WordPress 4.9.6 Update is Out
This particular update is important as it is again a maintenance update, but also addresses privacy issues. It is released in accordance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As we have noted here and on our podcasts, this is an important regulation for any WordPress site owner to understand. I would suggest you check out this post that explains more of the new privacy features in this release. And as always, make sure you site is backed up before updating.
If you’ve been around the WordPress space, you probably recall WordSesh. It fell off the radar for a while, but, in case you haven’t heard, Brian Richards of WPSessions has revived it.
WordSesh is a one-day virtual conference for WordPress developers. They have a pretty impressive lineup of speakers, so you might want to check this out. It takes place on July 25th and although the original WordSesh was free, it will only cost you a minimal fee, $25 this time around. Brian does some great stuff online, so expect a top-notch online event. You can learn more and get your ticket here.
Cleaning Up the Plugin Repository on WordPress.org
You might see a few less plugins when searching for them on WordPress.org because they are going to start removing unused plugins. This is probably a good idea, as their article expressed, being that some of them may have been intentionally put there not for the good of the community. What I would love to see next is the removal of all plugins that have not been updated over the last year. Some still work, but, still, it would save us all a lot of headaches.
False Alarm Sent Out from Google Search Console for WordPress Update
Happened to run across this and in you might want to take note of it. The other day, Google sent notices to those they think are running WordPress 4.9.3 that they should update that version as soon as possible because there is a security bug that makes sites vulnerable to attack. The problem was that a lot of the recipients of this warning were not even running that version. In fact, some sites weren’t even using WordPress anymore. Google apologized for the mistake.
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