WordPress 5.1.1 Security Release

WordPress 5.1.1 is now available. This is a security and maintenance release for WordPress 5.1 and earlier.  It introduces 14 fixes and enhancements, including changes designed to help hosts prepare users for the minimum PHP version bump coming in 5.2.

While WordPress.org already started automatic background updates that do not require you to do anything, it may take some time for them to get to your website. If it does not update automatically today, either do it yourself (and don’t forget to make a full backup first!) or contact Dusk Owl for help.

Facebook Users Still Don’t Know How Facebook Works

Pew researchers called up almost a thousand Americans and asked them if they knew about the list of “traits and interests” that Facebook keeps for almost all active users. The company provides users easy access to it – you can see your own list here – yet 74 percent of respondents to the survey said they did not know about the list’s existence.

Furthermore, 51 percent of those surveyed said they were “not comfortable with Facebook compiling this information.”

Decoding the Facebook Algorithm: A Fully Up-to-Date List of the Algorithm Factors and Changes

If you do Facebook marketing, one thing that you want to understand is the Facebook algorithm, especially how your Facebook posts get seen on Facebook. Buffer collected all the relevant Facebook algorithm factors, updates, and changes and placed them in a single, regularly updated article for easy reference.

Facebook Didn’t Sell Your Data; It Gave It Away

More accurately, they shared your personal data with Amazon, Netflix, Spotify, Microsoft, and other companies in exchange for even more data about you.

The New York Times has once again gotten its hands on a cache of documents from inside Facebook, this time detailing data-sharing arrangements between the company and other corporations, which had “more intrusive access to users’ personal data than [Facebook] has disclosed” for most of the past decade, the article revealed.

WordPress 5.0.1 Security Release

WordPress 5.0.1 is now available. This is a security release for all versions since WordPress 3.7.  It is strongly recommended that you to update your websites immediately.

WordPress versions 5.0 and earlier are affected by several bugs, which are fixed in version 5.0.1. Updated versions of WordPress 4.9 and older releases are also available, for users who have not yet updated to 5.0.

While WordPress.org already started automatic background updates that do not require you to do anything, it may take some time for them to get to your website. If it does not update automatically today, do it yourself (if you are confident enough) or contact Dusk Owl for help.

WordPress 5.0 Release

WordPress 5.0 is now available.  It comes with big changes to the editor that you are used to. The new block-based editor offers more flexibility with how content is being edited and displayed on your website.

Because the new editor is so different, it has a potential to break outdated plugins and themes. If you have any of those in place, it may be better to bring the old code up to date first or find replacements for components that are no longer being actively developed. In some cases this may mean some face lifting or partial redesign of your WordPress website.

A quick review of what is new in WordPress 5.0 can be found here: What’s New in WordPress 5.0 (Features and Screenshots)

If you are unsure about how to proceed with this update or have any questions at all, please contact Dusk Owl for help.

WordPress 4.9.8 Maintenance Release

WordPress 4.9.8 is now available. This is a maintenance release with 18 Privacy fixes focused on ensuring consistency and flexibility in the new personal data tools that were added in WordPress 4.9.6, including:

  • The type of request being confirmed is now included in the subject line for all privacy confirmation emails.
  • Improved consistency with site name being used for privacy emails in multisite.
  • Pagination for Privacy request admin screens can now be adjusted.
  • Increased the test coverage for several core privacy functions.

This post has more information about all of the issues fixed in 4.9.8 if you’d like to learn more.

While WordPress.org already started automatic background updates that do not require you to do anything, it may take some time for them to get to your website. If it does not update automatically today, do it yourself (if you are confident enough) or contact Dusk Owl for help.

WordPress 4.9.7 Security and Maintenance Release

WordPress 4.9.7 is now available. This is a security and maintenance release for all versions since WordPress 3.7.You have to update your websites immediately.

WordPress versions 4.9.6 and earlier are affected by a media issue that could potentially allow a user with certain capabilities to attempt to delete files outside the uploads directory.

While WordPress.org already started automatic background updates that do not require you to do anything it may take some time for them to get to your website. If it does not update automatically today, do it yourself (if you are confident enough) or contact Dusk Owl for help.

WordPress 4.9.6 Privacy and Maintenance Release

WordPress 4.9.6 is now available. This is a privacy and maintenance release. You probably should update your website to take advantage of new privacy features.

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect on May 25. The GDPR requires companies and site owners to be transparent about how they collect, use, and share personal data. It also gives individuals more access and choice when it comes to how their own personal data is collected, used, and shared.

It’s important to understand that while the GDPR is a European regulation, its requirements apply to all sites and online businesses that collect, store, and process personal data about EU residents no matter where the business is located.

While WordPress.org already started automatic background updates that do not require you to do anything it may take some time for them to get to your website. If it does not update automatically today, do it yourself (if you are confident enough) or contact Dusk Owl for help.