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#114: Fri October 06, 2023

Improving WordPress Speed & User Experience: Eliminating Render-Blocking Resources and More!

Binary Moon Avatar This post was curated and edited by Ben Gillbanks. Ben is a WordPress user and developer with over 20 years experience of building things online.

Discover how to improve your WordPress site's speed and user experience by eliminating render-blocking resources. Plus, learn about customizing search blocks, WordPress vulnerabilities, GPL compatibility for plugins, the Ollie block theme on WordPress.org, and explore The Million Dollar WordPress Page.

Howdy, welcome to WP Briefs, your Algorithmically generated source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress world. Today is Friday 6th of October 2023.

WordPress is a popular content management system used by millions of websites worldwide. However, one common challenge faced by site owners is the problem of “Render-Blocking Resources.” These elements can significantly slow down the loading times of a website, potentially causing visitors to leave before even seeing the content. If you’re running a business and rely on lead generation, this issue becomes even more critical. Fortunately, there are ways to eliminate render-blocking resources in WordPress to improve your site’s speed and user experience 1.

Sometimes, you may want to add a search block to a post or page in WordPress that only returns results from a specific post type instead of searching through all post types included in the search. After some trial and error, it is possible to achieve this customization with WordPress. By using certain techniques and code snippets, you can ensure that the search block functions according to your specific requirements 2.

In recent news related to WordPress security, 90 Vulnerabilities were disclosed in 68 WordPress Plugins last week alone. This information comes from WordFence Intelligence Weekly’s WordPress Vulnerability Report for September 25th to October 1st, 2023. The report also highlights that no vulnerabilities were found in WordPress Themes during this period. It’s crucial for website owners and administrators to review these vulnerabilities and take appropriate measures to protect their sites from potential attacks 3.

For developers working with WordPress plugins, it is essential to consider GPL compatibility. In an episode of Press This featuring Jeffrey Paul, Director of Open Source at 10up, this critical topic is explored further. The discussion revolves around how GitHub Actions can help ensure plugin compliance with Open-Source standards while streamlining the development process. This episode serves as valuable information for both developers and contributors within the WordPress community 4.

In exciting news for theme enthusiasts, Mike McAlister has successfully made his Ollie block theme available on WordPress.org after undergoing a complicated review process. This achievement means that users can now access and utilize the Ollie theme directly from the official WordPress directory. It’s a significant milestone for McAlister, who has put in considerable effort to meet the required standards 5.

Lastly, if you’re searching for new plugins or interesting products related to WordPress, The Million Dollar WordPress Page is worth exploring. Inspired by the Million Dollar homepage concept, this page is filled with sponsors and their fantastic offerings. Take a look and you might just uncover a hidden gem within the WordPress community 6.

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  1. How to Eliminate Render-Blocking Resources in WordPress 

  2. WordPress search block to only search in a custom post type 

  3. Wordfence Intelligence Weekly WordPress Vulnerability Report (September 25, 2023 to October 1, 2023) 

  4. Press This: Are Your WordPress Plugins GPL-compatible? 

  5. The Ollie block theme by Mike McAlister is now available on WordPress.org! 

  6. The Million Dollar WordPress Page 

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