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November 07, 2017

Abandoned WordPress Plugins Can Cause Serious Security Problems

One of the most compelling parts of the WordPress ecosystem is the huge number of high-quality plugins. If you want to add a feature to your WordPress site, there’s almost certainly a plugin that will do the job. Plugins allow WordPress to be flexible without becoming bloated and they allow the WordPress ecosystem to advance […]

November 06, 2017

WordPress Survey Shows 46% Of Sites Running On Old Versions

When a WordPress site is infected with malware or otherwise compromised, it’s a safe bet that an out-of-date plugin, theme, or WordPress installation will be implicated. While zero-day vulnerabilities or configuration errors are responsible for a proportion of attacks, regular updating reduces the risk. Unfortunately, it seems that the message to update regularly isn’t being […]

November 01, 2017

2 WordPress Plugins to Improve SEO for WooCommerce

Supporting an ecommerce site with WooCommerce means you have to the full force of WordPress behind you as well. And because WordPress is consistently one of the best platforms for blogging, all those words give you a boost in SEO. But more than giving you an online notepad, WordPress also offers additional SEO bonuses with […]

October 30, 2017

How to Customize Your WooCommerce Site

Earlier, we talked about how to install WooCommerce in 5 easy steps. But how do you personalize your WordPress ecommerce site and make it your own? One of the best parts about WordPress is in how flexible and customizable it is. But if you’re a beginner to WordPress — and even sometimes if you’re an […]

October 27, 2017

How to Start an Ecommerce Site on WordPress with WooCommerce

With the free plugin WooCommerce, you can turn any WordPress site into an online store. WooCommerce gives your site the ecommerce capabilities of a shopping cart, checkout, and payment processor, with extensions that help with shipping, management, and everything else you’ll need. You can design your ecommerce site any way you want, with all the […]

October 26, 2017

Magento vs. WooCommerce 2017

Location, location, location. For ecommerce stores, it’s not about opening shop on a busy road, but about choosing the best ecommerce platform that fits your unique needs. And the best two “locations” for ecommerce, according to Aheadworks, are Magento and WooCommerce. Together, these two make up more than half of the market share (with Magento […]

October 25, 2017

Are WordPress Plugins Safe?

Over the last couple of months, we’ve seen several incidents of previously trusted plugins being infected with malware by malicious developers. Plugin vulnerabilities are nothing new: developers make mistakes and those mistakes have consequences for security. But many of the recent attacks involved the deliberate introduction of malicious code. Does that mean we can’t trust […]

October 24, 2017

WordPress 4.9 Beta Is Ready For Testing

The next release of WordPress has entered the beta phase, which means it’s ready for testing by WordPress hosting clients who want to check out the new features, test for plugin and customization compatibility, and give the developers a hand tracking down bugs. WordPress 4.9 focuses on improvements to the Customizer, adding some nice features […]

October 20, 2017

WordPress.org, The WordPress Foundation, and Automattic: What’s The Difference?

Most users of WordPress aren’t interested in how the sausage is made, and rightly so. But those who are interested in the history and management of WordPress often find the many organizations and sites involved confusing. The confusion is understandable: these organizations are usually mentioned with little explanation of who is involved and what they […]

October 18, 2017

WordPress Security Basics: What Is A Drive-By Download Attack?

In previous articles we’ve talked about why criminals are interested in attacking WordPress sites and some of the methods they use. Today we’re going to look at drive-by downloads, a common category of attack used by criminals to infect site visitors with malware. Drive-by downloads are software downloads made to a device without the permission […]