WordPress.com Gets A Makeover

WordPress.com has gotten a big makeover. “What’s changed under the hood will likely be interesting only to developers — what it equates to for the average blogger is a refined experience on the web, and an all new desktop application.” The open-sourcing is nice. It would also be nice if we could have access to a few more plugins (vetted, of course.)

WordPress Powers 25% of the Web??!

Wow! Apparently WordPress now powers 25% of the Web (including this here Web site.) “The latest data comes from W3Techs, which measures both usage and market share: ‘WordPress is used by 58.7% of all the websites whose content management system we know. This is 25.0% of all websites.’ While these numbers naturally fluctuate over the course of the month, the general trend for WordPress has been slow but steady growth.”

WordPress 4.4 Beta 1

WordPress 4.4 Beta 1 is now available. It sounds like embedding is going to get a lot easier for those of us who are using hosted WordPress and have limited plugin/scripting options – “WordPress can now embed rich content from nearly all sites that support the oEmbed standard — not just YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, and the like. You can even embed previews of posts from other WordPress sites by pasting the URL on its own line.”

WordPress Malware Attack Gaining Steam

Apparently a WordPress malware attack is turning into a real issue. “The malware is called VisitorTracker, and its aim should be self-explanatory. Sucuri said that incidents of infection have had a sharp uptick in recent days, and the firm – which reported on it just two weeks ago – hopes that its reprise and update of the information will inform WordPress and encourage it to take action to mitigate the problem.”

WordPress Updates to 4.3.1

WordPress has been updated to 4.3.1. “This is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately. This release addresses three issues, including two cross-site scripting vulnerabilities and a potential privilege escalation.”

Odd Chrome Bug Breaks WordPress

There’s a weird, WordPress-breaking bug in Chrome 45. “Within the last five weeks, several people have reported an issue in Chrome that breaks the WordPress admin menu. If you hover the mouse cursor over menu items in the sidebar, they’ll occasionally fall out-of-place.” The article has a fix that should work until a patched version of Chrome comes out.

Georgia State University Library Releases WP Plugin as Open Source

The Georgia State University Library has released a WordPress plugin as open source. “As part of its commitment to the free culture movement, Georgia State University Library is pleased to announce the initial release of the AfterEM plugin. AfterEM extends the Events Manager WordPress plugin to provide follow-up emails after an event has occurred. This additional functionality allows event organizers to gather feedback, request follow-up actions, and encourage participation in future events.”

WordPress 4.24 Is Now Available

WordPress 4.2.4 (a security release) is now available. “This release addresses six issues, including three cross-site scripting vulnerabilities and a potential SQL injection that could be used to compromise a site, which were discovered by Marc-Alexandre Montpas of Sucuri, Helen Hou-Sandí of the WordPress security team, Netanel Rubin of Check Point, and Ivan Grigorov. It also includes a fix for a potential timing side-channel attack, discovered by Johannes Schmitt of Scrutinizer, and prevents an attacker from locking a post from being edited, discovered by Mohamed A. Baset.”

WordPress Gets Security Update

WordPress has gotten a new security update. “WordPress versions 4.2.2 and earlier are affected by a cross-site scripting vulnerability, which could allow users with the Contributor or Author role to compromise a site. This was initially reported by Jon Cave and fixed by Robert Chapin, both of the WordPress security team, and later reported by Jouko Pynnönen.”