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April 2016 WordPress News – This Month in WordPress w/ CodeinWP

 This is the April 2016 edition of This Month in WordPress w/ CodeinWP 
It’s the beginning of the month, which makes it the perfect time to talk about everything that happened in WordPress in the last 30 days.

Welcome to another edition of our WordPress monthly news series. Make yourself comfortable and enjoy the latest stories from around the WordPress community:

April 2016 in WordPress

WordPress 4.5 “Coleman”

Coleman – WordPress version 4.5 is here. Here’s what’s new:

  • inline links,
  • formatting shortcuts,
  • live responsive previews,
  • custom logos,
  • a couple of under-the-hood improvements such as smart image resizing, selective refresh, script loader improvements, better embed templates, and JavaScript library updates.

UPDATE. It didn’t take long for the first maintenance release to appear – WordPress 4.5.1 in now available for download.

5 major takeaways from WooConf 2016

WooConf took place at the beginning of the month. It’s the second annual conference entirely dedicated to WooCommerce.

If you missed it, WooThemes updates you on everything that happened during the event:

… The speakers and their most memorable ideas, some parts of the presentations, images of people having fun at the conference, it’s all there. The best quotes weren’t left out either.

Sucuri Firewall: Free LetsEncrypt SSL Certs for Everyone

Long story short, anyone who uses Sucuri’s firewall will get a free SSL certificate. Being a sponsor of the Let’s Encrypt initiative, Sucuri decided to take a step forward and join Automattic as one of the first companies to offer free SSL Certificates to all customers.

What sets Sucuri apart, though, is that they still offer a “No HTTPS” option for those who are not interested. In comparison, Automattic doesn’t let people do that.

Daniel Cid – the CTO of Sucuri – said this to explain why the option is even there:

“Even though we are providing SSL certificates to all our clients, we don’t subscribe to the idea that every website needs HTTPS enabled. The idea that this makes for a more secure web is inaccurate.”

Global WordPress Translation Day Draws 448 Participants from 105 Countries

Another conference took place last month – the first ever Global Translation Day. 448 translators from 105 countries translated 40,350 plugins and themes in just 24 hours of live sessions.

Plugin and theme developers were also entertained with sessions on plugin documentations and support, localization, and lots of WordPress translation-related how-tos.

Syed Balkhi Acquires Google Analytics For WordPress

In short, Google Analytics by Yoast is no longer Google Analytics by Yoast. Syed Balkhi from WPBeginner has acquired the plugin and rebranded it as MonsterInsights.

Balkhi’s next contribution to the plugin will be to rewrite parts of the initial code in order to bring it up to date, fix some bugs, and add new improvements that have been requested by the users.

Complaints didn’t take long to show up, though, as the users of the plugin were not aware of the change and were taken by surprise by the news.


Great Articles From Around The Web

5 Free CSS Plugins for Live Editing Your WordPress Site

Customizing your site in real time is awesome! You write a line of code and you can see the result immediately. Here’s a list of the best plugins that give you that.

WooCommerce Hosting – What you need to understand

WooCommerce hosting is not the same. Having a standard WordPress site that’s mainly a publishing platform is just way different than installing WooCommerce on it and asking it to run a successful online store. Chris Lema explains everything.

Creating Better 404 Pages

Be friendly and original when it comes to your 404 pages. Many website owners leave their 404 pages to the server’s default settings, but it’s not the best approach. See how you can handle things better.

11 Customer Support Lessons Learnt After Solving 3000+ Customer Queries

Bad support is one of the reasons why your clients leave your product. Read how to do it right and really help them out in case any issues pop up.

When and How to Install WordPress in a Subdirectory

There are times when you might not want to install WordPress in the root directory of your server. Here’s how to get it to work in a subdirectory.

Fixing The Dreaded “Internal Server Error” in WordPress (Step by Step)

Internal server errors are some of the ugliest things that can happen to a website. See what exactly an internal server error is and what to do when it suddenly occurs in WordPress.

17 Ways to Come Up with Great WordPress Plugin Ideas (Including Actionable Examples)

You want to build a plugin but the right idea simply isn’t there yet… Here’s how to get your head around all this. A really cool article talking about some creative ways to come across the next big thing.

Stats of the Woo 2016

WooCommerce is not doing badly at all. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. It’s been growing constantly, and there are no signs of slowing down. See for yourself.

What Does with the Data it Collects from Users Sites

Have you ever wondered what’s happening with all the data that collects whenever you perform any action such as updating your themes, plugins, or the WordPress core?

30 Creative and Neglected Ways to Increase Traffic to Your WordPress Site

You’ve already used many strategies to increase your site’s traffic, and you’ve surely applied the most obvious ones too. So here are 30 new ideas that are a bit more creative.

How to Automagically Create Child Themes in WordPress

Tips for developers! If you want to learn how to create a child theme quickly (and safely!), this is your answer and how-to guide.

That’s it for this edition. Anything we missed?


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