WordPress 3.8 will be imminently released and if you’re hosted with us then you’ll be upgraded once the update is available.
3.8′s biggest change is the redesign of the admin interface which is also now responsive. The higher contrast design will help those with visual impairment but also gives WordPress a much-needed polished look and feel.
This cheesy video sums up the changes:
If you’ve been updating your website via mobile or tablet then you’ll know it’s not been a great experience having to pinch & zoom around the screen. 3.8 fixes all of this with its new responsive admin screens using a similar interface to how Facebook works with it’s left-hand drawer menu. WordPress is now a joy to use on tablets & mobiles!
The cleaner ‘flat’ interface design is more than just a facelift – there are improvements in the Themes section and Widgets selection area.
The dashboard has been given some love too so you can organise your dashboard widgets into four columns – there’s also a couple of new widgets in there to help make the most of your website.
Twenty Fourteen WordPress Theme
If you’re new to WordPress then you’ll love the new TwentyFourteen WordPress theme that comes with 3.8. It’s worth checking out this theme if you’re just starting a blog as it makes for a great magazine-style design:
This release is named in honour of Charlie Parker:
Tomorrow sees the start of a two day WordCamp conference in London which I’ll be attending – aptly named WordCamp London.
Unlike other WordPress events, WordCamps have the official seal of approval from WordPress and actively support the open source movement.
The event is open to bloggers, developers & those interested in WordPress so it’ll be great to spend the day with 350 other like-minded individuals whilst learning lots more about WordPress. Continue reading
WordPress 3.7 has been released to the public. This version (named after Count Basie) heralds a major new feature: automatic updates.
What does this mean for you? If you have a WordPress site running 3.7 and your hosting is set up correctly then you’ll never need to worry about keeping WordPress up to date again – it does it automatically.
Each time a new version is released, WordPress will update itself. This means you’ll receive critical security updates as they’re released, keeping your site safe & secure.
Other slightly less interesting updates in this version include:
- Stronger passwords. The password indicator when creating new users now detects common keyboard patterns (e.g. 123456) and other common password malpractices.
- Better globalisation support. If you’re running WordPress in a language other than English then you’ll receive automated translation updates as & when they are released.
Whilst you’re marvelling at the WordPress greatness (just me?), have a listen to Jumpin’ at the Woodside by Count Basie:
WordPress 3.6 was officially released today and comes with a host of new features and exciting developments. Of particular note to us is the revision functionality and built-in media player for video and audio.
All our hosted clients have been automatically updated to 3.6.
- Revamped Revisions save every change and the new interface allows you to scroll easily through changes to see line-by-line who changed what and when.
- Post Locking and Augmented Autosave will especially be a boon to sites where more than a single author is working on a post. Each author now has their own autosave stream, which stores things locally as well as on the server (so much harder to lose something) and there’s an interface for taking over editing of a post, as demonstrated beautifully by our bearded buddies in the video above.
- Built-in HTML5 media player for native audio and video embeds with no reliance on external services.
- The Menu Editor is now much easier to understand and use.
- The new Twenty Thirteen theme inspired by modern art puts focus on your content with a colorful, single-column design made for media-rich blogging.
Post revisions now let you compare previous drafts of a post to the current one. Perhaps you overwrote some text or another editor overwrote something? Now you can review past post revisions using a handy slider with difference highlighting, e.g.:
Video & Audio Embedding
WordPress now includes an HTML5 player which lets you embed audio and video on your blog without having to rely on external services such as YouTube or Vimeo. For video, just upload an MP4 or OGV file and insert it like you would an image and WordPress handles the rest. For audio, just upload an MP3 file.
As an example I’ve embedded the WordPress release video here:
I’m a big fan of jazz, as are the WordPress team so this release is named to honour Oscar Peterson. Have a listen if you’ve got Spotify:
According to Checkmarx WordPress plugin review, 20% of the top 50 most downloaded plugins are at risk of security vulnerabilities. Checkmarx is an Israeli application security firm who have published the results of a six month review of popular plugins available for WordPress.
See the full report here: The Security State of WordPress Plugins.
As WordPress gets more popular, it’s increasingly targeted by hackers to find vulnerabilities in code to exploit websites for nefarious purposes. This generally only affects those using self-hosted WordPress, not those with sites at WordPress.com. If you set up WordPress yourself or got a developer to do it, you’re using the self-hosted version and you should read on to educate yourself about plugin security. Continue reading
I’m often contracted to develop a website that’s been designed by another agency. The more experienced agencies usually know how to produce top notch PSD files and a specification that I can use to produce the website.
