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Latest WordPress version 5.7 "Esperanza" has hit the presses. This is a feature release, check your plugins are compatib...
03/09/2021

Latest WordPress version 5.7 "Esperanza" has hit the presses. This is a feature release, check your plugins are compatible up to 5.7 and be sure to make a backup. Extra "points" if you wait a week or two and see if a 5.7.1 comes out also. ;)

https://wordpress.org/news/2021/03/esperanza/

An alternative to Google Analytics, it's not free but it offers actual privacy for your website visitors.https://wptaver...
02/22/2021
Taking on the Major Players, Plausible Analytics Offers an Alternative, Privacy-Conscious Stats Service

An alternative to Google Analytics, it's not free but it offers actual privacy for your website visitors.

https://wptavern.com/taking-on-the-major-players-plausible-analytics-offers-an-alternative-privacy-conscious-stats-service

Plausible Analytics is not new on the scene. The two-person, EU-based team behind the company has been trying to carve its slice of the analytics pie against players like Google Analytics and WordP…

WordPress is the top solution presently for websites. It's hard to compete with the flexibility WordPress offers. One ex...
02/17/2021
WordPress Passes 40% Market Share of Alexa Top 10 Million Websites

WordPress is the top solution presently for websites. It's hard to compete with the flexibility WordPress offers. One example are calendars for websites. The paid solutions have third party hosted solutions (which means not on your website) or nothing. Not a great solution for companies that have events to publish.

https://wptavern.com/wordpress-passes-40-market-share-of-alexa-top-10-million-websites

WordPress has passed 40% market share of all websites, up from 35.4% in January 2020, as measured by W3Techs. These numbers are derived from the Alexa top 10 million websites, along with the Tranco…

01/25/2021

Don't forget it's a new year - does your website have the correct copyright year? Good developers make sure it auto updates, if yours is not updating, reach out to us and we will get that sorted out for you.

https://artsassistance.com/contact

Looking forward to seeing this in action, especially if visual design get's a bit easier. Of the form solutions availabl...
01/08/2021
Gravity Forms 2.5 Beta 3 – Test It With Your Theme! - Gravity Forms

Looking forward to seeing this in action, especially if visual design get's a bit easier. Of the form solutions available, haven't found anything more powerful - great plugin.

https://www.gravityforms.com/gravity-forms-2-5-beta-3/

Here at Gravity Forms we are excited to announce the release of 2.5 Beta 3. Taking yet another step closer to the release of 2.5, we encourage you to now test beta-3 with your theme/s as well as your add-ons. So far, we have been delighted with the uptake of the 2.5 betas, with a vast number of our....

AMP stands for Accelerated Mobile Pages. It's a controversial topic, busy publishing sites benefitted the most from the ...
01/04/2021
AMP Under Fire in New Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google

AMP stands for Accelerated Mobile Pages. It's a controversial topic, busy publishing sites benefitted the most from the practice. But overall, web builders do not need help with making sites faster, this can be accomplished directly plus responsive design is about making sure it works for mobile. This was never about making sites faster. I believe it was a grab to dominate the marketplace. It also didn't adopt W3C web standards for code, had to use their servers which doesn't make any sense. An expense for clients I didn't feel comfortable recommending.

https://wptavern.com/amp-under-fire-in-new-antitrust-lawsuit-against-google

AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages), an open source initiative that originated with Google, is coming under greater scrutiny at the tail end of 2020, as the company is facing a rash of antitrust lawsuit…

Older sites may encounter some issues with WordPress 5.5 and older plugins using the old JQuery. It also appears many pl...
08/18/2020
Why WordPress 5.5 is Breaking Sites - Search Engine Journal

Older sites may encounter some issues with WordPress 5.5 and older plugins using the old JQuery. It also appears many plugin developers simply weren't ready so updates are breaking sites. Folks, wait a bit, I know it's hard to see a lot of updates, but just because an update is available doesn't mean it's a safe update. Always backup prior to major updates like this one.

https://www.searchenginejournal.com/wordpress-5-5-issues/377851/

Two issues related to WordPress 5.5 are possibly affecting thousands of websites. This is how to fix them.

