WordPress 5.2 has just dropped with more security than you can shake a stick at

WordPress 5.2 has just dropped :). This is a major security release for WordPress and needs to be rolled out to all sites immediately. The new release is named “Jaco” in honour of renowned and revolutionary Jazz bassist Jaco Pastorious.  If you want to listen to Jaco, please find a video at the end of this post to listen to while we work on updating your site 🙂

Our team will be working on making sure your site is up to date with the new security release and making your WordPress website secure. You and your team will be notified when the upgrade is complete.

This Security Release version focuses on Making WordPress more secure from malware and attacks while helping you run it error-free.

We are really excited about all the new security features that web designers have been waiting years for on this Security Release.

In this post, we will look at what’s new in WordPress 5.2, and which features you should notice or play around with after updating to this version.

To view all the updates, bug fixes and new features included in this new version, please visit on over here.

Lets find out what new features are available in WordPress 5.2.

Whats new in WordPress 5.2?

This latest update of the most popular website CMS in the world comes with the following features:

Site Health Check

Site Health Check feature has had an update from the previous version and now has two new pages to help debug most configuration issues in WordPress. These new pages give you site status and recommendations as well as overall info on your site which includes directories, drop-ins, active themes, themes, plugins, media handling, server, database, wordpress constants and filesystem permissions.

WordPress Site health check

WordPress site health info

PHP Error Protection

This update builds up on previous error protection and allows an administrator or developer to safely fix 500 errors or “white screen of deaths”. This update also bring the recovery mode which allows you to log in without plugins/themes.

Minimum PHP version

With WordPress 5.2, the minimum php requirement is now 5.6.20. Using a later version of php makes your site safer and faster. So please make sure that your PHP is upgraded before you run this update.

Other updates

There are a host of other updates mostly focused on developers and making it easy for them to develop your site easier such as a new theme page template, a conditional function, two css classes, a new body hook (wpbodyopen) and addition of webpack and babel configurations under scripts.

About WordPress

WordPress is the most popular website CMS in the world. The latest version of WordPress has been downloaded more than 50 million times. Did you know that 60% of all CMS run websites run on WordPress.

NetON WordPress Security Release Update Policy

WordPress security is one of the most important considerations for us. We want to make sure that your WordPress website is safe, malware free and attack-resistant. The NetON team will immediately update your WordPress website installation on our hosting as we do with any Security Release.

The new Security Release 5.2 of WordPress makes your site safer and faster. If your WordPress site is not hosted with us, you should upgrade your PHP asap and update your WordPress to the latest version.

NetON WordPress development services

NetON is proud to provide a 360 degree solution of WordPress development in both Melbourne and Sydney Australia.

We offer WordPress Website Development, WordPress Website Design, WordPress Website Hosting, WordPress security, Maintenance, WordPress SEO Optimisation and Upgrades.

Whether you are starting a small blog or an enterprise fortune 500 company, we can help build and maintain your WordPress website for the best results online.

Our WordPress websites are customised based on your busines and you requirments. We have built large scale eCommerce websites, traffic generating/ad revenue websites, community building websites, Business 2 Business Websites and Business 2 Customers website. All of them are completely different in their lead generation and revenue models.

Please reach out to one of NetON’s Account Managers for more of our services.

Our contact details are on the Contact Us Page.

WordPress 5.2 Demo website

Want to try out all the new features :).

NetON maintains and upto date demo site of the latest version of WordPress that you can browse through.

Click here to view WordPress Demo site“.

Please ask us for a username/password to test the site. This will let you test run all the new features without putting your live website at risk.

And here is a tune from Jaco Pastorius to listen to while we are updating your site:

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WordPress 4.4 Released

Version 4.4 of WordPress entitled “Clifford”, in honor of jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown, is now officially available to end users and developers alike to roll out to their websites. Here we will showcase a comprehensive guide to the set of features spanning from conspicuous changes to rather subtle tweaks within the new release.

Website End-Users

  • Classic Default Theme TwentySixteen

  • Responsive Images Capability

  • Expanded Embedded Capacity

Developers

  • REST API Infrastructure

  • Term Metadata Inclusion

  • Efficient Comment Classes

Further details of each aspect are discussed below, brace yourselves for a game-changing update!

WORDPRESS END-USERS

Classic Default Theme TwentySixteen

Twenty Sixteen features a standard blog layout, with a horizontal header and menu across the top, and a sidebar on the right. It was built with a mobile first approach, so it’s responsive and looks great on devices of all sizes. A fluid grid design, flexible header, fun color schemes, and more, will all make your content shine. Other notable features include:

  • Larger Image sizes

  • Custom color options

  • Custom post intros and excerpts

  • 2 widget areas at the bottom of posts and pages

  • Pull quotes

Responsive Images

The trending framework for websites nowadays is large images, and it poses a great deal on the page loading speed which most users would frown upon. With the latest update, it support for improved image handling attributes and the srcset tag, which defines available sizes for a given image. So that users don’t have to rely on plugins which coincidentally increase the load to obtain equivalent functionality.

