WordPress News Digest for Friday, September 18, 2015

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19+ Free Google Tools Every WordPress Blogger Should Use

By / — Google offers a wide-variety of free tools to help bloggers and webmasters to improve their site’s SEO, improve productivity, make money, and more. In this article, we will show you some of the best free Google tools that every WordPress… More →

Back Up Your Website with CodeGuard

By / — If you are a blogger or a site owner who has invested enough time and resource to get things going, then you know how important it is to back up your content on a regular basis. This ensures that you… More →

Freenode IRC name cleanup

By / — Freenode will be doing some services maintenance on October 2nd and remove inactive accounts, this means that if anyone has “prominent” names and want to retain them, they should make sure they’ve identified to their names before that date to… More →

Google Tag Manager for WordPress: 6 Killer Reasons to Start Using It

By / — If you’re looking for a better way to add and manage third party tags and scripts on your WordPress website, then the free Google Tag Manager service could be just what you are looking for. Whether you’re adding Google AdWords… More →

How to Develop WordPress Locally with MAMP

By / — Want to set up WordPress locally on your computer? This step-by-step guide walks you through how to develop your WordPress sites using MAMP. More →

Mailbag: Curbing Comments By Count

By / — I do moderate. And I use tools for it. So can you! More →

New WordPress Attack Compromising 5000 Websites Every Day

By / — There is a new WordPress attack going around and in the past two weeks it has taken off, infecting 5000 sites per day: https://blog.sucuri.net/2015/09/wordpress-malware-active-visitortracker-campaign.html Its goal apparently is to redirect visitor browsers to a site that attempts all the latest… More →

PHP 7 Opcache adds Huge Pages support for extra performance

By / — The PHP 7 opcache (open sourced by Zend, which replaced APC) gets a little performance boost from the added support of Huge Pages by Dmitry Stogov: Added an experimental ability to move PHP code pages (PHP TEXT segment) into HUGE… More →

Review a Plugin Today

By / — Recently I was a guest on the Relative Paths podcast and had a great time chatting for Ben and Mark about WordPress plugin development. One things that came up was donations and reviews for plugins that I have in the… More →

Support Team meetup summary for September 17th

By / — Items discussed at yesterday’s Support Team meetup. WordPress 4.3.1 patch was released Other versions such as 4.2.5, 4.1.8, 4.0.8, 3.9.9, 3.8.11 and 3.7.11 and this was done via automatic upgrades. Except for a few aggressive host caching issues there wasn’t… More →

Weekly SEO Recap: antitrust ranking factors

By / — I write this knowing that next week I’ll be in Munich with many friends of the SEO industry for SEOktoberfest, a conference unlike any other. We’ll talk shop with some of the best and brightest minds in our industry and to… More →

Weekly WordPress News: Security Update, Too Much Transparency? And More.

By / — There was another security release to WordPress 4.3.1 this week so make sure all your sites are up to date, this was to fix some cross site scripting vulnerabilities. I enjoyed reading this transparency report on CodeinWP where the founder,… More →

Why Gamification Impacts UX

By / — Imagine this: You’re 37 years old, you weigh 250 lbs and your marriage is on the verge of a breakup partly because your spouse doesn’t like the fact that you’re overweight. What would you do? You’ll probably sulk, then run… More →

Why Site Speed Matters to Your Business

By / — Having a fast-loading website should be a top priority for any site owner. Not only does it have a positive impact on user engagement with your website, but it also effects page load times which can have on your website’s position in… More →

WordPress Developers and WP Migrate DB Pro

By / — I've mentioned WP Migrate DB in previous posts, but it's been at least two years since I've last written about it. In two years, software can change a lot and WP Migrate DB is no different. I'm still a fan,… More →

my-hacks.php no longer supported

By / — A long time ago in a WordPress far, far away sites were customized via the use of a my-hacks.php file. Then 2005 came along and brought with it a new developer feature: Plugins and Themes. For the last ten years,… More →