If it weren’t for the fact that “Author” privileges are needed for this attack, this bug would be huge. Usually, the WordPress team are very quick to correct flaws that have been pointed out to them. It’s hard to believe that this particular flaw has not been fixed since it was first discovered in November.
While working on one of my niche websites yesterday I noticed that background videos embedded in revolution slider were not working. I hadn't changed anything or made any new server configurations. The videos were simply not autoplaying. Two days ago everything was working fine. I've incorporated 12 or so videos into separate sliders across as many pages. It's an important feature that I can't afford to have broken. The only thing that displayed in place of the video was the youtube generated thumbnail (as selected for a cover in revolution slider). My immediate thought was that this was a youtube...
It’s hard to imagine that Google is dropping the moniker – Adwords – which has been so heavily associated with Pay-per-click. Then again, a lot of success for Google can be attributed to them embracing change. Having an all-encompassing marketing platform under one umbrella should help to attract and direct new business owners. Youtube, for example, has seen a resurgence thanks to millennials and the demand for instructional and opinionated videos. As we see the decline in cable tv usage, it makes perfect sense to capitalize on this shift towards internet advertising.
This is an interesting acquisition by the team behind WordPress. The WordPress platform already provides an outlet for writers and bloggers that make it easy to promote content. It does seem like, the paywall features that Atavist incorporates might be the primary reason for the buyout.
I consider the removal of anonymous reviews on Google to be a good thing. It won’t stop those who are determined to influence a business one way or another. A person can still create fake accounts and post reviews under a pseudonym. At least now extra steps must be taken in order to do. Fake online reviews have been a plague for some time now.
Website designers who use WordPress really have no reason to worry. Unless you’re building sites on a very outdated theme or template, it should be using a responsive design. For the most part, pages built responsively will have most, if not all, of the same content on mobile and desktop. If you’re using two different templates for mobile and desktop, then you might have a problem. When I experience multi-templated sites, usually the mobile is a stripped down version with little content. That could have a huge impact on SEO.
I was actually unaware of this feature. cPanel’s Web Hosting Manager is a fantastic option for easily managing hosting accounts on your server. Creating a primary domain and then adding addon domains to that account allows you to organize and structure websites in groups with shared attributes. The most useful feature that I find by doing this is to have a staging domain to share with your clients before a site launches.
AMP has certainly gained in popularity over the last couple of years. It used to be something you’d see mostly on news posts. Now a lot of prominent websites have an AMP version of their web pages for every standard page. Google’s goal with AMP is to have those pages served as quickly as possible. The strict guidelines for pages to be accepted can cause headaches for developers. However, if done properly it can lead to an indirect benefit when it comes to SEO.
Talk about dedication. I’ve had to deal with several cases of infected WordPress websites. The good news with spammy malware is that they generally don’t want to delete your existing content. It can be difficult to identify infected files and remove malicious code. I’ve used Eli’s Anti-Malware scanner plugin with great success to assist in removal of such code. It appears that this BabaYaga malware doesn’t play well with other malware and will remove them altogether.
Google PageSpeed still provides very valuable data when it comes to optimization. However, as I’ve learned, it might not suit your visitors best to make sacrifices in order to achieve the best score. Render-blocking scripts and CSS minification might be better left alone. For me, FOUT (flash of unstyled text) and FOUC (flash of unstyled content) should absolutely be avoided. I’d rather have a few marks deducted on a score than compromise user experience. Google font swapping and content moving around during page load is both unsightly and distracting. In most cases, you may shave a little bit of time off but is it really worth it?
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