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 need to know how to optimize your site , but also where to actually start. Tools like Google PageSpeed Insights only point out the standard handholds here. However, our experience from 450 detailed page analyses and over 2,000 site checks shows: Even in supposedly thoroughly optimized pages, performance brakes can be found again and again. And with our small but fine 7-second check, you can recognize this unused potential with just one look.

Business

Absence due to illness: The great danger of self-employment
For the self-employed, an illness can, in the worst case, become a real threat to their existence. 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 process, but also into 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.

Security

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 acronym, CSRF, from various WordPress updates. That's because corresponding loopholes are found and closed again and again. Fortunately, cross-site request forgery is now old hat and protection against it is quite simple.

This is how a wrong click paralyzed a US city for 4 days
In the small American city of Issaquah, a ransomware attack completely knocked out the city administration for four days. According to the IT manager in charge, there was no investment in the administration's technical equipment and IT security for years. TheHackerNews reports on how the incident occurred and what simple security measures were introduced afterwards.

WordPress

Gutenberg will save WordPress!
According to Gutenberg co-developer Matias Ventura, the new editor and the introduction of the Block system will put the wobbly WordPress ship back on track: "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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