5 Must Have Plugins for your 2020 WordPress Website

If you’re building a business website, you’ve probably heard of WordPress. Roughly 35% of all websites on the internet are WordPress websites, at the time of this article. That means, at least 1 in 4 of the websites you visit on a regular basis are most likely built on a WordPress platform (including sites like Whitehouse.gov and even the Microsoft Blog).

The availability of a wide variety of themes and plugins to customize your site is one of the reasons WordPress is so popular. There are over 55,000 plugins to choose from, so you’re sure to find just the right combination for your…


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Google Search to Introduce New Page Experience Ranking Signal in 2021 – WordPress Tavern

Google is preparing to introduce a new ranking signal for Search, based on page experience as measured by Core Web Vitals metrics. This includes factors like page speed, responsiveness, and the stability of content as it loads. The upcoming update will combine these signals with previously announced UX-related signals for mobile-friendliness, safe browsing, HTTPS security, and intrusive interstitials.

Google is also updating its requirements for the Top Stories feature. It will no longer be limited to AMP pages – any content will be eligible:

As part of this update, we’ll…


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WordPress File Permissions: Complete Beginner’s Guide

Are you worried that hackers can exploit your WordPress files and break into your website?

We wish we could tell you that there is nothing to worry about, but unfortunately, hackers exploit incorrect file permissions and access WordPress files all the time.

File permissions define who can read, write, and execute the files that make up your WordPress site. If these permissions are set incorrectly, unauthorized users and hackers could edit them, insert spam content, and inject malware.

This will enable them to take control of your site and run malicious activities such as defacing your site,…


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Is WordPress Secure as a Website Building Platform?

Are you worried about the security risks of using WordPress to build your website? Do you fear WordPress websites are more prone to hacks?

We understand your concern. After all, WordPress accounts for 90% of all attacks on websites. Once a hacker breaks into your website, they can use it to run all kinds of nefarious activities. They can spam your customers, display unwanted content, and deface your website, among a long list of other things.

Things get worse if Google or your WordPress hosting detects the hack because they resort to immediately blacklisting your website and suspending your…


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GretaThemes Releases Lightweight, Block-Ready eStar WordPress Theme – WordPress Tavern

GretaThemes launched its eStar theme yesterday. The team’s goal was to build a lightweight theme that focused on the block editor. However, it works alongside other page builders such as Elementor, Beaver Builder, and more.

GretaThemes is a project of eLightUp, which is the same company behind the popular Meta Box framework, WP Auto Listings, and FitWP. The site’s focus is on selling WordPress themes, many of which are pro versions of its free theme offerings. For now, eStar is merely a free theme with no direct commercial upsells.

eStar is promoted as a multipurpose…


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Secure your WordPress login with these easy-to-use plugins

When it comes to managing your WordPress site, keeping your login secure and working well should be of top priority. Whether you operate an eCommerce store, or a membership site, making sure that your users utilize a strong username and password combination is essential to securing your website against outside threats and hacking attempts.

And yet, some of your users may well continue to use weaker passwords and usernames for their WordPress login. Passwords such as password123 or even 1234 leave a gaping hole in your site’s defenses. However, by using a couple of plugins, you can…


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200K sites with buggy WordPress plugin exposed to wipe attacks

Two high severity security vulnerabilities found in the PageLayer plugin can let attackers to potentially wipe the contents or take over WordPress sites using vulnerable plugin versions.

PageLayer is a WordPress plugin with over 200,000+ active installations according to numbers available on its WordPress plugins repository entry.

It can help users without developer or designer skills to build web pages using a browser-based drag-and-drop real-time editor.

Bugs can lead to takeover attacks and wiped sites

The vulnerabilities were reported to PageLayer’s developer by the Wordfence…


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Squarespace vs. WordPress.com: Web hosting price and ease of use compared

So you want to build a website — maybe to show off your portfolio while job searching, to share information with wedding guests or to support your business (especially now that so many events have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic). Only problem is, you don’t know where to get started. Enter website building services…


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New Carbon Offset Plugin Aims to Make WordPress Sites More Eco-Friendly – WordPress Tavern

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As developers and internet users become increasingly aware of the CO2 footprint of their data usage, renewed interest in carbon offsetting programs has cropped up in recent years. These programs allow individuals and organizations to “offset” their carbon dioxide emissions by funding environmental endeavors, which range from planting trees to clean energy projects, with lots of variety in between.

Carbon offsetting schemes remain controversial, as they do not actually directly cancel out emissions. The programs allow corporations to appear…


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Happy 17th, WordPress – WordPress Tavern

Seventeen. It is almost a lost year between sweet 16 and the adulthood that comes along with 18. For many, 17 is a rebellious age when they feel like they have already reached grown-up status but still have some hard lessons to learn, some growing to do. The past year of WordPress’s life has felt much the same. Our community has worked and is still working through some rough patches. We are still learning. We are still growing. For better or worse, we are still coming together to build a better web.

By its next birthday, we should expect to see a much different WordPress. It…


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