Webmaster News

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.

Google

Google removes support for crawl-delay, nofollow, and noindex rules in robots.txt

In an attempt to reestablish robots.txt best practices and provide an extensible architecture to crawlers, Google removes well-known rules and recommends webmasters use alternative methods to accomplish similar results.

IETF

Google and others update and submit Robots Exclusion Protocol to create new standard

25 years after the Robots Exclusion Protocol was created by Martijn Koster, Google has teamed up with its creator to address edge cases and to have robots.txt formalized as an international standard.

WP Engine Flywheel

WP Engine expands WordPress hosting customer base with acquisition of Flywheel

The acquisition of Flywheel will add 28,000 more customers and additional developer tools like 'Local' to WP Engine's rapidly expanding business.

DevKit

WP Engine releases DevKit app for local WordPress development and deployment

DevKit enables web developers to iterate more quickly by running their site on a local environment and then making it easy to deploy to a live development, staging, or production environment on WP Engine.