A vital rule of thumb in responsive Web design methodology is that Websites are responsive to the size and bandwidth capabilities of an end-user device or browser. This is an inherent trait as WordPress already automatically creates multiple sizes of each image that a user uploads into a site’s media library as stated by WordPress developer Joe McGill.

Expanded Embedded Capacity

To embed content, the usual manner to do so is using a plugin that recognizes URL and connect to external service and ask for the relevant HTML code to embed the content into the page or post. Fortunately the new update allows content to be seamlessly embedded into posts or pages with just a simply drag and drop of URLs into the WordPress Editor. It’s called oEmbed, and they’re expanding that capability to allow embedding from almost any source.

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You can now embed WordPress posts on any sites just like Tweets or Youtube videos, using URLs or a snippet of code will work wonders. Embedded posts will display a title, excerpt and featured image, as well as a site icon and links for comments and sharing.

Further enhancements to embedding comes in the form of support for five new oEmbed providers: Cloudup, Reddit Comments, ReverbNation, Speaker Deck, and VideoPress

DEVELOPERS

REST API Infrastructure

The REST API is a specific API that was designed to get information to and fro WordPress from a variety of sources. It’s fairly novel, and was designed with modern approaches to browsers and mobile devices. It helps developers to access data in a standardized, interoperable manner which may be one of the most highly-anticipated WordPress features ever. Allowing them to build and extend RESTful APIs on top of WordPress.

The infrastructure is the first part of a multi-stage rollout for the REST API. Inclusion of core endpoints is targeted for an upcoming release. Once those endpoints are available, WordPress developers will be able to use WordPress as an application back-end without any additional plugins. That will give them the opportunity to implement their own front-ends using whatever technologies they so chooses. Integrating this API certainly make life easier for theme and plugin designers.

Term Metadata Inclusion

Metadata provides information about other data. Terms are individual objects within a taxonomy where the category taxonomy can have many terms. Taxonomy is a classification format to which it’s not a category or tag, but gets its context from the term taxonomy table.

WordPress has long allowed for meta on other types of objects, such as:

  • Posts

  • Comments

  • Users

Metadata is important as it allows plugins and the core itself to add extra data to the various objects that’s not accounted for in the main table. A prime example of this would be featured images in core that stores the image ID as metadata because there’s no field for the image ID in the posts table.

New meta wrapper functions for terms:

  • add_term_meta()

  • update_term_meta()

  • delete_term_meta()

  • get_term_meta()

All of these can be quite a mouthful, basically it enables you to arrange, manage data and content with ease, they can be color-coded for intuitive design use.

Efficient Comment Classes

Comment query improvements
  • Comment queries now have cache handling to improve performance. New arguments in WP_Comment_Query make crafting robust comment queries simpler.

Term, comment, and network objects
  • New WP_Term, WP_Comment, and WP_Network objects make interacting with terms, comments, and networks more predictable and intuitive in code.

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An update, WordPress 4.3  named “Billie” in honor of jazz singer Billie Holiday, has been released for the latest version of WordPress. This version is considered a Major Release and adding new features to the WordPress CMS. More details on the release can be found over at WordPress.org.

With this release, we are really excited about the passwords being more secure and all the extra features added to make it easy to update content as well as view lists in the admin area.

The latest update comes with the following features:

Stronger Passwords

Passwords now show strength meters, password reset links now expire within 24 hours and email notifications are sent when email or password is changed.

WordPress Website Favicons

WordPress Admins can now manage their site’s favicon on desktops and mobiles. They are also now independent of theme and can be modified separately

Updated Editor

The Backend editor has been updated with a number of new features

Comments

Comments are now turned off for pages by default, this should help with a lot of comment spam that WordPress is having issues with currently.

Lots of developer updates

  • Fast previewing changes to Menus in the Customizer
  • A new theme template now shows up in the theme files to make it easy to code single posts
  • Changes to the Customizer
  • Starting to look towards PHP7 Support
  • Removal of Distraction Free Writing

With this being a Major Release, our team will be working to make sure that your website gets updated as soon as possible. Our team can be asked to update your site if it hasn’t been updated in a week or two.

WordPress is a free and open-source tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. WordPress was used by more than 23.3% of the top 10 million websites as of January 2015. WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web, at more than 60 million websites.

