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A Non-Technical Release Lead’s Journey to Becoming a Mentor for WordPress Core Development – WordPress Tavern

In the summer of 2019, I was asked to help out with a WordPress release. A few months before, the Core Team representatives reached out to other teams in an effort to increase the diversity of the release teams, and I started seriously considering it.

At the time, I was already heavily involved in the WordPress ecosystem and was in my second year as the WordPress Community and Partnership Manager at SiteGround, but I had no experience whatsoever on how WordPress gets done from a Core point of view. Still, when Josepha Haden, Executive Director, pinged me, I said yes…

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WordPress 5.5 now has auto-updates for plugins and themes, but you may want to avoid it

A much-anticipated feature was added to version 5.5 of WordPress. The popular CMS gained the ability to turn on auto-updates for plugins and themes. However, the new feature comes with risks.

Plugins are an essential part of WordPress because they help extend the core functionality of the content management system. Plugins can be tricky, though. Too many plugins can adversely affect the performance of WordPress, and poorly written and maintained plugins can take down the site entirely.

It’s best practice not to add too many plugins and also to keep them up-to-date. If webmasters don’t…

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Flipbook mode introduced in PDF viewer for WordPress – PRUnderground

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PDF Viewer for WordPress is the most famous PDF Reader plugin for WordPress, being used by thousands of websites since its first release on July 07, 2014.

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This plugin Introduced a completely new era of PDF display on WordPress sites & maintaining the trust for years now with regular updates, improvements & awesome support! Products details at

PDF Viewer for WordPress is a must-have for almost everyone who owns or maintains at least a WordPress…

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WordPress 5.5 is available for download or update in your dashboard

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Named “Eckstine” in honor of Billy Eckstine, this latest and greatest version of WordPress is available for download or update in your dashboard.

Here are some of the noted features of WordPress 5.5:

Posts and pages feel faster, thanks to lazy-loaded images.

Images give your story a lot of impact, but they can sometimes make your site seem slow.

In WordPress 5.5, images wait to load until they’re just about to scroll into view. The technical term is ‘lazy loading.’

On mobile, lazy loading can also keep browsers from loading files meant…

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WordPress 5.5 rolls out with auto-updates for plugins, themes

Adam Bannister

11 August 2020 at 14:35 UTC

Updated: 11 August 2020 at 14:36 UTC

Feature aimed at improved the security of the WordPress ecosystem has been a ‘long time coming’

WordPress 5.5 lands today with a new feature that will ensure plugins auto-update by default, shrinking the window of opportunity for cybercriminals looking to exploit known security vulnerabilities.

The feature, which also auto-updates WordPress site themes, has been absorbed into the WordPress core codebase after…

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Astra Theme Suspended and Reinstated, Themes Team Works Toward Delisting Strategy for Guideline Violations – WordPress Tavern

The Themes Team suspended Astra from the official theme directory just a few short weeks after it became the first non-default WordPress theme to surpass one million active installs. The reason: the theme was breaking the directory’s ban on affiliate links. The theme has since been reinstated. However, it has been delisted from the popular themes list.

After the Themes Team handed down an initial five-week suspension, the story continued to unfold through various channels over the weekend and into the start of the new week. Brainstorm Force, the company behind the theme,

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Simple steps to stay safe

If your website gets hacked, it’s a big black mark on the reputation of your business. I was reminded of this recently when someone shared an article with me, and my attempt to view it was blocked due to malware present on the website. One of the most important and overlooked security tasks for businesses is protecting their website. I see so many neglected small business websites in my MSP practice that I know this has become a sure-fire threat to many businesses. Many of these small businesses use WordPress as their website platform, and we will look at some ways it can help…

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Astra WordPress theme suspended

WordPress has suspended the Astra theme for being in violation of its affiliate link policy. The suspension will be in place for five weeks and will affect over one million users.

Despite the wide-ranging impact, information on the suspension has been somewhat low-key. The suspense was announced by the TRT Messenger (Theme Review Team Bot) on the WordPress support forum.

Users trying to find the theme from official WordPress repository will either find “no results” or a theme that is not the popular Astra theme as shown in the screenshot below.

The official social…

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WordPress Suspends Astra Theme – Affects 1 Million Users

Popular WordPress theme Astra with over one million users has been suspended for five weeks. The punishment is in response to alleged violations of WordPress prohibitions against adding affiliate links into themes.

Astra Theme Removed from WordPress Repository

Following a link for the official Astra theme WordPress page shows that the theme is not available from WordPress.

Screenshot of Astra theme placeholder pageFollowing links to the official WordPress Astra theme repository shows that the theme is completely gone from WordPress.

Using the search function on WordPress to find the Astra theme shows zero results. The Astra theme is…

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Automattic Launches P2, a WordPress-powered Tool for Remote Teams Collaboration’s parent company Automattic today launched a team collaboration and communication product that has served as the “foundation of Automattic’s distributed work model” for over a decade.

Automattic invested in telecommuting even before work from home became the new normal for a pandemic-ravaged global workforce.

Since its inception in 2005, Automattic has always focused on remote working, and today the products give over 1,200 employees in 77 countries full autonomy to work from wherever they wish to.

But this level of distribution requires the…

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