WordPress announced that they plan on treating Google’s new FLoC tracking technology as a security concern and plan to block it by default on WordPress sites, BleepingComputer reported. WordPress has joined the growing list of creators of browsers and search engines that refuse to implement Google’s FLoC in their content.
There is a proposal on WordPress.org titled: ““Treat FloC as a security concern”. The first thing mentioned is the EFF’s post titled: “Google’s FLoC is a terrible idea”, which notes that “placing people in groups based on their browsing habits is likely to facilitate employment, housing and other types of discrimination, as well as predatory targeting of unsophisticated consumers.”
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The proposal also points out why it is important to take action against Google’s FloC now, instead of waiting for it to be implemented in the next update. “While it is indeed unusual to read a new ‘feature’ this way, there is precedent in that something that was not strictly a security vulnerability in comments was back-ported to previous versions for the good of the community as a whole.”
It notes that the 5.8 update is scheduled for July 2021, while FLoC will likely be rolling out this month.
Personally, I really like that WordPress is interested in protecting its users from Google’s FLoC. I’ve been using WordPress for my personal blog for years. It is really nice to know that WordPress is taking the preemptive steps to ensure that Google cannot inflict FLoC on WordPress sites.
Wordfence has launched the WordPress Security Learning Center. It is a comprehensive guide that has been designed to help the WordPress community learn about website security and how to protect their websites from attackers.
The WordPress Security Learning Center has been created for learners of every skill level. Those that are new to WordPress, or not yet confident about their tech knowledge, can start with a solid introduction to WordPress security.
Those with considerable experience can view the resources for expert developers. It really is for anybody who wants to learn more about WordPress Security.
Every article on the WordPress Security Learning Center has been labeled in order to make the difficulty level of it as clear as possible. Options include: “Basics”, “Intermediate” and “Advanced”.
You can find tutorials from beginner to advanced and developer level, helpful information about security threats and attack types, and guides for developers to help them avoid writing vulnerabilities and to penetration test their own code. Content includes in-depth articles, videos, industry survey results, helpful graphics, and more.
The WordPress Security Learning Center is a completely free resource. Anyone who wants to can visit the website, browse the resources, and start learning. Registration is not required. No payment is needed. There is no “offer”, signup, subscription, or anything like that. You don’t have to enter an email address before you can see the content. It is easily accessible.
I you run a blog then odds are you are using WordPress as your content management system. One of the most popular plugins is Jetpack — a great solution for site stats that provides much better information than what is provided by default. Now the two have combined for an interactive annual report.
It is not clear which is behind this, or if WordPress is providing this information to non-Jetpack users, as the email comes from WordPress, while the site linked within it takes you to a Jetpack.me location. Either way, it’s a interesting, and highly interactive look at your site’s 2012 history.
Included are lists of top posts by traffic, top commentors, where the traffic came from — location, referring site and more. The email went out early this morning and a link also now appears at the top of site stats page. It also allows you to make the stats public and share them with your readers.
“Our stats helper monkeys have been busy putting together a personalized report detailing how your blog did in 2012!”
Facebook is always looking for ways to integrate with outside platforms. It just launched something called Facebook for WordPress plugin. It enables bloggers to make their WordPress blog more social, “in a couple of clicks”. You don’t have to know how to do coding in order to make it work. Facebook has created a page that will talk you through exactly what to do.
Unlike some of the other plugins that connect to Facebook, this one was built by Facebook engineers. It seems to me that if Facebook created it, in house, that Facebook should be able to continuously update the Facebook for WordPress plugin in order to make it work with whatever changes happen to Facebook in the future. We all know that Facebook loves to change things around!
What does it do? According to Matt Kelly, who is an engineer at Facebook, it makes social publishing much easier. He said in a blog post:
“Once the plugin is installed, you can cross-post content published to WordPress to your Facebook Timeline and the Facebook pages you manage. You can also mention the names of Pages and friends as you post to further distribute your content”.
This is great for people who have a personal blog that they like to post updates about onto their Facebook page. It is also excellent for podcasters who use WordPress to post their show notes. It makes the process of adding links to your Facebook page, and the Facebook page for your podcasts, much more streamlined.
As a podcaster, I can see how the Facebook for WordPress plugin would make my life easier. Right now, when I finish the show notes for a podcast, I go into Facebook and manually copy and paste the link from my WordPress blog onto my Facebook page.
I have to do it again in order to post the link to the episode onto a Facebook page my husband and I share, (where we post all our creative projects). If I want to let a band that I played in that episode know about it, I have hunt down their Facebook page, and then post the link, again. The plugin is going to let me do all of that right from my WordPress blog. This will save a lot of time!
Recently a study was released by Pingdom regarding the content management systems (CMS) used by the web’s top blogs and, perhaps not surprisingly, almost half of those sites were powered by WordPress. 48 of the top 100 are using WordPress as their backend system, while Movable Type, the second most used CMS, powers only 7 of the top 100 blogs.
To break the numbers down a bit further, 39 sites were using WordPress and an additional 9 were hosted by WordPress. In addition, 12 sites used their own custom CMS, Typepad accounted for 8 blogs, and at the bottom end, one was using Tumblr and one was on Diderot. Gawker sites all run on their own custom software and counts under “Gawker” as opposed to “Custom”. There is a smattering of Blogger, Drupal, BlogSmith, and others, while 8 blogs declined to answer. You can check out the chart below to see the full breakdown.
Most everyone who has a website knows about, and worries about, search engine optimization (SEO). There is certainly no shortage of tools available either, especially for WordPress users. There are “all-in-one” solutions like All in One SEO Pack, Platinum SEO, and WordPress SEO. There are niche solutions like SEO Smart Links, SEO Friendly Images, and many more.
Skyrocket SEO recently conducted a survey to see what tools people are actually using. They put their results together and created an infographic that shows what the “experts” are using. It provides some good insight into tools you may not have been familiar with and also into what the current thinking is and how fast these things move. For instance, 85% would change software if something better came along. BuzzStream tied MajesticSEO for the most used software with 32% usage, while only 7% used Screaming Frog.
The infographic is posted below (click to enlarge it). If you have other tools or plugins that you use then let us know in the comments below.
WebOS is the most underrated mobile operating system on the market. It has everything but a large user-base. So, it seems a bit strange that WordPress has chosen it to be the first recipient of their new visual editor app. Android, with the largest market share, would have been a no-brainer, iOS would have seemed logical, and Windows Phone would not have been a major surprise (Microsoft has been know to throw some money the way of developers for things like this), but it landed on WebOS.
WordPress already has rudimentary apps available for Android and iOS, but they lack the power and functionality of the WebOS release.
The WebOS WordPress app uses sliding panes to navigate between various sections and editors. You can easily edit text, add media, and get a preview of what your post will look like before publishing it to a website. You can not only moderate comments on your posts, but also get notifications when new comments arrive through the WebOS’s native notification system.
The app supports both WordPress.com hosted sites and self-hosted sites also. WordPress for webOS is a free app and is available for the HP TouchPad through HP’s App Catalog. You can watch a walk-through video below.