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  • Plugins
    Gutenberg

    New Editor Coming in WordPress 5.0

    - by GB

    WordPress version 5.0 is due out in November. With this update comes one of the biggest changes to the WordPress core for many years — a brand new editor — named, Gutenberg.

    Update: the release of WordPress 5.0 has been postponed to Tuesday, November 27th.

    The Gutenberg editor, showing the “blocks” interface.

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  • Managed WordPress
    WordPress 4.5

    WordPress 4.5

    - by GB

    The latest version of the world’s most popular CMS, WordPress v4.5 is available now!

    Features and changes in WordPress 4.5 include:

    • Inline link editing
    • Further improvements to Markdown support in the Editor
    • Live responsive previews in the Customiser
    • Native support for custom logos
    • Improved image resizing and optimisation

    More details are available on the WordPress Blog post and there’s also a Codex page with all the details for developers and those who enjoy the fine-print.

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  • WordPress

    WordPress 4.4 released!

    - by GB

    The latest and greatest version of the world’s most popular CMS, WordPress v4.4 is now available!

    The WordPress.org blog post has details of what’s new in WordPress 4.4. Generally speaking, this update doesn’t include many changes that WP Admin users will notice — most of the changes in WordPress 4.4 are under the hood (though, they are very exciting changes, none-the-less).

    We have already begun testing this version and a few earlier adopter WP NET users will receive the update shortly. Other sites may need to wait a little longer while we test and do the best we can to ensure a smooth upgrade.  … continues

  • Plugins
    Envato

    Envato Market Support Policy

    - by GB

    Important: Envato — the owners of ThemeForest and CodeCanyon — have launched a new Support Policy which affects all past and future purchases. If you use ThemeForest WordPress themes and / or CodeCanyon WordPress plugins — please take note.

    The Envato Market — specifically the ThemeForest and CodeCanyon websites — are probably the most popular sources of premium WordPress themes and plugins. Many WP NET customers use ThemeForest themes, and so we thought it important that we bring to your attention some important changes recently introduced.

    Beginning September 1 2015, Envato launched the Envato Market Support Policy. We urge all owners of ThemeForest themes and CodeCanyon plugins to familiarise themselves with this policy.  … continues

  • Managed WordPress

    Knowledge is key to WordPress security

    - by GB

    An article recently published on ZDNet suggests that much of WordPress’s security woes are due to lack of knowledge on the part of the administrator. Security — an area that is often overlooked or left out of the budget altogether — if left unchecked, can make your website an easy target.

    Frequently, if a handful of straightforward, proven security hardening measures had been completed, many sites would not have fallen prey to their attackers.   … continues

  • Managed WordPressSecurityWordPressWordPress News

    Reduce risk with managed hosting, says ZDNet

    - by GB

    An interesting article was recently published on ZDNet, highlighting the increasing risks associated with unmanaged WordPress hosting.

    In particular, the recent vulnerability discovered in the ubiquitous Slider Revolution plugin (and the subsequent controversy about the management of it’s disclosure and patching) has raised important questions regarding WordPress management and security.

    At what technical level, is it accepted that a website owner has the necessary know-how to secure a website, protect it against attacks and detect when problems occur? As WordPress becomes ever more popular around the world — so too does the need for focus on security, performance and scalability.

    … security is an even bigger imperative. Many WordPress sites belong to people who don’t know jack about computers, let alone web site administration. These users are much better off with a WordPress environment in which their options are limited, but their safety protected.

    In 2015, it will be more important than ever to ensure that your WordPress installations are secure and up to date.

    Read the article.

  • WordPress News

    WordPress 3.9 — New Features

    - by GB

    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.
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