WordPress 5.0 has been released

WordPress 5.0 has been released

WordPress 5.0 'Bebo'

The latest version of WordPress, WordPress 5.0 ‘Bebo’ (known as “Gutenberg” during its development) has been released. For those unfamiliar, WordPress is a website content management system used by a majority of CyberGuru clients to build their websites. WordPress now powers 32% of the websites on the internet today, and in order to keep up with emerging trends, WordPress 5.0 has seen the largest upgrade to date on the platform.

Going from the current version of WordPress to the Gutenberg release is like changing from a manual car to an automatic. Just as an automatic car doesn’t look that different from a manual, websites in WordPress 5.0 won’t necessarily look vastly different from those using the current version of WordPress. However, the driving experience of automatic is substantially different from a manual and similarly the website design process is considerably more intuitive and user friendly in the Bebo release. Given the magnitude of this upgrade it is understandable that some plugins may not work and many websites may require tweaking to take full advantage of the upgrade.

The most significant change since the last major release some four years ago, is a block-based editor, similar to Divi and SiteOrigin Page Builder where editable content, such as text boxes, images and other items, can be added as simply as adding a block and modifying these. This is a large change from what was previously generally editing similar to a Word document. According to WordPress, they plan to continue to support the “Classic Editor” until at least 2021.

Another change is the frequency of updates. WordPress have proposed minor WordPress release twice a month. Further information is yet to be shared by WordPress, but we understand that these will be focused on improvements and bug fixes.

As it is nearly time here for Christmas (Summer) holidays, we recommend that our clients postpone upgrading until this can be reviewed closely in the new year. It is likely that there will be issues with possibly a theme, plugin or translation that may cause the upgrade to not go as planned. As with any new release, there is a likelihood of bugs and other issues to present itself themselves. It is anticipated that as an increasing number of websites begin to use the new version, these will be identified and resolved. Waiting until the new year will hopefully reduce the issues and be more stable and reliable.

We suggest having a working backup and testing the website prior to changing over to identify potential issues. We will be working with our clients to discuss how best to plan and manage this for their particular circumstances in the new year and identify a suitable time to upgrade.

We do not recommend taking this upgrade lightly. If you have any questions or require any further information, please contact us.

What is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?

What is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?

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When we are consulting with clients by designing and developing a website for them, we recommend WordPress. According to W3Techs, WordPress is just used on 24.9% of the websites on the internet. Its popularity is predominately due to its ease of use, making it simple for anyone to maintain their own website. However, one of the confusing aspects of WordPress is that there is two different flavours – WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

WordPress.com is hosted on WordPress’ servers whereas WordPress.org is self-hosted is hosted on your own server. A WordPress.com site is suited towards more a personal or family website, rather than WordPress.org, which is better a business or organisation.

WordPress.org keeps things simple. It enables you to experiment with your own website without the cost of having a server. The hosting, as well as required maintenance, such as backups and security updates, are performed automatically for you. In WordPress.com, this is managed by the website designer/developer and we often perform this service on behalf of our clients to ensure their website is kept up-to-date and maintained.

WordPress.org also provides some pre-built themes which have been designed, features such as contact forms, as well as social media functionality. However, there is less flexibility in using only the supported plugins and themes. If your website requires some additional features it is recommended to use the self-hosted version where you can choose and install custom themes. It allows the use of plugins to help customise and extend the website’s features further.

Both WordPress.org and WordPress.com provide support forms to get help when you need it. If you are learning WordPress, we encourage you to set up a free account on WordPress.org. You’ll find what you learn can be adapted easily into knowledge that can be used when you move to your own self-hosted version. We can transfer websites from WordPress.org to self-hosted platforms.

If you’d like how to make the most out of WordPress and use it on your organisation’s website, please contact us for more information.

ISIL defacements exploiting vulnerabilities in WordPress websites

ISIL defacements exploiting vulnerabilities in WordPress websites

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CyberGuru has received notifications of some very important WordPress updates available that should be applied to all WordPress websites. The following paragraph is from the Internet Crime Complaint Center which has a partnership with the FBI:

ISIL Defacements Exploiting WordPress Vulnerabilities

Continuous Web site defacements are being perpetrated by individuals sympathetic to the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL) a.k.a. Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS). The defacements have affected Web site operations and the communication platforms of news organizations, commercial entities, religious institutions, federal/state/local governments, foreign governments, and a variety of other domestic and international Web sites. Although the defacements demonstrate low-level hacking sophistication, they are disruptive and often costly in terms of lost business revenue and expenditures on technical services to repair infected computer systems.

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Top 5 CyberGuru blog articles for 2014

Top 5 CyberGuru blog articles for 2014

Happy new year! CyberGuru has recently received the “Your 2014 year in Blogging” report provided by JetPack. JetPack is a plugin for WordPress, our website content management system that provides statistics and other valuable information about the running of our website.

We thought for the first blog article for 2015, that we would share the top five blog articles we published last year:

  1. Are you having trouble displaying web pages in Internet Explorer?
  2. Less than one week to go until parts of Aspley are disconnected from existing copper wire connection
  3. Proprietor/Chief Guru of CyberGuru achieves Microsoft Windows 8 MCSA Charter certification
  4. What is the difference between a .com.au and .net.au domain name?
  5. Think before you click – the increase of ransomware

We would like to thank all of our clients, newsletter readers, social media followers for your support of our newsletter, blog and social media in 2014. If you have a topic you’d like to see covered in 2015, please contact us and let us know!

Critical WordPress updates are required on your website – upgrade to the latest version!

Critical WordPress updates are required on your website – upgrade to the latest version!

We are in the process of contacting all of our website design clients for whom we developed your websites for. Most websites that we have developed in recently years are maintained in a content management system known as WordPress.

WordPress has recently released version 4.0, and more recently, version 4.0.1 Security Release which is a critical security release.

As noted on the WordPress Blog (link opens in new window) on 20 November 2014 by Andrew Nacin: “WordPress 4.0.1 is now available. This is a critical security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

Sites that support automatic background updates will be updated to WordPress 4.0.1 within the next few hours. If you are still on WordPress 3.9.2, 3.8.4, or 3.7.4, you will be updated to 3.9.3, 3.8.5, or 3.7.5 to keep everything secure. (We don’t support older versions, so please update to 4.0.1 for the latest and greatest.)

WordPress versions 3.9.2 and earlier are affected by a critical cross-site scripting vulnerability, which could enable anonymous users to compromise a site.”

For ongoing availability of your website, it is very important to ensure that WordPress and its associated plugins are updated to the latest versions as they become available. Whilst WordPress will apply some updates automatically, for the best protection, applying these updates manually on a regular basis will optimise the visitor experience of your website and reduce the likelihood of malicious hackers causing issues.

We are offering to upgrade your website to the WordPress 4.0.1 from your existing versions for just $135 for orders placed before next Friday 12 December 2014.

We would also like to remind you of our Website Maintenance Service whereby we can continue to maintain the WordPress on a monthly basis. We also apply updates for plugins and create an offline backup of your website in case it is required.

To proceed with this limited time offer, please contact us and we will make arrangements to do this for you.

If you have any questions or would like any further information, please feel free to contact us. Please also make contact if you wish to find out more about the Website Maintenance Service.