WordPress Digest #20

This bi-weekly serves to inform and enlighten our minds on latest happenings in the sprawling countryside we call WordPress-land. Much like Canada, WordPress-land is happy to accept any Trump-fleeing American refugees.

Release News

  • WP 4.5.2 security release is out and you should update. I could tell you what vulnerability it patches, but you won’t understand what you are reading any more than I understand what the hell Snapchat is. Just update your crap, ok?
  • A new feature project for rewrites has been proposed: Next Generation Rewrites. But who’s gonna rewrite my rewrites?
  • WP 4.6 is going to ditch Open Sans from the WP admin, removing that call to Google Fonts which should add a little speed boost. I hope they switch to papyrus.

Extending WordPress

  • Not to be outdone by WeedPress, craft beer bros now have the Easy Beer Lister.
  • Since you damn kids basically only communicate with memes and emojis at this point, enjoy Super Emoji Plus, which jams an emoji menu in the WP editor.
  • WooCommerce is introducing WooCommerce Connect, a new Automattic-hosted SaaS architecture that will make it easier to add on new features and functionality to WooCommerce sites.

WP Drama

The dirty side of dev.

  • I know what you are thinking, “How can I get another free template that obnoxiously asks me to upgrade to the pro version on every screen in the admin? I love that!” Well, it’ll be harder to fulfill that wish soon.
  • ImageMagick is compromised. If this affects you, you probably already know about it, so I’m just going to give a tip-o-the-hat to whoever the wordsmith is that named this vulnerability ImageTragick.


I don’t know where to file this crap.

  • A ancient, prehistoric 42-year-old developer published an article with advice for developers of all ages. I haven’t read it, but I assume it just says, “Get off my lawn.”
  • Because a WP-centric blog, run by a WP host is definitely the most objective of sources, here’s a WordPress Vs. Drupal infographic from WPEngine & Torque.

That’s all for now. Check back in two weeks for another rundown.