The WP Minute – Episode 135

The WP Minute – Episode 135

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This is Malcolm Peralty here from PressTitan and this is The WP Minute, Episode 135

There is some new drama with WPML, a translation plugin that has had its customer email addresses compromised, or at least that’s what the reporting on the WP Tavern reported on Saturday. Since then, we’ve come to find out that it was likely a former employee that created and left the exploit that exposed customer information. The updated article about this whole security issue is on WP Tavern as well. If you have bought WPML or know someone that has, you should definitely read both articles.

It is certainly hard to prevent these kinds of issues, especially in smaller companies without much oversight. It looks like WPML is reacting quickly to the issue, but like most data related issues, once it happens, it is too late.

Joost de Valk, the new Marketing and Communication lead for WordPress has created a post on his personal blog about the transition. It answers some questions about the position and what it means for his company.

While I think it is great that he released this post, I have to wonder what is really in it for Joost. If the position is a volunteer one, and his business relies on his expertise, why would he sacrifice so much for this “opportunity”?

Do you use WooCommerce? Have you heard of BigCommerce? Well, version 1.4 of their WordPress plugin is now out. It seems to create a connection between your WordPress site and their e-commerce service, almost like integrating your Shopify store into WordPress rather than having a fully WordPress powered e-commerce system. The advantage, of course, being security and PCI compliance. Some updates in the new version include AJAX cart system that doesn’t bring you to the cart when adding a product, direct links to variations by SKU, and much more. Now if only they’d move off Medium for their development blog.

That’s it for today’s WP Minute, thank you all for watching.

WPML Website Hacked
WPML Hack Due to Former Employee
Joost Talks About Marketing Lead
BigCommerce for WordPress version 1.4

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