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 4.8 Release Targeted for June 8
WordPress 4.8 kicked off in this week’s core developer meeting and the schedule for the upcoming release is now published. Beta 1 is scheduled for May 12 and the official release is targeted for June 8. This will be the first major release in 2017 and is focused on laying the foundation for the new Gutenberg editor. The schedule identifies the features that contributors are aiming to ship in 4.8: Read original article here…. wptavern.com
11 Newsletter Plugins for WordPress
WordPress is a highly customizable content management system. With the right plugins, it can be an effective platform to create a newsletter and build a list of subscribers.
Here is a list of newsletter plugins for WordPress. There are plugins to design and publish newsletters, as well as track campaign results. There are also opt-in and lead generation plugins to build lists of newsletter subscribers. Read original article here…. practicalecommerce.com
Install or Avoid? 14 Popular WordPress Plugins Reviewed
WordPress plugins are applications installed on your WordPress website that add new functions and features. The big plugin community is the heart of what people mean when they say you can do anything with WordPress. But how do you tell which popular WordPress plugins are credible and won’t hack your site? Do the popular plugins actually work?
For this post I’m referring to Popular WordPress Plugins on WordPress.org. The first thing to note is these change periodically and are not curated or selected. It’s totally a popularity contest.
Since most plugins currently on the page have at least 1 million active installs, we know that number is the big factor in ranking them. But star rating and reviews may also play a role. But still, how reliable are these rankings? Read original article here…. roundpeg.biz
Tips this week include:
I hope you’ll join our blogger village to receive and give help with getting seriously old plugins off your site and making it PHP 7 ready.
It will take you 15-20 minutes to make your contribution to the old plugins list. And you’ll get all manner of tasty treats too. Think of it like being invited to a super duper potluck dinner.
I hope you’ll share this Challenge post with every blogger you know. Email it to them, post it in your blogger groups. Let’s get everyone involved, because everyone who owns a WP site is involved and needs this help.
How to Add A Signature to All WordPress Posts
NOTE: This tutorial will add a signature to ALL your posts, old and new. If you already have a signature in your old posts, your posts will show two signatures, so user beware, this may force you to go back and remove all those old signatures. I don’t have a magical plan to do that yet, and yes, I actually gritted my teeth and went through all my old posts and removed the code manually. eek.
NOTE: This tutorial will add a signature to ALL your posts, old and new. If you already have a signature in your old posts, your posts will show two signatures, so user beware, this may force you to go back and remove all those old signatures. I don’t have a magical plan to do that yet, and yes, I actually gritted my teeth and went through all my old posts and removed the code manually. eek. Read original article here…. 1dogwoof.com
Plugins that Check Old Plugins on Your Site
Outdated plugins can introduce a serious security issue on your site. See easy ways to find outdated plugins and ones that have been removed from the WordPress Plugins Repository.
This post is part of the Seriously Old Plugin Challenge for the month of May. Join us and get your site ready for PHP 7 and get rid of all those old plugins.
The core WordPress code is changing with every update. The overwhelming majority of those changes are bug fixes and to plug security holes. Read original article here…. blogaid.net
And now for something older in the past article collections.
WordPress Careers Masterclass: Selling Your Code (Themes and Plugins)
Are you interested in a career selling your code? Specifically, coding themes and plugins that you can then sell for profit?
Welcome to the second post in this series on how to build a successful career with WordPress. If you followed part one of this series, WordPress Careers Masterclass: How to Forge a Successful Career, you should have some ideas about your own strengths as well as your career goals. And if you didn’t, I strongly recommend doing back and doing so. WordPress Careers Masterclass: Selling Your Code (Themes and Plugins) – WPMU DEV
Why Is The WordPress REST API Such A Big Deal?
When we think of WordPress, we think of a monolithic application we install on a server. It provides a backend that generates web pages in concert with a database, an interface we use to configure our websites and publish content, and a front-end that displays the pages of the site.
All of this functionality is bundled into one “thing” called WordPress. WordPress has plugins and themes, so it’s modular in that sense, but both types of extension simply modify the functionality of the core application — and they have to be written in PHP. Read original article here…. thewhir.com
Visible Edit Shortcuts in WordPress 4.7 Makes Customizing Sites Easier
Earlier this year, Automattic added visual icons to the WordPress.com customizer after user testing showed users tried clicking on the parts of the page they wanted to edit, rather than searching through the menus in the customizer. In an effort to see if the same could be done for the self-hosted version of WordPress, Payton Swick open sourced Automattic’s work into a plugin and placed it on GitHub. Read original article here…. wptavern.com
This is How WPMU DEV Makes Life Easier for WordPress Developers
Let’s face it. WordPress development is not for the faint of heart. Wages aren’t as strong as they are for other types of developers, competition is fierce, and you’re expected to work miracles in minutes — after all, it’s just a simple WordPress website, right?
One way to address this conundrum is to simplify your development process by pre-making routine development decisions.
Here’s what I mean: while every WordPress website you build is unique, they all have certain things in common — core factors, you might say. One way to simplify your life as a WordPress developer is to develop a system that knocks out the core needs of every WordPress website the exact same way, every single time, in one fell swoop.
That way, you can focus on the things that make each site unique rather than spending time redefining the wheel. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org
Well that’s a wrap for this week more next week from WP Plugins A to Z.