50,000+ Active WordPress Users for wpCentral

We take great pride in announcing that wpCentral has reached 50,000+ Active WordPress installs on 14th November, 2019. This is the first step towards making wpCentral the best WordPress Website Management tool.

It is a great achievement which we would like to share with our users. We would like to thank our users for all their help and support.

We have recently launched a new feature Post Management and we are working on Comments Management next. You can find our entire documentation here.

About wpCentral

wpCentral is a single-dashboard panel where users can manage all their WordPress Websites. By managing we mean:

  • Users can login to their website’s admin dashboard on just one click without the need to remember the admin credentials of each website.
  • Users can manage the plugins and themes (activate, deactivate, delete, install, update, etc) on just single click.
  • Users can manage their posts easily. Users can even Publish a post present on one website to another website on just single click.
  • Users can secure their websites by creating Backups.
  • Users can create remote backups on servers using FTP/FTPS, SFTP, on dropbox, google drive, etc
  • Users can also automate their backups by setting a particular schedule.
  • Users can also make a new WordPress install on their existing/new website using wpCentral on a single click.
  • Users can also create sets of their favourite plugins and themes which they can install on any website on just one click.

We are working hard in making wpCentral a single stop solution to all the management issues faced by users while managing their WordPress websites.

We welcome our user’s suggestions at support@wpcentral.co. Also, our support team is highly active in resolving any issues faced, again at support@wpcentral.co.

99 Robots Header Footer Code Manager

Every site will eventually need to add snippets to the header or footer, or above or below the content of posts or pages. Most site owners are afraid they may inadvertently break their site by adding code or placing snippets in the wrong place. No need to stress over this. 99 Robots have the perfect solution for you! Using their FREE Header Footer Code Manager (HFCM), you can easily add code snippets exactly where you want and eliminate the need for a dozen or more plugins just to perform such actions.

What’s even great about this plugin is that you never lose your code snippets when switching or changing themes. You’ll also know exactly which snippets are loading on your site, where they display, and who added them. This free plugin is loaded with the following features:

  • Add an unlimited number of scripts and styles anywhere and on any post/page.
  • Manage which posts or pages the script loads.
  • Supports custom post types.
  • Supports the ability to load only on a specific post or page or latest posts.
  • Control where exactly on the page the script is loaded – header, footer, before content, or after content.
  • Scripts can load only on desktops or mobile. Enable or disable one or the other.
  • Use shortcodes to manually place the code anywhere & track it in one place with the rest of your snippets.
  • Label every snippet for easy reference.
  • Plugin logs which user added and last edited the snippet, and when.

You also have page display options such as:

  • Sitewide on every post/page with the ability to exclude certain posts/pages
  • Specific post
  • Specific page
  • Specific category
  • Specific tag
  • Specific post type (posts, pages, custom post types)
  • Latest posts only (you choose how many)
  • Manually place using shortcodes

You can load snippets in the following locations:

  • Header
  • Footer
  • Top of content*
  • Bottom of content*

*(For pages & posts created using WordPress coding standards i.e. using the the_content() hook)

Of course, you have device options such as:

  • Show on All Devices
  • Only Desktop
  • Only Mobile Devices

There is a huge list of supported services:

  • Google Analytics
  • Google Adsense
  • Google Tag Manager
  • Clicky Web Analytics or other analytics tracking scripts
  • Chat modules such as Olark, Drip, etc
  • Pinterest site verification
  • Facebook Pixels, Facebook Scripts, Facebook image tag
  • Google Conversion Pixels
  • Twitter
  • Heatmaps from Crazy Egg, notification bars Hello Bar, etc.
  • It can accept ANY code snippet (HTML / Javascript / CSS) from any service
  • and the list goes on and on…

Installation is super easy. Just upload the 99robots-header-footer-code-manager to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.

OR

Navigate to the WordPress Plugins page > Add New > Search for Header Footer Code Manager > Click on Install > Click on Activate. It’s that simple!

Finally, go to the plugins page to see instructions for shortcode and PHP template tags.

