WordPress in 2022: Top reasons to use it

We often hear this question from users: Why should I use WordPress? My site is already great, why should I switch? Compared with another platform, why should I switch to WordPress? We can help you answer these questions if you're asking them. Let's discuss the most compelling reasons why you should use WordPress in this article. Additionally, we will discuss all the different types of websites...
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New requirement for WooCommerce 6.5: PHP 7.2+

It’s been a while since WooCommerce bumped the minimum PHP version of WooCommerce to 7.0, and the WooCommerce team believes that now is about time for a new bump. Starting with version 6.5, scheduled for release in May 2022, WooCommerce will require PHP 7.2 or newer to work. Why this change? The PHP ecosystem is evolving rapidly. At the time of writing this, the only actively maintained...
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The WordPress market share surpasses 43%

A live studio audience in New York City heard Matt Mullenweg deliver his annual State of the Word address last week. Thousands of WordPress enthusiasts watched the livestream on YouTube. Meetups were held around the world - in places like Detroit, Singapore, Pakistan, and Medellin, among others. Mullenweg started by reviewing the growth of WordPress during the past year, beginning with the...
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2021’s Most Popular Christmas Plugins

You can engage customers and get them in the mood to buy by making your WordPress website look seasonal. It is difficult for owners to achieve this without having to undergo a major website overhaul, such as a theme change, that will need to be reversed come January. Use a plugin - or even a few of them - for the quick and easy solution, as with so many WordPress-related needs. We've picked out...
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WordPress 5.9 Beta 1 is now available for testing!

WordPress 5.9 is software is under development. You don’t want to run this version on a production site. Instead, it is recommended that you run this on a test site. This will allow you to test out the new version. We will be testing WordPress 5.9 Beta 1 on customer websites where a support agreement with 3 or more hours is in place (testing takes approx 1 hour on an average website). The...
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WordPress 5.8.2 is now available!

This security and maintenance release features 2 bug fixes in addition to 1 security fix. Because this is a security release, it is recommended that you update your sites immediately. All versions since WordPress 5.2 have also been updated. WordPress 5.8.2 is a small focus security and maintenance release. The next major release will be version 5.9. You can download WordPress 5.8.2 by...
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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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