Yesterday saw the release WordPress 4.0 “Benny” so time to update your sites :) New features include a nice media grid for your uploaded files, better embeds ( paste a Youtube URL in and see it become an embedded video ),  a post editor that expands as you type and a new plugin gallery with visual search. Small touches but I’m liking the refinements. Check out the launch post here.

This week there was a security flaw found in the popular Revolution Slider which allows someone to get access to your wp-config file, A huge problem so make sure you are using the latest version which fixes this. What has made this particular problem worse is the sheer number of themes which bundle this plugin as an extra “feature”, particularly on ThemeForest. I have long thought this is a bad idea and I wouldn’t personally bundle a plugin with a theme – it’s better to just recommend plugins and let the plugin author handle support an updates.

This week I have been working on our next release for ThemeFurnace which will be my first WooCommerce theme – I needed a clean and simple theme for an eCommerce site and there just wasn’t any good options in the WordPress directory and the premium options all seemed preoccupied with huge sliders and fancy CSS3 effects so what we are building will hopefully address that.

Enjoy the news and have a great weekend!

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Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, An Internet Company based in Manchester, UK. I founded WPLift and ThemeFurnace, find out more on my Personal Blog. Thanks!

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