Progressive Web Apps: A Technical Approach

Progressive Web Apps: How They’ll Change Your WordPress Business

Making your WordPress site mobile friendly doesn’t stop with responsive design. The user is increasingly choosing to view their favorite publications online via apps, and you can accomplish that same feeling for your WordPress site by taking a few steps to turn it into a Progressive Web Application. In my last post, I offered the […]

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Doc Pop’s News Drop: WordCamp US Call For Speakers

Doc Pop’s News Drop: WordCamp US Call For Speakers

Doc’s WordPress News Drop is a weekly report on the most pressing WordPress news. When the news drops, I will pick it up and deliver it right to you.

WordCamp Europe is only a few weeks away, but we are already thinking about WordCamp US in Nashville. In this week’s video we talk about the latest news with WCEU and WCUS.

WordCamp US call for speakers
WordCamp Europe site
Amazon Translate

Love WordPress news but hate reading? My name is Doc and this is Doc Pop’s News Drop.

WordCamp Europe is only a couple of weeks away? Have you started packing yet? This week we’ll have one final update from Jenny Beaumont the lead organizer of WordCamp Europe, but first:

WordCamp US is 6 months away… whoa… That’s… time is flyig by this year, right?
WordCamp US has put out an open call for speakers and if you are interested you can check out the website https://wcus-speakers.org/ for more details. The deadline for submissions is July 1st, so don’t wait too long.

I’ve always wanted to give a WordCamp talk, but I just can’t figure out what to speak about. If you have any ideas or suggestions, leave them in the comments below. Maybe something about what it’s like to make weekly WordPress cartoons and videos for the past two years? I need a hook though.

Speaking of time flying, we’ve been lucky enough to have Jenny Beaumont sharing exclusive WCEU updates for the past few months and we’ve really appreciated it. Lets check in one more time for WCEU news:

That was the last of Jenny’s weekly video updates, but on next week’s News Drop we’ll have a great interview with here. So stay tuned for that.

One more note, Amazon has announced a brand new product called Amazon Translate. This is a real time translation tool that can be tied in with other products like Amazon Polly, the text to voice app that also has a WordPress plugin. We’ll share a short interview with one of the developers from Amazon Translate later this week, so stay tuned for that.

That’s it for this week’s news drop, do you have an idea for a WordCamp US talk that you’d like to give? Leave it in the comments below and we’ll help workshop it. We’ll see you next week for more WordPress news.

Doctor Popular is an artist and musician living in San Francisco. As a full disclaimer, he is neither a doctor nor popular.

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Doc Pop’s News Drop: Hijacked Jetpack Plugins via WordPress.com

Doc Pop’s News Drop: Hijacked Jetpack Plugins via WordPress.com

Doc’s WordPress News Drop is a weekly report on the most pressing WordPress news. When the news drops, I will pick it up and deliver it right to you.

This week we talk about hijacked WordPress.com accounts, WordPress’s 15th birthday, and more WordCamp Europe news.

WordPress Milestones
WordPress Jetpack infection (Wordfence.com)
WordCamp Europe 2018

Love WordPress News but hate reading? My name is Doc and this is Doc Pop’s News Drop.

This week we’ll talk about WordPress’s 15th birthday and WordCamp Europe, but first:

Did you know that even if you are self hosting your own WordPress website, it can still get hacked if your WordPress.com account gets compromised? That’s a lesson I learned the hardway last week when hackers compromised my WordPress.com credentials then installed malicious code and plugins onto my self hosted site via the Jetpack plugin. I always hear people talk about Jetpack being bloated, but I had no idea it could be used to install malware on WordPress.com. I’m usually pretty good at using complex passwords and changing them all on a yearly basis thanks to my password manager tool, but I have to admit my WordPress.com password was from back when security wasn’t quite as big a concern for me. Since I never use WordPress.com, I hadn’t realized it was so out date. Of course I never realized that it had so much access to my personal site too.

If you are running a WordPress site with Jetpack installed, you should probably check and see if your site was compromised too. The easiest way to check is to go to your plugins page and see if there are any unrecognized plugins there. Specifically you should look for one called “pluginsamonsters”. Whether or not that plugin is activated, if you see it in your plugins then your site has been compromised.

Simply removing these plugins will not solve the problem though, so here’s what I would recommend. First off, go to WordPress.com and change your password to something secure and unique, then enable two factor authentification on WordPress.com and on your site, you can install a plugin like Authy for this. Then you’ll need to reach out to your host to see if they can help scan and remove the malicious code from your site. I use WPEngine for my hosting and their support team helped remove the malware for me. If you are running on managed hosting, there’s a good chance this scan has already happened since the “pluginsamonster” hack was reported by WordFence last week. If you aren’t using managed hosting and can’t get support, then try installing a security plugin like WordFence or Sucuri to scan your site and remove the malicious php.

So let that be a reminder to always keep your passwords up to date, use two factor on everything (even on WordPress.com) and maybe reconsider using Jetpack. For more info on this recent hack, check out the great article on WordFence.com which we’ll link in the description.