NetON WordPress Development Services

Neton is your go to team for any WordPress development services in Australia. We are constantly working with our clients on WordPress Website Design, WordPress Development, Hosting, WordPress Security, SEO Optimisation for WordPress sites and upgrading Core WordPress and Plugins. Our team has worked with small to enterprise companies in creating, managing and running successful WordPress websites in Australia and around the world. Please contact us for more details on our services. Our contact details are on the Contact Us Page.

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WordPress 4.3 Beta 2 Released

The next Beta 2 Release for the most used CMS in the world WordPress is almost at our doorstep with the release of WordPress 4.3 Beta 2. The newest version WordPress 4.3 Beta 2 is a Beta 2 Release and is due next month. This release focuses on adding new features to the WordPress CMS.

Exciting Feature in this release:

We are very excited about the robust list tables which gives you a lot more flexibility on how well you can view your list of pages and posts. The list tables are also responsive which means that you can easily go through the lists on your mobile device or your tablet. We are also excited about the fact that it has a lot of bug fixes.

The latest update comes with the following features:

  • Bug Fixes from beta 1
  • Improved customizer
  • Better list tables
  • Site Icon feature
  • Addition of the customizer to the toolbar
  • enabed unf8mb5 for mySQL users
  • More bug fixes

Beta 2 Release means that this version of WordPress is still in development. Our team will not be updating your WordPress site with this version until it is released. Any Beta 2 Release of WordPress usually would have gone through extensive testing and is very close to the Final Release but some changes may occur when the final version comes out. Please note that the NetON team won’t be updating your website with this version because this is not a final version.

WordPress is a free and open-source tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. WordPress was used by more than 23.3% of the top 10 million websites as of January 2015. WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web, at more than 60 million websites.

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WordPress 4.3 Beta Released

The next Release for the most used CMS in the world WordPress is almost at our doorstep with the release of WordPress 4.3 Beta. The newest version, WordPress 4.3 Beta is a Beta Release and is due next month. This release focuses on adding new features to the WordPress CMS.

WordPress 4.3 Beta comes with a number of new features as listed below:

We are most excited about

  • the security features coming into this release with the team working on improving passwords, also limiting the lifetime of password resets and generating secure passwords.
  • the fact that you can now toggle columns in the list view of Posts and Pages, this was a big issue if you had any SEO plugins.

The latest update comes with the following featues:

  • Menus can now be managed with the Customizer, which allows you to live preview changes you’re making without changing your site for visitors until you’re ready. This will most likely make it to the final version.
  • That favicon bugging you? You can now manage your site’s favicon and app icon from the admin area.
  • Very Exciting: A lot of work has been put into Better Passwords throughout WordPress. Now, WordPress will limit the life time of password resets, no longer send passwords via email, and generate and suggest secure passwords for you.
  • Editor Improvements have been added. Certain text patterns are automatically transformed as you type, including * and - transforming into unordered lists, 1.and 1) for ordered lists, > for blockquotes and one to six number signs (#) for headings.
  • We’ve improved the list view across the admin dashboard. Now, when you view your posts and pages on small screen devices, columns are not truncated and can be toggled into view.

Beta Release means that this version of WordPress is still in development. Our team will not be updating your WordPress site with this version until it is released. Please read through this post to see what is coming to WordPress, however noting that the final version may be slightly different from the Beta Release. Please note that becasue this is a Beta Release, we won’t be updating your WordPress installation with this release.

WordPress is a free and open-source tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. WordPress was used by more than 23.3% of the top 10 million websites as of January 2015. WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web, at more than 60 million websites.

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NetON offers a complete range of WordPress Services for Australian businesses. Our team is constantly working on WordPress Website Development, WordPress Design, WordPress Hosting, Strengthening WordPress Security, running SEO OPtimisation on WordPress Websites and upgrading Core and WordPress Plugins. Our team has worked with small to enterprise companies in creating, managing and running successful WordPress websites in Australia and around the world. Please contact us for more details on our services. Please use the contact details on our Contact Us Page.

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More details on the release can be found over at WordPress.org.

The latest update comes with the following security fixes:

Genericons font package vulnerability fix

The Genericons icon font package, which is used in a number of popular themes and plugins contained an HTML file vulnerable to a cross-site scripting attack. All affected themes and plugins hosted on WordPress.org (including the Twenty Fifteen default theme) have been updated today by the WordPress security team to address this issue by removing this nonessential file. To help protect other Genericons usage WordPress 4.2.2 proactively scans the wp-content directory for this HTML file and removes it.

Cross-site Scripting Vulnerability fix

WordPress versions 4.2 and earlier are affected by a critical cross-site scripting vulnerability which could enable anonymous users to compromise a site. WordPress 4.2.2 includes a comprehensive fix for this issue.

General Website Hardening

The release also includes hardening for a potential cross-site scripting vulnerability when using the visual editor.

