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.”

Google Blog: Create compelling Web Stories on WordPress

Google Blog: Create compelling Web Stories on WordPress. “Web Stories bring a familiar full-screen, tappable story format to the wide audience of the web. Now it’s even easier for creators to create and publish Web Stories with the new Web Stories for WordPress plugin. We introduced the beta version of the plugin earlier this year, and after incorporating your feedback and adding features, it’s now available for everyone within the WordPress plugin directory.”

Sigh. Another day, another reason for WordPress users to get patching: Hackers abuse bug in popular plugin (The Register)

The Register: Sigh. Another day, another reason for WordPress users to get patching: Hackers abuse bug in popular plugin. “A critical vulnerability in a popular WordPress plugin called WP File Manager was spotted on Tuesday and was quickly patched by the plugin’s developers. But the flaw, which allows arbitrary file uploads and remote code execution on WordPress websites, is already being actively exploited.”

Bleeping Computer: Newsletter plugin bugs let hackers inject backdoors on 300K sites

Bleeping Computer: Newsletter plugin bugs let hackers inject backdoors on 300K sites. “The vulnerability was found in the Newsletter WordPress plugin that provides the tools needed to create responsive newsletter and email mail marketing campaigns on WordPress blogs using a visual composer. Newsletter has already been downloaded over 12 million times since it was added to the official WordPress plugin repository and is now installed on more than 300,000 sites.”

Bing Blogs: Get your WordPress content indexed immediately using Bing Webmaster Tools plugin

Bing Blogs: Get your WordPress content indexed immediately using Bing Webmaster Tools plugin . “Today, we are excited to announce the release of Bing URL Submissions Plugin for WordPress as open source project. The plugin allows webmasters of WordPress sites to get their content easily, automatically and immediately indexed by Bing as soon as their content is published! Who in the SEO community has not dreamed of such ability?”

Hongkiat: 10 Best WordPress Plugins to Create Forms, Polls & Surveys

Hongkiat: 10 Best WordPress Plugins to Create Forms, Polls & Surveys. “It is a well-known fact that one of the best ways to engage users on your website and gather significant user insights, is through polls, forms and surveys. For websites built on the WordPress platform, there is an abundance of free plugins you can take advantage of. However, to save you from the tiring effort of searching the best WordPress plugins for polls and surveys, I have gathered here some of the top choices I’ve come to know, use and experience.”