New Yext Plugin Brings the Power of Answers to WordPress

Launched in 2019, Yext Answers applies advanced natural language processing (NLP) with Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers (BERT) technology to better understand how people ask questions in order to return accurate, official answers. With this plugin, the company can now help even more businesses deliver a superior customer experience, drive more transactions, and lower their support costs.

“More than one-third of the world’s websites run on WordPress — and with most relying on legacy keyword-based search, that translates to a lot of unanswered questions and lost…


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Biden-Harris Transition Website Launches on WordPress – WordPress Tavern

The Biden-Harris presidential transition team has launched a new Twitter account and a website powered by WordPress. BuildBackBetter.com is hosted by Automattic and is zippy fast, thanks to Jetpack, Cloudflare CDN, and a lot of other performance optimizations. It loads in 333 ms, performing just 19 requests.

The site was created by Ben Ostrower’s team at Wide Eye, an 11-year old agency based in Washington, D.C., and the same team behind Kamala Harris’ 2020 presidential campaign website. Their work on Harris’ site won recognition as a finalist in Fast Company’s 2020…


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Ultimate Member Plugin for WordPress Allows Site Takeover – Threatpost


Three critical security bugs allow for easy privilege escalation to an administrator role.

A WordPress plugin installed on more than 100,000 sites has three critical security bugs that each allow privilege escalation – and potentially full control over a target WordPress site.

The plugin, called Ultimate Member, allows web admins to add user profiles and membership areas to their web destinations. According to Wordfence researchers, the flaws make it possible for both…


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WordPress Site Management Software Market Size, Drivers, Potential Growth Opportunities, Competitive Landscape, Trends And Forecast To 2027 – Eurowire

WordPress Site Management Software Market Overview

The Global WordPress Site Management Software Market is showing positive signs of growth. With the current COVID-19 pandemic scenario, new business opportunities are sprouting in the market. Organizations must explore new markets to expand their business globally and locally. For getting a deeper understanding of the emerging trends, the Global WordPress Site Management Software Market report showcases various factors that drive the economy worldwide. Moreover, the companies will get to know the market landscape for the next decade…


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Digital.com Announces Best WordPress Hosting Companies of 2020

Digital.com, a leading independent review website for small business online tools, products, and services, has announced the best WordPress hosting companies of 2020. Top solutions were selected based on multiple server types, uptime and load speed, and customer support.

Experts at Digital.com conducted 40 hours of research and analyzed over 30 WordPress hosting platforms. Each…


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WordPress Sites Open to Code Injection Attacks via Welcart e-Commerce Bug – Threatpost


The shopping cart application contains a PHP object-injection bug.

A security vulnerability in the Welcart e-Commerce plugin opens up websites to code injection. This can lead to payment skimmers being installed, crashing of the site or information retrieval via SQL injection, researchers said.

Welcart e-Commerce is a free WordPress plugin that has more than 20,000 installations – it enjoys top market share in Japan, according to WordPress. It allows site owners to add online…


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WordPress.com Drops Over 100 Block Patterns, Carving a Path the Design Community Should Follow – WordPress Tavern

Automattic released over 100 block patterns to its users on WordPress.com last week. Patterns are a set of blocks that users can insert into their posts or pages for predefined yet customizable sections of content. Most of WordPress.com’s new patterns are general enough in design to cover a range of uses. However, the choices also cover some niches like restaurants.

“The WordPress Editor is a powerful tool that can help bring your design ideas to life but one of the best parts is, you don’t have to start from scratch,” wrote Ian Stewart, the WordPress.com Design Team Lead,…


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Results from the WordPress Annual Survey, Joomla Releases 4 Beta 5 and More Open Source News



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For years, WordPress users and enthusiasts have filled an annual survey to share how they feel about the platform. The results have served to guide the platform’s direction and it also shows users understand where the community is heading. WordPress recently released the results of its 2019 survey and they’re collecting data for the next one, so you’re welcome to participate in the 2020 survey, too.

This year’s results show that WP remains as the leading open source CMS mainly because it’s the CMS most people know by default and where they…


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3 Major Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Use WordPress

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Almost everyone recommends people build their blog or website using WordPress.

In fact, even if you don’t have a site yet, I’m sure you’re familiar with WordPress.

However, if everybody’s harping about how good WordPress is, does it mean you should use it too?

At this point, you probably are aware of the benefits this CMS brings to the table. But you’re probably not aware of the inconveniences it brings to users.

In this post, let’s look at the dark side of WordPress (self-hosted and not WordPress.com) and why you should consider not using it.

The purpose of this…


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Gutenberg 9.3 Provides Indicator of Where Full-Site Editing Is Going, a Future Without Widgets and Customizer Screens – WordPress Tavern

Version 9.3 of the Gutenberg plugin dropped earlier today. It is the first version of the plugin during the WordPress 5.6 release cycle that will not see its new features land in the core platform. However, bug fixes have been backported to WordPress 5.6 beta 2 and 3. Much of the work for the release focused on full-site editing (FSE) features and fixes. However, some minor enhancements outside of the site editor landed in the update.

The Social Links block now supports Patreon, Telegram, and Tiktok, which brings the total number of social icons to 43. The Buttons block also has an…


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