WordPress 4.4 shipped this week, this new release included the new default Twenty Sixteen theme, responsive images, WordPress embeds and the first half the REST API. The responsive images features means that when you upload an image now, WordPress will create different sized images and will automatically detect which version to show depending on the viewers browser size which will save you some bandwidth by only shower smaller images to smaller screen sizes.
The Embed feature, means that if someone now pastes a link to a WordPress post, it will create an iFrame with a link and extract from the post along with links to your comments and a share icon. Im not sure how I feel about this one and whether it will affect SEO or not ?
The new default theme is a clean, classic style blogging theme. While there is nothing remarkable about it, it should serve as a nice clean starting point for developing your own themes.
Here is the rest of the news from the last 7 days, have a great weekend everyone!
WordPress News and Articles
- WordPress 4.4 Clifford – WPTavern covers the new release in detail.
- WP Engine Security Breach: Customer Credentials Exposed – WPEngine customers need to reset all their passwords after a security breach.
- I Just Wandered Into This – Josh Pollock walks about his year within the WordPress community.
- Photon Now Delivers Images Even Faster than Before – New jetpack module to help serve smaller image sizes to your visitors.
- State of the Word, 2015 – Brian covers Matt’s speech at WCUS, the largest WordCamp ever.
- The Future of WordPress Plugins: What’s on the Horizon for 2016 and Beyond? – Thoughts on the future plugin market.
- 5 Reasons To Start A Plugin Business – Have you thought about offering a commercial plugin ?
Tutorials and How-Tos
- How To: Install WordPress on your Computer using XAMPP – Step by Step guide for running WordPress locally.
- How to Promote Your Premium Plugin Within Your Free Version – Article about using upsells in your free plugin.
- A Complete Beginner’s Guide To Facebook Sharing Optimization – How to optimize your posts for sharing on Facebook.
- Building a WordPress Ajax Theme – How to build a theme with the REST API.
- How to Make WordPress and the Internet of Things Work Together – Making WordPress talk to devices.
- A Quick Guide to Translating Your WordPress Website into Any Language – How to translate your WordPress website.
Resources & Freebies
- Supsystic WordPress Popup Plugin: Start Growing Your Email List Today – A review and competition of a new popup plugin for WP.
- Best Knowledge Base WordPress Themes for Customer Support, FAQs and Wiki – A collection of themes for providing customer support.
- The 7 Best WordPress Scheduling Plugins to Help You Run a Smooth Operation – Booking plugins roundup post.