Round up of WordPress News and Tips October 23rd, 2018

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 important to help you with your website as well as news 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.


20 Lessons I’ve Learned as a WordPress Freelancer

As you embark on your WordPress freelance journey–whether as a writer like me or a developer, designer, marketer, or something else altogether–know this: many people have walked in your shoes.

While there are certainly some people doing business online that are jacks of all trades, not everyone can be Amazon. So, in the WordPress arena it’s important you select a niche that can help you differentiate yourself from the sea of people competing with you.

As a freelancer, you’ve got no one else to sell your skills or your business but yourself. If you don’t know how to pitch your services or maintain a positive relationship with clients, you’ll struggle. Learn communication and customer service techniques that’ll make it hard for anyone to say no or let you go.
Read original article here….

New Plugin Offers Better Plugin Recommendations in the WordPress Admin you work with WordPress every day you may have learned to tune out the recommended plugins in the admin by now, but the “Add Plugins” screen is an important part of the new user experience. WordPress developers Joey Kudish and Nick Hamze have released a plugin that brings better recommendations to the admin.

The recommended plugins are slightly better, as they are based on plugins that the user and other users have installed. However, Hamze believes they could be tweaked even further to display plugins that specifically benefit new users. The Recommended tab was introduced two years ago to display results based on plugins that are commonly used together. It excludes plugins that users already have installed.

Hamze said he doesn’t know if WordPress can solve this problem diplomatically with code. He believes manual curation is required to deliver the best new user experience. A ticket for re-thinking the default ‘Add Plugins’ tabs/filters was is open on WordPress trac, as the plugins that appear in these screens have remained unchanged for some time. The ticket hasn’t received much discussion yet. Read original article here….

12 Best Practice for Super Effective Mobile Call-to-Action Buttons, I wrote about what research says about how to optimally place calls-to-action on your WordPress site. While I briefly mentioned a possible difference between desktop and mobile CTA placement, there wasn’t much evidence available to definitively prove a clear difference there. That being said, we do know there are other defining characteristics that mobile CTAs have that desktop ones don’t.

It’s important to put yourself in the shoes of your visitors. Smartphones typically equate to “convenience,” so take advantage of that with your CTA messaging. Don’t force anyone to play the guessing game. Use action words that tell them exactly what to do and what will happen right now if they do. If it makes more sense to do so, you could instead try appealing to their current emotional state. Read original article here….




This week we have the following Security News for you.

SEO Spam Campaign Exploiting WordPress REST API Vulnerability is a new wave of SEO spam campaigns using this vulnerability, not only create spam posts, but to replace existing post content with spam keywords and links.

Back then we predicted that defacements were just the beginning. After those highly visible and immediate attacks, we started to discover that SEO spammers were exploiting the same vulnerability to manipulate search engine results. Read original article here….



And now for something older in the past article collections.

If Only That WordPress eCommerce Plug Could [fill in the blank] the sake of this post, I am focusing on eCommerce plugins, but what I am about to say really relates to any WordPress plugin. (And probably even themes, but we aren’t going to go there today.)

This is something I see all the time. In fact, just saw it again in a Facebook group (surprise!). A comment along these lines:

I really love using xyz plugin. But I really wish they would have built in the option to [fill in he blank]. I know there is a plugin that will probably do the job, but I don’t want to add another one, or pay more money. Yes, the feature could be coded in, but I don’t know how to do that and don’t really want to hire someone.

You have been there, admit it. Even if you understand why the feature you want isn’t included, still, it bugs you. Read original article here….