WordPress Weekly News and Tips: April 20th to April 26th

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

XSS Vulnerability Affects More Than a Dozen Popular WordPress Plugins

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URL: http://wptavern.com/xss-vulnerability-affects-more-than-a-dozen-popular-wordpress-plugins

Another XSS vulnerability has been found, this time, affecting more than a dozen plugins. If you use one of the plugins metioned on this article, make sure to update your site immediately!

Why You Shouldn’t Code URL’s in Themes or Plugins – and the WordPress Functions to Use Instead

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URL: http://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/why-you-shouldnt-code-urls-in-themes-or-plugins-and-the-wordpress-functions-to-use-instead–cms-23262

An article by  on why you shouldn’t hard-code URL’s in your theme / plugin files. Instead, you should use some of the WordPress functions given.

Create a Simple CRM in WordPress: Restricting / Hiding Unused Admin Menu Items

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URL: http://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/create-a-simple-crm-in-wordpress-restricting-hiding-unused-admin-menu-items–cms-22983

 wrote a new tutorial on how you can remove and / or hide admin menu items that you are not going to use.

WordPress 4.1.2 is a Critical Security Release, Immediate Update Recommended

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URL: http://wptavern.com/wordpress-4-1-2-is-a-critical-security-release-immediate-update-recommended

Remember to update WordPress to 4.1.2 as soon as possible!

Facebook Has Abandoned Its Official WordPress Plugin

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URL: http://wptavern.com/facebook-has-abandoned-its-official-wordpress-plugin

The Facebook plugin, initially released in 2012, has been official abandoned by Facebook; instead, the plugin will now be supported by the community.

XSS Vulnerability: What to do if You Buy or Sell Items on Themeforest and CodeCanyon

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URL: http://wptavern.com/xss-vulnerability-what-to-do-if-you-buy-or-sell-items-on-themeforest-and-codecanyon

A guide on what to do when a theme or plugin purchased on Themeforest and CodeCanyon when they have are exposed to the XSS vulnerability.

WordPress.org Now Requires Theme Authors to Use the Customizer to Build Theme Options

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URL: http://wptavern.com/wordpress-org-now-requires-theme-authors-to-use-the-customizer-to-build-theme-options

If you are a developer, you should know that WordPress.org will now require theme authors to use the Customizer API to build the theme options.

Why You Should Have the Latest Version of WordPress

Author:  Rachel McCollin

URL: http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/update-wordpress

Having the latest version of WordPress is extremely important and Rachel McCollin explains why in this article.

How to Clean Up Your WordPress Database for Improved Performance

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URL: http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-clean-up-your-wordpress-database-for-improved-performance

A simple and quick guide on how to clean up your WordPress database.

WordPress 4.2 “Powell” is Now Available for Download

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URL: http://wptavern.com/wordpress-4-2-powell-is-now-available-for-download

WordPress 4.2 has been released! Make sure to update your site as soon as possible.