WordPress Weekly News and Tips: August 25th – 31st

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Welcome to the thirteenth WordPress News Weekly post. In these weekly posts, we gather news articles from WordPress-related resources so that you can be up-to-date.

Should I Switch My WordPress Website to HTTPS?

AuthorJean Galea


A short post by Jean Galea about the future of HTTPS and why you should switch your WordPress site to adhere to Google’s new search results. You can also read “Why are Google Using HTTPS for Website Ranking?” by Robert Abela.

Editorial Access Manager: Adds Granular Editing Control for a WordPress Post Type



The Editorial Access Manager is a plugin that you can use to control who can edit a specific post or page. The plugin is simple and easy to install and just adds a meta box to your post/page edit screen.

Understanding and Working with User Data in WordPress



Rachel introduces and explains how to work with the wp_users table and its relationship with other database tables in WordPress.

Will Jetpack Supercharge Or Superbloat Your WordPress Site?



Chris Knowles takes a closer look at the JetPack plugin and modules and gives advice about how to use JetPack, if you wish, to your advantage. Keep in mind that JetPack adds a ton of modules and fucntionality to your site but may come at a cost.

Post Language Project Proposes to Bring Better Support for Multilingual WordPress Content




Sarah Gooding writes about the newly proposed Post Language feature for the WordPress Core. The new feature will be added as a property called post_langauge to the WP_Post class. This is due to the fact that, for the first time ever, the amount of non-English downloads of WordPress have surpassed English downloads. You can find Hübinger’s comment here to learn more.

Gitter: A New Communication Service For GitHub Projects



Gitter is a new service that you can use to seamlessly integrate into your GitHub account to have discussions and/or meetings about your GitHub projects. Think HipChat or Chatwork but for GitHub.

WordPress 4.0 Release Candidate

Author: Helen Hou-Sandi


The WordPress 4.0 Release Candidate has just been released and available for testing.

Color Options vs. Decisions in WordPress Themes

AuthorKonstantin Kovshenin


Konstantin talks about the difficult choice between user freedom and limiting options for WordPress Themes. Giving to much freedom to a user may hurt the user’s website in the long run. For example, they could end up choosing a bad color scheme. To counter this, Kovshenin has incorporated and tested a new solution for his Semicolon theme.

An Introduction to WordPress Custom Taxonomies: A Beginner’s Tutorial



An easy to read and understand guide on how to use custom taxonomies to create them in WordPress.

How to Create a Quick Style Guide for Client Websites



Stylify Me is a new service that you can use to create a quick style guide for clients or your intranet. The site will get the typefaces, background colors and many other options. The site will then allow you to export it as a PDF so that it can be easily distributable.

How to Backup Your WordPress Site To Google Drive



 gives a workshop on how you can backup your WordPress site using the UpdraftPlus plugin. Don’t worry, there is no coding skills are necessary; just some simple settings to tweak and some time / effort and your WordPress site will be backed up.

That covers it for this week’s WordPress Weekly News and Tips. If you have any questions for concerns, feel free to leave a comment below. Thank you for reading!