Raidboxes WordPress News Post 39

WP News: 120+ WordPress Cheat Sheets & Why Maintenance Pages Are No Good

This week we have news about the first betas of the new WordPress version 4.9. In addition, the colleagues from Hootproof show why you should rather do without the maintenance mode when revising your WordPress projects and we show how you can accelerate your landing pages with Google AMP.


Down with the maintenance side

Maintenance pages are a great thing in principle. If you have to work on site because it no longer functions properly or you have to make changes, the user gets the impression that something is happening here. The site may not be accessible, but the people responsible are working on it. And that's why maintenance pages are only a great thing in principle. Wouldn't it be better if the site remained available during problems, tests and redesigns and could continue to generate visitors and sales? This is exactly what Michelle, founder of the WP support service provider Hootproof, deals with in her latest article and shows how staging massively simplifies the development and maintenance of your pages.

Cheat Sheets ftw!
What were the most important commands for the WordPress REST API again? What are the most handy shortcuts for the WordPress editor? And what was the name of that one CSS element again? The WordPress Blog Code in WP has collected more than 120 cheat sheets, where you can find not only a lot of help for your daily work, but also a lot of inspiration.


Landing pages with Google AMP

Especially in the mobile advertising sector, speed is the top priority for websites. With its Accelerated Mobile Pages, AMP for short, Google has created an extremely fast content delivery system for mobile users. So it only makes sense to use Google's fast servers for landing pages as well. The colleagues from Template Toaster give a good outline of the basic information.


Hiding is not a security concept

Security Through Obscurity is the concept behind measures like hiding the WP admin area. In and of itself, it's a nice idea, but it's not a useful security concept. David Hayes from WP-Shout shows why masking your WordPress site is a waste of time.

WordPress Attack Report September

Security vendor Wordfence, whose plugin is currently deployed on more than two million WordPress sites worldwide, releases its WordPress Attack Report every month. The numbers are a good approximation and show how the security situation in the WordPress universe changes. For example, September was a relatively quiet month: the number of certain types of attacks decreased by up to 45 percent.


Gutenberg 1.4 with HTML mode

Updates for the new WordPress editor Gutenberg there are actually weekly. So the editor should be prepared step by step for its core integration in WordPress 5. With the latest update Gutenberg has now got among other things the option to edit content of blocks directly in HTML mode. Matias Ventura presents all the new features and a roadmap for the upcoming updates in the Gutenberg blog. Matt Mullenweg's goal of 100,000 active Gutenberg installs is still a long way off. Just over 2,000 sites are currently actively using the editor.

WordPress 4.9 - Beta 2

In the meantime, the second beta for the new WP version 4.9 has been released. The update, which is expected to be released on November 14, 2017, mainly revolves around the usability and customizability of the CMS.

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