Astra Theme SuspensionHey all - unfortunately, due to affiliate links, the Astra theme has been suspended by WordPress f...
08/07/2020
WordPress Suspends Astra Theme - Affects 1 Million Users

Astra Theme Suspension

Hey all - unfortunately, due to affiliate links, the Astra theme has been suspended by WordPress for 5 weeks. The theme is available though on GitHub. I hope that helps those using the theme.

https://www.searchenginejournal.com/wordpress-suspends-astra-theme-affiliate-codes/376863/

WordPress suspended the Astra theme for five weeks for violating prohibitions on affiliate links. Theme publishers denied that the theme added affiliate links.

WordPress 5.5 is projected to come out August 11. This is a major feature update so a word to the wise - don't click the...
08/04/2020
WordPress 5.5 Release Candidate 2

WordPress 5.5 is projected to come out August 11. This is a major feature update so a word to the wise - don't click the update button until you check your plugins, theme are compatible. Also best to wait at least a week or two in case there are any "emergency" bug fixes.

https://wordpress.org/news/2020/08/wordpress-5-5-release-candidate-2/

The second release candidate for WordPress 5.5 is here! WordPress 5.5 is slated for release on August 11, 2020, but we need your help to get there—if you haven’t tried 5.5 yet,&…

This is exciting, Modern Tribe's event calendar software can now work with Zoom (add-on plugin). That is great news for ...
06/30/2020
Announcing: Virtual Events Add-On to The Events Calendar | The Events Calendar

This is exciting, Modern Tribe's event calendar software can now work with Zoom (add-on plugin). That is great news for virtual events!

https://theeventscalendar.com/blog/news/announcing-virtual-events-add-on-to-the-events-calendar/

Events have changed a lot in the past few months. Conferences, concerts, and classrooms have all moved online, and as events evolve, we know you need a calendar that can adapt. That’s why today we’re launching Virtual Events, a plugin to help you tailor your calendar to online events. Virtual Ev...

You can support Black Lives Matter website campaign "Make Your Homepage Colorless" for June 10, 11, and 12 by using eith...
06/05/2020
Support #blacklivesmatter

You can support Black Lives Matter website campaign "Make Your Homepage Colorless" for June 10, 11, and 12 by using either a script or a plugin for WordPress.

https://blacklivesmatter.support

Support #blacklivesmatter by making your website colorless on June 10, 11 & 12, 2020 and become part of the solution.

04/30/2020
How to Update Your Zoom Client

Wow we are certainly all using Zoom yes? They have an update available and they have a video to show how to update the software (Client means software).

https://youtu.be/E7zERcVLUBM

In this video, we will walk you through 3 easy ways to update your zoom client.

03/26/2020

Are things kind of quiet business wise? This is a great time to go look at your website and notate anything you want to change, update or get rid of. The quiet won't last and soon you will be over the top busy. If you need some tips on what to look for, comment below.

Chrome - ImportantIf you are a Chrome user or just have it installed, be sure to bring it up and update the browser. A z...
02/25/2020

Chrome - Important
If you are a Chrome user or just have it installed, be sure to bring it up and update the browser. A zero day exploit was discovered, that means it's considered pretty significant to update right away.

To update - just go to the 3 vertical dots on the upper right in Chrome, it should show a message to update.

To read more about it, here is an article.

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2020/02/25/mystery-zero-day-in-chrome-update-now/

02/20/2020

These days, unless you are using subdomains, there is no reason to include "www" in your marketing materials when mentioning your business domain. If you want to include it, make sure your website actually uses it but be aware, many think it is old school to use it. By now, most know what a .com, etc., refers to a URL link :).

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Getting tired of duct taping your charging cords for your phones or connecting to your devices? Charge Cords has a 20% d...
12/27/2019
Charge Cords

Getting tired of duct taping your charging cords for your phones or connecting to your devices? Charge Cords has a 20% discount going on during the holidays. Maybe treat yourself to a nice cord or two!

https://www.chargecords.com

Stylish, durable and warranty backed chargers for iPhones, iPads, iPods, Android devices and more.