WordPress turned 15 this weekend? Did you celebrate it? WordPress meetups across the globe celebrated, including the East Bay WordPress group here in the Bay Area. If you missed out on the fun, you can search the hashtag #wp15 to see what happened, and you should also check out our post on TorqueMag.io about the big WordPress milestones in the past 15 years. We’ve also created a spotify playlist featuring all of the jazz musicians whose names have graced various WordPress versions throughout the years.

Speaking of WP15, Jenny Beaumont has another great update about WordCamp Europe, extra WP events in Belgrade, and WP15 celebrations.

Thanks Jenny!

That’s it for this week’s news drop, be sure to check the links in the description for more info on this week’s topics and stay tuned next week for more WordPress News.

Doctor Popular is an artist and musician living in San Francisco. As a full disclaimer, he is neither a doctor nor popular.

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Jetpack 6.1, Now With Even More Privacy Information

Jetpack 5.6.1 Increases Security of the Contact Form Module

Jetpack 6.1 is available and is considered a general maintenance release. This version adds two improvements to the WordAds module. Users can now use the [wordads] shortcode to place an inline ad on any post or page. Support for the ads.txt file has also been added.

A new filter is available that honors the Do Not Track feature. This filter only affects the Stats module and will not track visitors who have Do Not Track enabled. This filter may be exposed as a setting in the UI in a future update.

Sharing and Likes functionality has been removed from WooCommerce’s Cart, Checkout, and Account pages. Notices that appeared in log files related to language features on sites running PHP 7.2 have been fixed.

Continuing the progress made in Jetpack 6.0 towards GDPR compliance, 6.1 adds More Info buttons to every module that handles user data.

The More Info buttons contain links to specific sections of support documents that describe whether or not the module is activated by default, what data is used for site owners and visitors, and what data is synchronized with WordPress.com.

More Info Links in Jetpack
Detailed Privacy Information for The WordPress.com Toolbar Module

In the example above, the Privacy Information link for the WordPress.com Toolbar module points to the following support document. With all of this information now readily available, users can educate themselves on the privacy implications of each module and decide what’s best for their visitors.

A full changelog of Jetpack 6.1 is available on WordPress.org.

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WPWeekly Episode 314 – Getting Squeebly With It

WPWeekly Episode 296 – Gutenberg, Telemetry, Calypso, and More With Matt Mullenweg

In this episode, John James Jacoby recaps his trip to WordCamp Chicago and explains the thought process behind his presentation, The Fourth Wall of WordPress. We highlight a new project that gives developers a guided path to migrate functionality from the Classic editor to Gutenberg.

We discuss the pros and cons of the trusted authors program launched by the WordPress Theme Review Team and what’s new in Jetpack 6.1, what to expect from WordSesh 5, and comment on Square’s agreement to acquire Weebly for $365M.

Stories Discussed:

A Gutenberg Migration Guide for Developers

WordPress Theme Review Team Launches Trusted Authors Program

WordSesh 5 Scheduled for July 25th

Jetpack 6.1 Released

Square Acquires Weebly for $365M

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Progressive Web Apps: How They’ll Change Your WordPress Business

Progressive Web Apps: How They’ll Change Your WordPress Business

You have undoubtedly heard about the coming wave of the mobile web. The most common thing you’ve probably heard is that mobile access to the web is increasing rapidly, and that about half of all web traffic is now via phone or tablet. A February 2018 report from the Pew Research Center notes that 95% […]

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Jetpack 6.0 Takes Steps Towards GDPR Compliance

Jetpack 5.6.1 Increases Security of the Contact Form Module

Jetpack 6.0 is available for upgrade. It comes with improvements to the social media icons widget, enhanced brute force protection, and better compatibility between WooCommerce and Jetpack.

Its headlining features though are privacy related as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to go into effect May 25th. In 6.0, Jetpack has a dedicated privacy settings page that links to privacy documents and includes a way to opt-out of activity tracking.

These settings can be accessed by clicking the Privacy link at the bottom of the Jetpack Dashboard page.

Jetpack 6.0 Privacy Settings

The 'What Data Does Jetpack Sync' page outlines what data is used, how it's used, the relationship it has with the WordPress mobile apps, and provides an inside look at how Jetpack works.

These are the first steps towards GDPR compliance with more updates planned before the regulation goes into effect next month.

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WPWeekly Episode 307 – Thirty Percent of the Web

WPWeekly Episode 296 – Gutenberg, Telemetry, Calypso, and More With Matt Mullenweg

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I start with a continued discussion of AMP from last week. We cover the big releases of the week including Jetpack, Genesis, Yoast SEO, and Gutenberg. We discuss a new project that aims to determine Gutenberg compatible plugins, debate the terminology used to describe WordPress’ market share, and a new plugin that makes WordPress updates more secure.

Stories Discussed:

Gutenberg 2.3, Now With Nested Blocks
Genesis 2.6
Yoast SEO 7.0
Jetpack 5.9
4,500 Plugins Need Your Help in Determining Gutenberg Compatibility
New Plugin Makes WordPress Core Updates More Secure by Requiring Cryptographic Signature Verification
WordPress Now Used on 30% of the Top 10 Million Sites

Picks of the Week:

Mel Choyce’s presentation on Customizing the Future at LoopConf.

Felix Arntz’s presentation on a Global Admin, a deep dive into multi-network organization at LoopConf.

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