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Sign in with Apple ID, full site editing plugin and bonus links

We had a lot going on this past week in the world of WordPress. Lots of interesting plugins and tutorials and general WordPress news. WordPress 5.2.2 is still slated for this week, but don’t let that stop you from catching up first! Let’s dive in!

New Wordfence Login Security Plugin

Wordfence, a Firewall & Malware Scan plugin that protects your websites has announced a new plugin called the Wordfence Login Security Plugin. It’s a plugin that is designed to secure your login and authentication system.

It does this by providing a robust two-factor authentication that is not vulnerable to cellphone SIM porting attacks, a login page CAPTCHA that protects you from sophisticated credential stuffing attacks, and it also includes XML-RPC protection. You can read all about in their release post.

Joost stepped down as WordPress marketing lead

Joost, our CPO, announced he’s stepped down from his role as Marketing Lead for WordPress. In Joost’s own words:

My experience over the last few months made me feel that while I was doing things and getting things done, I certainly wasn’t leadership. Which is why I want to step away from my role: I don’t want to pretend I have a say in things I don’t have a say in.

– Joost de Valk

You can read more about the full reasoning on his post on his personal blog.

Full site editing plugin

Automattic releases a Full Site Editing plugin that takes Gutenberg to the next level when it comes to building your site. I really love the idea, but I’d love it even more if this was a community plugin instead of just an Automattic one.

I’m assuming (hoping, really) something like this gets added to Gutenberg with plenty of hooks and filters, so theme developers can easily add custom templates.

Sign in with Apple in WordPress

If you’ve seen last week’s WWDC, you may have noticed Apple is providing a new way to create login credentials for apps and sites. Sign In with Apple makes it easy for users to sign in to your apps and websites using their Apple ID. Instead of filling out forms, verifying email addresses, and choosing new passwords, they can use Sign In with Apple to set up an account and start using your app right away. 

Now, it was only a matter of time before someone brought this idea to WordPress and as it turns out, the time needed for that was less than a week. Kaspars Dambis created a proof of concept that bridges WordPress to this new Sign In with Apple functionality. Pretty cool, right?

Pantheon acquires StagingPilot

Pantheon acquires StagingPilot, a WebOps tooling service that automates over two million test steps a month that would otherwise be done by humans.

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2 Responses to Sign in with Apple ID, full site editing plugin and bonus links

  1. Melissa Dever
    Melissa Dever  • 1 month ago

    Alas the full site editing plugin from Automattic is built for the WordPress.com environment and they say imthe plugin might break in the next WordPress.org update… so I wouldn’t invest time into this one. Let’s hope the open source community create something similar soon!

    • Remkus de Vries

      Yeah, which is why I mentioned it’d be great to see this plugin, this concept be more adapted by WordPress.org Community members :)