WP Engine (my favorite webhost) has a 5 months free cyber weekend deal. It does require an annual payment, but of the ho...
11/30/2019
Managed WordPress Hosting plans from WP Engine®

WP Engine (my favorite webhost) has a 5 months free cyber weekend deal. It does require an annual payment, but of the hosts, they really are one of the best ones out there. Affiliate link below. If you need help moving, just drop me a line.

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Plans starting at $35, risk free. Get two months off with annual prepay. Drive your business forward faster on the leading WordPress platform.

Make sure your text colors have enough contrast that people can read it easily. Light grey colors are a big trend but un...
10/17/2019

Make sure your text colors have enough contrast that people can read it easily. Light grey colors are a big trend but unfortunately, isn't readable for most people against a white background. A medium grey would probably work best. #webdesigntip

Accessibility for websites is not a new concept. Some items can be as simple as readable sized text, good contrast color...
10/11/2019
U.S. Supreme Court Denies Domino’s Appeal to Determine Whether Websites Must Be Accessible

Accessibility for websites is not a new concept. Some items can be as simple as readable sized text, good contrast colors between text and background, ability to tab key.

https://wptavern.com/u-s-supreme-court-denies-dominos-appeal-to-determine-whether-websites-must-be-accessible

In what is seen as a win for accessibility advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Domino’s petition to appeal a lower-court decision on whether the pizza chain’s website and mobile ap…

New WordPress release, several security and bug fixes. On any update, be sure to do a backup of your website first. Also...
09/05/2019
WordPress 5.2.3 Security and Maintenance Release

New WordPress release, several security and bug fixes. On any update, be sure to do a backup of your website first. Also, wait a few days just in case there is an "emergency" update but usually these smaller releases are fine. A good rule of thumb, just because an update is available doesn't mean you should do it right away. Software developers are not all equal so don't treat all software equally. Wait to find out if any "fallout" from the folks who are less patient. :)

https://wordpress.org/news/2019/09/wordpress-5-2-3-security-and-maintenance-release/

WordPress 5.2.3 is now available! This security and maintenance release features 29 fixes and enhancements. Plus, it adds a number of security fixes—see the list below. These bugs affect WordPress …

Easy to read explanation why websites need Privacy Policies and Terms of Use. https://www.gowp.com/growth/the-two-polici...
08/14/2019
The Two Policies That Every Website Needs - GoWP

Easy to read explanation why websites need Privacy Policies and Terms of Use.

https://www.gowp.com/growth/the-two-policies-that-every-website-needs/

There’s a reason why two-thirds of businesses have a website — great websites generate leads. And in order to generate leads that can be easily captured, it makes sense that a website would have a contact form that collects personal information such as name, email and phone number. While a…

Easy WP Guide for WordPress is updated for version 5.2! Anthony does a great job on these - it's free (unless you want a...
05/29/2019
Easy WP Guide for WordPress 5.2 is now available - Easy WP Guide

Easy WP Guide for WordPress is updated for version 5.2! Anthony does a great job on these - it's free (unless you want a Kindle version) and seriously, the best go to guide!

WordPress 5.2, named “Jaco” in honor of renowned and revolutionary jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius, was released earlier this month. It’s available for

WordPress 5.2 is out! This is a feature release - best to wait a week to see if any quick "updates" come out because you...
05/08/2019
WordPress 5.2 “Jaco”

WordPress 5.2 is out! This is a feature release - best to wait a week to see if any quick "updates" come out because you really don't want to be a beta tester ;)

https://wordpress.org/news/2019/05/jaco/

Version 5.2 of WordPress is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in this update make it easier than ever to fix your site if something goes wrong. There are ev…

Large study showing which Content Management System best works for SEO (search engine optimization). Always nice to have...
05/07/2019
What’s the Best CMS for SEO in 2019? (10,000 Keywords Analyzed)

Large study showing which Content Management System best works for SEO (search engine optimization). Always nice to have some data to make decisions with. WordPress is still the leader for SEO.

The last thing you want to do is start a debate about the best CMS for SEO. (Especially on Twitter) That's why I decided to look at the data instead. In fact: My team and I analyzed the top 10 ranking SERPs for 10,000 unique keywords to see what CMS is ACTUALLY the best for...

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