Weekly WordPress News: WordPress 4.2 Released, Tips for Plugin Devs, Web Security & More
WordPress 4.2 was just released, named “Powell” it has some new features such as an improved “Press This” browser button improved, extended character support including native Chinese, Japanese, and Korean characters, musical and mathematical symbols, and hieroglyphs. You can now switch themes in the customizer, Embeds from Tumblr.com and Kickstarter are now supported and plugin updates have been streamlined.
If you missed my announcement last week, I just released a new theme into the directory – a grid-based theme for images called Stacker. It is doing really well with nearly 4k downloads already and one “5 star” review :)
WordPress News and Articles
- WordPress 4.2 “Powell” – Time to update!
- The Best WordPress Maintenance Services : The Top Providers Compared – I took a look at WordPress support providers.
- Theme Review Team to require using the Customizer for all theme options – We have been doing this for a while now, glad to see its now a requirement.
- Why WordPress Plugin Developers Have to Start Thinking SaaS – About adding recurring billing to WordPress products.
- If You’re Not Offering This as a WordPress Freelancer/Agency You’re Leaving Money on the Table – Selling support packages
- 28% of WordPress Websites Could Be Affected By Google’s Mobile Search Update – Make sure your site is mobile ready.
- How Open Source Benefits Web Security – Working together for a more secure WordPress.
- How I Grew WP Site Care’s Email List by 1,075% – Add a popup.
- How to decide what should be an add-on – What should be free and what should be a paid add-on ?
- Three years of building an eCommerce platform – Pippin talks about the growth of EDD.
Tutorials and How-Tos
- How to Audit Your Affiliate Links – Find Broken URLs in WordPress and Fix Them
- How to Migrate from HTTP to HTTPS – Complete Tutorial about SSL and WordPress
- What To Do When WordPress Plugin Updates Go Wrong – Fix plugin errors when updating.
- Why You Shouldn’t Code URLs in Themes or Plugins – and the WordPress Functions to Use Instead
- How to Clean Up Your WordPress Database for Improved Performance – How to tidy up your WordPress database.
Resources & Freebies
- Best Knowledge Base WordPress Themes – Themes for Customer Support, FAQs and Wiki.
- The Best Free WordPress Plugins for Multi-Author Blogs – Take your multi-author blog to the next level with these free plugins.
- WordPress Admin Themes: Rebrand and Customize the WordPress Admin – Make your WordPress admin area fit your brand with these admin themes.
- 20 of the Best Responsive Free Magazine WordPress Themes for 2015 – Some great free magazine themes with modern designs for 2015.