WordPress Newsletter #35

WP News: Performance boost through SSL & Mullenweg's plea for Gutenberg

Last week, the Core team discussed whether to automatically update websites running on WordPress version 3.7. And Matt Mullenweg breaks a lance for the new editor in his blog post "We Called it Gutenberg for a Reason". We also show how a simple SSL certificate can speed up your WordPresssite tremendously.

WP News: Performance boost through SSL & Mullenweg's plea for Gutenberg

HTTPS = encrypted = fast

Google recently started sending warnings to operators of unencrypted pages. Because as of Chrome version 62, the browser brands many HTTP-site as "not secure". This is the perfect time for site operators who have not yet taken the step to switch to HTTPS now. Because besides a plus in security, an SSL certificate also brings a significant performance boost. We show you how WordPress benefits from HTTPS and how you can find out whether your host offers the particularly fast HTTP/2.

Performance

WordPress caching for beginners
In response to increased queries and misconceptions from customers, Vladimir Simovic of Perun.net explains in his podcast briefly and understandably what types of caching there are and what benefits they bring to your WordPress-site . In addition, he uses a simple pizza analogy to show what caching can't do.

How to make your WP-site "mobile friendly"
TheTorqueMag explain what constitutes the "mobile friendliness" of your WordPress-site , why it is inevitable nowadays and how you can test the mobile optimization of your site . In addition, the colleagues have simple optimization tips in the bag, which you can implement in no time.

Security

How do you recognize phishing attacks?
In phishing attacks, hackers try to obtain sensitive information (e.g. login data or credit card information) from unsuspecting users by using authentic-looking websites or emails. According to figures from security provider Sucuri, this type of attack has been increasing dramatically recently.

8 Chrome extensions hacked
In the last three months, eight Chrome add-ons were hacked and Cloudflare login data was stolen. 4.8 million website owners were affected by the attack. Wordfence Founder and CEO Mark Maunder explains which Chrome extensions were attacked and how hackers go about so-called supply chain attacks.

WordPress

Gutenberg 1.0 released
Last week the first official full version of the new WordPress editor Gutenberg was released. Already in the run-up opinions about the plugin were at least divided. One of the first systematic reviews of the project has been compiled by the colleagues from Elegant Themes. From the targeted 100,000 active installations, which Matt Mullenweg had announced in the summer, the plugin with currently 2,000 installs is still far away.

We called it Gutenberg for a reason
Matt Mullenweg, WP co-founder and CEO of Automattic, has published a comprehensive plea for the Gutenberg editor in his blog: "It's time for WordPress' next big thing, the thing that helps us deal with our challenges and opportunities. The thing that changes the world. Gutenberg." After Mullenweg emphasizes how web designers and agencies, plugin- and theme-developers, core-committers, web hosts and WP-users benefit from the new editor, he also finds clear words for Gutenberg-critics.

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