WP Builds Newsletter #12 – Free SEO course from Yoast, GDPR compliance and SEO renaissance

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 7th May 2018:

WordPress 4.9.6 Beta 1 Adds Tools for GDPR Compliance
WordPress 4.9.6 Beta 1 is available for testing. It’s the first step in bringing GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) tools to WordPress. In addition to 10 bugs being fixed, this release heavily focuses on privacy enhancements.

Free SEO course: SEO for beginners
The course aims to:
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3. Plus: get tips to let the Yoast SEO plugin do the essential technical work for you

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Introducing Role Manager for Elementor – Protect Your Design
Imagine this scenario: You get a call in the middle of the night – It’s your client. Apparently, they played around with your design, and ended up destroying what used to be a beautiful project. This is a common problem for many designers and web professionals. Luckily, there’s finally a solution. You hand off a completed project to your client, and restrict their access, so the client can only edit the content and doesn’t mess up your design.

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Introducing CSS Hero 3.1
CSS Hero 3.1 is out! This brand new update brings some pretty cool new features and some small fixes to make your CSS Hero experience better than ever.

OS Training – Updated Class: How to Use WooCommerce
WooCommerce is hugely popular and now powers over 40% of all online stores. It is so commonly used that WooCommerce was purchased by Automattic and Matt Mullenweg back in 2015. This might be controversial to say, but it is close to being the “official” WordPress eCommerce plugin.

Using the WordPress desktop app with self-hosted WordPress
There are many tools to help you take care of your WordPress website. We have talked about some of them in the past in this post. Aside from them, there are also the official WordPress mobile apps. Although it has been around for a while, a lesser-known example is the WordPress desktop app named Calypso. It was originally made for WordPress.com customers to let them take care of their sites from their desktop computers. However, in combination with the Jetpack plugin, it also works for self-hosted WordPress sites.

7 LifterLMS Add-ons to Power Up your eLearning Website
LifterLMS is an up and coming eLearning plugin that is fast becoming the top-choice for teachers and niche experts alike. Thanks to its customization possibilities and rich support, LifterLMS is a versatile solution for creating, managing and distributing online courses. Beyond the long list of features and options that come with LifterLMS itself, add-ons can provide the additional functionality. Let’s look at 7 LifterLMS add-ons that will enable you to create a unique learning environment.

Non WordPress, but useful anyway…

The decline of Social Traffic and the SEO Renaissance
Everyone wants traffic, and there was a time when one of the best ways to grow it was through social media. However, that particular party may be over. Twitter accounts for less than 2.5 percent of traffic to publishers, and Instagram and Pinterest barely supply 1 percent together. But the big story is Facebook. Once the single biggest source of referral traffic for many sites, it now represents just 22 percent, and that share has been falling dramatically for more than a year.

How to Prevent and Reduce Credit Card Fraud by 98% Using Stripe Radar
It’s no secret that the eCommerce and SaaS industry is booming. There are more online shops than ever before and thousands of new businesses pop up each day. New services and product offerings all around the world try to sell us something every minute of the day. In the last 10 years our shopping behavior has changed dramatically and today we tend to buy almost everything online: pizza, Nike shoes, the latest Xbox, small business CRM, accounting software, and even the new Tesla Model S.

I Used The Web For A Day With JavaScript Turned Off
This article is part of a series in which I attempt to use the web under various constraints, representing a given demographic of user. I hope to raise the profile of difficulties faced by real people, which are avoidable if we design and develop in a way that is sympathetic to their needs. This week, I’m disabling JavaScript.

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