If your website relies on PHP 5, it’s time to get ready for PHP 7

PHP, the Open Source scripting language, is used by nearly 80 percent of the world's websites. According to W3Techs, around 61 percent of all websites on the internet still use PHP 5, a version of PHP that was first released fourteen years ago. Now is the time to give PHP 5 some attention. In less than two months, on December 31st, security support for PHP 5 will officially cease. (Note: Some...
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Before updating to WordPress 5.0, make sure you’re running WooCommerce 3.5.1+

When WordPress 5.0 is released this month – currently planned for November 19 – your site needs to be running WooCommerce 3.5.1+ to avoid breaking changes. This is even more important if you have auto-updates toggled on. Since the last minor release of WooCommerce in May, the WooCommerce team have been working on a variety of improvements: Performance improvements REST API v3 Improved wording...
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WordPress 5.0 due for release on Nov 19th (what to do to prepare)

WordPress 5.0 is still software in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site, but it's advisable to test your site with the new version to make sure there are no issues and to allow time to fix anything that does go wrong. Please contact us if you need your website tested with WordPress 5 and we'll be happy to take a look and provide an estimate for testing....
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WooCommerce 3.4.6 released this week, patches security bug

This past week WooCommerce developers have released version 3.4.6. This release patches a security issue for all previous versions and it's strongly recommended that you to update your WooCommerce sites as soon as possible. Versions 3.4.5 and earlier are affected by a handful of issues that allow Shop Managers to exceed their capabilities and perform malicious actions. These issues can be...
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WordPress 4.9.8 is available, and includes a “Try Gutenberg” callout

WordPress 4.9.8 is available for download and is a maintenance release. Headlining this version is the “Try Gutenberg” callout. Note that not everyone will see the callout. Its visibility is determined based on certain criteria. WordPress 4.9.8 continues to improve the foundation set forth by the privacy improvements that went into core earlier this year. For example, the type of request that...
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WordPress now powers over 30% of websites worldwide

WordPress now accounts for 30.9 percent of websites, up 0.2 percent since May 1st, according to data from web technology survey company W3Techs. This represents a 5 percent increase in just under two and a half years, after WordPress hit the 25 percent mark in November of 2015, and climbed to 27% by 2016. By comparison, its nearest CMS rival, Joomla, has seen its usage jump from 2.8 percent to...
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WordPress user roles and limiting access to WordPress features

All of the recent headlines about GDPR and the importance of data security it's good to know that WordPress comes with five default user roles that help you control how individual users interact with every aspect of your website and the data it contains. Once you understand the capabilities of these five WordPress user roles, you can instantly assign or modify roles through the User screen on the...
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If you use the WordPress Contact Form DB plugin you need to manually upgrade

Without much of a fanfare, Contact Form DB has moved off of the WordPress.org plugin platform and over to code repository service GitHub.com. You can still used Contact Form DB but to you need to do a one-time manual upgrade to make your WordPress website see the new plugin and get its updates in GitHub instead of WordPress.org Download the latest release from Contact Form DB Releases on GitHub...
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WooCommerce 3.4 is now available with GDPR compliance features for your store

WooCommerce, the popular eCommerce plugin for WordPress is now available, after having been in development since January, and includes some essential tools relating to GDPR compliance and your website. While 3.4 is a “minor” release; meaning this version should be backwards compatible with sites running versions of WooCommerce greater than 3.0. It's still recommend that your site is tested...
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Customiser updates, code checking and GDPR features in WordPress 4.9.6

WordPress 4.9.6 features a much improved Customiser workflow with design drafts, locking, scheduling, and preview links. What’s more, code syntax highlighting and error checking has arrived, and will make for a clean and smooth site building experience even easier. Finally, if all that wasn’t pretty great, WordPress has got a great new Gallery widget and improvements to theme browsing and...
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