Plugin WordPress URL: https://wordpress.org/plugins/header-footer-code-manager/#developers

Plugin Documentation: https://99robots.com/docs/header-footer-code-manager/

After activating the plugin, you can click on settings link under the plugin name OR you can click the HFCM tab on the left side navigation. 

From there, you can add, edit, remove and review code snippets.

In order to add snippets to your posts/pages, with version 1.1.4 of the HFCM plugin, 99 Robots have replaced the Specific Custom Post Types with the ability to add code to All Post Types which include posts, pages, attachments, and custom post types.

Adding snippets to your header or footer has never been easier. With 99 RobotsFREE Header Footer Code Manager, this has now become easy. Trusted by many, the HFCM has over 80,000+ active installs! No longer a need for dozens of plugins and it takes the guesswork out of adding snippets in the correct place.

wpCentral 1.4.7 Launched

wpCentral Team has launched a new version 1.4.7

Following is the list of changes:

1) [Bug Fix] : Featured Image was not published while publishing the post using wpCentral. This is fixed now.

2) [Bug Fix] : When a draft post was published using wpCentral, it created a new post instead of publishing the existing one. This is also fixed.

Many features are yet to come.

Regards,
The wpCentral Team

wpCentral 1.4.6 Launched

wpCentral Team has launched a new version 1.4.6

Following is the list of changes:

1) [Feature] : Users can now manage their WordPress website’s Posts from wpCentral Panel. You can follow the guide for the same here.

2)[Bug Fix] : WordPress websites failed to add in wpCentral as we were posting data along with establishing the connection. This was blocked by some websites causing the issue. This is fixed now.

Regards,
The wpCentral Team

WordPress 5.3 to be released this month: Here’s what to expect from it

Constant evolution is at the core of WordPress and it is the main reason behind its success. It keeps on introducing new versions with better performance, UI, and security. This year the company is all set to introduce their latest version WordPress 5.3 which is scheduled this month. Let us see what is in there for you in WordPress 5.3: 

Better admin area

WordPress 5.3 will introduce a few minor yet useful changes to the user interface that may skip the attention at first but it will enable the users to quickly locate the required fields, buttons, etc. that enhance the accessibility and makes it easier to work.

Notable Changes

·         Better color contrast between the form fields and buttons

·         Visual parity between the editor and the WordPress admin area.

New Theme

WordPress 5.3 will also add a new member to the WP theme family, the theme named Twenty-Twenty is based on the WordPress.org theme Chaplin. Anders Noren is the designer of Twenty-Twenty Theme.

Notable Changes

·         Graceful typography using Inter font with a better height which makes it easier to read on small mobile devices

·         A confident extra bold look to the headlines quickly attracts the eye and facilitates skim reading for site visitors on the go

·         Improved content layout schemes for better flexibility and extended control

·         Wise use of Bold, Italics, etc. for different sections offer a cogent and retina-friendly appeal

PHP 5.6 Spread Operator

WordPress 5.3 will use PHP 5.6 Spread Operator at several key sections/places that will help in decluttering the code and boosting the site loading speed. 

Notable Points

·         Your WP site will now load more quickly and enjoy a better performance

·         It would be a great asset for the heavy websites

Gutenberg Block Editor

The theme empowers the users to explore the maximum potential of the Gutenberg Block editor and is compatible with the top page builders. It will also allow the users to design an exotic and unique layout to exhibit their content more impressively with improved visual appearance.

Grouping Blocks

It offers an easy and quick way to group your blogs with an intuitive drag and drop process. All you have to do is to type /group, drag your desired Group block and insert it in the group block. 

·         Repeating/copying the same style for multiple blocks

·         More efficient working with several blocks

·         Drag the existing blocks into a group or create entirely new groups and add blocks inside the same. You can also ungroup them if need be.

Block appended

The block appended will now be presented in a dedicated empty area making it easier, quite intuitive to locate it.

·         You just need to select the desired block and click the group from the ellipses menu.

New Image Style

The new image block helps you to offer a better appeal to your images.

·         With the new image block, you can select from the two styles- Circle and Default- to enhance the look of your image with a masked background. 

