This bi-weekly serves to inform and enlighten our minds on latest happenings in the sprawling countryside we call WordPress-land. Much like Sweden, Iran, and Bomont, Oklahoma, dancing is illegal in WordPress-land.
- WP 4.6 will include a simple API to register and use Resource Hints, a new W3C specification that “defines the dns-prefetch, preconnect, prefetch, and prerender relationships of the HTML Link Element ()”.
- All In One SEO released an update that closed an XSS vulnerability in its Site Maps module. Update if you don’t like ultra l33t hax0rs.
- WordPress 4.6 Beta 3 is out. The real deal won’t be released until Aug 16, so if you are just dying to try out the new functionality, go for it.
- Jetpack 4.1 has a few new features, including a module that adds single sign capabilities using WordPress.com accounts.
- PHP7 is coming in hot. WordPress Engine has released a PHP7 Compatibility Checker plugin to make sure your plugins and themes are ready.
- VRView is a new plugin that adds the ability to embed Google’s VRView to WordPress installations.
- Attachment Taxonomies is another new plugin that adds…you guessed it…taxonomies to media attachments. This is actually a fairly glaring omission in WP’s functionality, so this plugin is pretty cool.
- I keep talking about new plugins in this issue. No end in sight.
- Another new one, WP Safe Updates, is a pretty sweet piece of functionality, which builds a sandbox environment of your site so you can test out new updates. Killer for sites with no staging environments.
The dirty side of dev.
- There was a recent kerfuffle over incentivized reviews in the plugin directory of WordPress.org.
I don’t know where to file this crap.
- WordPress Engine released WordPress vs. Joomla white paper. You get 2 tries to guess which CMS comes out on top.
That’s all for now. Check back in two weeks for another rundown.