WordPress has announced a killer new feature

WordPress has announced a killer new feature that provides greater integration for Twitter users. Now, WordPress content creators, with Jetpack installed, can publish an entire blog post as a Twitter thread, with just two extra clicks. The new feature means that integration between the two platforms has come full circle after WordPress announced that entire Twitter threads, also known as...
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Post Grid WordPress Plugin Flaw Found “Patch it sharpish if you use it…”

Two high-severity vulnerabilities in Post Grid, a WordPress plugin with more than 60,000 installations, opens the door to site takeovers, according to researchers. To boot, nearly identical bugs are also found in Post Grid's sister plug-in, Team Showcase, which has 6,000 installations. The issues are a cross-site scripting (XSS) flaw as well as a PHP object-injection issue. Both bugs are pending...
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WordPress 5.5.1. Speed. Search. Security.

In WordPress 5.5.1, your site gets new power in three major areas: speed, search, and security. Speed Posts and pages feel faster, thanks to lazy-loaded images. Images give your story a lot of impact, but they can sometimes make your site seem slow. In WordPress 5.5, images wait to load until they’re just about to scroll into view. The technical term is ‘lazy loading’. On mobile, lazy...
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WordPress powers over 25% of the web. Here’s why WordPress is right for you.

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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