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WordPress 5.0.1 Security Update

WordPress Logo an die VW-Fabrik gephotoshopped

This is a security release for all versions since WordPress 3.7. We strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.wordpress.org

If you are reluctant to update to the WP 5 release due to the new editor, find the updated versions of all older releases here (look for the Dec 13th releases): WordPress Releases.


(The following is my translation of my blog post "KMUnverstand" which originally was published in German and seemed to resonate with quite a few people in my web dev bubble. It surely is full of grammar- and spelling-errors, but I hope the gist of it will come across anyway)

In our small web-studio we have our problems with advertising "hey, we've launched a new web site, look here, it's awesome!".

Because the launch is only a part of the ongoing process, the real work starts after the launch, even if many think that it is the finish line. But, especially with CMS-driven web sites, it needs some time and work by the editors to see if the ideas for the designed components really work as desired. Plus, even right after the launch one is already smarter than before and has many new ideas how to better solve some details than before. Despite the seemingly average life-span of web projects, our clients work with their sites way longer than five years. With the dynamic changes in the "web technology" field over the last five to ten years, this means that there needs to be constant team-work and a regulary exchange between us and our clients over possibilities and new or changed requirements.

Unfortunately, especially in the SME environment that we often deal with, "websites" are still seen as a fixed product. One "buys" this once, expecting it to work "as is" from that moment on until an internal decision in the distant future. So there is a great deal of ignorance and non-comprehension if ongoing maintenance and service shoud be considered and paid. The feeling of unwanted dependence is strong, especially because often open-source solutions seem to be initially "free". Because web packages for 5-10 EUR a month seem to work fine on first glance. If then a monthly support and maintenance package with at least 20 times the price is offered (a budget allowing for only 1-2 hours a month for work on the site), this totally seems over top and something that can be economized and saved. Why bother, the site works as is, right?


Wir in meiner Web-Butze tun uns ja immer etwas schwer mit "hey, neue Website gemacht, kuckt mal, voll toll!".

Weil, der Launch ist ja nur ein Teil, die eigentliche Arbeit geht ja erst danach los, auch wenn viele denken, damit wäre die Arbeit ja beendet. Aber, gerade bei CMS-angetriebenen Websites kommt erst im Laufe der Zeit, wenn die Redaktion damit arbeitet, Klarheit, ob und wie die angedachten Komponenten funktionieren. Dann ist man sowieso hinterher immer schlauer und hat schon wieder Ideen, wie man Dinge noch besser lösen kann. Entgegen der wohl marktüblichen "Haltbarkeit" von Webprojekten arbeiten unsere Kunden mit ihren Sites deutlich länger als fünf Jahre; und bei der Dynamik, die "Webtechnologie" in den letzten 5 bis 10 Jahren an den Tag legt, bedeutet das, dass man kontinuierlich gemeinsam und am Besten im regelmässigen und engen Austausch Veränderungen in Anspruch und Möglichkeiten abstimmt.

Leider sind, gerade im KMU Umfeld, mit dem wir es oft zu tun haben, "Websites" nach wie vor ein feststehendes Produkt. Man "kauft" sich das einmal, erwartet, dass es ab dann, bis zu einer internen Entscheidung in ferner Zukunft, "as is" funktioniert. Entsprechend verständnislos ist man dann, wenn eine laufende Wartung und Pflege bezahlt werden soll, das Gefühl von ungewollter Abhängigkeit steht schnell im Raum. Gerade weil oft Open-Source Lösungen erstmal scheinbar "kostenlos" sind. Weil Webpakete für 5-10 EUR im Monat ja auch erstmal zu funktionieren scheinen. Wenn dann eine monatliche Support und Wartungspauschale mit mindestens dem 20fachen Preis aufschlägt (wofür man sich wirtschaftlich gerechnet gerade einmal 1-2h pro Monat mit der Site beschäftigen kann), erscheint das erstmal als einsparbar. Läuft doch.

State Of The Word - Matt Mullenweg @WordCamp US, Nashville

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Is this talk the reason why WordPress 5.0 was released while its main new component, the Gutenberg editor, is regarded as not really production-ready by many?

When a big company like Automattic decides to prioritize a deadline they pluck out of thin air over enabling people with impairments to use the editor that they will be forced to use it is absolutely shocking. Even more shocking is the message that it sends out that accessibility compliance is not as important as flashy new featuressmashingmagazine.com

The figures Matt presents in this talk are impressive, the ...

WordPress 5.0 ist da

Seit gestern abend steht die neue, große WordPress Version zum Download bereit.

Mit an Board ist das, was wohl eine Revolution im Bereich der Inhalts-Editoren werden soll:
Der neue Editor "Gutenberg".

Warming Stripes - Germany

Annual temperatures in Germany from 1881-2017. The colour scale goes from 6.6°C (dark blue) to 10.3°C (dark red).

This set of visualisations highlight how we have witnessed temperatures change across the globe over the past century or more. The colour of each stripe represents the temperature of a single year, ordered from the earliest available data at each location to now. All other superfluous information is removed so that the changes in temperature are seen simply and undeniably.climate-lab-book.ac.uk

Markup, friends, markup

This morning a tweet by Heydon Pickering landed in my timeline, where he quoted a text that started 10 things to learn for becoming a solid full-stack JavaScript developer, only to include a paragraph As for HTML, there's not much to learn right away and you can kind of learn as you go, but before making your frist templates, know the difference between in-line elements like <span> and how they differ from block ones like <div>.

Heydon aptly commented this with How Full Stack Development is destroying the web: a story in two pictures.(Source)

This triggered me (not his ...

Apache mod_rewrite Voodoo

This is a short documentation of a very strange unexpected behaviour I encountered in a current project.

Bob Mould - Sunshine Rock

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