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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

https://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

https://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

https://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

 

 

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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

https://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

https://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

 

 

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Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new November 22, 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.

The error for “Cannot Modify Headers” is one of the most annoying you can run across this article helps you solve that one.

Fixing the “Cannot Modify Header” Error in WordPress

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/fixing-cannot-modify-header-error/Here’s a frustrating yet common WordPress error that can appear out of the blue, bringing down your site in one fell swoop:

“Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at…”

What’s worse is that this error continues, listing paths to important files on your server which is a potential security risk. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

This is an older article and warning about updates needed but still needs to be said.

WordPress urges users to update now to fix critical security holes

https://www.zdnet.com/article/wordpress-urges-users-to-update-now-to-fix-critical-security-holes/WordPress is urging webmasters to update their CMS packages as quickly as possible to protect their domains from critical vulnerability exploits.

On Thursday, the content management system (CMS) provider released a security advisory alongside the latest version of WordPress, 4.6.1. Now available, the update patches two serious security problems, a cross-site scripting vulnerability and a path traversal security flaw.

The XSS flaw, discovered by SumOfPwn researcher Cengiz Han back in July at the Summer of Pwnage bug bounty project, allows attackers to use a crafted image file, upload to WordPress, and inject malicious JavaScript code into the software. Read original article here…. zdnet.com

This article looks at some of the top ways to secure up your WordPress website.

Top 5 Ways to Better Secure Your Website

https://interestingengineering.com/top-5-ways-better-secure-website/In 2013, 73 percent of popular sites that used WordPress were vulnerable to attack.  Cyber-attacks seem to always make headlines. Data breaches are becoming more and more common. This article will help explore multiple options on how WordPress site owners can secure their websites.

It can’t be stressed enough how important updating is, despite it seeming like such a simple concept. In most cases, a new WordPress versions patch a security vulnerability found in the previous version. When you log into the WordPress admin dashboard, be sure to check the top of the dashboard to see if there is an update available. Read original article here…. interestingengineering.com

 

This article from WPMUDEV help you figure out how to create a successful career in WordPress.

WordPress Careers Masterclass: How to Forge a Successful Career

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-careers-masterclass-forging-a-career/Welcome to this new series on WordPress careers! In this six-week series, you’ll learn about the wide range of options available to you if you want to forge a career with WordPress.

This series will be useful for you if you can answer “yes” to any of the questions below:

Whatever your circumstances, there will be something here to help you.

In this series, I’m going to guide you through a process of identifying your own career goals and provide information, tips and advice to help you formulate your own career plan and follow it through. Along the way you may find you change your plans or switch things around a bit – in such a fast-moving industry, being flexible is essential! Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

Managing Multiple WordPress websites can be a challenge and this article help you come to terms on things that need to be completed.

How to Manage WordPress Sites: 75 Tasks & Tips

https://ithemes.com/2016/10/19/how-to-manage-wordpress-sites/?utm_source=iThemes+Updates&utm_campaign=ae52cce214-10_19_2016_Updates_Manage_WordPress&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_79a8f605eb-ae52cce214-297439873Managing a WordPress site means performing daily, weekly and monthly tasks to help your site run smoothly. Use this checklist to help you manage WordPress sites either for yourself or your web design clients.

The list below includes both one-time tasks for newer WordPress sites and repetitive tasks that will need to be performed on a regular basis.

Managing WordPress sites can get pretty time-consuming (and maybe overwhelming), especially if you have more than one site.

With Sync, you can perform a lot of the tasks included in the list to manage WordPress sites, like:

1. To get started with iThemes Sync, grab your 10 free site plan here. Read original article here…. ithemes.com

Let’s face it pricing services is one of the hardest things a freelancer will ever do and this article help you figure out that task .

Pricing Your Services: A How-To Guide for WordPress Developers

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/pricing-your-wordpress-services/?utm_expid=3606929-91.15T0nlf8TFCqo1W_BlZjGg.0Pricing is tricky, to say the least. And no doubt you’ve had a similar conversation to this one I had recently with a massively popular (and profitable) blog I wanted to write for:

Client: “I’m sorry to break this to you — but you’re nowhere near the $XX rate.”

Me: “Thanks very much for your feedback. Much appreciated :) Cheers”

Yes, they found you overpriced and when you ask around for advice you’ll hear:

“There’s nothing such as a market rate. Only you can decide what you’re worth.”

Etc. Etc.

Yes, it’s all true, but it doesn’t generally apply to absolute beginner or intermediate-level freelancers. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

 

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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.

Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new November 14, 2016

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.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.

When it comes time to migrate a WordPress website there are many ways to accomplish this task. This article has some tips for you.

