This Month In WordPress — December 2014 Edition

Posted on December 29, 2014 by in General News | 6 comments

This Month In WordPress — December 2014 Edition

Well, it’s finally arrived. 2014 is all wrapped up and 2015 is ramping up to be yet another exciting year. I still can’t believe how time flew this year!

To wrap up the year in a truly elegant fashion (see what I did there? *wink*), here is the best WordPress related news from the month of December.

WordPress In December

WordPress Core Update — Oh, Dinah!

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The minds behind WordPress decided to end the year with a bang with the release of WordPress 4.1. The release was affectionately named “Dinah” after the ever amazing and soulful jazz singer Dinah Washington. (Did anyone else catch that all the recent releases have been attributed to Jazz artists?)

The release has quite a few nice things that have been cleaned up and added including a slight update to the distraction-free mode, new options for selecting a language for WordPress (after install), easier options for editing media in your post, and much more.

The WordPress update also came with the new theme release called, Twenty Fifteen which looks to be one of the best, if the not best, annual theme release from the WordPress team to date.

To learn more about the update can check out Nick’s post here on the blog or the one over at WP Tavern.

Jetpack Update

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Jetpack users may be happy about the new 3.3 update to the popular plugin. The product now offers users a dashboard management feature which allows them to access and manage many aspects on both .com and .org WordPress sites.

This new feature includes the ability to update plugins and access all your sites’ that are connected with Jetpack.

Revolution Bummer

RevSlider Plugin

RevSlider Plugin Boo-boo

If you’re a Slider Revolution/RevSlider user, you’ll want to pay attention to this section of the post most of all.

In the middle of December, a huge malware attack, nicknamed SoakSoak, hit around 100,000 WordPress power sites — a pretty big attack on the popular Content Management System. The team at Sucuri did some digging on the attack and discovered that the reason it was so large and effective was due to a vulnerability in old versions of the Slider Revolution plugin.

Google has blacklisted quite a few of the sites hit by this attack, and recovering from the damage is bound to be a long road for more than a few.

If you bought a theme from a site like ThemeForest that bundled the plugin in your purchase or you believe that you may have the plugin on your site (either active or inactive), now is the time to get things figured out. Even if you haven’t been using the RevSlider there is a large lesson to be learned in this attack — namely that updates are not just important, but they are vital to a healthy site.

The WordPress Plugin Directory Just Got A Bit of Competition

Best New Plugins Section on ManageWP.org

Best New Plugins Section on ManageWP.org

It takes a quite a bit of sorting and research to find a free plugin that is actually worth using. But with the help of the new section on ManageWP.org, finding the best of the best is now much easier.

The Best New Plugins section, as it is named on the site, helps those seeking a new plugin for their site by narrowing down the selection by category and then by rating. You can view the plugin details, download plugins and even compare plugins to see which is the best choice.

It a pretty cool tool, and one that we all should bookmark.

