New WordPress 5.8.1 Security Release – update immediately!

WordPress has announced version 5.8.1 as a new security and maintenance release. It is important to ensure that you update WordPress so that security issues are fixed. What security issues are there? The three security vulnerabilities that are fixed are: A data exposure vulnerability within the REST API. Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability in the Gutenburg blog editor. Multiple critical to...
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WP User Avatar repurposed by it’s developers into ProfilePress, now a membership plugin

Firstly, it's unusual for us to post what is essentially a negative opinion piece about a WordPress plugin. We love WordPress. We love the plugin ecosystem, and are huge fans of Open Source software. Having said that, the rebranding and repurposing of the "Does what it says on the tin" WP User Avatar plugin into a fully-fledged, but "lite" version of the developers ProfilePress plugin in this way...
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Update Now! WordPress 5.7.2 Patches a Critical Vulnerability

A WordPress vulnerability rated as critical has been patched. The patch is applied to WordPress version 5.7.2. Sites opted into automatic download should be receiving this update without any additional action by website owners. O'Brien Media customers with support agreements are being updated and tested and you will receive a confirmation email once this has taken place. Website owners are...
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Why we love Elementor!

Here at O’Brien Media, we use Elementor to help build our websites. The ease of use allows users to make their own changes to their website, which is something that is really important to us!  This blog post will go through some of the reasons (there is a lot!) why we think Elementor is awesome and why you should too! Drag and Drop Editor With Elementor, the great visual Drag and Drop Editor...
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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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WooCommerce: Combating Spam Order Bots

In November of 2020, we shared an advisory for WooCommerce store owners encouraging them to update to the latest version of WooCommerce due to a vulnerability the WooCommerce team had recently addressed in the account creation flow. The WooCommerce core team discovered this vulnerability as a result of an attack from a bot that was creating spam orders and, by way of the aforementioned...
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5M Sites Running WordPress ‘Contact Form 7’ Plugin Open to Attack

A critical unrestricted file upload bug in Contact Form 7 allows an unauthenticated visitor to take over a site running the plugin. Note: As of 18th December 2020 we have patched all hosted sites on our platform against the vulnerability. A patch for the popular WordPress plugin called Contact Form 7 was released Thursday. It fixes a critical bug that allows an unauthenticated adversary to...
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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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