Weekly WordPress News: HTTPS and ManageWP SuperBowl Ads?
Some of the biggest news this week is GoDaddy’s acquisition of ManageWP. Do you think we’ll be seeing ManageWP ads during the SuperBowl anytime soon?
In other news, Chrome made an announcement that all non-HTTPS sites that use passwords will be marked as insecure. This could pose an issue for membership sites or BuddyPress sites. But don’t worry, I’ve also included a tutorial that shows you how to move your WordPress site to HTTPS.
You should also give Brian Krogsgard’s AMA at Managewp.org a look.
Let’s get to all of the news…
WORDPRESS NEWS AND ARTICLES
- ManageWP Joins GoDaddy – big WordPress news this week as ManageWP got acquired by GoDaddy.
- WordPress 4.6.1 Security and Maintenance Release – the release fixes two security vulnerabilities, so you’ll definitely want to upgrade soon.
- We Did It! Ninja Forms THREE is Live! – Ninja Forms 3 is out. The main highlight is a new drag and drop form editor.
- Divi 3.0 Has Arrived – just like Ninja Forms, Divi 3.0 just dropped.
- Brian Krogsgard AMA – check out the AMA with Brian Krogsgard at Managewp.org.
- Moving Towards a More Secure Web – if you run any sort of membership/BuddyPress site and don’t use HTTPS, you need to read this announcement from Google Chrome.
TUTORIALS AND HOW-TOS
- Best Anti-AdBlock Plugins and How to Use Them Properly – learn how to implement anti-adblock plugins without annoying your readers.
- Changing Your WordPress Database Prefix to Improve Security – how to change the default wp_ database prefix for better security.
- How to Design Your WordPress Site – No Coding Skills Required – Adelina from ThemeIsle/CodeinWP has some tips for designing your site.
- Moving your WordPress blog to HTTPS – if that Chrome announcement scared you, here’s how you can fix it!
- The Right Way of Updating to the Latest WordPress Release – some tips from Ahmad for safely updating your WordPress site.
- How to Lazy Load Images and Speed Up Your WordPress Site – lazy loading images is a good way to speed up the initial page load time for your site.
RESOURCES & FREEBIES
- Fancy Coming Soon and Maintenance Mode Plugin Review & Guide – if you want to promote a new project before its official release date, check this one out.
- Server Management for Beginners – a nice resource if you want to dip your toes into the world of server management.
- Interview with Gabriel Mays, Head of WordPress Products at GoDaddy – the WPTavern guys sit down with Gabriel Mays of GoDaddy.
- The Ultimate Page Builder Plugin Comparison for Photographers – a very specific topic, but worth checking out if you’re a photographer.
- 50+ Free WordPress Themes for Writers and Bloggers 2016 – Oli put together some free themes for bloggers at Theme Furnace.