Our WordPress news at the start of the week: The hack of a GDPR plugin is causing a stir, the release date for WordPress 5.0 has been postponed and there is also interesting news about the Classic Editor plugin. In addition, the official support for two PHP versions is coming to an end. And we show you whether security plugins are really necessary to secure your WordPresssite .
WordPress is used by over 32 percent of all websites. This naturally makes our favorite CMS a popular target for attackers. But that's no reason to worry! Because protecting your website from hackers and malware is not that difficult. To take away your fear of WordPress security, our CEO Johannes shows you the most important protective measures and takes a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of three popular security plugins.
Serious security vulnerability in GDPR - plugin
The GDPR-plugin WP GDPR Compliance has a serious security vulnerability that allows attackers to create new WordPress users with admin privileges, among other things. If you have the plugin installed, you should therefore update it to the latest version 1.4.3 as soon as possible and check your WP users!
Support for PHP 5.6 and 7.0 will be discontinued
As of December 2018, no more security updates will be released for PHP versions 5.6 and 7.0. We therefore recommend updating to version 7.1 before the end of the year. You can find more info about this in our help center.
New release date for WordPress 5.0
On Friday, Gutenberg co-lead Matias Ventura announced that the release of WordPress 5.0 will be pushed back to November 27: "After listening to a lot of feedback - as well as looking at current issues, ongoing pull requests, and general progress - we're going to take an extra week to make sure everything is fully dialed in."
The Classic Editor plugin will remain until 2021
If you are not yet ready for the Gutenberg editor, you can suppress it when updating to WordPress 5.0 with the Classic Editor plugin . How long the plugin would work, however, was unclear. Now the uncertainty has an end: The Classic Editor plugin is officially supported by WordPress until December 31, 2021.
The "Missing Manual" for the Gutenberg -Editor
If you have a question about the elements and functions of the new Gutenberg-Editor or if you don't really get ahead during testing, have a look at the Gutenberg primer. In weeks of hard work Jessica Lyschik has written information and explanations about the new editor and thus created an easy to understand Gutenberg manual.
A look behind the scenes at Raidboxes
Our founder and CEO Torben talked to Malte Helmhold in the podcast "Little Time - Much Effect". Among other things, you'll learn how Raidboxes came to be, why there are no bosses at our company and how important design really is. Just take a listen 🙂