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

Leefke Krönke Last updated 10/23/2020
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Last updated 10/23/2020

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 discusses diversity and prejudice. We also show you how to save time with accounting software and help you choose the right Themes.

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

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Spoilt for choice: How to find the right WordPress theme

Finding a suitable WordPress -Theme is not that easy nowadays. In the official Theme directory of wordpress.org alone, you can choose from several thousand free designs. To help you keep track of everything and avoid unpleasant surprises later on, Jörg Fiedler has some helpful tips and tricks to help you choose the right Themes.

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

Well educated and with several years of experience abroad, it should be no problem to find a new job. 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 the bloggerabc, with which she is very successful today. What you need to consider if you want to make a living from your blog, she reveals in her latest post.

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

For most freelancers and entrepreneurs, accounting is an annoying topic that they actually want to spend as little time on as possible. In order to keep the workload as low as possible, Sven Scheuerle has taken a look at when accounting software makes sense for the management of your finances and examined various providers of accounting tools.


No more outdated admin emails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 current. This measure is intended to prevent important site health notifications from being sent to outdated or unknown email addresses.

Our recap from 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 to step it up again. Our colleague Michael reports in his recap about grilled hosters, digital nomads and the daily battle with WooCommerce.

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


On diversity, inequality and prejudice
Marieke van de Rakt - CEO of Yoast - has written an interesting discussion titled "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 the Plugin Rich Reviewswhich is active on approximately 16,000 WordPress websites, is currently being exploited by attackers. The developers of the Plugins 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 WordPress site .

Images: Siora Photography | Unsplash, Ewan Robertson | Unsplash, RAIDBOXES

As Head of Content Marketing, Leefke always has the RAIDBOXES magazine "wp unboxed", the newsletter & the social media channels in her sights. That's why she always knows the latest developments in the WP community. Unfortunately she is rarely to be found in Münster nowadays. But Hamburg is said to be rather nice too.

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