WordPress Newsletter #40

WP-News: Our 7-second performance check & The WordPress ship on a new course

Last week, Matias Ventura reignited a discussion about Gutenberg and the future of WordPress. We also have a 7-second performance check (including a cheat sheet✌) for you. And we show you how cross-site request forgery can put your cookies at risk.

WP-News: Our 7-second performance check & The WordPress ship on a new course

The 7-second performance check
Load time optimization is hard work. Because you not only have to know how to optimise your site, but also where you should actually start. Tools such as Google PageSpeed Insights only point out the standard steps. However, our experience from 450 detailed page analyses and over 2,000 site checks shows that even in supposedly optimised pages, there are always performance brakes. And with our small but 7-second checkyou can identify these unused potentials at a glance.


Absence due to illness: The great danger of self-employment
For the self-employed, illness can, in the worst case, pose a real threat to their livelihood. Peer Wandiger from SelbstständigImNetz deals with the topic of illness and has valuable tips on how you can best prepare for the worst case scenario as a self-employed person.

How does the sale of plugins and themes actually work?
Phil Derksen, founder of the plugin WP Simple Pay, has already gained experience in buying and selling plugins himself. In his article, he not only goes into the usual procedure, but also into the possible pitfalls of sales negotiations. You will also learn which factors determine the value of your plugin or theme business and how to find a suitable buyer.


When cookies become a danger
Cross-site request forgery is one of the oldest dangers on the web. Attackers use fake links or forms to steal data, commit fraud or plant malicious code. You probably know the abbreviation CSRF from various WordPress updates. Because time and again, corresponding gaps are found and closed. Fortunately, cross-site request forgery is now old hat and protection against it is quite simple. protection against it is quite simple.

This is how a wrong click paralysed a US town for 4 days
In the small American town of Issaquah, a ransomware attack completely knocked out the city administration for four days. According to the IT manager in charge, the administration had not invested in technical equipment and IT security for years. TheHackerNews reports on how the incident occurred and what simple security measures were introduced afterwards.


Gutenberg will save WordPress!
According to Gutenberg co-developer Matias Ventura the new editor and the introduction of the block system will put the tottering WordPress ship back on course: "How can a system fundamentally evolve without drastically changing? WordPress can build incredible sites, yet the usability and clarity that used to be a driving force for its adoption has been fading away."

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