WordPress Tip: Disable the Toolbar on a Per-User-Role Basis

The WordPress toolbar is shown by default to all users, but administration screen links aren’t always useful for everyone. For example, on most sites the subscriber user role is very limited and doesn’t require access to the backend. Disable Toolbar is a new plugin that gives administrators the ability to (more…)

WordPress Async Task Library from TechCrunch Now Open Source

TechCrunch is one of the largest sites publishing with WordPress and its developers are always looking to improve performance to maximize engagement and ad revenue. This week the team open sourced its WP Async Task Library, which was created to offload time-consuming tasks into background tasks. Alex Khadiwala and Nico (more…)

LaunchKey Plugin Adds Biometric Authentication to WordPress

We’ve entered the future, folks. With the help of the LaunchKey plugin, you can now log into your WordPress site using your phone’s biometric facial and fingerprint scanning capabilities. The LaunchKey mobile authentication platform has been pioneering multi-factor authentication for WordPress sites via its official plugin since 2013. The plugin (more…)

Harvesting Emails Featured Image

A recently published article by WPBeginner explains how to export email address from the comments and import them into a mailing list. While the article advises getting the user’s permission, everything about this practice rubs me the wrong way. If you’re going to do this, please put a big banner (more…)

WordPress Developers Organize Community Initiative to Standardize Custom Post Types, Taxonomies, and Metadata

A WordPress community initiative is underway to standardize content types used by plugin developers. Justin Tadlock is spearheading an initiative to create WordPress community-curated standards for common post types, taxonomies, and metadata. WordPress developers are invited to join the discussion taking place in the Content Type Standards repo on Github (more…)