This Week in WordPress: FBI Warning to WP Sites, Top Caching Plugins Ranked

This Week in WordPress: FBI Warning to WP Sites, Top Caching Plugins Ranked

This week’s round-up of WordPress news, views, and reviews summarized in our daily email newsletter, The WhiP.

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Tuesday, April 7


(WordPress News)

WordPress 4.2 Beta 4 is out. It’s the last beta we’ll see before a release candidate comes out.

Here’s a round-up of all the recent changes to that have made it look and work better.

The next version of WordPress will natively support Chinese, Korean and Japanese characters. is expanding its services to include plugin reviews.

The latest episode of WPWeekly features the story of former professional football player Lewis Howes and how WordPress helped reinvent him.

On WPwatercooler, the usual folks discuss how to build a photography site with WordPress.

And the KitchenSinkWP podcast features Devin Price of Thought House and WordImpress.

Crowd Favorite’s Chris Lema is hosting a mastermind retreat in Cabo called, naturally, CaboPress. It’s unlike your typical WordCamp.

Core Promises


WordPress needs to enforce better plugins, and here’s how to do it, according to developer Daniel Pataki.

How do you drum up business as a developer? Tom McFarlin spells out some options.

Chris Lema disagrees with Donnacha MacGloinn’s recent article about the end of web hosting and offers his own advice on choosing the right host.

Josh Pollock talks to Ryan McCue, the developer behind the WordPress REST API, about its past, future, and inclusion in WordPress core.

Fa La La La La

(Tutorials, Tips, and Tricks)

The ABC Notation plugin lets you display sheet music in WordPress.

Gridsby is a new, free grid theme for photographers.

Favorites is a new plugin that allows you to add a favorite button to any WordPress post type.

WebDevStudios’ fork of Automattic’s _s Starter Theme is just one of the company’s latest new GitHub releases.

Multilingual Press lets you create relationships between sites in your Multisite network, set the main language for each site, and start writing.

Fire Starter

(Off-Topic, Random Stuff)

Creating a Killer Home Page That Reduces Bounce Rate (WPMU DEV).

How to Change Your WordPress Admin Username (WPMU DEV).

Website Firewalls: What They Are & How to Set One Up for WordPress(Elegant Themes).

How To Improve Your Website’s Yahoo Yslow Score (Elegant Themes).


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How to Submit a Plugin to the WordPress Repository (WebDevStudios).

Moving WordPress: An Introduction (tuts+).

Throw Away

(Off-Topic, Random Stuff)

“My YC app: Dropbox – Throw away your USB drive.” The fascinating early posts from tech founders whose products have made a big impact on the world.

All the best for a thoughtful and productive Tuesday.

Thursday, April 9

Public Service Announcement

(WordPress News)

The FBI has issued a public service announcement warning WordPress websites are under attack by people sympathetic to ISIS militants. The PSA includes details on how to secure your site to prevent hacks.

WordPress has been ranked among the top three most dreaded technologies, according to Stack Overflow.

Back in 2007, Matt Mullenweg predicted Microsoft would open-source its software by 2017. And he might be right.

Security firm Sucuri is urging WP Super Cache users to update to the latest version after a “dangerous” vulnerability was discovered in the popular caching plugin

WordPress 4.2 will introduce subtle refinements to the default admin color scheme.

Text and screenshots are the preferred way to learn WordPress, according to a recent survey by trainer Bob Dunn.

Speaking of Bob, he joins the WP Tavern guys this week on the latest episode of WPWeekly to talk about the pain points of WordPress.

In Cloudways’ latest interview, Marcel Sobieski, CEO Of TeslaThemes, talks about WordPress theme design and its relationship with user experience.

Lastly, Pagely’s interview series features Sucuri co-founder and security expert Tony Perez.

WP Super Duper Cache


WP Dev Shed has benchmarked the fastest WordPress cache plugins in a really interesting and eye-opening article, and have named their top three cache plugins.

Is there room in the WordPress ecosystem for a billion-dollar startup besides Automattic? Of course, there is, says Vova Feldman.

Lawyer Richard Best reviews Gravity Perks and how to set up a terms of service form on your site.

Designmodo recently releases Qards, a drag and drop builder for WordPress. Check out WP Explorer’s review.

WordPress versus Drupal: Elegant Themes contrasts the two platforms.

Back to Life

(Tutorials, Tips, and Tricks)

Here are our top 10 plugins for reviving and promoting old your old content.

Git-dy Up

(Off-Topic, Random Stuff)

Git and WordPress: 3 Tips to Do It Better (WP Tavern).

How To: Easily Deploy a WordPress Theme from Github to Microsoft Azure (WP Lift).

Speeding Up WordPress: Image Optimization (tuts+).

How to Add Icons to Custom WordPress Menus – Without Plugins (WPMU DEV).

A Quick Guide to Creating Custom WordPress Widgets (WinningWP).

No Country For Old Men

(Off-Topic, Random Stuff)

Here’s a cheatsheet to help you figure out where you are in the US by recognizing the background from movies.

All the best for a thoughtful and productive Thursday.

P.S. Apologies if you’ve missed The WhiP over the past few days. Blame the Easter Bunny and the common cold. We’ll return to your regularly scheduled programming next week.