WP-News #51

WP News: Managing High Traffic with WordPress & Gutenberg needs new name

Over the past two weeks, Gutenberg has once again taken center stage in the WP community. More and more WP users are concerned with the block system and the impact of the Gutenberg integration on the WordPress ecosystem. Also, a discussion has been sparked whether "Gutenberg" is even an appropriate name for the new editor. And we show you why WordPress is the right choice for high traffic sites.

High Traffic with WordPress - No Problem!

WordPress may have started as a small content management system for bloggers, but today our favorite CMS has much more to offer. Large, high-traffic websites such as TIME Magazine or the White House run successfully on WordPress. With the WooCommerce-plugin and the right high-traffic hosting, even larger online stores are no problem for WordPress. We will show you how your WP-site can handle more than 75,000 hits per minute without going down the drain.


How to create your first Gutenberg block
WordPress developer Bill Erickson describes his first attempt to create his own Gutenberg block using sample code. The biggest hurdle was his insufficient knowledge of JavaScript. For this reason his conclusion is: "It truly is time to 'Learn Javascript Deeply' to keep up with future WordPress development".

Two days - Two maintenance updates
Only one day after the maintenance update to 4.9.3 WordPress 4.9.4 was released. The reason for this is a bug that prevents the automatic update of the WP version. If you use the auto-update function, you have to update your site manually to 4.9.4. As a Raidboxes customer, you don't have to do anything - we have already taken care of your update to 4.9.4.

Is Gutenberg the end of pagebuilders?
The discussion about the new Gutenberg editor and the evolution of WordPress to a block-based CMS does not stop. The question what this development means in the long run for plugin- and theme-developers as well as pagebuilders like "Divi" or "Beaver Builder" is very obvious. Geno Quiroz has asked some WordPress businesses about this topic and got surprisingly positive answers.+

Does Gutenberg need a new name?
Morten Rand-Hendriksen has called on the WP community to find another name for the new Gutenberg editor. Especially after the integration into WP core, the name would cause confusion for new WordPress users. Since Gutenberg will become the default editor, there would be no reason to treat it like an "add-on feature". However, opinions on this plan differ.


Your introduction to Google Tag Manager
Google Analytics provides valuable insights - but you'll get even more useful data if you also use Google Tag Manager. The simple integration of code snippets makes more complex tracking tasks such as heat maps or remarketing possible. The colleagues from MOZ have a detailed guide that will help you get started.


"Revenue doesn't mean s**t!"
At least that's what Lisa Sabin Wilson, CMO of agency WebDevStudios, says. According to Wilson, revenue is not the key metric. More important is building a system that makes each of your projects profitable. One of those support systems, for example, is a clearly defined cost and schedule for each project. For more tips on how to stay profitable as a WordPress service provider, listen to the MattReport podcast.


Over 2,000 WP pages infected with cryptominers
Once again, over 2,000 WP pages have been infected with keyloggers and cryptomining code. In the process, the attackers injected malicious scripts into the WordPress database and generated cryptocurrency at the expense of the attacked pages. The malicious code was disguised as Google Analytics or jQuery.

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