Column Block

The new column block enables you to select the desired column layout or customize the column width by using the column setting menu. Creating multi-column layouts has now become less difficult thanks to the cleaner look of the add new block inside the columns. 

·         The single-column layout comes without any sidebar and offers a prime look to the main content. At the bottom, there are two areas where you can add the desired widget to customize the appeal.

·         The theme works well with the top WP page builders like

Improved Table Block

This version also enables the users to give a better, visual look to their tables with the help of a wide style menu to choose your desired style. Furthermore the ability to add table row stripes will allow you to accentuate the look of your table rows.

·         You can offer a more enhanced look to your table by applying different styles.

·         You can also enhance the appeal of table rows by adding stripes.

·         You can add header/footer rows to your table.

Give distinct appeal to Latest Posts Block

The users can now offer a distinct look to their latest posts to make them stand out

·         The new version enables them to adjust the length of their latest posts and also add excerpts with them.

New Button Block

The button block improvements empower you to set the desired border-radius and target. Now you also can add the real attribute to the link which allows you to load link in a new tab and use a no-follow option.

·         With the improved button block, you can now customize the border-radius

·         The new version will allow you to make the button links to follow or open them in a separate window as you can now set the target and even add real attribute.

Social Links Block

The new version offers you the social links block that will allow you to add social media icons to the blog or page content,

·         While it contains the icons of the top social media websites, you also have the option to insert the other social media icons.

·         The improved social links block will make it easier for the users to add or remove the social media icons at your desired location in the post/page.

·         The improved social links block will make it easier for the users to quickly add the social media icons. You can link the icons to the relevant social media platforms and can also add your desired social media website.

Admin Email Verification

Missing important messages could be costly and to eliminate this possibility, the WordPress will now make it mandatory to verify your Admin Email so that all the latest notifications and WP communications can be sent to your registered admin email address.

·         It will now be mandatory for the users to verify their new email addresses that make sure that they should not miss any important WordPress communication

Admin Login Page changes

Both desktop and mobile users will be able to see or hide their password with the help of an easy password show/hide toggle feature

How will the new version help you in day to day management?

You must be eager to know the major ways in which the new version will help you in your daily WP management. The above paragraphs must already have given you a better idea of the key usability features. Here are a few more ways in which it will enrich your user experience:

Saving uploading progress

Uploading large images and heavy resources can take time and it seems annoying if the uploading fails in the middle. The new WordPress now supports resuming the upload from the previous progress instead of starting it all over again. For instance, if a large-sized image caused the uploading to fail just after 35% of completion then the WordPress will save 35% progress. So, when you again resume the uploading, it will proceed from 35% instead of restarting from zero.

Image Rotation

Automatic Image rotation help your images rotate accurately during uploading (as per its EXIF rotations)

Default Site Health Checks with leaner interface

The default Site Health Checker with a lean interface would now tell you whether the site is Okay or Needs Improvement. However, it will not display the scores in percentage depending upon the improvements made.

On the status tab you would see the improvements needed for getting cent percent score.

Date and Time Component

The new version will also allow the users to better manage their data and time components.

SEO Benefits

The new version has made some key improvements in HTML that gives it a more valid approach and helps your website to communicate with search engine bots more efficiently. It is a significant improvement as the invalid code triggers multiple errors and makes it harder for the bots to index your site. Additionally, it can also reduce the speed and increase bounce rates. All these factors can hurt your site- both in the short term (less conversion rate) and long term (lower ranking or reduced visibility). 

The new improvements in codes allows the sites to enjoy better code validity that can significantly reduce the number of warnings that your site has to face while going through the validation routes. 

Conclusion

WordPress 5.3 is stated to release this month and the new version will bring some small yet positive changes. It will not only offer a more friendly interface but also enrich the visual appeal of web pages and blog posts.

