WordPress now powers over a third of the top 10 million websites

Our content management system of choice, WordPress, now powers over a third of the top 10 million sites on the web according to W3Techs. WordPress' market share has been growing steadily over the past few years, going from 29.9% just one year ago to 33.4% now.Stats in reviewIn 2005, WordPress were celebrating 50,000 downloads. Six years later, in January 2011, WordPress was powering 13.1% of...
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Say goodbye to Google+ from April 2nd, 2019

If you’re wanting to read about why Google+ was a bad idea poorly executed, well, just Google “Google+” and you will be treated to more than enough diatribes about why this platform was an eight-year non-starter. But as for our blog, we’ll stick with the impact Google+ had on WordPress, Drupal and websites in general. First things first Firstly, make sure you act now to remove any...
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Drupal 7 will reach end-of-life in November of 2021

Drupal 7 was first released in January 2011. In November 2021, after over a decade, Drupal 7 will reach end of life (EOL). Official community support for version 7 will end, along with support provided by the Drupal Association on Drupal.org. This means that automated testing services for Drupal 7 will be shut down, and there will be no more updates provided by the Drupal Security Team. When this...
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Drupal hotfix 7.63 released on 17th January 2019

A hotfix release for an issue affecting some Drupal (Drush) installations was introduced by yesterday's fix for SA-CORE-2019-002 has been released by the Drupal development team. Download Size md5 hash drupal-7.63.tar.gz 3.15 MB 926f05ef0acadfa4ea75fd1d94c8489c drupal-7.63.zip 3.65 MB 466faca7b39a760bebdb7be99d6a658c If you continue to experience issues with Drush following this update, try the...
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The GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation – is here. What should website owners do now?

The new GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation - which came into effect on 25th May this year and replaces the current Data Protection laws across the UK and Europe. It's important that all businesses are aware of what it means for your them, as the consequences of not complying with the new regulations could be severe, with, worse case, fines of up to 20 million Euros for larger companies.The...
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How website software updates are more important than ever with the introduction of GDPR

Whatever software and plugins you use for your website, regular updates are needed to fix bugs, increase security, enhance and add features, and generally improve performance. If you don’t update your website software, you may have issues in areas of website performance such as page load speed and web browser compatibility, and your site will be at greatly increased risk of hacking. How you...
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Drupal developers advise that websites not updated to Drupal 7.58 (or 8.5.1) by Wednesday, 11th April 2018 may have been hacked

Following the remote code execution vulnerability discovered in all versions of Drupal released prior to 28th March 2018, and patched in Drupal 7.58 and Drupal 8.5.1, may have been hacked if they have not been updated to Drupal 7.58 (or 8.5.1) by Wednesday, 11th April 2018, may have been hacked after the Drupal security team became aware of automated attacks attempting to compromise Drupal 7...
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Drupal security team have issued a “highly critical” alert – Drupal website owners should upgrade immediately

The Drupal security team has sent out a "highly critical" alert: "A remote code execution vulnerability exists within multiple subsystems of Drupal 7.x and 8.x. This potentially allows attackers to exploit multiple attack vectors on a Drupal site, which could result in the site being completely compromised." Updating to the latest version of Drupal 7.x or Drupal 8.x is the only way to avoid your...
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Is Drupal too complicated for your website? Switching to WordPress might be a good move to keep things simple!

While switching from Drupal to WordPress means you may need to give up certain features and functionality, but those things don't matter if they complicate your ability to maintain and manage your website, to add improvements, or to complete software updates without the help (and costs) of a web developer. WordPress is far less complicated than Drupal This is the number one reason to choose...
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Important information about the security of websites running Drupal 7.57 or below or Drupal 8.5 or below.

This post contains important, time sensitive information about the security of your website if you're running Drupal version 7.57 or below or Drupal 8.5 or below. If you're an O'Brien Media client with a Drupal website you'll probably be familiar with the periodic Drupal update emails we send out regarding how important it is to keep up to date with security patches and other updates for your...
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