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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Doc Pop’s News Drop: Mass Deletion of Unused WordPress Plugins

Doc Pop’s News Drop: Mass Deletion of Unused WordPress Plugins

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.

There are over 9,000 plugins that have been approved, but the developers never uploaded the code. It’s believed that many of these developers submitted their plugins just for free security review or just to squat on a plugin name. So the WordPress Plugin Review Team have announced they will start deleting these “unused” plugins from the repository.

This week we’ll talk about a few of those unused plugins plus we’ll have some news from our friends at WordCamp Europe. 

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

As of today, there are 55,210 plugins in the WordPress repository. These plugins are what make the WordPress ecosystem so powerful and modular, but did you know there are over 9,000 plugins that have been approved by the plugin review team, but the developers never uploaded the code?

That’s why the WordPress Plugin Review Team have announced that they will soon begin deleting unused plugins from the repository. Just to be clear, these aren’t plugins that haven’t been updated or installed lately… the term is specifically referring to plugins that have been approved but the developer never uploaded the code.

The idea is to stop people from squatting on domains and make sure if a developer registers a plugin, they are uploading that plugin to the repository. If a plugin hasn’t had code added after 6 months, it’s going to be deleted. And if you keep submitting multiple unused plugins, the team will start marking all of your submissions as pending.

According to Mika Epstein, the head of the review team,

“Every time you submit a plugin, a human being downloads and reviews your code. If you’re submitting with out a plan to actually use the hosting, you are abusing the finite resources, and taking away from everyone else who is using the directory. Worse, we’ve found out some people like to get a review as a ‘free’ security review instead of hiring people for that work,”

That’s not cool y’all.

Emily Schiola has a great post about this on TorqueMag.io, which you should check out for more information.

Now let’s check in with Jenny Bueamont, the lead organizer of WordCamp Europe to hear what’s new behind the scenes.

Thanks Jenny!

That’s it for this week’s News Drop, head over to our website TorqueMag.io for more WordPress news, interviews, and cartoons, and stay tuned next week for another WordPress News Drop.

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: WordPress Plugins For The Gutenberg Editor

Doc Pop’s News Drop: WordPress 4.9.6 Adds Privacy and GDPR Features

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.

The Gutenberg editor isn’t officially part of WordPress core, but there are already several plugins to help add to it. This week we talk about some of those plugins and check in with our friends at WordCamp Europe for the latest news.

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

The Gutenberg editor is a new block based editor for WordPress. Though it hasn’t officially been released yet, that hasn’t stopped developers from rolling out a few plugins specifically geared for it. 

This week we’ll talk about a few of those Gutenberg plugins plus we’ll have some news from our friends at WordCamp Europe. 

The first plugin you’ll probably notice in the repository is the Gutenberg plugin. When Gutenberg officially rolls out, it will replace the current editor in the vanilla version of WordPress, which means there’ll be no plugin required, but for now they team has released a standalone Gutenberg plugin for users to try out the new editor and provide feedback on bugs and issues.

This plugin is currently the only way to try Gutenberg and it’s honestly pretty stable. If you want to go ahead and start making sure your site is Gutenberg editor, you should install it today.

Gutenberg comes with image, text, and several other types of default content blocks. But some of these plugins, like Maps Block for Gutenberg, are designed to add one specific type of content block. 

However there are a few plugins that are packed with additional types of content blocks. Gutenberg Spacer Block is a collection of page builder blocks for content marketers. So these blocks include “click to tweet”, GitHub Gist, Social Sharing, and even a GIF block. 

Another feature packed plugin is Stackable, which features 17 new gutenberg blocks, with an emphasis on ecommerce. So these blocks include pricing box, video pop-ups, customer testimonials, Notification, and even a spacer block. 

Speaking of blocks, there are at least two plugins specifically designed to turn Gutenberg off. Disable Gutenberg is pretty self explanatory. If you are reluctant to use Gutenberg when it officially comes out, this plugin will completely turn it off and replace it with the classic WYSIWYG editor for WordPress. 

Gutenberg Manager, on the other hand will allow you to disable the Gutenberg editor on some pages or posts, but not others. Maybe you want to disable on Gutenberg on posts, or maybe you just want to disable certain types of content blocks, we’ll this theme will probably be better for you than the Disable Gutenberg plugin. 

Now let’s check in with Jenny Beaumont, the lead organizer for WordCamp Europe to hear whats new.

What is your dream Gutenberg plugin? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to check out TorqueMag.io for more WordPress news. 

We’ll see you next week. 

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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The Easy Way to Create Tables and Charts in WordPress

The Easy Way to Create Tables and Charts in WordPress

Do you have large amounts of table data (statistics, financial data, sports results, scientific data etc) on your website? If so, then managing it can be one of the most frustrating things in your day. Building tables can be tedious and confusing, especially when you have to spend hours aligning everything.

