Search Engine Journal: WordPress 5.9 Rushed “In A Dangerous Way” Is Now Delayed

Search Engine Journal: WordPress 5.9 Rushed “In A Dangerous Way” Is Now Delayed. “WordPress recently decided that the third major version release for 2021 will be delayed to January 25, 2022. The project had fallen significantly behind to such an extent that core contributors as recently as last week voiced concerns about the feasibility of meeting the 2021 deadline.”

ZDNet: Over a million WordPress sites breached

ZDNet: Over a million WordPress sites breached. “WordPress is far more than just blogs. It powers over 42% of all websites. So whenever there’s a WordPress security failure, it’s a big deal. And now GoDaddy, which is the top global web hosting firm with tens of millions more sites than its competition, reports that data on 1.2 million of its WordPress customers has been exposed.” This looks really bad.

ThreatPost: Fake Ransomware Infection Hits WordPress Sites

ThreatPost: Fake Ransomware Infection Hits WordPress Sites. “The warning was clearly intended to get targets’ adrenaline pumping, instilling a sense of urgency with that ticking countdown clock. It’s a tried-and-true tool in swindlers’ kits, whether you’re talking romance scams, phoney Amazon package-delivery notices designed to lift credentials or a gazillion other ‘Rush! Rush!’ frauds. But Sucuri researchers who tracked down and analyzed the fake ransomware said they found a whole lot of nothing.”

Search Engine Journal: WordPress Template Plugin Vulnerability Hits +1 Million Sites

Search Engine Journal: WordPress Template Plugin Vulnerability Hits +1 Million Sites. “Starter Templates — Elementor, Gutenberg & Beaver Builder Templates plugin by the publishers of the Astra WordPress theme contains a vulnerability affecting over a million websites. The exploit allows an attacker to upload malicious scripts, stage a total site takeover and attack visitors to the vulnerable website.”

Search Engine Journal: WordPress Gutenberg Template Library Plugin Vulnerability Affects +1 Million Sites

Search Engine Journal: WordPress Gutenberg Template Library Plugin Vulnerability Affects +1 Million Sites. “A third party WordPress Gutenberg Template Library plugin with over a million users was discovered to have two vulnerabilities. Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could create an indirect path toward a total site takeover.”

MakeUseOf: How to Secure Your WordPress Website in 5 Simple Steps

MakeUseOf: How to Secure Your WordPress Website in 5 Simple Steps . “WordPress powers over a third of all websites on the internet today. It’s a favorite for many webmasters because of its low barrier to entry for rookies, and virtually unlimited extendability for pro users. With this popularity, WordPress also attracts lots of hackers and security threats. There’s no reason to panic, however, if you take a few simple precautions. Here they are.”

Search Engine Journal: 8 Awesome WordPress Plugins That’ll Make Your Site Mobile-Friendly

Search Engine Journal: 8 Awesome WordPress Plugins That’ll Make Your Site Mobile-Friendly. “You have just seconds to get someone’s attention and persuade them to stay on your site. If your site doesn’t work or is slow to load, that person will not come back. Thankfully, the process of optimizing your site for mobile isn’t rocket science, and you can do it on your own with the assistance of WordPress plugins.”

Search Engine Journal: WordPress Releases Gutenberg 11.2 – Offers Improved Performance & Bug Fixes

Search Engine Journal: WordPress Releases Gutenberg 11.2 – Offers Improved Performance & Bug Fixes. “WordPress announced the release of the newest version of Gutenberg which is now at 11.2. This is an incremental update in that it’s not a major upgrade. Nevertheless it does contain a slight performance improvement to the editor as well as numerous bug fixes and feature additions that makes version 11.2 a notable upgrade.”

Search Engine Journal: WordPress Dominates Market Share Of Top 10,000 Websites

Search Engine Journal: WordPress Dominates Market Share Of Top 10,000 Websites . “It was expected that the majority of top sites would use a private custom content management system, and the research confirmed that, with 7,612 (76.12%) of top sites using a CMS that was not publicly available. However, of the top sites with a publicly available content management system, WordPress was the platform of choice for 1,057 (10.57%).” Respect to the sites out there still using Blogger.

Wix vs WordPress: Which Is Better for SEO? (Search Engine Journal)

Search Engine Journal: Wix vs WordPress: Which Is Better for SEO?. “In this column, you’ll learn the pros and cons of each platform when it comes to SEO, along with some interesting facts and tips to help you make the right decision for your website.” I am 100% against choosing a publishing platform based on its SEO potential. That being said, this is a interesting comparison of elements that aren’t often considered when discussing website builders.

ZDNet: WordPress could treat Google FloC as a security issue

ZDNet: WordPress could treat Google FloC as a security issue. “The backlash against Google’s Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC) has continued, with a proposal raised in WordPress Core to block the controversial alternative identifier to third-party cookies by default. The WordPress proposal would see the blogging system use its weight to thwart FLoC.” WordPress powers a big chunk of the Web so this is important.