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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Urgent: Your website, and those you use, may not work in Chrome from February 4th, 2020

Chrome is changing the way websites and cookies work by default. In preparation for this change, we have updated our website analytics and our Midas Connector WordPress plugin. This is a courtesy notification that web sites you use, if run in Chrome, may not work as expected once Chrome 80 is released on February 4th, 2020. Prior to February 4th 2020, you should test to confirm if any updates are...
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4 tips for managing WordPress plugins in 2020

Updating your WordPress plugins is most easily achieved from the Plugins tab in the WordPress dashboard. From there you can see which plugins have updates available, after which it’s a matter of hitting Update now to install the new versions. Minimise the number of plugins you have. Always remove plugins if you aren’t using them anymore. Keep your attack surface area as small as you can....
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January 2020 will see new minimum requirements for WooCommerce 3.9

When WooCommerce 3.9 is released in January, it will have new required versions of WordPress and PHP. Running WooCommerce 3.9 will require a site running WordPress 5.0 and PHP 7.0 or newer. The WooCommerce development team plan to keep developing blocks and other integrations that rely on current versions of WordPress, and this release prepare WooCommerce for these new features so we can deliver...
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Google Site Kit integrates Google tools into your WordPress dashboard

Google Site Kit is an official plugin from Google that helps you integrate data and features from multiple Google tools into your WordPress dashboard. Google Site Kit was in closed beta for a long time. But as of November 2019, it’s now publicly available to all WordPress users and listed for free at WordPress.org. What is Google Site Kit for WordPress? Google Site Kit helps you connect your...
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Time to update – WooCommerce 3.8 is here! 🎉

The WooCommerce team has announced that WooCommerce 3.8 is now live and ready to be installed! This final minor release for 2019 has been tested rigorously by WooCommerce team of developers along with real-life store owners. It should be fully backward compatible with all WooCommerce releases since 3.0 and represents a move towards smaller, stable, and more frequent releases. Here's what's new in...
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WordPress 5.3 introduces WordPress’ most refined user experience with the improved block editor

With the release of WordPress 5.3 the software sees expansion and refinement of the block editor introduced in WordPress 5.0 with new blocks, more intuitive interactions and improved accessibility. New features in the editor increase design freedoms and provide additional layout options and style variations to allow designers complete control over the look of a site. This release also introduces...
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WordPress 5.2.4 Release Addresses Several Security Issues

The core WordPress team released version 5.2.4 of WordPress on October 14th 2019. The release addresses six security issues that were all privately reported through WordPress’ responsible disclosure procedure. Like any security release, users should update immediately to the latest version to keep their sites secure. All major branches of WordPress from version 3.7 to 5.2 received the new...
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