So here we are in 2016 already!
But, let’s go back just a bit to discuss what happened in December 2015 in the world of WordPress. After all, it was a very “rich” month when it came to news. We had new releases, new goals to focus on in the new year, lots of stats, and some curious announcements.
So before getting completely engaged with the new year’s tasks, let’s take a look back at the big changes that took place right before the year ended.
Here’s This Month in WordPress w/ CodeinWP – the final edition of 2015.
December 2015 in WordPress
The last month of the year gave us a new version of WordPress. It’s called “Clifford” and the version number is 4.4. As with every new release, Clifford brings a couple of interesting improvements and features:
- The release of the newest WordPress default theme, Twenty Sixteen.
- Responsive images. From now on, your images will be displayed properly on every device, and you don’t need to do anything to make it work … it just does.
- Easy embeds. Just copy any URL to your WordPress site and you’ll automatically see the preview/excerpt.
- REST API infrastructure added, which means that the REST API has been fully integrated into the WordPress core.
If you had to summarize the year 2015 in WordPress, which highlights would you put on the list? To help you out, here’s Matt Mullenweg sharing his “State of the Word” at WordCamp US.
Apart from the video version, there’s also:
Already feeling excited for this year! How about you?
It seems like one of the most popular learning platforms online, Treehouse, will no longer support WordPress courses. Zac Gordon, the guy who used to make great tutorials for the Treehouse students, is not a part of the team any more. The existing video tutorials will still be available on the site, but as soon as they go out of date, they will be removed completely.
As for the “It’s good to know this” stuff, WordFence came up with some interesting stats about what’s affecting the WordPress plugins the most.
According to their tests and numbers, almost half of the vulnerabilities are caused by XSS (Cross Site Scripting) in a proportion of 47%. Unsecured FTP causes plenty of troubles for WordPress site administrators too (that’s why it is recommended to use sFTP instead).
If you don’t want to fight these WordPress monsters in the future, you might be interested in reading WordFence’s Security Learning Center, where you can find more details about each vulnerability and how to prevent it.
Great Articles From Around The Web
Planning to develop a new plugin in 2016? Take a look at these predictions from team ElegantThemes. How much WordPress plugins will change in the near future?
Coming back to the security side of WordPress… It’s always better to prevent things than to combat them. Check out this list to see how you can sometimes get rid of potential hacks before you become their victim.
Here’s a few of the last free WordPress themes developed in 2015!
As Calypso’s release stormed the WordPress community pretty much, here’s what the WordPress experts think about this new big change, and what will be its impact over the long haul.
Have a website built on Wix and want to switch to WordPress? Check out this guide on how to do the conversion successfully, without losing any data.
Working a lot with images? Here are some great resources from where you can get free photos. Bonus, great advice on how to use them efficiently.
Just launched a site and want to make sure it gets tracked by the Google search engine? Here’s what you need to do first to have it indexed.
If you care about web design and you’re curious about what’s coming up in the near future, you might want to take a look at this article.
Want to develop a plugin and start selling it, but you’re not really sure about how much can this business bring to you? Maybe the 5 reasons above will convince you why it’s worth it.
Animations always introduce some elegance and beauty to a WordPress site (when they are used wisely). If you want to make your site a bit more catchy by adding a few CSS lines, here’s how you can do it.
Doing tests and experiencing with your site is the right path for a better user interface. There are a lot of plugins and tools that can help you do so. Check out 11 of the best ones here.
And here are a few of the last free WordPress plugins created in 2015.
That’s it for this edition. Anything we missed?