Pagelayer Reaches 100,000+ Active WordPress Users

Pagelayer – the new easy to use website and page builder for WordPress announced on the 17th of September, 2019 that it has achieved a new milestone of reaching 100,000+ Active WordPress installs :
https://pagelayer.com/blog/pagelayer-reaches-100000-active-wordpress-users/

Pagelayer has been growing steadily and new features are being introduced really fast. The new version Pagelayer 0.9.9 was launched a week back with new features. The Pagelayer team is working hard to improve it daily and make it the best Page / Site Builder for WordPress. A premium version of Pagelayer is also soon going to be launched. The Pagelayer team has recently added more documentation on their website and are making video tutorials for users.

About Pagelayer
PageLayer is a WordPress page builder plugin. Its very easy to use and very light on the browser. Pagelayer works with any WordPress theme. Pagelayer is a real time editor and you can create beautiful web pages in a few minutes !

New security fixes in WordPress 5.2.3

New Security Fixes in WordPress 5.2.3

A short-cycle maintenance release of WordPress was presented during the last week with the latest security fixes and performance enhancements- totaling 29 in all. 

Latest Fixes and enhancements in WordPress 5.3.2

It is worth mentioning that as many as 6 issues relate to XSS vulnerabilities during different processes like post preview, URL sanitation, etc. Along with that, the previous WordPress versions have also been updated by jQuery JavaScript library updates and bug fixes. 

Details of Key updates 

·         XSS vulnerability in the post preview and post comments

·         Open redirect vulnerability during the validation process or sanitization 

·         XSS vulnerability while uploading media.

·         XSS vulnerability in shortcode preview

·         Reflected XSS in the dashboard

·         XSS threat while sanitizing URL

·         The jQuery of the previous version has also been updated

Understanding the attack terminology 

·         Reflected XSS Vulnerability:  In reflected XSS vulnerability, the inputs from post or URL are reflected on the live page without being saved. It gives attackers a chance to slyly inject their malicious code.

·         As the attacker uses trusted websites as a carrier, the browser of the end-users trust the script.  It thus starts executing the script. Once activated, the malicious script can access sensitive data saved on the end-users’ browser (like saved passwords or payment cards), cookies, etc. The advanced malicious scripts can even interfere with the original website.

·          With the help of the XSS attack, the attacker can hijack your session and perform unauthorized activities. The attacker can also steal sensitive information or perform phishing attacks.

·         Open Redirect Vulnerability: When the site redirects you to a specific webpage using your submitted link it is known as open redirection. The attackers can use the flaws/loopholes during this process and redirects the users to their desired pages (instead of designated original page).

·         For example, if you are being redirected to a submission form and the site is afflicted with open redirect vulnerability, then the attackers can exploit that vulnerability to quietly intrude and redirect you to his fake form with similar look and feel.

When you fill your sensitive information (payment cards, passwords, social security information, etc) and submit it, the entire information is sent to the attacker who can misuse the information for their vested interests. Two major ways in which open redirect vulnerability is exploited by the attackers are stealing the sensitive information to misuse it (with the help of identical forms) and redirecting you to their websites that can eventually facilitate XSS attacks.

Update your WP site to the version WordPress 5.2.3

If you have not yet updated your WP to the latest version 5.2.3, here is how you can update it now:

·         Login to your WordPress dashboard using your login credentials

·         Look for Updates menu in your admin area

·         Click the button “Update Now”

·         No other action is required. Wait until the updating process is finished. That’s all!

Conclusion

WordPress periodically introduces new and improved versions for better performance and enhanced security. Recently it introduced a security and maintenance update- WordPress version 5.2.3. The security loopholes patched in this release might not seem to be of high significance. However, in the wake of the increasing number of cyber threats and attacks, it is highly imperative to update your WP site as soon as any updated version (major or minor) is released.

Twenty Twenty Theme: Unbiased review with pros, cons and updated information

Twenty Twenty Theme

WordPress is all set to offer its users a brand new theme named Twenty Twenty. The theme is developed by Noren Chaplin and comes with some cool features and a fresh outlook.

About Twenty Twenty Theme

While it is based on an already exiting theme Chaplin (by Noren), the Twenty Twenty successfully brandish a unique personality of its own with just a subtle hint of its predecessor. Using an existing theme as a base would facilitate and speed up the development process.

