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WordPress 5.5 nearly ready for launch! Is your website ready?

The WordPress development team has now released the first release candidate for WordPress 5.5! This is an important milestone in the WordPress community’s progress toward the final release of WordPress 5.5 to website owners. If you're not familiar with software development terminology, “Release Candidate” means that the new version is ready for release, but with millions of users and...
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WordPress 5.4.2 is now available, upgrade today!

WordPress 5.4.2 is now available (release date 10th June 2020)  to be installed and fixes a small mix of bugs and security issues (see release notes) - so we recommend installing it as soon as you can to keep your site running at its best. For O'Brien Media customers with support agreements, WordPress 5.4.2 will be installed as part of your monthly maintenance service, you don't need to take any...
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Why use a web designer (in Swindon) over a DIY web builder

One of questions we’re regularly asked when engaging in new projects is what makes us different from so-called “website builders” – web-based software that allow you to create your own website yourself.  What sets O’Brien Media apart?  Why spend the extra money (we don’t deny that yes, we may well be more expensive).  The O’Brien Media ethos When O’Brien Media takes on a...
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Is your website’s front door wide open to WordPress hackers?

It is frustrating to find out that your WordPress site has been hacked, recently one of our customers asked us why do hackers target WordPress? The answer is usually, in part at least, due to the very reason that WordPress is such a popular content management system for websites, its active developer community and the volume of free plugins and free themes available to customise your site without...
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Why you shouldn’t keep inactive WordPress plugins installed

Plugins extend your site’s functionality with things like contact forms, eCommerce and much more. Being so critical to your website means they have deep access to the inner workings of your site, so it’s vital to keep them up to date to ensure your site stays secure, safe for your visitors, and online and accessible. Inactive plugins are tempting targets for attackers, including hackers who...
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Say hello to more and better with WordPress 5.4

Every major WordPress release adds more to the block editor. More ways to make posts and pages come alive with your best images. More ways to bring your visitors in, and keep them engaged, with the richness of embedded media from the web’s top services. More ways to make your vision real, and put blocks in the perfect place - even if a particular kind of block is new to you. More efficient...
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WooCommerce 4.0 is now available, but is not fully backwards compatible

WooCommerce 4.0 is a “major” release. This means that this version is not fully backwards compatible with sites running various versions of WooCommerce 3.x. Therefore, we recommend testing the upgrade on a staging site copy before upgrading your live store and creating a backup of your code and database. Please see this guide on the WooCommerce website for more details. What’s new in...
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Native Lazy Loading could make it into WordPress 5.4 (or get the plugin now!)

Felix Arntz, WordPress core committer and developer programs engineer at Google, announced a plan to push a lazy loading feature to the platform. If testing goes well, this feature could land in WordPress 5.4 in March. The concept of lazy loading allows a webpage to render without loading certain resources until they are needed. This leads to faster page loads and saves data on the visitor’s...
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Important changes in WooCommerce 3.9 to MaxMind Geolocation and PHP minimum requirements

The WooCommerce development team has announced the official release of WooCommerce 3.9. WooCommerce 3.9 has been in development since November 2019 and contains around 600 commits from 18 contributors. This release is classed as a "minor release, which means everything should be backward compatible with previous versions of WooCommerce. Even though it’s a minor release, as always, we recommend...
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Update now to get the improved block editor in WordPress 5.3.2

WordPress 5.3 expands and refines the block editor introduced in WordPress 5.0 with a new block, more intuitive interactions and improved accessibility. New features in the editor increase design freedoms and provide additional layout options and style variations to give designers complete control over the look of a site. Block Editor Improvements This enhancement focused update introduces over...
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