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Astra Theme Suspended and Reinstated, Themes Team Works Toward Delisting Strategy for Guideline Violations

The Themes Team suspended Astra from the official theme directory just a few short weeks after it became the first non-default WordPress theme to surpass one million active installs. The reason: the theme was breaking the directory’s ban on affiliate links. The theme has since been reinstated. However, it has been delisted from the popular…

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New WordPress Plugins Disable Unsplash CDN

In light of the recent conversations about the Unsplash plugin’s CDN, several extensions have popped up this week for disabling it. By default, the plugin serves images from the CDN but saves copies to the WordPress media library in case the plugin is disabled or removed. The plugin does not currently have an option to…

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Gutenberg 8.7 Adds Minor Changes, Updates Block Pattern Designs, and Continues Full-Site Editing Work

On Wednesday, the Gutenberg team pushed what was primarily minor enhancements and bug fixes to the WordPress platform’s primary project. Everyone is mostly gearing up for the WordPress 5.5 release, so we are not seeing any major features dropping at the moment. However, steady work continues on improving the Gutenberg plugin. Gutenberg 8.7 contains over…

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WordPress Simple SEO Guide: First Steps

WordPress has always been praised as one of the most SEO friendly and optimized content management systems (CMS) out there – even right out-of-the-box! But there are still some very important and basic first steps you will want to take upon first installing WordPress on your blog or site to help optimize the on-page SEO…

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Plugin Rank Provides Insight Into WordPress Search Results, Competitive Analysis, and Email Reports for Developers

Iain Poulson announced that Plugin Rank is open to the public yesterday. It is a new service that allows plugin authors to track their rankings by keyword on the official WordPress plugin directory. The service is geared toward plugin authors with freemium offerings. The tools were already in place for Poulson to build the service.…

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WordPress Permalinks Guide to Improve Site Structure

We’ve covered how to change permalinks without breaking your website, but why would you want to change them to begin with? Well, today we are going to spend some time going over WordPress permalinks structure. And of course – why and how you might want to optimize your permalink structure for SEO. What Are Permalinks?…

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SEO Optimization For WordPress Slugs

You might have read the word “slug” in WordPress SEO guides, or articles with tips on improving traffic to your site. But do you really know what a slug is? If you’re not familiar with WordPress or websites your first thought might be a slimly little garden pest. However, a WordPress slug is not the…

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WordPress Cancels All In-Person Flagship Events Until 2022

As the world scrambles to invent and manufacture therapeutics and vaccines for COVID-19, the World Health Organization has declared the pandemic “a once-in-a-century health crisis, the effects of which will be felt for decades to come.” Outbreaks vary in severity across the globe, making it impossible to host international conferences safely for many months (and…

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