Matt Mullenweg’s State of The Word, 2018

“State of the Word” is a big thing for anyone who is involved with WordPress.  This year’s “State of the Word” is even more important, following the release of WordPress 5.0 and the switch over to Gutenberg editor.

If an almost one hour talk is too much for you, then read through the Post Status summary of the talk with all the highlights and useful links.

WordPress 5.0

WordPress 5.0 has been released today.  It is by far the largest update to the system since … since I can remember.  In fact, to some, it might look like a completely different system, thanks to a totally new editing experience – Gutenberg.

I have already upgraded this blog to the new version, and I’m writing this post with the new editor.  It is awesome!  It’ll take some getting used, but not because it’s difficult, rather because I’ve been using WordPress for too long.

I also can’t wait to see what all the creative people will come up with in their themes and plugins, pushing WordPress websites to the new high.

Great work and huge thanks to everyone involved!

CMS Scanner: Scan WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, vBulletin websites for Security issues

CMS Scanner is a security tool from Open Security crew that you can host locally and use for security scans of WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, and vBulletin websites.  I think that having an automated tool like that is way better and more productive than a thousand blog posts on how to secure your installation of a particular software.

WordPress Configuration Cheat Sheet

WordPress Configuration Cheat Sheet” is a collection of about 10 tips for a more secure WordPress configuration file.  Obviously, not all of them can always be applied, but it’s a good idea to review your own settings once in a while and to disable unnecessary bits.

The Complete Guide to WordPress Performance Optimization

SitePoint runs an extensive guide to the WordPress performance optimization.  Not only it goes over the usual points like hosting selection and avoiding unnecessary plugins, but it also provides some insight into the WordPress database management and optimization, web server tweaks, and links to a few handy tools to help with performance of your site.