First Ever All Virtual WordCamp Worked Brilliantly

Due to the Covid-19 corona virus pandemic, most WordCamps, the conferences held about the WordPress CMS (Content Management System), were cancelled.

This weekend, WordCamp San Antonio (Texas), quickly made their WordCamp all virtual!

They utilized both Crowdcast (for the speaker rooms) and Zoom for the hallway chats. You know what? It worked great. They even had live captioning.

Those platforms along with Twitter and the hashtag #WCSATX the camp was great. The pandemic overall is showing that the internet can help keep connections alive and people in touch.

In fact, this event was attended by more people, who wouldn’t have attended in person, because it was online. I know I wouldn’t have gone, being from the Philadelphia area.

It will be interesting to see if most WordCamps have a streaming option going forward once we figure out Covid-19.

Did you go? What did you think? What did you take away from the experience as well as the talks.

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Gutenberg For WordPress Is A Good Thing For Publishing

I was one of those skeptics when Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder of WordPress announced Gutenberg at WordCamp US a few years ago. It was something new and that scared me, as well as countless others.

To be honest it didn’t help that they released it with WordPress 5.0 days before WordCamp US.

As time goes by, Gutenberg (aka the block editor), has matured and continues to do so. The functionality is growing and I’ve learned to prefer it to the classic editor. The idea of blocks scared me at first, but I quickly got the hang of how to use them.

To be honest, for all of us who have been using WordPress for years, we knew how to work WordPress. But for those people new to the content management system, Gutenberg made more sense.

Namecheap, a great registrar and hosting company wrote a post about why they support Gutenberg.

Are you a WordPress veteran or new to the ecosystem? Do you like the Gutenberg experience? Let us know in the comments below.

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WordPress Backdoor Critical Vulnerability Found

This is SERIOUS. A critical vulnerability has been found within WordPress’. 10 plugins have errors that allow hackers to create a backdoor in affected sites to make admin accounts which enables them to do malicious actions on the site.

I am happy to report that none of our clients are using the effected plugins, but this is a good example of why you need to keep your WordPress website up-to-date. Update all plugins and core files when they are issued. Also make sure you are doing weekly if not daily updates of your site — just in case.

WordPress powers (as of now) approximately 33%+ of the websites online and it’s only going to grow with the acquisition of Tumblr by Automattic, WordPress’ co-founder Matt Mullenweg’s WordPress based company, which runs WordPress.com (NOT the open-source project WordPress.org).

With all this in mind, setup a regular schedule to update your site’s plugin and core-files (when they’re pushed).

If this is something you’re not comfortable doing? Consider hiring a WordPress agency to do it for you?

Goldstein Media can help! Reach out today!