The Weekly WordPress News: Panda Update in Progress, iThemes Hacked & More.
Some good news for WPLift this week, we seem to be recovering from the Panda 4.0 which hit our Google traffic back in May this year as Google are currently rolling out an update to it.
I have been doing a lot of research into this Google update as a lot of seemingly good blogs and other sites have been hit by it, I have interviewed other site owners and been recording my findings and I think I now have a pretty good understanding of it so I will be drafting this up into a post to be released in a couple of weeks to show what I did to recover – I want to make sure the recovery is for real first and do some more analysis of our stats etc.
If your site has been hit by Panda 4.0 get in touch and I may be able to help or add your thoughts to the post.
If you are an iThemes customer, I recommend changing your passwords if you use the same password there as any other sites as they they announced the other day that they had been hacked and passwords may have been compromised. They reset all customer passwords as they were using an old version of aMember which stored passwords as plan text. This was fixed in version 4 of the plugin but it seems they were running an older version of it. I use the same software at ThemeFurnace but we are running the latest version so no problems there – I guess even the largest companies don’t upgrade software when they should.
On with the news! Have a great weekend everyone :)
WordPress News and Articles
- WordPress.com is very mobile centric with their first video ad – Brian talks about WordPress.com’s first video advert and how it focuses on mobile use.
- iThemes Security Announcement – Change your passwords now if you use the same iThemes password as other sites.
- Panda 4.1 — Google’s 27th Panda Update — Is Rolling Out – Google have update their Panda algorithm, has your site been affected ?
- WordPress vs. Ghost – Which Blogging Platform Is Right For You? – Nathan looks at the pros and cons of each platform on the ElegantThemes blog.
- Testing in WordPress: Scenarios and Spreadsheets – Tom looks at use case testing for your WordPress themes
- A New Resource Devoted To WordPress and Photographers – WPTavern covers a new site aimed at Photographers who use WordPress.
Tutorials and How-Tos
- How To Make Your Theme Multilingual and WooCommerce Compatible – A solid guide to multi-lingual WordPress usage.
- A WordPress Development Process Using Sass and Compass – How to use SASS and Compass in your WordPress theme development.
- How To: Add a Responsive WordPress Mega Menu for Sites with Lots of Content – I reviewed a cool plugin for building Mega Menus into your WordPress themes.
- How To: Add Product Reviews to WordPress with Rich Snippets for Free – Get better click through rates in the search results with Rich Snippets using this plugin.
- How To: Import & Aggregate YouTube Videos by Topic in WordPress – I reviewed a plugin to add YouTube videos to WordPress.
Resources & Freebies
- The WPLift Guide to WordPress & PDF: Free WordPress PDF Plugins – Updated our guide to using PDFs with WordPress, lots of good plugins to handle this.
- How To: Add a Beautiful Slide in Contact Form to WordPress – Review of a very nice looking plugin which adds a slide-in contact form.