Webmaster News

Chrome to block images, audio, and video that aren’t secure

To increase privacy and security, and to improve the user experience when people visit sites with mixed content (sites that serve assets with http and https), Google is transitioning Chrome to block all non-secure assets.

Chrome

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.

Chrome PWA

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

WP Engine Wordfence

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.

Chrome and Firefox

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.

Lazyload

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.

WordPress

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.

Polymer Project

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.

AMP

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.

Chrome

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.

Google

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.

CSS Examples

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.

Google

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.

IETF

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.

WP Engine Flywheel

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.

DevKit

W3C relinquishes control of HTML standards to WHATWG

After W3C and WHATWG parted ways in 2018, they've now agreed to a single HTML and DOM standard that will be managed by Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Mozilla.

W3C WHATWG