’m slowly switching over all the sites that use the previous calendar to this one.

Marcus:           Mm-hmm.

John:                [Inaudible: 23:55]

Marcus:           I like the Events Manager because it will allow me to import from Excel.

John:                Ah!

Marcus:           So if they’re a recurring events or things like that, I can set it all up, set the description, set the buy links for the tickets and all of that, put it all into Excel, and away I go. I have one client that is in an instructional institution and they teach multiple classes every single day. It just kind of varies what city they’re in; sometimes they’re in Vegas, sometimes they’re in the Midwest, and they kind of rotate around the country. For this, it’s pretty nice because now we can have them just set up their events also in Facebook and bring it right in, so I love this plugin.

John:                Very nice. All right, well this week here I covered up PHP/MySQL CPU Performance Statistics, which I gave a 4 to; WP Hosting Performance Check, which I gave a 4 to; and GeoIP Detection, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I talked about Host Info, which gets a 3 out of 5, Woo Floating Cart Lite gets a 4 out of 5, and we just talked about Import Facebook Events, which gets a 5 out of 5.

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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

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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