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.
Wix Removes GPL-Licensed WordPress Code from Mobile App, Forks Original MIT Library
In October 2016, Matt Mullenweg called out Wix for using GPL-licensed code from the WordPress mobile app and distributing it in its proprietary app. After identifying a path for Wix to comply with the license, Mullenweg confirmed he would be willing to go to court to protect the GPL.
Wix CEO Avishai Abrahami’s response to the allegations failed to address the issue of licensing, dodging the question with references to other open source contributions. Abrahami seemed to indicate that Wix would open source its mobile app but was not clear whether it would be GPL licensed:
“We always shared and admired your commitment to give back, which is exactly why we have those 224 open source projects, and thousands more bugs/improvements available to the open source community and we will release the app you saw as well,” Abrahami said. Read original article here…. wptavern.com
Finding the Best WordPress Hosting
Best. It’s a word meant to rank similar things in a given category by established comparison points, providing an unbiased view on how they stack up.
But what’s best for one person or company is not always the best choice for another – and to further complicate things, financial bias is often the primary motivator when 3rd parties make their ‘best of’ lists.
I’ll be exploring both sides of the ‘best’ coin as they relate to WordPress hosting, but before diving in, let’s address the pink elephant in the room: yes, Pagely is a managed WordPress host, writing about how to find the best WordPress Hosting. And while I’ll try to remain neutral, you need to know who is telling you what is ‘best.’ Read original article here…. pagely.com
7 Elements You Should Know About Launching Your Membership Site
Over the last couple of years, membership sites have been popping up in the WordPress world. Launching a membership site seems to be a growing trend. Or should I say the idea of a membership site is growing.
You will hear from some people that a membership site is easy money. But what they are often talking about is the setup of the site with WordPress. What steps to take. What plugin to use. You know, the technical stuff. Read original article here…. bobwp.com
About WordPress Plugin Vulnerabilities and How to Address Them
You work hard to make your site awesome. And with all that work you put in, the last thing you want to do is lose your site to some malicious hacker. When it comes to hackers and WordPress, plugin vulnerabilities are one of the easiest ways for the bad guys to get in.
Because of its popularity, WordPress is a magnet for hackers. According to Sucuri’s Q1 2016 Website Hacked Trend Report, 78% of the hacked websites they deal with were running WordPress. And based on a survey from WordFence, 55.9% of WordPress hacks with known entry points were a result of plugin vulnerabilities. This makes plugins by far the biggest known contributor to hacked WordPress sites.
In this post, I’ll take a good hard look at some proactive steps you can take to prevent your site from becoming vulnerable to plugin exploits. Read original article here…. elegantthemes.com
Lowdown on the Google Mobile Popup Penalty for WordPress Users
We realize that many of you don’t keep up with the latest Google trends and updates. How can you? Many of you are busy running businesses and there is only so much time in a day. Another large portion of you might outsource work on your website to an agency or WordPress maintenance company. But they too are juggling lots of clients. As of January 10th, 2017, the Google mobile popup penalty went into effect across the web. If you are seeing a major dip in mobile traffic lately, you might want to check your WordPress site to ensure you are using popups correctly. Read more about what what this penalty entails below and what you can do about it.
January 10, 2017 update: Starting today, pages where content is not easily accessible to a user on the transition from the mobile search results may not rank as high. As we said, this new signal is just one of hundreds of signals that are used in ranking and the intent of the search query is still a very strong signal, so a page may still rank highly if it has great, relevant content. – Google Webmaster Team Read original article here…. kinsta.com
And now for something older in the past article collections.
50 Things to Do with WordPress Before You Die
Whether you work with WordPress full-time or just as a hobby, one thing’s for sure – you’re reading this because WordPress means something to you.
Now, as much as WordPress is mostly work for many of us, I am of the firm belief that it shouldn’t be just about work. No, there’s definitely some elements of fun you can attach to this CMS. So I brainstormed the list below of 50 things to do with WordPress before you die.
Some things are fun, some are work, some are lofty goals to set yourself, and other are just good old fashioned nice things you can do for the WordPress community.
Yes, below you’ll find your WordPress bucket list. And not just your bucket list, mine too – I’ve marked the ones I’ve completed myself, though I still have a ways to go. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org
Security Firm Tries to Silence Critic Using Questionable DMCA Notice
SiteLock, a web security firm, has sent two DMCA notices to rival White Fir Design and asked the latter to remove two images of the SiteLock homepage from two articles that criticized its web security services.
The article where the first image was used is named “SiteLock Labels Website as Secure Despite Being Very Dangerous For Visitors” and contains harsh criticism of SiteLock after the company displayed a “SiteLock Secure” badge on a malicious website.
White Fir Design staff discovered that the website where the badge was displayed, a Magento e-commerce store, contained malicious code to scrape and steal data from the checkout forms. Read original article here…. news.softpedia.com
Introducing WPMU DEV Cloud Backups (Members Get 10GB for Free!)
Hey, we just took your WPMU DEV membership to the next level by giving you 10GB unlimited site managed cloud backups.
Oh, and guess what? It’s part of your regular WPMU DEV membership so is gonna cost you zero dollars and zero cents :)
How does it all work? Well, first up you can manage all of your backups along with your sites through The Hub (just sign up for a free trial of WPMU DEV to have a play, or if you are already a member, go to My Websites).
And there you have it, all that you need to do is install (or update) our backup plugin Snapshot and every site you manage via WPMU DEV will come with managed backups. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org
Bleeding edge technology combined with our security expertise has brought one of a kind security suite for your WordPress website that nullifies all threats with ease.
Make changes to in-depth WordPress settings, that normally do not exist, to harden your security beyond imagination.
One of the most important things when running a website is to have always a backup. We offer total backups with ability of storing them at Amazon S3, Dropbox, FTP and etc.
The easiest way of preventing your website from being hacked. Even if you do have a vulnerable plugin/theme installed, with our Anti Exploit module – you will be safe! Read original article here…. wpcrusader.com
1st Ever ThemeForest WordPress Theme Selling For $225.00!
A while ago I reviewed a WordPress theme called Pile. It was a paid for review, however true to form I always review warts and all irrespective of payment or not. To my surprise today I got an email stating that theme itself had shot up in price.
Well I say shot up, in fairness a BIG JUMP to $225.00 for a single licence. Whilst I did enjoy the WordPress theme itself, liked how it functioned and more do I think it’s worth $225.00??
Well it’s certainly a good looking and functional theme worth $225.00? Maybe in fairness. Read original article here…. wpin.me
Well that’s a wrap for this week more next week from WP Plugins A to Z.