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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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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Reminder: Google is changing the way websites work when viewed in Chrome from February 4th, 2020

Google Chrome is changing the way websites and cookies work by default. This is a courtesy reminder that web sites you use, if run in Chrome by you or your visitors, 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 required to allow the continued normal operation of your website or web app.
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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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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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