Ten Steps for a Secure WooCommerce Checkout Experience

When it comes to running a WooCommerce store, a secure checkout process is one of the most critical elements. While every step in the buyer’s journey is important, protecting your data and your customers’ personal details is absolutely essential. Keeping credit card numbers and other sensitive information shielded from hackers or other data breaches should be every store owner’s number one priority.

Here are ten ways to ensure a safe and secure WooCommerce checkout experience:

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Three Site Performance Metrics That Impact SEO

You don’t have an SEO strategy unless you have a website performance strategy to go along with it. With each passing Google update, the skill and attention required to consistently rank highly are refined. 

Google is now beginning to roll out ‘page experience’ as one of their ranking factors. Note that page experience is related to, but distinct from, user experience. Google has released a good amount of documentation explaining the specific website performance metrics they’ll be looking for. 

While this update won’t be a drastic change, it will require your website to deliver a page experience that involves more than just speed. Page speed is important, but it’s also too broad of a metric to be very helpful. 

Google’s three new site performance metrics (called Core Web Vitals) measure the tangible visitor experience on each page. 

Don’t have time to learn about Core Web Vitals? Trust us and install our free plugin Jetpack Boost.

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CSRF Vulnerability Found in Software License Manager Plugin

Versions before 4.5.1 of the Software License Manager plugin for WordPress have an exploitable Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) vulnerability. Any user logged in to a site with the vulnerable extension can, by clicking a link, be tricked to delete an entry in the plugin’s registered domain database table. The link can be distributed in an email, or on a website the victim user is likely to visit.

The good news is, there’s not much else that can be done by exploiting this weakness. And the attacker needs to know the id of the domain they wish to delete from the database beforehand. 

Still, we recommend anybody running version 4.5.0 or earlier of the plugin to upgrade as soon as possible.

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Jetpack Acquires WordPress Plugin Social Image Generator

We’re thrilled to announce that Jetpack has acquired Social Image Generator, a WordPress plugin founded by Daniel Post.

Social Image Generator automatically creates social share images for your content, saving hours of tedious work. It creates images for all major social networks including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, VK, WhatsApp, iMessage, and Reddit. Simply share your content as you normally would, and the images will automatically appear.

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Improved Jetpack Experience

Jetpack 10.1: Customize Search in Block Editor

A new month has arrived along with a shiny new version of Jetpack that provides an enhanced experience for you and your site visitors.

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Should you use a WordPress Migration Service?

Not all website hosts are created equal, and there may come a day when yours just isn’t cutting it anymore. Migration refers to the process of moving your existing WordPress site to a new host without affecting its functionality or content. It’s something you’ll need to do if you decide to switch hosts. 

There are various reasons why you might want to do this. Maybe you’re having issues with uptime or need more services as your business grows. Perhaps you need a plan with more features, storage capabilities, or faster loading times. Or, maybe you’ve just found a new provider with more competitive pricing. Whatever the reason, site migrations can seem intimidating, particularly if you’ve never done one before. 

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Malware using the REST API for Remote Code Execution

This week, Jetpack Scan flagged the license file of a premium extension, and the customer reached out to ask us for more information about it. So I put my detective hat on to investigate.

It is not unusual to stumble upon suspicious code that only ended up being an overprotective developer trying to hide code through common obfuscation methods. This is even more common when analyzing license management code. But in this case, it turned out to be something a bit more sinister.

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The Best WordPress Plugins for eCommerce

When you sell online, the tools that you use are just as important as the products you create. Choose the right ones and you’ll be more successful, more efficient, and less stressed.

One of the biggest benefits of WordPress is its customizability — you can easily use free or premium plugins to add just about any functionality you can imagine. But the number of choices can become overwhelming. We’ve made this easier by putting together a list of the types of plugins you may need to grow and streamline your business.

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The Best WordPress Plugins for Restaurants

When you own a restaurant, your time is both extremely valuable and extremely limited. Between managing day-to-day operations and new food innovations, you probably don’t have a lot of extra time to invest in your website.

But a high-quality site is critical for success. That’s why choosing the right tools is so important. We’ve put together a list of the best WordPress plugins for restaurants that save you time and help with everything from marketing and security to management.    

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Meet the Skateboarding Nomad Living the Open Source Life

You’ve heard of a super fan — someone who’s a loyal, excited supporter of a celebrity, sports team, cause, or something in pop culture. Mark-Andrew Nordstrom is the epitome of a super fan for “open source.” And WordPress and Jetpack are Mark-Andrew’s ideal manifestation of the concept. Though, he’d disagree with being called a super fan because of his individualistic, independent, free-spirited nature. 

When we first encountered Mark-Andrew, we had caught word of a man living a simple, nomadic lifestyle who was spreading the word of open source. 

You could call him a traveling salesperson, but he doesn’t do it for profit. He’s not sanctioned. Nobody asked him to do it. But there he is — showing up again and again — from places all around the world. We finally caught up with him and conducted an interview from a hostel in San Diego.

For him, the world is his home and skating is his passion. He was arrested for the first time at the age of 12 for doing what he loves. 

After helping take care of his grandparents at the end of their lives, he took off to explore the world and skate full time. His possessions are little more than the things in his backpack. And with the exception of the ring he wears on his finger — given to him by his mother — he has no loyalty to worldly objects. He doesn’t even have loyalty to the sites he builds on WordPress, happily scrapping them and starting them over on a whim any time he gets the urge to create something new.

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