On April 7 2014 a serious vulnerability was discovered in the widely used OpenSSL software — this affected many (many!) web servers across the world, requiring urgent patching.
As a precaution, it is also strongly advised that all SSL Certificates be reissued and all users change their passwords on system that used OpenSSL.
All WP NET servers have had patches installed and tested, and we have also reissued all SSL certificates used on our domains, including the Plesk Panel.
Test your domain for the OpenSSL HeartBleed Vulnerability
If you host a website and you use an SSL certificate on your domain, you should consider having the certificate reissued and reinstalled on your server.
Here’s a promising new extension for WooCommerce, just released on CodeCanyon — Address Auto-complete for WooCommerce, powered by the Google Places API.
From the CodeCanyon product page:
- The plugin regroups and hides the components of the address : address_1, address_2, city, state, postcode, country.
- It adds a new “Address field” based on Google Places API.
- The user begins to type his address, Google completes it.
- The user chooses the correct address among Google suggestions.
- The hidden fields appears, automatically fielded with the Google’s information.
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WordPress 3.9 is looking fine, with the beta released this morning. Noteable new features include:
- We updated TinyMCE, the software powering the visual editor, to the latest version. Be on the lookout for cleaner markup. Also try the new paste handling — if you paste in a block of text from Microsoft Word, for example, it will no longer come out terrible.
- Widget management to live previews (the customiser).
- Galleries now receive a live preview in the editor. Upload some photos and insert a gallery to see this in action.
- You can now drag-and-drop images directly onto the editor to upload them.
- Some things got improved around editing images. It’s a lot easier to make changes to an image after you insert it into a post and you no longer get kicked to a new window when you need to crop or rotate an image.
- New audio/video playlists. Upload a few audio or video files to test these.
No sooner had we tested and deployed WordPress 3.7 to all our Managed Hosting customers and low-and-behold — 3.7.1 is released.
One of the main new features in (the very recently released) 3.7 is the automatic installation of security and patch updates. All our customers who have been updated to 3.7 therefore have this functionality running on their site now.
Another WordPress release is just around the corner, version 3.7 — this has been a short cycle between versions and while the list of new features and changes may seem a little short … it packs a punch!
We are continuing our efforts to make security improvements to our hosting systems where ever possible.
Our new Managed WordPress service is proving to be very well timed. While WordPress is a fantastic, easy-to-use CMS that costs you $0 to use — now, more than ever, WordPress site owners are learning that it is important to keep their core WordPress software, and plugins up to date.
Only a few weeks a go a serious security vulnerability was discovered in both of the two leading WordPress caching plugins (WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache) — both of these plugins are completely free — provided to the community at no charge by the developers, and whilst both products are very professionally developed — all software is prone to bugs and vulnerabilities. The issue was identified, and to the authors credit, both plugins were fixed within hours, and updates made available via the WordPress Plugins repository. Securi website security monitoring started detecting hack attempts targeting these vulnerabilities only a few days later.
In a word — yes.
WordPress has taken a few knocks recently. Back in April there was a huge, brute-force attack targeting WordPress websites, and also a couple of very popular plugins had serious vulnerabilities discovered (which were promptly fixed).
It’s time to clear up the debate once and for all. Despite all the doubts (and some haters), WordPress core is without a doubt one of the most secure platforms you can choose to put a site on. Jason Cosper of WP Engine —
It’s time to clear up the debate once and for all. Despite all the doubts (and some haters), WordPress core is without a doubt one of the most secure platforms you can choose to put a site on.
— Jason Cosper of WP Engine
Exciting news for NZ WooCommerce users.
This new shipping calculation extension works directly with the NZ POST API to calculate shipping costs for your orders at the time of checkout.
Being somewhat “official”, having been developed by WooThemes themselves — this extension looks very promising.
For more information, check out the WooThemes website.