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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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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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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Do you want to recruit staff via your website and ditch agency fees?

Whether it's a single role, or recruiting staff for a new office, if you've got a WordPress website we can get your WordPress website set up so that you can recruit staff without having to pay listing or agency fees - just a single license fee for the WordPress plugin and until the end of October (2019) we'll install the plugin for free if you're an O'Brien Media website design or website hosting...
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Wordpress, SEO and All its Benefits

10 facts on the impact of WordPress

We live in a world of content, masses, and masses of content. Every day, people are writing blog posts, creating and posting infographics, sharing case studies and customer testimonials, and launching businesses. Wordpress website development is at an all-time high. One of the most popular ways to get your content (whatever it may be) in front of an audience is to create a website. It can serve...
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New website launched for SP1 Bookkeeping in Salisbury

We were approached by Tony at SP1 Bookkeeping to give his website a professional touch. Tony had put together a basic homepage for his website but wanted guidance on the best way to mix promoting his bookkeeping business with making sure that his website was easy to use and on the money (pun intended) from a technical perspective. We used WordPress and Elementor Pro to put together an easy to...
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WordPress 5.3 will change how it blocks search engines from indexing content

WordPress announced an important change to how it will block search engines from indexing websites. This change abandons the traditional Robots.txt solution in favor of the Robots Meta Tag approach. The change brings WordPress in line with the reason for blocking Google, which is to keep the blocked pages from showing in Google’s search results. This is the Robots Meta Tag that WordPress will...
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Malicious plugin found to be being used to encrypt WordPress posts

Recently a new customer came to us needing their website cleaned up after a hack, as part of the cleanup we found an interesting little malicious WordPress plugin, called "WP Security", that was being used to encrypt blog post content. The website owner complained of a newly installed and activated plugin on their website that was rendering their original content unreadable. The hack The plugin...
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WordPress 5.2 “Jaco” – Keeping Sites Safer

WordPress 5.1 "Jaco" is now available! Update now to keep your website current, secure, and benefit from the latest feature enhancements. Keeping Your Site Safe WordPress 5.2 gives you even more robust tools for identifying and fixing configuration issues and fatal errors. Whether you are a developer helping clients or you manage your site solo, these tools can help get you the right information...
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