Month: June 2023

On the Market for Utility Plugins

Years ago, I started writing small utility plugins that helped me maintain any given task on managing this site or projects that I was building for others. Some of these plugins I’ve kept just for me because they are quickly put together and built in such a way that are geared towards this site; others…

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Gutenberg 16.1 Introduces Pattern Creation and Library, Adds Distraction Free Mode to Site Editor

Gutenberg 16.1 was released this week, debuting of the Pattern Library, which coincides with reusable blocks getting renamed to synced patterns. Users can now create and manage their own patterns that will also show up in the block inserter. Custom patterns are saved to the new Library alongside custom template parts. This release also adds…

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Hackers Actively Exploiting Unpatched Privilege Escalation Vulnerability in Ultimate Member Plugin

WPScan is reporting a hacking campaign actively exploiting an unpatched vulnerability in the Ultimate Member plugin, which allows unauthenticated attackers to create new user accounts with administrative privileges and take over the site. The vulnerability has been assigned a CVSSv3.1 (Common Vulnerability Scoring System) score of 9.8 (Critical). Automattic’s and hosting platforms picked…

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Happiness Engineers: The Secret Sauce for’s Stellar Support

Let’s dive into the world of support, where one particular group of superstars is making all the difference: our expert Happiness Engineers!  In today’s post, we’ll explore how these incredible humans make’s technical support a uniquely delightful experience. Our knowledgable, globe-spanning Happiness Engineers In a world where dreadful customer support has become the…

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