WordPress Monthly News Roundup December 2017: WPTS Monthly Schedule #6


Hello and welcome to the sixth episode of WordPress monthly roundup and first one in 2018. Hope you guys had a great vacation. But the hackers and the updates didn’t take a break, there is been a lot of important things happening around the WordPress in December and that’s what we are going to see in this episode. Without further delay let us get into today’s WordPress monthly news roundup December 2017.


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Actually, in our last roundup, we have shared security related updates. This time the hot topic around the internet users is the backdoor issues in the WordPress. (WordPress maintenance) is a must and a chore every webmaster have to follow.

WordPress Plugin Used By 300,000 Websites Hides A Secret Backdoor

Captcha is one of the most used WordPress plugins to verify and secure login. The interesting part is the security plugin itself bring a security risk, ironical right? The Captcha was first developed by BestWebsoft and it was recently sold to Simply WordPress. After the purchase, the company released a new update 4.3.7, in which backdoor was added. The security experts at WordFence have found this security risk.

Read full story here>>

Whitehouse.Gov Switches Website Cms To WordPress

A small security risk on one side and a huge addition to the WordPress community on the other side. The White House official government website have been moved from the Drupal CMS to the WordPress. Welcome, White House!!

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What’s new in Gutenberg? (11th December)

WordPress 5.0 is being expected this year. Though the Gutenberg editor has lots of controversial thoughts among the developers, WordPress team is making a quick progress with the Gutenberg text editor. This update includes lots of useful features. I think it is time for our next WordPress 5.0 review. If you haven’t read our previous impressions on Gutenberg editor, I’ll drop the link below, please take a look.

Following are the updates made in the new version of the WordPress Gutenberg editor.

  • Reusable blocks. You can actually create a block, save it, and use it again in other pages – just like templates.
  • Ability to lock down the editor, so it can’t be deleted or moved.
  • Drag-and-drop upload support to gallery block.
  • Possibility to upgrade deprecated blocks. You can migrate attributes without invalidating blocks.
  • Multiple extensibility features.

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Tide: A path to better code across the WordPress ecosystem

We all are using different WordPress themes and plugins. But do we know the code standards for them? Are their codings are legit without the backdoor bugs that were introduced in the Captcha plugin as we seen before in this post? To answer this Automattic, Google, WPEngine and many other well-known companies joined hand with Tide.
What tide does is, it works as a system incorporated in the WordPress.org back-end. Tide service runs automatic tests on various plugins and themes in the repository. Once it finishes, it displays the overall product code quality score.

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Know Before You Fix

These are some of the best articles we collect from the internet, which you might find useful. Some of the articles may come in handy during unexpected web problems, so make sure to bookmark this post for your later reference.


How to Troubleshoot a 504 Error on Your WordPress Site – WPMU Dev

Have no fear, ThemeForest integration is here! – ManageWP Blog

PHP Upgrade from 5.6 to 7 Step by Step




Get Inspired: The Best 30 Entrepreneurial Podcasts for Agency Owners – Pagely Blog

How to Add a Mega Menu on Your WordPress Site (Step by Step) – WP Beginner

A2Hosting vs HostPapa – Green Hosting Comparison – WhatsWP


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What’s New?

Today’s list of new plugin helps you to grow your audience engagement rate. Most of the plugins are free, so you can use it and find whether it is useful for your website.

WP Optin Wheel


Actually, this plugin is a late addition to our roundup. It would have been helpful in the December month to boost your sales. But it is not too late, we are having Valentine’s day up next, so it will be useful for you at that time. It offers your visitors a chance to win a coupon, or link through spinning the wheel of fortune. In the free version, you only have the popup option, which might be quite annoying, but more options are there in the free version. I’ll drop the link below, check it out for further details.

Know more about plugin here>>

Post Notif


If you are using one signal or such plugins for your site. Then you will be liking this plugin. This is a notification plugin. The useful feature is you can control everything from your WordPress dashboard itself and this can be added as a widget.

Know more about plugin here>>

WP YouTube Video Optimizer


This plugin not only gives a better user experience, it also indirectly improves your site performance. By default, if you use the direct embed code, then it downloads the YouTube player on every occurrence of a YouTube video. This plugin shows a video thumbnail to your viewer and loads the YouTube video only when the user clicks the play icon.

Know more about plugin here>>

That’s All Folks

Thanks for reading the WordPress news roundup till the end. If you wish to add your blog post or your plugin to the list, please let us know. We will be getting back to you as quick as possible. See you fellas in the next post, Happy website!!

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