Webmaster News

Chrome PWA

Google testing native contact picker in Chrome 77 for Android

In an attempt to bring more native app functionality to PWAs, Google has created a Contact Picker API to allow websites to access contact details.

WP Engine Wordfence

WP Engine removes a popular plugin from their disallowed list

WP Engine worked with Wordfence to make their security plugin compatible with its hosting service and to remove it from WP Engine’s infamous Disallowed Plugins list

Chrome and Firefox

DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) coming to Chrome and Firefox browsers

In a move to force mass adoption of DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH), Mozilla and Google are adding DoH to their browsers, and they plan to turn it on by default for all users.

Lazyload

Google releases official ‘Native Lazyload’ plugin for WordPress

Sites using WordPress can now take advantage of Chrome’s new native lazy-loading support with Google’s new Native Lazyload plugin. The plugin uses a JavaScript fallback for lazy-loading if a browser doesn’t support it natively.

WordPress

WordPress releases version 5.2.3 with several security fixes

The latest security and maintenance release of WordPress includes eight security updates, including several cross-site scripting vulnerabilities.

Polymer Project

Google’s ‘Polymer Project’ could replace PHP templates with their ‘lit’ library and web components

PHP templating engines like Twig are popular among web developers but Google is working on JavaScript solutions that have the potential to replace them. Google's Polymer Project created the JavaScript-based 'lit-html' templating library and more recently released LitElement, a solution for creating fast and lightweight web components.

AMP

AMP adds support for custom JavaScript

Web developers can now add custom JavaScript, including frameworks like React, to AMP pages using the new amp-script component.

Chrome

Chrome web browser now supports native lazy-loading

Lazy-loading is a common practice used to defer the display of images below the fold of a browser window and has always required JavaScript. The latest version of Chrome removes the requirement to use JavaScript.

Google

Google updates its webmaster tools with evergreen Chromium

Three months after Google switched to using evergreen Chromium for their Googlebot crawler, they are now updating their search tools to also use evergreen Chromium to render pages.

CSS Examples

CSS getting additional line style options for text, including spelling and grammar errors

The W3C has proposed new ways to decorate lines that will allow web developers and designers to control the thickness and offset of lines. They are also introducing spelling and grammar error line properties.