Other WordPress Related News In December

Highlights From The Elegant Themes Blog

  • How To Add Pagination To WordPress | Pagination is a nice user-friendly addition that some blogs lack. Thankfully, adding it to your WordPress site isn’t all that difficult. Jay offers tips on how to do this both manually and with the use of plugins.
  • A/B Testing With WordPress: The What, Why, And How | A/B Testing is a more of a science than an art, but it is easier than it sounds. In this post, I explained what split testing is and what you can use to help your conversion rate on your site.
  • A Quick Guide To Creative Commons Image Plugins For WordPress | Searching for pictures to use in posts can be time-consuming. However, with the use of Creative Commons Image plugins, it doesn’t have to be so hard. Nathan gives some plugin suggestions that are sure to help your posts along the way.
  • How To Add Open Graph Meta Tags To WordPress | Using Open Graph Tags in WordPress sites is becoming quite popular these days. If you want to keep up with the trend, then Jay’s post will help you to integrate the tag function into your site to help boost your Social Media exposure and sharing.
  • The Big Debate—WordPress Trackbacks And Pingbacks: Are They Dead? | Trackbacks and Pingbacks are not new to WordPress, but are they actually worth the time using? There is a bit of a debate about these — most people hate them while others find them useful. But what’s your take on the systems? Be sure to add your thoughts to either side of the argument.
  • A Simple Guide To Rich Snippets For WordPress | Yet another trend on the rise is the use of Rich Snippets. Nathan’s guide makes it easy to understand what they are and offers great suggestions for implementing them in your blog or site.
  • How To Manage And Monitor Your Online Reputation | It is a common saying that it takes a lifetime to build a good reputation and only one moment to destroy it — kind of a scary thought when you think about how much of our lives are up for grabs in this online powered world. If you want to keep the power in your hands, then Brenda’s post is sure to resonate with more than a few.
  • How To Hide The Fact That Your Website Runs On WordPress | WordPress is great, but not everyone wants the world to know that they’re running their site on it. Want to hide your WP loyalties? KeriLynn shows methods for doing just that.

Wrapping It Up

2014 has been one of the most exciting years for me so far, and I’m sure that many of you can say the same thing. The new year is sure to bring more great blog posts and products in the WordPress community and it’s been an amazing journey to get to know the community here on Elegant Themes.

I hope you all have had a great December and that the new year brings you even more awesomeness!

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6 Comments

  1. That news has us on the theme “Extra”???

    I figured it iva launched in November or this year

  2. I really appreciate the ET blogs, they have a lot of good and useful information. At the same time I (and probably some more) are getting a bit baffled that there has not been a single new theme released by ET since December 2013! Unless one counts the updated version of DIVI that was released in July 2014 as a new theme. Any news on the arrival of the EXTRA theme that was introduced in June?

  3. Completely agree with Jose and Sigurfreyr: love most of the blogs, but I was a member for the THEMES. No longer, my subscription just ended and for now I am not going to renew it.

    I don’t like Divi (not saying it’s bad, just that it doesn’t work very well for me personally) and though I am curious for Extra, it’s launch (someday, maybe) doesn’t justify the cost of a year’s subscription for me. The vast majority of the older themes really don’t qualify as modern theme’s for me anymore. Most are not responsive, for starters, or just getting old in the teeth.

    Come on ElegantTHEMES, surprise me and many others and deliver some new themes please…!

  4. Firstly, thanks Ariel Rule for this great effort.

    Secondly, from my little experience, if you really know DIVI, you will not ask for more. With little CSS knowledge you can create ‘any theme’ you want. However, my suggestion is to improve blog articles from readers/members feedback. For example, let members suggest subjects or making surveys to know what reader expect. For me, the most interesting articles those related to customization. Specifically DIVI customization. Just remember ‘Nerd Nomads’ article, even though the subject was related to ‘Adventure’ the majority of reader was asking about how they used Divi to create that website.

  5. i suspect the daily blogs are a double win for ET in that they improve the google search and act as some sort of click bait to ET website and… that they keep the paying members passive. But I don’t for a moment think the ET team are sitting on their backsides doing nothing.

    In fact I wonder what they are doing? lol, they really should give us some clues apart from leading us on with Extra – which face it will be just another theme….. Divi 2 is great but can be improved further if they read some of the forums. ie: improved handling of the slider.

    and if I may keep going on about it, who needs more than Divi anyway? I really hope that ET will continue to invest in this ultimate theme building product.

    I also note that Jetpack continues to be a plugin killer. and is worth a revisit if you haven’t seen it for a while.

    btw: I do wish they would improve the builder plugin (to match the divi builder) and I also think their ‘anticipate’ plugin is out of date. 🙂

  6. I used Jetpack Plugin and Woocommerce plugin on my site. But now I am using Woocommerce only, because Jetpack consumed the resources too much, my web hosting provider warned me to deactivate it. I would use it again surely if I have more powerful server in the future.

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