Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’ve either been a victim of an abandoned theme or you’re considering purchasing a staple theme that will be used for future clients. Fortunately, for me, one of my main go-to themes has been wildly popular and receives updates on a consistent basis. I consider myself lucky because there really is no fool-proof method to predict whether a theme will dissolve into obscurity.
The key takeaway from this report is that more vulnerabilities doesn’t necessarily mean more attacks. Given WordPress’s large and increasing footprint, it isn’t that far-fetched to expect more vulnerabilities. Just think of all the plugins and themes out in the wild. How many of those have been abandoned? Furthermore, how many websites sit idle, not receiving updates for months or even years.
It’s been a long time coming. WordPress 5.0 is finally nearing release with an official release date of November 19th. Although I’m very curious how the backend will affect my productivity and performance, I can’t say I’m too excited about the Gutenberg block editor. I’ve grown so fond of WPBakery that it would take some significant advantages to pry me away from it.