However I come across too many designers that struggle when it comes to producing artwork suitable for development. This is becoming a greater problem now that responsive design is becoming popular as there are systems that need to be put in place to ensure what’s designed can actually be built properly.
The following tips will help you become a better designer and make web developers love you. Continue reading
Over the last few weeks there have been some mainstream media reports of website security issues – some surrounding WordPress and some around website security in general.
A number of our clients have asked us for more information on these reports.
As a website hosting company we take security issues very seriously and continue to do everything we can to minimise the risk of websites being compromised. As part of our hosting service, this includes:
- Keeping abreast of new threats on a daily basis.
- Ensuring core website software is kept up to date.
- Maximising the security of our servers to reduce the risk of hacking.
- Updating website plugins as & when risks are identified.
- Working with our providers when network issues are identified (such as ‘denial of service’ attacks).
One example in the news recently is the report of a network of 100,000 hacked computers being used to target WordPress sites in an attempt to guess passwords to gain access to websites.
We blogged about this issue when it happened and quickly implemented the recommendation of changing admin usernames and passwords.
More recently two website performance plugins were found to be vulnerable to a particular type of attack. We immediately updated all affected clients.
Whilst we can’t blog about every issue that we identify, we continue to work in the background supporting our clients websites.
Questions about website security or our hosting service? Leave a comment below or get in touch.
You may have read in the news that WordPress websites are being targeted by a huge network of hackers (think 100,000 computers all aimed at hacking your site). The news of this has been spreading over the weekend as more & more sites fall victim to this unprecedented attack.
“One of the concerns of an attack like this is that the attacker is using a relatively weak botnet of home PCs in order to build a much larger botnet of beefy servers in preparation for a future attack,” security and website performance firm CloudFlare said in a post Friday.
The primary method of attack is trying to use brute force to guess the password of the default ‘admin’ user that is set up on the majority of WordPress sites. To mitigate this issue we’re checked all our clients’ sites and removed the default admin user. Our firewall will also be providing a high level of security against these attacks through IP filtering.
Not hosted with us? Here’s what you can do
If you’re not hosted with us then please check your own WordPress users screen and remove the ‘admin’ user if it exists:
If you want added protection for your site you can also install a login limiting plugin that will block brute-force attempts at guessing passwords.
This global attack is aimed at creating a larger network of compromised servers which could be used at a future date to target government or financial institutions. An attack similar in size was reported by many network providers last month.
We’ll be closely monitoring all our hosting clients to ensure their sites do not get compromised.
This position has now been filled and is no longer available.
We’re recruiting for a junior developer to join our team in Wokingham to help support our rapidly growing web development business.
We’re looking for someone with a passion for web development and a keen interest in helping develop a small business. At the same time we’ll help develop the right candidate’s skills as a full time developer.
Location: Molly Millar’s Lane, Wokingham, RG41 2PQ
Start Date: Immediate
The role is a temp position for 6 months. For the right candidate there will be the opportunity for a permanent role at the end of 6 months.
The primary purpose of the role will be to code HTML/CSS markup from Photoshop PSD designs. You will be trained to create W3C compliant code, use jQuery to develop interactive front-end functionality and will preferably have experience with using WordPress.
Some coding experience is essential (PHP/Ruby/Perl/etc) as you’ll be working with WordPress and other CMS systems to develop templates & functionality.
PSD to HTML/CSS/jQuery code
WordPress PHP template development
Daily support to existing clients – good communication skills are a must
Desktop & mobile browser testing
Basic web server administration
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:
PHP & MySQL (or other scripting language/database combo)
Basic use of Photoshop & Illustrator
We will be looking for candidates that have:
Experience with using or developing for WordPress.
The ability to solve challenges using a number of different web technologies.
Familiarity with Apple OS X.
Experience in Linux server administration.
A strong desire to learn and help shape the future of 10°.
We are a small family business looking to expand our development team in Wokingham. We primarily work with creative agencies as technical partners to create websites from their designs. We also offer technical consulting services during the spec & design phase of projects. 10° also takes on direct clients for which we design as well as build sites.
You’ll be a core part of the team and expected to communicate professionally with clients on a daily basis.
How to Apply
For more information about the role or to apply, please email us your CV and any examples of your work.
Strictly no agencies.
On May 26th 2011, Directive 2009/136/EC became law in the UK – the government gave us a one year grace period to implement the required changes to all business websites – this period expired at the weekend.
The new law aims to protect internet user’s privacy by determining how and when web browser cookies can be used and as business owners we must give visitors the option to accept or decline cookies.
Throughout the year the exact requirements have been changing, including some very last minute changes to the legislation that were communicated last week. Therefore the full impact of the legislation was not known until then.
If you have a business website then this law affects you so please continue reading.