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WP News: Automattic raises $300M & new email query in WordPress

Just before the weekend, here's some fresh WP news for you: WordPress admins will soon have to confirm their email regularly, attackers are currently exploiting a plugin vulnerability and Yoast CEO Marieke van de Rakt deals with diversity and prejudice. We also show you how to save time with accounting software and help you choose the right theme.

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- That's the amount Automattic - the company behind WordPress.com - has raised in a Series D funding round round of funding. The sole investor is Salesforce Ventures.

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Spoilt for choice: How to find the right WordPress theme

Finding a suitable WordPressthemeis not that easy these days. In the official theme directory of wordpress.org alone, you can choose from several thousand free designs. To help you keep track and avoid unpleasant surprises later on, Jörg Fiedler has some helpful tips and tricks to help you choose the right theme.

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Earning money with blogs: What it really means to make a living from blogging

Well educated and with several years of experience abroad, finding a new job should not be a problem. That's what Daniela Sprung thought when she went back to Germany from Switzerland. But the reality was different. She only received rejections on her applications. Out of this situation, Daniela started bloggerabc, with which she is very successful today. She reveals what you need to consider if you want to make a living from your blog in her latest article.

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Save time & nerves with accounting software: 6 offers in comparison

For most freelancers and entrepreneurs, bookkeeping is an annoying topic that they actually want to spend as little time on as possible. To keep the workload as low as possible, Sven Scheuerle took a look at when accounting software makes sense for managing your finances and examined various accounting tool providers.


Put an end to outdated admin emails
Starting with WordPress 5.3, a screen will appear every six months when an admin logs in, asking if the current email address is still up to date. This measure is intended to prevent important site health notifications from being sent to outdated or unknown email addresses. 

Our recap of WordCamp Zurich
Bigger, even more interactive and with many exciting sessions: Compared to WordCamp Zurich 2015, the orga of this year's camp has managed another increase. Our colleague Michael reports in his recap about grilled hosters, digital nomads and the daily struggle with WooCommerce.

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What do Google's new link attributes mean for SEO?
On September 10, Google announced the new link attributes "sponsored" and "ugc ", which are to supplement the previous "nofollow". Since the news has partly led to confusion and misunderstandings among many website operators, the SEO experts at Moz have answered the most important questions about the innovations.


About diversity, inequality, and prejudice
Marieke van de Rakt - CEO of Yoast - has published an interestingexplorationtitled "Diversity, inequality, and prejudice; a sociological exploration". In it, she not only brings exciting thought experiments, but also shares her personal experience as a CEO in a male-dominated industry. You can find her contribution here.


XSS vulnerability in Rich Reviews plugin
A vulnerability in plugin Rich Reviews, which is active on about 16,000 WordPress websites, is currently being exploited by attackers. The developers of the plugin are already working on an update. Until a new version is available and Rich Reviews is back in the official plugin directory, you should remove it from your WordPresssite .

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