Weekly WordPress News: Bad Popups and Automatic Alt Tags

Big news – Google is going to start penalizing mobile sites with obnoxious popups. Sure, it’s not WordPress specific, but it will affect a lot of WordPress sites.

There’s also a new plugin that will help you automatically add relevant alt text by using Microsoft’s Computer Vision API.

I also included an article with some cool WooCommerce stats and some great tutorials.

And finally, congrats to Cosmin Tataru, David Smith, Paddy Maher, and Chris Jones . They’re the four winners of our Orange Themes giveaway.

Let’s get to all of this week’s news…

WORDPRESS NEWS AND ARTICLES

  • Google Plans to Punish Popups, Balkhi and Van Kooten are Not Concerned – not WordPress-specific, but anyone using SumoMe, OptinMonster, or similar plugins might want to pay attention.
  • New Plugin Uses Microsoft’s Computer Vision API to Automatically Fill in Alt Text for Images – really cool idea! Filling in alt-text can definitely get frustrating.
  • Why stores running on WordPress are winning – did you know that 39% of eCommerce stores run on WooCommerce? I didn’t!
  • Tackling Spam in the Comments – Misses the “weekly” cut off by about a day, but big enough news to share. Disqus will support Akismet.
  • A Minority Amongst Minorities – an interesting story from Uriahs Victor about getting into WordPress development.
  • WordPress for Publishers and the REST API with Rachel Baker – Matt interviews Rachel Baker.
  • WordPress 4.7 Development Kicks Off This Week – WordPress 4.6 just came out, but that doesn’t mean the team isn’t still working.

TUTORIALS AND HOW-TOS

  • A Complete Guide on HTTP Status Codes – do you know what 200 and 404 mean? If not, you should check out this guide.
  • Archiving Old WordPress Sites as Static HTML – a guide to archiving old WordPress sites as static HTML.
  • How To Clear Cron Jobs in WordPress – good performance tip from Jim.
  • How to Track Almost Anything with Google Tag Manager and WordPress – it’s good to know about Google Tag Manager.
  • How to Speed up WordPress Comments – how to speed up your comments section.
  • Categories and Tags in WordPress? How to Use Them – basic, but good for beginners.

RESOURCES & FREEBIES

  • Ecwid Review: A Free eCommerce Solution for Your WordPress Website – our review of a WooCommerce alternative.
  • ZPLUS Theme Review – Lots of Customization at an Affordable Price – ZPLUS is a new premium theme from ZoloThemes.
  • Best Notification Bar Plugins to Promote and Inform Users – notification bars are a great way to communicate with your visitors. Here are some of the best plugins to help you implement them.
  • 10+ Best Free Photography WordPress Themes – 10 best photography themes as collected by CodeInWP
  • Akshat Choudhary Interview – He Keeps Your WordPress Backed Up – cool interview with Akshat, the guy behind BlogVault.

Ps. I know I’m late this week, sorry for that. I was building sandcastles at the beach with my daughter…

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