Visual appeal of Twenty Twenty theme

In the online announcement post Noren displayed some pictures of the theme Twenty Twenty sporting a fresh look with bolder typography, retina friendly fonts, and a reader-friendly visual display. Some portions of the theme may also remind you of the traditional look of old newspapers.

Major features of Twenty Twenty theme

The theme is versatile and can be used for diverse purposes like creating a blog, building business sites, etc.  One of the key features of this theme is extended control over the blocks that allow the designers to quickly edit different sections of the same page while retaining the uniform appeal. In other words, it helps the designers to visually communicate their idea to the readers with better clarity.

The first default WP theme with variable fonts

Unlike other default WP themes, this theme will come with variable font version that will allow the users to have extended control over font customization for a better UX and readability. It would also save their time and efforts in choosing the different fonts from a wide selection.

For the uninformed, the variable font provides a font file comprising a massive collection of different variants of the same font.

Understanding practical benefits of variable fonts

To be more specific you might love Calibri but want it to be “little less curvaceous”. In the present default WP theme, you would have to go with the “next best” font available (like Georgia, serif, comic, etc.) that compels you to compromise with your choice.

By introducing Variable Fonts the Twenty Twenty would allow you to go beyond this creative threshold. You don’t have to look for “next best substitute” of Calibri font. The variable font file provides you hundreds of “Calibri” variants enabling you to choose just the precise Calibri variant (“less curvaceous”) you want to use for your site content. To be more precise it allows you to use your favourite Calibri font but a little straighter.

A clear improvement over Chaplin

One can see a clear improvement over its predecessor Chaplin that looked more suitable for businesses and professional sites. Though Chaplin could be customized for blogs, it lacked the relevant visual impact.

The Twenty Twenty theme can be customized to precisely suit the visual intent of business sites as well as blogs. For instance, the bloggers would love the central column for highlighting their content while the businesses can extensively customize the content placement. Besides, the users have more flexibility to add or edit design elements, insert media files, change columns, etc.

Regarding release date and availability

It is believed that the Twenty Twenty would be beta released on 23rd September (the date when the release of WordPress 5.3 version is scheduled). The official launch of steady version would require you to wait longer as the possible release date is 12th November 2019.

To have an initial practical experience of the theme you can also download its current version from Github.

Pros

·         Clean and bolder look

·         The first default WP theme to support variable font (for better control over font’s legibility)

·         Extensive block editing for more control over the visual ecosystem

·         Lightweight to promise quick page loading speed

Cons

·         The first look gives the impression that it would be primarily suitable for blogs and magazines

Key details and relevant links

·         Theme Design Leader: Andres Noren

·         Development In Charge: Ian Belanger

·         Theme review team representative: Poena

·         Github Downloading link: https://github.com/WordPress/twentytwenty

News Sources

https://make.wordpress.org/core/2019/09/06/introducing-twenty-twenty/

https://devotepress.com/wordpress-news/wordpress/twenty-twenty-new-default-theme-wordpress-5-3/

https://wptavern.com/first-look-at-twenty-twenty-new-wordpress-default-theme-based-on-chaplain

Image credits

http://make.wordpress.org/core/2019/09/06/introducing-twenty-twenty/

Pagelayer 0.9.8 Released

The Pagelayer team has released version 0.9.8.
This version has many UI and UX improvements for the Pagelayer Editor.
The following is a list of changes :

  • [Task] In the editor, improved the widget border colors for better user experience
  • [Task] Improved the right click options UI and added icons
  • [Task] The widget left bar has been improved
  • [Task] Improved the search box UI in the left bar
  • [Task] The widget properties UI has been improved
  • [Task] The editor bottom bar UI has been improved
  • [Bug Fix] Testimonial widget was not working. This is fixed.

The Pagelayer team will be launching many more changes in the upcoming version they have thanked the WordPress community as they have reached 80000+ users.

The following is a screenshot of the new 0.9.8 :

The New UI in 0.9.8

About Pagelayer
PageLayer is a WordPress page builder plugin. Its very easy to use and very light on the browser. Pagelayer works with any WordPress theme. Pagelayer is a real time editor and you can create beautiful web pages in a few minutes !