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Gutenberg 8.9 Brings Block-Based Widgets Out of the Experimental Stage – WordPress Tavern

On Wednesday, September 2, Gutenberg 8.9 launched with a set of new features, enhancements, and several bug fixes. The development team took the block-based widgets system out of its experimental stage, making it the default experience for all plugin users. Block-based widgets have taken months upon months of work. The team has surpassed some of my expectations by essentially sticking a square peg into a square hole, granting the power of blocks to the sidebars/widgets system. On the whole, the system works. However, the team still has a lot of work to mold this feature into the… More Info

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Benefits of WordPress – Business 2 Community

So, you’re looking for a Content Management System (CMS) for your website? Well, you’re in luck because there are so many options to choose from. You’re probably thinking, how can I possibly choose which one to use when they’re all telling me why their CMS is the best choice? Begin by asking yourself the following questions: What’s going to be the best option for my website? Do I play the short game or do I look at the long term? What about ease of use? Will I be able to make changes myself or am I going to have to hire to get everything done? Will I be able to create my website… More Info

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WordPress Gets a Name, Joomla Is Feature-Complete & More Open Source CMS News

PHOTO: Kat Coffe WordPress announced that the new version of its CMS, WordPress 5.5 will now be called Eckstine in honor of Billy Eckstine, one of the most renowned jazz singers in the US. The update aims at improving the CMS in three areas: speed, security and search.  Among its features, WordPress 5.5 now makes faster page loading possible thanks to a concept known as “lazy loading.” At the same time, the new version also helps the overall website SEO by including an improved XML sitemap that enables search engines to discover websites quicker. Also, with 5.5, users can now set… More Info

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WordPress Plugin Authors Should Avoid Confusing Users When Naming Blocks – WordPress Tavern

On May 4, the StudioPress development team made a small but significant user-facing change to its Atomic Blocks plugin (now rebranded to Genesis Blocks). It removed the “AB” branding from its block titles. This minor update changed block titles such as AB Accordion and AB Button to Accordion and Button, respectively. On the surface, this change probably seemed of little consequence to the developers on the project. However, for at least one user, it created a massive workload. Unless users religiously followed the GitHub code commits, they would have missed this update. Stacked… More Info

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Critical Vulnerability in File Manager Plugin Affecting 700k WordPress Websites

Security Risk: High Exploitation Level: Easy DREAD Score: 9.8 Vulnerability: File upload Patched Version: 6.9 Yesterday, the WordPress plugin File Manager was updated, fixing a critical vulnerability allowing any website visitor to gain complete access to the website. Users of our WAF were never vulnerable to this exploit. The Sucuri firewall blocks malicious payloads by default using our generic exploitation rules. Technical Details The vulnerability originated from the remains of a development environment on version 6.4 nearly 4 months ago, where a file was renamed to test certain features. The… More Info

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WordPress 5.5.1 fixes millions of websites caused by previous update

WordPress is now fixing issues that broke millions of WordPress websites with the previous major update WordPress v5.5. Well, WordPress 5.5.1 update marks an important maintenance update that will put an end to annoying issues being faced by WordPress blogs and site owners. WordPress 5.5.1 fixes millions of broken websites Last month, WordPress released a major v5.5 update that was supposed to improve the CMS performance with certain fixes and enhancements. But somehow, it turned out to be quite the opposite and. As a result, many bloggers and site owners started reporting problems… More Info

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Yoast SEO WordPress Plugin Introduces Indexables in Version 14.0

This may seem like common sense, but it bears remembering that the main purpose of search engine optimization (SEO) is to think like a search engine. As such, we do everything we can to ensure search engines can retrieve as much information from our websites as possible to earn a higher SERP (search engine result page) rank. The Yoast SEO WordPress plugin (see image below) was created, according to Yoast’s Chief Product Officer, Joost de Valk, to “[make] it easy for your site to meet the highest technical SEO standards.” The new Yoast SEO 14.0 update, which was released at the end of… More Info

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Hackers are exploiting a critical flaw affecting >350,000 WordPress sites

Hackers are actively exploiting a vulnerability that allows them to execute commands and malicious scripts on Websites running File Manager, a WordPress plugin with more than 700,000 active installations, researchers said on Tuesday. Word of the attacks came a few hours after the security flaw was patched. Attackers are using the exploit to upload files that contain webshells that are hidden in an image. From there, they have a convenient interface that allows them to run commands in plugins/wp-file-manager/lib/files/, the directory where… More Info

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