WordPress 4.9.2 – Security & Maintenance Release

WordPress Version 4.9.2 : Security & Bug Fixes

As WordPress continues its march towards the Gutenberg-focused version 5.0, today it released an intermediate update. Version 4.9.2 is pretty standard fare for a “dot” release, resolving an XSS vulnerability in the MediaElement library and 21 bug fixes. Per usual, make sure your installation is updated as soon as possible. If you need help, please contact me.

The bug fixes include enhanced browser compatibility, styling issues, and enabling MySQLi1Finally. Using MySQLi by default has been a long time coming. by default.

With the seriousness of the release out of the way, I’d like to discuss a bit of comic relief embedded in on the the Trac tickets resolved in this release.

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UpdraftPlus – Exclude WordPress-Generated Image Thumbnails From Backups

Updraft - Exclude IMage Thumbnails From Backups

I had a call this week with a client who manages a few WordPress sites. One of the things they do, like me, is backup files. The plugin they chose for their workflow is UpdraftPlus. The client hosts all of their clients’ websites on one server, so storage space has become an issue. Fortunately, I was able to create a simple solution to mitigate the problem by excluding image thumbnails from automated backups.

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WordPress 4.9: What’s in it for Developers?

WordPress 4.9. Release For Developers

WordPress has released its 12th update for 2017, and it’s also the second minor version pushed out this year. WordPress 4.9 includes a lot for users. “Tipton” introduces changesets for theme customizations, previewing, and scheduling of theme customizer updates and code editing syntax highlighting, autocompletion, and error checking using CodeMirror. Finally, there’s a new Gallery widget and an “Add Media” button for the venerable text widget.[ref]Days of hard-coding images into the text widget are seemingly over.[/ref]

As usual with each new release, I look for improvements and additions for developers. Although there isn’t quite as much for developers in this specific version, there are a few key inclusions that I wanted to highlight.

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WordCamp, Here I Come!

WordCamp Atlanta 2017 - I'm Attending!

I’ve neglected going to a WordCamp for far too long, and I’m going to change that by attending the one in Atlanta March 17-19, 2017! I usually reserve my weekends for anything other than work, but I feel the return on investment for attending a WordCamp is too great to ignore. So, I’ve booked a nice hotel in downtown, blocked off my schedule, and started planning my travel.

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ACF – Get All Fields In A Field Group

ACF - How To Display All Fields In A Field Group

As a WordPress developer, I create a lot of custom data to give clients the functionality they want. I’ve used every way possible, like posts for a custom post type, post meta, taxonomies, options, custom tables, etc. However, for ease of use and client convenience, I mostly use either WordPress native custom fields or the Advanced Custom Fields PRO plugin. With ACF, the interface is great, and, having used it so much, I can quickly setup any field type very quickly. The most time consuming part of using custom data is when it comes time to integrate into the theme.

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Critical WordPress Vulnerability – PHPMailer RCE

Critical WordPress Vulnerability - PHPMailer Remote Code Execution

Just a few days ago, a new, critical exploit was discovered, and WordPress is among those platforms affected. A researcher published a paper on the vulnerability in the third-party PHPMailer library that’s used by WordPress and many other content management systems. The core WordPress development team has acknowledged the issue and are moving forward with a fix.

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