This week LottieFiles, InstaWP, JetPack modular and more in our weekly specialized selection of WordPress links.
LottieFiles releases the official WordPress plugin. The JSON-based format of Lottie files was created by the Airbnb design team and became popular due to its small file size (600% smaller compared to GIFs), among other benefits. Lottie files can be used on iOS, Android, web, and React Native without modification. To use the free LottieFiles plugin you need to create a free account. You will also be given the option to share the account with other users and copy Lottie’s files to the WordPress media library.plugin Editor Plus also includes a block for inserting Lottie animations.
InstaWP receives investment from Automattic. In How to Build a Block Theme from Scratch (Using Pootlepress and FSE Full Site Edition) -in spanish- we discussed a code-free web development method using the shortcut implemented in Pootlepress. Said method is based on the automatic implementation of a test site in InstaWP. The news is that Vikas announced that it had received an investment from Automattic.
Build your own Jetpack, now with individual plugins. I never liked Jetpack. In fact, I have never installed it on any of the websites I have developed. But this week’s news opens up the possibility of us testing the modular version of Jetpack. Free to use plugins are: Protect (scans for vulnerabilities in WordPress core, themes, and plugins), Boost (improves site speed and SEO in just a few clicks, and Social (automatically shares new posts and products on social channels) Plugins that require a paid plan are: Backup (real-time site backups on Automattic’s cloud infrastructure), CRM (optimizes communication, provides better customer service and increases sales) and Search (helps visitors find what they are looking for).
Gutenberg 13.3 introduces the experimental table of contents block. Gutenberg is the experimental plugin whose features are ahead of WordPress core. Version 13.3, released this week, introduces a new table of contents block. The block automatically detects heading blocks within the content and displays them with anchor links that jump to each section. to the release to see the full list of changes in this version of the plugin.
WordPress Vulnerability Report: June 1, 2022. Vulnerable plugins and themes are the main reason why WordPress websites can be hacked. The weekly WordPress vulnerability report powered by WPScan, and served by iThemes Security, covers the top vulnerabilities, recent WordPress theme and plugins, and what to do if you run one of the vulnerable plugins or themes on your website. This report will be brought to you weekly in this newsletter to help keep you safe 🙂
The CIA Cybersecurity Triad: What You Need to Know as a WordPress Site Owner. One of the characteristics of the websites that we develop at Blogpocket is security. The plugin we recommend is Wordfence. And on the Wordfence blog you can find a lot of relevant information when it comes to making a WordPress website more secure. One of the core concepts of cybersecurity is known as the CIA triad. There are three pillars in the triad, and each pillar is designed to address one aspect of data security. These three pillars are Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability.
Minimalism in the Real World: A Life Without Sidebars. Brian Gardner is a Chicago-based designer, WordPress expert, and founder of Minimologie, an independent design studio. He currently leads WordPress developer relations at WP Engine and is the creator of Frost. This week he stars in the guest section of WP Owls proposing several interesting links related to minimalist web design. There are plenty of places to find inspiration for your next minimalist web design project. Whether you’re looking for general ideas or need help with the details, awwwards will help you get started on your next masterpiece.
Optimize crawling, for the environment. Valk’s Joost writes that Radar estimates that currently 32% of web traffic is bots. That means that 32% of the energy used to serve websites is used by bots. Search engines are super eager to crawl. They will literally crawl whatever a URL looks like to them. This means that every URL you create will be crawled, and therefore every URL you create will have an impact. This exciting article talks about what that means and how we can optimize crawling.