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IPFS may be the future of file hosting and content delivery

In 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) made it affordable for independent web developers to build apps without the high cost. IPFS is positioned to transform the industry again through its free and high-availability distributed-web model.

IPFS

WordPress.com now builds small business websites

The CMS rolls out agency services to compete with drag and drop website builders Squarespace and Wix

WordPress.com Builds Sites

Adobe Flash Player now blocks all Flash content from playing

The twenty-five-year-old Adobe Flash Player is now end of life and will no longer play Flash content. Adobe is urging all users to uninstall it immediately.

Flash Player Notice

WordPress adds support for video captions and subtitles

The release of WordPress 5.6 contained several accessibility improvements, including the ability to add captions and subtitles to videos using the Web Video Text Tracks Format (WebVTT).

WordPress Video Captions

New ‘Do Not Track’ signal for browsers is designed to simplify privacy and be legally enforceable

Global Privacy Control (GPC) is a proposed standard for a browser signal that communicates to sites and services not to sell or share personal information. Unlike past ‘do not track’ efforts, this standard is designed to enforce existing and future laws.

Global Privacy Control

Cloudflare launches Automatic Platform Optimization (APO) for WordPress: Here’s how to install it

Cloudflare announced a new site speed optimization service called Automatic Platform Optimization. The service launched with support for WordPress, but it requires several steps to enable it for self-hosted sites.

Cloudflare and WordPress

Cloudflare offers API Shield for free with all plans

API Shield is available for customers with gRPC-based APIs and by request through a closed beta for JSON APIs.

Cloudflare API Shield

WordPress 5.5 now has automatic updates for plugins and themes, but you may want to avoid it

A much-anticipated feature was added to version 5.5 of WordPress. The popular CMS gained the ability to turn on auto-updates for plugins and themes. However, the new feature comes with risks.

WordPress Auto-Update

AVIF, a next-gen image format for the web, will have to wait in line behind WebP

WebP is on the verge of replacing JPEG and PNG as the best image to use on the web thanks to Safari 14 finally supporting it. However, an even better image format, AVIF, is already looking to replace it.

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ICANN rejects sale of .org to private equity firm citing public interest

In a dramatic chain of events, the ICANN Board unanimously blocked its consent for Internet Society (ISOC) to change ownership of the non-profit Public Interest Registry (PIR) to the private equity firm Ethos Capital.

Rising cost of domains

Chrome 81 breaks the ability to bold system fonts on Macs

A style bug in version 81 of the Google Chrome browser was discovered before it was released, but a decision was made to not fix it until the next version. Sites that default to the system font can no longer fully bold text for users on macOS Catalina.

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Most web developers are using inaccessible number inputs on forms and here is how to fix it

A common form input type that's used by most web developers to make filling out numbers on forms easier isn't fully accessible. The GOV.UK Design System team published the correct way to make entering numbers accessible for everyone.

Accessible Number Input

Amazon Lightsail offers cheap WordPress hosting in the cloud

Webmasters can host WordPress sites for as cheap as $3.50/mo using the Amazon Lightsail cloud platform. While Lightsail is marketed as easy-to-use, it’s still significantly more complicated to set up and maintain than using a managed hosting provider.

Amazon Lightsail

Google adds notification permission data to Chrome User Experience Report (CrUX)

Google is now storing the decisions visitors make when they get prompted by a site to receive notifications. The dataset is available in the Chrome User Experience Report (CrUX) and is being made accessible to sites via Google's BigQuery tool. The goal is to educate publishers and suppress notifications for sites that have a high Block rate.

Site Notification

WordPress local development tool ‘Local’ now works with WP Engine

Eight months after WP Engine acquired Flywheel, they are launching a new version of Flywheel's local WordPress development tool, Local, with full support for WP Engine. The latest version of Local seamlessly integrates DevKit, making it possible to develop sites locally and to push changes live to WP Engine with the click of a button.

Local

ICANN allows Verisign to start increasing .com prices indefinitely

ICANN announced that Verisign can start increasing .com wholesale domain pricing 7% every year for four years, with a two-year break, indefinitely. Verisign will increase its revenue by at least 70% over ten years (an additional $800m) in exchange for giving ICANN $20m.

Rising cost of domains

Modern Tribe launches major upgrade of its WordPress event calendar plugin

The best calendar plugin for WordPress, The Events Calendar, released a new version that was rebuilt from the ground up. The new plugin, version 5, includes a completely redesigned calendar view and experience.

The Event Calendar

WP Engine will no longer support .htaccess with release of PHP 7.4

The popular WordPress hosting platform, WP Engine, is removing the ability to use .htaccess files when sites upgrade to PHP 7.4. They claim the deprecation results in a performance increase of up to 10%, and they are providing .htaccess alternatives.

WP Engine PHP

Domain prices are unregulated and rising at an alarming rate

The days of enjoying reasonably priced domain names may be coming to an end. Generic top-level domain (gTLD) owners have been significantly raising their annual fees as their extensions gain in popularity.

Rising cost of domains

Fathom Analytics adds single page application (SPA) tracking

The privacy-focused web analytics service, Fathom, added the ability to track page views on sites that use SPA frameworks like Ember, React, and Angular.

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