Why we love Elementor!

Here at O’Brien Media, we use Elementor to help build our websites. The ease of use allows users to make their own changes to their website, which is something that is really important to us!  This blog post will go through some of the reasons (there is a lot!) why we think Elementor is awesome and why you should too! Drag and Drop Editor With Elementor, the great visual Drag and Drop Editor...
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Update now and step into WordPress 5.7

With the release of this new version, WordPress brings you fresh colours for administration and content management pages. The editor helps you work in a few places you couldn’t before – at least, not without getting into code or hiring a pro (yes, we love empowering our clients to manage their own websites!). The controls you use most, like changing font sizes, are in more places – right...
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Will your WordPress site continue to work after 9th March jQuery update?

WordPress core is making the jump from jQuery 1.12.4 to jQuery 3.5.1! This is a huge offer for great deals of factors– like modern-day functions, much better DX, and security enhancements among others. Now, the strategy is to launch the upgrade in WordPress 5.7, which is due to launch on March 9, leaving very little time to get sites ready, especially if automatic updates are installed or if...
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WordPress now powers over 40% of the world’s websites

The world's most popular CMS continues to grow and new data from W3Techs has revealed that 40 percent of the web or two out of every five websites now use WordPress. While there are plenty of WordPress alternatives including Shopify and Squarespace, WordPress is still in a league of its own. This is because, in addition to the sites powered by WordPress, an ecosystem has been built up around...
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WooCommerce: Combating Spam Order Bots

In November of 2020, we shared an advisory for WooCommerce store owners encouraging them to update to the latest version of WooCommerce due to a vulnerability the WooCommerce team had recently addressed in the account creation flow. The WooCommerce core team discovered this vulnerability as a result of an attack from a bot that was creating spam orders and, by way of the aforementioned...
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5M Sites Running WordPress ‘Contact Form 7’ Plugin Open to Attack

A critical unrestricted file upload bug in Contact Form 7 allows an unauthenticated visitor to take over a site running the plugin. Note: As of 18th December 2020 we have patched all hosted sites on our platform against the vulnerability. A patch for the popular WordPress plugin called Contact Form 7 was released Thursday. It fixes a critical bug that allows an unauthenticated adversary to...
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Introducing WordPress 5.6: Sharing your stories has never been easier

WordPress 5.6 brings you countless ways to set your ideas free and bring them to life. With a brand new default theme to use as your canvas if you don't want to have a bespoke theme developed by our Swindon web designers, it supports an ever-growing collection of blocks as your brushes. Paint with words, pictures, or sound. Or rich embedded media. Greater layout flexibility Bring your stories to...
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Time to upgrade! WooCommerce 4.8 is now available!

The WoocCommerce team has announced the release of WooCommerce 4.8, which is now publicly available! It has been in development since November 2020 and Core contributions include about 257 commits from 29 contributors. This is a minor release, which means everything is backward compatible with the previous version. Given the release of PHP8, WordPress 5.6, and the Twenty Twenty-One theme, the...
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Prepare for breaking changes in WordPress 5.6, due 8th December 2020

WordPress 5.6 is due to be released tomorrow, 8th December 2020, and is the first recent major release that is not fully backward compatible with previous versions of WordPress in the 5.x version. This version of WordPress could potentially break websites. Our recommendation before updating your site to WordPress 5.6: Create a backup of your site’s files and the database Check your site’s...
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Unpacking the WordPress update fiasco (and why you need someone to keep an eye on your WordPress updates)

Everything doesn't always go to plan, and that was the case for a series of WordPress Update mishaps recently. On Thursday, October 29th the WordPress core team released WordPress version 5.5.2. This was a minor release containing bug fixes and security enhancements to the core WordPress content management system powering over one-third of the internet. In the WordPress 5.5.2 release, the...
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