As with all Minor updates, Security updates and Maintenance releases, the NetON team will upgrade your installation automatically for you this week.

WordPress CMS

WordPress is a free and open-source tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. WordPress was used by more than 23.3% of the top 10 million websites as of January 2015. WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web, at more than 60 million websites

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WordPress 4.0 Release Candidate now Available

The next major release for the most used CMS in the world WordPress is almost at our doorstep with the release of WordPress 4.0 Release Candidate.
The newest version WordPress 4.0 Release Candidate is a major release and is due Next week.

WordPress 4.0 Release Candidate comes with a number of new features as listed below:

Multiple Installation Languages

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The first step of the installation now asks you to select multiple languages. There is also an option in the admin area to change your language settings.

Previews of Embedded Urls

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The visual editor has now been upgraded and supports Previews of embedded Urls. If you embed a YouTube Video for example, it will show the video in visual mode.

Grid View – New Media Library Interface

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The Media Section now has the grid view as default

Plugin Discovery, Installation Upgrade

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WordPress 4.0 Release Candidate come with a much asked for feature with new upgrades to the look and functionality of the Plugin Manager. Allowing you to search, find and install plugins more efficiently

Widgets in Customiser

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WordPress 4.0 Release Candidate now features a separate section for widgets in the customiser making it easy to cater for multiple widget areas

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WordPress Jetpack Critical Vulnerability, Update now

Internet security this week has taken a hammering with HeartBleed and now critical vulnerability has been discovered in Jetpack  which is probably the most used plugin for WordPress.

If you are using Jetpack in your WordPress site, please make sure you update it straight away to version 2.9.3

Here is the information from the Jetpack blog

During an internal security audit, we found a bug that allows an attacker to bypass a site’s access controls and publish posts. This vulnerability could be combined with other attacks to escalate access. This bug has existed since Jetpack 1.9, released in October 2012.

Fortunately, we have no evidence of this being used in the wild. However, now that this update is public, it’s just a matter of time before exploits occur. To avoid a breach, you should update your site as soon as possible.

This is a bad bug, and Jetpack is one of the most widely used plugins in the WordPress world. We have been working closely with the WordPress security team, which has pushed updates to every version of the plugin since 1.9 through core’s auto-update system. We have also coordinated with a number of hosts and network providers to install network-wide blocks to mitigate the impact of this vulnerability, but the only sure fix is updating the plugin.

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WordPress 3.9 Beta Released

The next major release for the most used CMS in the world is almost at our doorstep with the release of WordPress 3.9 Beta 2.  WordPress 3.9 is due at the end of April and the Beta comes with a number of new features as listed below:

Updated TinyMCE

Updated TinyMCE which brings better features and stability to the Visual editor of WordPress.

Improved Word to WordPress Paste

This is probably one of the best features for non-tech savvy users who tend to copy and paste directly from Word. Previously if you copied from Word, it will copy all the word styles so your text would not look how you wanted, but this should not be a problem moving forward.

Widget Management in Customiser

Taking the customiser to a new level , you will now be able to add and preview widgets in real life. Also ability to upload, crop and manage header images, without leaving the preview has been added.

New look to the theme installer

The theme installer now looks like the theme browser, more sleek, better sorting and more visual. Please click here to preview 

Live previews for Galleries

This is another great feature. While previously this just displayed an icon of the gallery, now you can preview the gallery through the visual editor.

Drag and Drop Images Directly on the editor

Another great functionality addition means that you no longer have to go into Add Media and select the image, you can now drag and drop images directly into the visual editor.  Now if only they would implement copy and paste..  🙂

Better Audio and Video Playlists

Now you can create Audio and Video playlists just like you have been creating galleries.  The audio and video players also are directly embedded in the visual editor.

Easier Image Editing Capabilities

Its even easier now to edit images.

 

 

 

 

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WordPress 3.8 Released – Features and Updates

WordPress 3.8 Parker is now released and live. This is a Visual Update and updates the Admin backend and comes with a brand new Magazine based theme. This is a semi-major update. The update timeframe is also much quicker based on the new development process by the Automattic team.

WordPress 3.8 Features:

Modern new Design

WordPress hosted now has a similar look to the admin area, similar to WordPress.com with a dark , responsive design with a number of themes to change the colours of the Admin Area.

Wordpress 3.8 Dashboard View

 

Wordpress 3.8 Responsive View Admin Color Scheme

 

Colour Schemes DashboardWordpress 3.8 Responsive View Admin Area

 

TwentyFourteen – a new Magazine Theme

WordPress 3.8 also comes with a brand new theme which we have uploaded to our WordPress Demo site. Please click on the image to view the new theme in action.

 

NetON WordPress Demo Site Just another WordPress Demo Site

 

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Other Updates:

Better theme management

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Other Updates (more details coming soon)

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