Update now and step into WordPress 5.7

With the release of this new version, WordPress brings you fresh colours for administration and content management pages. The editor helps you work in a few places you couldn’t before – at least, not without getting into code or hiring a pro (yes, we love empowering our clients to manage their own websites!). The controls you use most, like changing font sizes, are in more places – right...
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Will your WordPress site continue to work after 9th March jQuery update?

WordPress core is making the jump from jQuery 1.12.4 to jQuery 3.5.1! This is a huge offer for great deals of factors– like modern-day functions, much better DX, and security enhancements among others. Now, the strategy is to launch the upgrade in WordPress 5.7, which is due to launch on March 9, leaving very little time to get sites ready, especially if automatic updates are installed or if...
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WordPress now powers over 40% of the world’s websites

The world's most popular CMS continues to grow and new data from W3Techs has revealed that 40 percent of the web or two out of every five websites now use WordPress. While there are plenty of WordPress alternatives including Shopify and Squarespace, WordPress is still in a league of its own. This is because, in addition to the sites powered by WordPress, an ecosystem has been built up around...
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Introducing WordPress 5.6: Sharing your stories has never been easier

WordPress 5.6 brings you countless ways to set your ideas free and bring them to life. With a brand new default theme to use as your canvas if you don't want to have a bespoke theme developed by our Swindon web designers, it supports an ever-growing collection of blocks as your brushes. Paint with words, pictures, or sound. Or rich embedded media. Greater layout flexibility Bring your stories to...
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Unpacking the WordPress update fiasco (and why you need someone to keep an eye on your WordPress updates)

Everything doesn't always go to plan, and that was the case for a series of WordPress Update mishaps recently. On Thursday, October 29th the WordPress core team released WordPress version 5.5.2. This was a minor release containing bug fixes and security enhancements to the core WordPress content management system powering over one-third of the internet. In the WordPress 5.5.2 release, the...
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WooCommerce: Spam Orders and Accounts from Bots

Versions of WooCommerce prior to 4.6.2 contain a vulnerability that allows guest users to create accounts during checkout even when the "Allow customers to create an account during checkout" setting is disabled. This vulnerability is being exploited by a bot to place spam orders and create user accounts that are then used to probe for vulnerabilities in other plugins on the site. In response to...
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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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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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Matomo is a full-featured web analytics platform that rivals Google

It’s no surprise, given the prevalence of Google, that many websites – from small blogs to multi-million-pound e-commerce platforms – use Google Analytics, a service that tracks and reports website traffic. There’s no denying it’s an incredibly powerful platform that provides users with real benefits, from gaining an understanding of where visitors are coming from to providing insight...
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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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