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 from Perun.net explains in his podcast briefly and understandably what types of caching there are and what advantages they bring for your WordPresssite . He also uses a simple pizza analogy to show what caching cannot do.

How to make your WP-site "mobile friendly"
TheTorqueMag explain what constitutes the "mobile friendliness" of your WordPress-site , why this is essential nowadays and how you can test the mobile optimization of your site . They also have some simple optimization tips that you can implement in no time at all.

Security

How do you recognise 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 the security provider Sucuri, this type of attack has been increasing dramatically recently.

8 Chrome extensions hacked
Eight Chrome add ons have been hacked and Cloudflare login details stolen in the last three months. 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 proceed in 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. Even beforehand, opinions about pluginwere at least divided. One of the first systematic reviews of the project was compiled by the colleagues from Elegant Themes. With currently 2,000 installations, pluginis still a long way from the target of 100,000 active installations announced by Matt Mullenweg in the summer.

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 emphasises 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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