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Why is updating WordPress so important?

WordPress websites use themes and plugins that are created by third-party organizations. This means that when a new WordPress version is released, they update their products to fix any incompatibilities too. So let’s say you update the theme/plugins but keep using the old WordPress version, you may experience some troubles on the site like layout problems or some functions not working properly.

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Site Kit is now available for all WordPress sites

Who is Site Kit for?

Site Kit makes it easy for WordPress site owners to understand how their site is doing and what to do next. As a WordPress site owner, Site Kit offers you:

  • Easy to verify site ownership through Search Console — no need to paste a code snippet on your site to prove you’re an owner.
  • Convenient and easy access to relevant stats directly in your WordPress dashboard. We save you time — see the key information right when you sign in.
  • Cross-product insights — Google Search Console, Google Analytics, PageSpeed Insights, AdSense — are combined into a single, intuitive dashboard. We help you make informed decisions, quickly.
  • No source code editing. This is the easiest way to install and manage Google products on your site in just a few clicks.

WordPress 5.1.1 is now available!

This security and maintenance release introduces 14 fixes and enhancements, including changes designed to help hosts prepare users for the minimum PHP version bump coming in 5.2.

This release also includes a pair of security fixes that handle how comments are filtered and then stored in the database. With a maliciously crafted comment, a WordPress post was vulnerable to cross-site scripting.

WordPress versions 5.1 and earlier are affected by these bugs, which are fixed in version 5.1.1. Updated versions of WordPress 5.0 and earlier are also available for any users who have not yet updated to 5.1.

Why Local SEO Is Important for Businesses

When it concerns targeting the right customers on the web, service businesses, small company owners, and locally-focused companies need to develop marketing methods that fit their requirements. To no surprise, many rely on Yellow Pages, Yelp, Home Advisor, Angie’s List, and so on to provide leads.

The issue is, their site can’t be found near the first page of search results as it is hidden on the fifth or sixth page of Google. Most likely not generating leads or even getting in front of a human visitor.

This is where local SkylarStudios SEO, helps. Small, local businesses are losing out when it comes to optimizing their websites for local search (which means, local consumers in your city, town, community or area of service).

WordPress 5.0 is coming!

f you haven’t been keeping up with the latest WordPress news, you might be surprised to hear that WordPress 5.0 is almost here. It was announced just yesterday that they plan to release WP 5.0 on Thursday December 6 (US Time). That’s this week!

WordPress 5.0 is a huge release as it sees the introduction of a new editing experience. Most people currently know it by its development name, Gutenberg, but once it’s part of core WordPress, you’ll most likely just hear it referred to as the Block Editor.

Gutenberg is replacing the existing edit screen with an entirely new interface. If you’re keen to see what this looks like, you can install the Gutenberg plugin on your site before WP 5.0 arrives and give it a test run. In fact, it’s highly recommend that you do, to make sure that this new editor doesn’t break any of your existing functionality.

If you’d like to keep using the existing editor, thankfully there’s a way, at least for now. Download and activate the Classic Editor plugin on your site before updating to WordPress 5.0. If your site is using one of the many page builder plugins (or themes) out there, like Elementor, Beaver Builder or Divi (just to name a few), then it’s also a very good idea to install the Classic Editor plugin.