You need to check out wpDataTables, the leading WordPress plugin for tables and charts. Making tables and charts can be reduced to mere minutes, and you will avoid five major issues:

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Doc Pop’s News Drop: Plugin Madness 2018 Recap

Doc Pop’s News Drop: Plugin Madness 2018 Recap

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.

Congrats to Smush Image Compression for winning Torque’s 2018 Plugin Madness competition! Thanks to everyone who nominated and voted this year, it was a huge success.

You can read more about the results here.
You can also learn more about WordCamp Europe here.

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

We’ll talk about how events like WordCamp Europe can afford to keep tickets affordable, but first let’s talk about Plugin Madness!

This was the 3rd year of our Plugin Madness tournament, where users nominated their 64 favorite WordPress plugins and we set them up in a bracket style competition.

We started with 64 plugins which we split up into 4 main brackets: ecommerce, marketing, maintenance, and optimization.

Ecommerce started off with some heavy hitters like WooCommerce and the Event Tickets plugin, but this year’s hot new eCommerce plugin was Restrict Content: a simple membership plugin that enables you to put your content behind a wall so only logged-in users can access it.

Over in Marketing we had some more familiar faces like Popups by Optin Monster, a popular plugin that allows you to increase newsletter sign ups with a simple pop up feature, but the winner for this division was the Custom Sidebars plugin.

Maintenance was a really heated division with many popular plugins like WordFence and Updraft Plus going head to head, but the final winner of this round was Duplicate Post, a plugin that allows you to copy older posts and… well… duplicate them. I use this all the time.

And over in the Optimization bracket, we started off with plugins like Advanced Custom Fields, Contact Form 7, and Yoast SEO, but we managed to shrink them down to just one winner: Smush Image Compression, a plugin that allows you to reduce image file sizes for faster page loading.

So after 4 weeks, we had Smush vs Custom Sidebars and Restrict Content vs Duplicate Post.

Then it was Restrict Content vs Smush in the semi-final round and finally…

Smush Image Compression was the winner! Congrats to Smush on winning Torque’s Plugin Madness competition for two years in a row!

Thanks to everyone who nominated plugins and voted and a big thanks to all of the great developers who help create these amazing plugins.

Now, let’s check in with Jenny Beaumont, the lead organizer of WordCamp Europe:

Thanks Jenny! We really enjoy these weekly updates.

Thats it for this week’s news drop, thanks for liking and subscribing to our channel, 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: Flipping the Script on Hackers with the Coin Auth Plugin

Doc Pop’s News Drop: Google Dives Into WordPress, 4.9.4 Update, and Plugin Madness!

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.

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to flip the script on hackers and run cryptomining software on their computers? In this week’s video we talk about an app called Coin Auth which does just that.

We also talk about WordPress version 4.9.5 and we hear some great news about WordCamp Europe.

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

This week we have another WordCamp Europe update from Jenny Beaumont plus a plugin that flips the tables on hackers, but first…

WordPress 4.9.5 was released last week. It’s a security and maintenance fix, so you’ve probably already updated, but if not. Be sure you do. You can find the update area in your dashboard here… and here’s footage of me pointing at how to find that same area… and here’s me pointing at me pointing at the area… and here’s me pointing again and again and again

4.9.5 is a security update which fixes 3 security vulnerabilities that were reported by the community. It also includes 25 other bugs. Security updates are not something you should wait to install, so be sure to check taht you are on the current version of WordPress.

Speaking of security, I remember the first time I ran a Security check on DocPop.org. I was shocked to see that there were over a hundred attempts to access my website in the past 24 hrs. I thought my site was under attack, but then I found out that these types of low level brute force attacks happen all the time. That’s why it’s important to have a decent password and consider running 2-factor authentication on anywebsite.

So I was so happy when I heard about a new WordPress plugin called Coin Auth, which flips the table on hackers by running cryptomining software on their computers when they are trying to access your site. I chatted with Dustin Warren, who is a Senior Security Analyst at WP Engine, and creator of the Coin Auth plugin.

And finally, we have a brand new update from Jenny Beaumont, the lead organizer of WordCamp Europe. Take it away Jenny.

Retro futurism is my aesthetic. I can’t wait for WCEU!

Thanks for watching this week’s News Drop. What are you thoughts on using cryptomining to prevent brute force attacks? Is it ethical to hack the hackers? Let us know in the comments! We’ll see you next week.

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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How to Protect WordPress Files with Prevent Direct Access

How to Protect WordPress Files with Prevent Direct Access

Website security is always a matter of concern for every webmaster and online business owner. Together with WordPress admin security, WordPress file protection is another topic worrying many people. If you are running and managing an online business, you need to protect your valuable assets and files. In this post, we will show how you can efficiently protect your WordPress media files against unwanted users.

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