Hey, WordPress friends!
We’re getting closer to WordPress 5.9’s monumental launch scheduled on January 25. But there’s still time to help test out the new features.
There’s also a short-cycle security release this week that includes four security fixes. We recommend that you update your sites immediately.
Beyond that, Microsoft released a plugin for WordPress that lets you easily integrate the IndexNow protocol on your site. We also have a lot of other news, tutorials, and resources for you as usual.
Let’s get to all of this week’s WordPress news…
WORDPRESS NEWS AND ARTICLES
- WordPress 5.9 RC 2 – now available and ready for testing.
- Microsoft releases IndexNow plugin for WordPress – easily integrate the IndexNow protocol on your WordPress site.
- WordPress 5.8.3 Security Release – featuring four security fixes.
- Jetpack 10.5: New features and under-the-hood improvements – including new features for VideoPress.
- Extendify Launches New Pattern Library Plugin – its flagship free plugin.
- Automattic’s Livro Is a Minimal Block Theme for Writers – a new free simple and clean theme to try.
- WordPress Vulnerability Report: January 2022, Part 2 – the regular iThemes vulnerability roundup.
TUTORIALS AND HOW-TOS
- How to Check and Update Your WordPress Site’s PHP Version – how to safely check, update, and upgrade your PHP version.
- How to Stop Comment Spam in WordPress – as the title says.
- An Easy and Free Way to Sell Premium Content with WordPress – with the new, improved, and free Restrict Content plugin.
- How to Rebrand a WordPress Website & The Way We Did It Seamlessly – a guide from WPBuffs.
- WordPress Domain Mapping Explained [Step-By-Step Guide] – how to get started with domain mapping.
- How to Use Conditional Logic with Forms in WordPress – using Tripetto.
- How to Build an Online Community Website – Best Method in 2022 – a detailed guide.
- Using Custom Taxonomies and Custom Fields in WordPress Development – as the title says.
- WPForms vs. Gravity Forms (2022): Two Popular Form Builders Go Head-to-Head – check out which form builder performs better.
- 20 Best Wedding WordPress Themes in 2022 – our updated list of the best wedding themes.
- WPSmartPay AppSummo Deal – $69 lifetime deal on this payment and donations plugin.
- Namecheap New Year Sale – up to 96% off on domains, hosting, and security products until Jan 17.
- What’s in WordPress 5.9, and What Is Openverse? – the latest at WPTavern’s podcast.
- Business of WordPress news w/ Rae Morey – the latest from Matt Report.
- Gutenberg 12.2 and 12.3, WordPress 5.9 RC and DevNotes for Full-Site Editing and Block Themes – what’s new from Gutenberg Times.