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Two vulnerabilities in Ninja Forms plugin affecting 1 Million websites patched

Two vulnerabilities in Ninja Forms plugin affecting 1 Million websites patched

Plugins, Security
The Wordfence Threat Intelligence team discovered two Ninja Forms vulnerabilities on August 3, 2021. Ninja Forms, is one of the most popular form building plugins for WordPress websites installed on over 1,000,000 sites. These flaws allowed an attacker to export sensitive information and send arbitrary emails from a vulnerable site that could be used to phish unsuspecting users. One feature the plugin offers is the ability to export all of a site’s form submissions for reviewing and analyzing submission data. Unfortunately, this was insecurely implemented making it possible for any authenticated user to export all of a site’s submission data. The plugin registered a rest route /ninja-forms-submissions/export which did in fact use a permissions_callback. However, this check did not
Continuous scroll on mobile devices introduced for Google Search

Continuous scroll on mobile devices introduced for Google Search

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Google has announced a new development where mobile users will now have continuous scroll also known as infinite scroll in the search results. Users will now  have continous scrolling instead of coming upon a “See More” button for approximately four pages of search results before seeing the “See More” link, Google said in a press release about the decision. What does this mean for SEO? To the bloggers, this does not necessarily affect your search potential in the SERP, well certainly Google itself will not experience what its staffer Martin Splitt explained  that infinite scroll on your website causes SEO problems because Googlebot doesn’t scroll. What does this mean for Advertizers? The continous scroll launch has had advertisers wondering what will happen to their Google Ads on mobil
What are Progressive Web Apps?

What are Progressive Web Apps?

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Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) refer to a novel approach to developing applications by combining the ease of development of web technologies with the characteristic versatility of typical native apps. In simpler terms, a Progressive Web Application takes advantage of the prevailing web APIs and standards to ensure the provision of a fast, reliable, and engaging experience that users typically expect of any modern app. PWAs give the user a wide reach, instant updates, instant access, and the ability to easily share content. PWAs feel and look more like native apps as opposed to the traditional mobile web apps. They come with offline storage of data and they have access to lots of native features like geolocation, camera access, push notifications, etc. All of these native features are deliv...
WordPress.com enters premium web development business starting at $4,900

WordPress.com enters premium web development business starting at $4,900

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WordPress.com which is the business side of WordPress has announced that it is entering the custom premium website development business called Built By WordPress. This is part of Automattic Inc., an American global distributed company founded in August 2005 which runs websites that include WooCommerce, Gravatar, Jetpack, and Akismet, among others. This new year announcement has however not been well received by the WordPress web development community who view this as their business being cannibalized or taken over by WordPress who they believe should just be running the ecosystem. Happy 2021 folks! What is a blog?, its history and its difference with a website One user has already branded Automattic and WordPress the Amazon of web development business given the controversy of how A...
WordPress 5.6 Simone introduces a new risk to sites

WordPress 5.6 Simone introduces a new risk to sites

Tips, Security
WordPress 5.6 Simone is the latest WordPress version release. The plugin is named after the legendary performer Nina Simone, who is known for tunes like “Feeling Good”, “Young, Gifted and Black”, and “Four Women”. Fire up a playlist with her best work and read on to discover what we have in store for you. What's new with WordPress 5.6 Simone? Here is what is coming up with this great WordPress update. REST API authentication with Application Passwords This is by far the biggest and riskiest improvement. WordPress 5.6 will now allow external applications or third-party apps to request permission seamlessly to connect to your website and generate a password specific to that application. This update means that once the application is granted access, it can perform certain specific actions
Whats New? PHP 8 greatly improves WordPress but don’t upgrade yet!

Whats New? PHP 8 greatly improves WordPress but don’t upgrade yet!

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PHP 8 is buzzing-in fast in the news and is expected to be released in December 2020 and it comes with a promise of some powerful features and great language improvements, warnings, and error notifications. It is the programming language that powers WordPress sites, this PHP’s latest version offers new features and improvements that developers will find useful and promise to greatly enhance the security and performance of websites. Although most RFCs have already been approved and implemented, PHP 8 is still under development and will be for two or more years after launch. so it’s time for us to dive into some of the most exciting additions that should make PHP faster and more reliable. As we always advise our readers, for any new development and new versions of WordPress, plugins
Donuts to Acquire Afilias, it will be one huge domain registry

Donuts to Acquire Afilias, it will be one huge domain registry

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A deal is in the offing, and it's going to merge into one of the largest domain registries in the world. Donuts Inc., the global leader in next-generation top-level domains (TLD) and digital identity, has announced an agreement to purchase Afilias, Inc. for an undisclosed sum. The transaction, which will not include Afilias' mobile software and registrar businesses, is expected to close in Q4 2020, following successful completion of regulatory requirements. If you remember the recent fight for the soul of the .org registry, PIR, now Donuts will own the registry which is currently operated by Afilias. Read our blog, Why you might soon buy .Org for Non Profit domains at higher prices "The Afilias and Donuts teams share a commitment to security, stability and reliability," Donuts CEO Akra...
Three critical vulnerabilities found in Ultimate member plugin

Three critical vulnerabilities found in Ultimate member plugin

Security, Plugins
Three critical privilege escalation vulnerabilities have been discovered in the Ultimate Member plugin that exposed over 100,000 websites to hacking risk. These loopholes made it possible for attackers to breach and escalate their privileges to those of an administrator and leading to a forced take over a WordPress site. Ultimate Member is a widely used WordPress plugin that enhances user registration and account control on WordPress websites. This plugin also enables site owners to create custom roles and manage the privileges of site members. The plugin thus automatically creates three forms: user registration, user login, and user profile management as part of its functionality. How the vulnerabilities in Ultimate member plugin risked your website This flaw which was detected by th...
Godaddy Adds Disclaimer Alert on its Domain Appraisal tool

Godaddy Adds Disclaimer Alert on its Domain Appraisal tool

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Have you ever wondered what your domain name was worth? or really want to know how much your domain is worth? This is surely an important question that’s worth answering. You might be having a domain that’s about to expire or are eager to sell it off to that domain name buyer who has been contacting you out of the blue. It is very important to get an accurate domain valuation for your name through the use of a Domain Appraisal tool. What is the value of a domain name? The value of a domain name is the price one has to pay in order to purchase a name for their website. Domain name costs could range from a one-digit number like 5$ to as large as 6- or 7-digit numbers, for example, 100, 000$. This depends on several valuation factors that have been developed using Domain Appraisa
How to start Digital Marketing in 5 easy steps!

How to start Digital Marketing in 5 easy steps!

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Digital Marketing!, we all hear about this term every day, but what is it really and how do we successfully employ it to create engagement and end up selling services? Remember that your aim should always end up generating leads. Therefore it is key to optimize with a target in mind. However, unfortunately, it's not as simple as just having a "Click Here" button on your home page or blog post and watching the leads pour in, you have to do several things to achieve the engagement. What is Digital Marketing? Digital marketing is any form of marketing products or services that engages or involves electronic devices, think of it more or less as the internet in this modern age. Digital Marketing has been around for decades it is not a new phenomenon, however, due to social media platforms,...