WordPress 5.6: The Good, the Meh and the Ugly (Search Engine Journal)

Search Engine Journal: WordPress 5.6: The Good, the Meh and the Ugly. “WordPress 5.6 has been released with dozens of improvements and new features. Code named Simone (honoring singer Nina Simone), WordPress 5.6 has been met with a positive response, possibly because it didn’t break anything. The substance of what’s new in WordPress 5.6 can be described as mostly good, some meh and one issue that’s ugly.”

Search Engine Journal: WordPress Update Fiasco

Search Engine Journal: WordPress Update Fiasco. “The WordPress development team, in a series of missteps, pushed out a flawed update that made it impossible to install new WordPress sites. They paused the update rollout in an attempt to fix that update but that created even more problems, requiring an emergency update to fix all the problems.”

WordPress: WordPress 5.4 Beta 1

WordPress: WordPress 5.4 Beta 1 . “WordPress 5.4 is slated for release on March 31, 2020, and we need your help to get there! While the primary goal for 2020 is full-site editing with blocks, contributors to WordPress are working across every area of the project to ensure the software continues moving forward.”

TechCrunch: Ghost CMS adds open-source subscription and membership options

TechCrunch: Ghost CMS adds open-source subscription and membership options. “The open-source CMS, which has been around for a couple of years now following a successful Kickstarter, announced this week that it is launching subscription features as part of Ghost 3.0. The features will be included in both the open-source, self-hosted version as well as the organization’s paid, hosted SaaS product.”

WordPress: One-third of the web!

WordPress: One-third of the web!. “WordPress now powers over 1/3rd of the top 10 million sites on the web according to W3Techs. Our market share has been growing steadily over the last few years, going from 29.9% just one year ago to 33.4% now. We are, of course, quite proud of these numbers!”

Neowin: Google partners with Automattic to support local news with Newspack

Neowin: Google partners with Automattic to support local news with Newspack. “Google has announced a new initiative to help local news publications be more sustainable for their contributors. The Mountain View giant has partnered with Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, to launch Newspack, a set of tools to make online content management and presentation easier. Google has invested $1.2 million in its efforts to kickstart the platform, but funding has also come from a few other organizations, adding another million dollars to that amount.”

VentureBeat: WordPress 5.0 arrives with block-based editor, new default theme, and developer features

VentureBeat: WordPress 5.0 arrives with block-based editor, new default theme, and developer features. “WordPress 5.0 introduces a block-based editor that offers a streamlined editing experience. The new editor is supposed to be better at inserting media content and rearranging any type of content. Each piece of content is in its own block, which is meant to help site owners decide how content is displayed. Blocks include everything from paragraphs, headings, and quotes to images, galleries, and videos.”

SecurityIntelligence: Is Your Site Protected Against Drupal Security Flaws?

SecurityIntelligence: Is Your Site Protected Against Drupal Security Flaws?. “Drupal is a leading open source content management tool that hosts a significant portion of the most popular websites on the internet. If you have not heard about the Drupal security flaws from earlier this year, then you need to take a closer look at what happened and start taking precautions to protect your own installations.” David Strom is always worth a read.

Ars Technica: Thousands of hacked websites are infecting visitors with malware

Ars Technica: Thousands of hacked websites are infecting visitors with malware. “Thousands of hacked websites have become unwitting participants in an advanced scheme that uses fake update notifications to install banking malware and remote access trojans on visitors’ computers, a computer researcher said Tuesday. The campaign, which has been running for at least four months, is able to compromise websites running a variety of content management systems, including WordPress, Joomla, and SquareSpace.”