How to Export WordPress URLs (Using Two Different Methods)

https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/tips-tricks/how-to-export-wordpress-urls-using-two-different-methods?utm_source=Elegant+Themes&utm_campaign=eeaadb6c10-WordPress_Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c886a2fc0a-eeaadb6c10-51249745Migrating your WordPress site to a new host, or setting up redirects, are common practices for those who run into problems with their hosting provider or site structure. They’re just two of many scenarios in which you would need to export WordPress URLs.

Fortunately, there are a number of free plugins and tools to help you get the job done. In this post, we’ll explain why you’d need to export your WordPress URLs, then show you how to do it using two different methods. By the time we’re done, you’ll be able to export WordPress URLs with aplomb! Read original article here…. elegantthemes.com

What was to be a new feature in WordPress 4.7 has been pulled due to it not being completely ready.

A New Way to Search, Preview, and Install Themes in the Customizer Removed From WordPress 4.7

https://wptavern.com/a-new-way-to-search-preview-and-install-themes-in-the-customizer-removed-from-wordpress-4-7Astute testers may have noticed a new feature in WordPress 4.7 beta 1 that enabled users to search, preview, and install themes from within the customizer. This feature was part of five feature projects related to the customizer that were approved for merge last month. Its goal is to unify the theme browsing and customizing experience.

It was removed in WordPress 4.7 beta 2. Helen Hou-Sandí, WordPress 4.7 release lead, reverted the change after collecting feedback. Some of the reasons for reverting the feature include: Read original article here…. wptavern.com

 

Looking for mobile ease for your site check out this article.

5 plugins to help your WordPress site reach mobile nirvana

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/5-plugins-to-help-your-wordpress-site-reach-mobile-nirvana/Is your company or personal WordPress site mobile-friendly? If not, here are five plugins to help you achieve mobile nirvana.

WordPress has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a blog-specific platform. Now the open source platform hosts sites of all types (from blogs to ecommerce). Because the global default is slowly evolving to a mobile-first frame of mind, it’s become increasingly important that your site be smartphone- and tablet-friendly.

How can you achieve such a feat? Fortunately, there are plenty of WordPress plugins that will make your site as easily viewable on mobile devices as it is on desktop devices. I’ve found five such plugins that I feel help to make your WordPress site as mobile-friendly as possible. Read original article here…. techrepublic.com

SEO is the most important thing you will do to your website check these tips to help you out.

8 Tips to Improve SEO of your WordPress Website

https://www.promotionworld.com/se/articles/article/161108-8-tips-improve-seo-your-wordpress-websiteToday, we’ll discuss with you 8 quick tips on how you can decrease page loading time and optimize your site.

Before applying these tips to your site, check the speed of your website using a free performance service such as YSlow, Google PageSpeed Insights or GTMetrix. You’ll get to know your website’s current speed. Read original article here…. promotionworld.com

Time for a WordPress site checkup use the tips in this article to help you make sure you’re good to go.

Time For Your WP Checkup

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/time-for-your-wp-checkup/?utm_source=WPMU+DEV+Blog&utm_campaign=3d3828934d-WP_Checkup_announcement&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_591b793ca5-3d3828934d-86821581Wouldn’t it be great if there was a WordPress tool that you could use to quickly scan a site for performance, SEO and security? Well, now there is – and you can try her out for free. Say hello to WP Checkup.

What we’ve done is bring all of our experience in speeding up your site (WP Smush, Hummingbird), keeping it secure (Defender) and improving your SEO (SmartCrawl) and rolled it into one service that will identify any issues you might have and give you hints and tips on how to fix them. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

This is a great artivcle on why so many Internet marketers choose WordPress as thier platform of chioce to build thiuer websityes on.

Why Leading Marketers Choose WordPress

https://wpapplied.com/why-choose-wordpress/So what makes WordPress so popular?

To understand why leading marketing experts choose WordPress, it helps to know a little about the history of web publishing, the old technologies that WordPress replaced – and the competing technologies trying to knock WordPress off its perch.

Back In 1990, a guy called Tim Berners-Lee was working for a nuclear research lab in Switzerland called CERN. Tim was looking for a way of enabling researchers based in remote locations to organize their information.

Instead of forcing people to download individual documents, Tim’s idea was to make it possible to download and display documents with a single click. Not only that, but Tim also wanted to link documents together using the text contained in the documents themselves. Read original article here…. wpapplied.com

An old article with a look back at WordPress news from 2014

A Look Back at WordPress News in 2014, Part 1 of 2

https://wptavern.com/a-look-back-at-wordpress-news-in-2014-part-1-of-2In the course of a year, a lot of things happen in the WordPress ecosystem and in 2014, the Tavern published over 900 posts. I’ve created a list of headlines from the first-half of 2014 where you can see the progression of stories, businesses, and products at a glance. The list indicates it was a busy year for several companies.

The stories included here are handpicked based on their newsworthiness, importance, and whether they generated a healthy discussion in the comments. The posts are in chronological order starting with January. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

 

 

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