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Say Hello to PublishPress

We’ve just released a new plugin called PublishPress.

The goal of PublishPress is to become an essential plugin for any WordPress site with multiple writers.

PublishPress gives you the tools to set up a custom publishing workflow. Here are just a few of the key features:

  • You can see all your scheduled posts in a single calendar view.
  • Inside WordPress, you can have collaborative discussions about each post.
  • Your team can choose custom post statuses, and get beyond simply “Draft” and “Pending Review”.
  • You can set requirements that must be met for content to published.
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How to Write in Google Docs and Publish in WordPress

Automattic has just released a Google Chrome add-on that allows you to write posts in Google Docs and send them to your WordPress sites.

Why Google Docs? Matt Mullenweg had this to say:

[Google Docs] is probably the best collaborative document editor on the planet right now … We’re going to look into some collaborative features [for WordPress], but Google’s annotations, comments, and real-time co-editing are years ahead there.

We really curious about this announcement. First, it sounds like a really cool tool for WordPress users. Second, over the last few months, we’ve been building the EmbedPress plugin, which allows you add content to WordPress just using the URL of Google Docs, Sheets, Maps and more.

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Updating Your WordPress Website Made Easy

Keeping your WordPress version up-to-date is one of the most important tasks for any website owner.

The latest WordPress version means added security for your site and its visitors.

However, if you have never done it before, updating WP may be pretty intimidating.

Like any WordPress beginner, you probably ask yourself questions like this: 

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How to Harden Your WordPress Site Security

How to Harden You WordPress Based Site SecurityDid you ever ask yourself one of the following questions:
  • “What are the most common ways my WordPress site is attacked?”
  • “What is the biggest security threat to my WordPress site?”
  • “Do I have to do anything if a security issue has been found and WordPress announced a security release?”
  • “What steps can I take to ensure that my WordPress users create quality passwords for their accounts on my site?”
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Say Hello to EmbedPress 1.6

We’ve released EmbedPress 1.6 this week.

Whereas version 1.5 contained support for Giphy and Twitch embeds, this week’s release was largely focused on bug-fixes:

  • We added support for use of front-end editors
  • Several embeds were fixed so that they now respect your custom heights and widths
  • We fixed some problems with embeds not being rendered because of strange characters in URLs
  • There’s a new and improved settings page
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Skip the Scroll: Use WordPress Photo Galleries for More Exciting Layouts

Long, scrolling pages are really popular right now, which makes sense. They’re more mobile-friendly than oversized navigations. They allow you to present a lot of information in a cleaner fashion. They’re also great for taking visitors through a logical journey, starting with their pain all the way through to your solution.

But just because visitors have become accustomed to the scrolling style doesn’t make it the most effective way to lay out every page—especially one that contains a lot of images.

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How to Use a WordPress Staging Site

If you’re building WordPress sites seriously, you need a staging site.

In a staging site, you can test your changes without risking your live site. It’s an exact copy of your live site, which is great.

Some hosts, like GoDaddy, have a staging server feature available with the hosting plan. This is the best choice, since building your own staging server can be complicated.

The staging site needs to be synced with the live site. Then the changes can be made on the staging site.

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