6 Ways to Set Up a Test Site for WordPress Staging

If you’re planning on upgrading the theme on your WordPress site, adding plugins, or radically altering the direction, it’s smart to spend some time on testing it before the changes go live.

However, this is easier said than done. WordPress doesn’t offer any built-in staging features for testing and appraisal of changes you make. Everything you do gets saved and goes live, which isn’t perfect.

The answer is to create a staging environment. Here are six ways you can test planned changes to a WordPress site before they go…


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How to get started with marketing analytics for a WordPress website

The internet domination in our day-to-day lives has meant that more and more businesses are going online. In such times marketing your business in the online space has become imperative. But what is also very important is doing it right. Here is where the role of marketing analytics has become critically important like never before.

So, if you are looking to marketing your business to deliver the desired results, marketing analytics plays a vital role. It is because of this that the top SEO service in the USA lays a great emphasis on it. In this blog, let us look at the ways to utilize it…


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Preview WordPress Block Pattern and Theme Combinations via New Site – WP Tavern

Viewing patterns from the WP Block Patterns homepage.

Andrew Starr, the owner of UXL Themes, has cobbled together a new project around block patterns. His new site, aptly named WP Block Patterns, allows users to preview any WordPress.org-hosted block themes and patterns together.

The project does not allow visitors to download anything or ask them to sign up. It is a basic demo system, one that WordPress.org should consider at some point.

Visitors can choose any block pattern. Then, they can select any theme to see what they look like together. It is a quick way to test…


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WordPress security: CookieYes GDPR plugin patches XSS bug following large-scale PHP audit

Researchers claim five plugins use function insecurely – but some maintainers disagree

UPDATED A hugely popular GDPR compliance plugin for WordPress contained an authenticated, persistent cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability related to the insecure use of PHP’s function, according to security researchers.

As a result, the CookieYes GDPR Cookie Consent & Compliance Notice plugin, which has more than one million active installations, no longer uses the function in the shortcodes module, as per a software update released today (September…


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Developers hate WordPress — and so should marketers

WordPress is hands down the most popular CMS out there. Since it started in 2003, it’s accumulated a market share of 39% of websites on the internet. BBC America, the Washington Post, Walt Disney World, the government of Sweden, and, hell, even your favorite news source (TNW by the way) all use WordPress to build their websites. 

But, while the CMS system is powering the websites of so many businesses across the globe, the truth is, a majority of developers actually hate it.

In Stack Overflow’s annual Developer Survey, WordPress was voted the most dreaded platform to work with, in 2019


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Add Custom SVGs via the Icon Block WordPress Plugin – WP Tavern

Nick Diego released the Icon Block plugin last week. Unlike similar blocks that are available, it does not rely on a third-party library. Instead, it caters to the developer and DIY crowd, allowing them to add any SVG directly to the editor.

Diego is the author of the Block Visibility plugin, which is just a little over a year old and shaping up to be the best project in the space. Over the summer, he expanded it with a pro version that adds value with more niche options. When it comes to the block editor, he has thus far shown a willingness to find creative solutions to problems…


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Wish for a Killer Website Using WordPress for Your Business? Top Do's and Don'ts of WordPress – Customer Think

With more than 455 million websites now running on WordPress, it’s evident that this platform has taken the world by storm. Today, around 62% of the top 100 fastest-growing companies in the US use WordPress, and 70 million new blog posts pop up every month.

With its user-friendly interface and powerful tools, it becomes the favorite choice for all.
The best part is that with many WordPress themes and plugins, developers can do wonders with your website and take it from plain to unique in no time at all.

So, let’s get started.

Here are the top do’s and don’ts for those looking to…


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WordPress Gutenberg 11.5 Achieves a Full Site Editing Milestone

WordPress Gutenberg 11.5, introduced a week ago includes a new Widget Group Block that fixes several bugs and substantially improves the widget block editing experience.

The new feature, called the Widget Group Block, brings the true bug-free full site editing experience to the WordPress widget block area.

WordPress Widgets

WordPress Widgets are functionalities that are typically found in the side-bars and footer area of a typical web page.

The widget area can, for example, contain calendars, search bars, site navigation, and links to the latest posts.

WordPress Layout Showing Widget Areas

WordPress 5.8.1 security release addresses clutch of vulnerabilities


James Walker

10 September 2021 at 13:23 UTC

Updated: 10 September 2021 at 17:00 UTC

Block editor XSS and REST API data exposure issues among now-patched bugs

WordPress has rolled out an update to its core codebase that includes mitigations against several troublesome security flaws

As well as fixing 61 bugs, WordPress 5.8.1, released yesterday (September 9), addresses a data exposure vulnerability within the REST API, an interface that allows plugins and themes to interact with WordPress core.

It…


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WordPress security: Information leak flaw addressed in Ninja Forms


Adam Bannister

08 September 2021 at 16:23 UTC

Updated: 09 September 2021 at 17:31 UTC

Developer reveals error-proofing improvements after delay to rollout of rapid fix

An information disclosure vulnerability has been patched in Ninja Forms, the form-building plugin for WordPress with more than one million active installations.

An authenticated attacker who abuses the flaw could export personal data submitted to websites via forms built with the extension.

The plugin’s developer, Saturday Drive,…


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