Weekly Articles for WordPress Admins – Monday 7/4/2022

weekly wordpress articles for july 4, 2022

If you’re in the US, Happy Independence Day and I hope you’re enjoying the day off today. Don’t stay up too late shooting off fireworks though, you got some WordPressing to do tomorrow. =)

And to help you with that, here’s this week’s WordPress articles:

  • 15+ Best Gutenberg Blocks Plugins for WordPressOpens in a new tab. (Beginner)
    You’ve probably noticed that with each new version of WordPress, there’s additional features added to the Gutenberg editor. There’s still plenty of features that are missing though and that’s where these plugins come in – they provide additional Gutenberg blocks to provide more features so you can build compelling pages without having to install a separate page builder. From our independent research (at Thrive), we found that GetwidOpens in a new tab. is the best free Gutenberg Block plugin and Plus Addons for GutenbergOpens in a new tab. is the best paid plugin.
  • 4 Tips for Creating a Mobile-Friendly WordPress Website + Why BotherOpens in a new tab. (Beginner)
    Since late 2016 there’s been more mobile traffic than desktop traffic and that’s not a trend that will change. You can expect most of your site visitors to be checking out your website from their phone – so you need to make sure your website is as mobile friendly as possible. Not only that, your Google search engine ranking will be higher if your site is mobile friendly.
  • A Complete Guide on xmlrpc.php in WordPress (What It Is, Security Risks, How to Disable It)Opens in a new tab. (Intermediate)
    Out of the box, WordPress has XML-RPC enabled, a specification designed for communication between WordPress and other systems. The problem is that it’s no longer needed and it’s a big security vulnerability that allows for DDOS and brute force attacks against your website. That’s why for most sites, it should be disabled and you can do that with a simple line of code in your functions.php file or a plugin.
  • How to Create a WordPress Plugin (Step by Step for Beginners)Opens in a new tab. (Advanced)
    Creating a WordPress plugin is easy to do and the article will walk you through the basics on how your files need to be structured, what needs to be included, and how to submit to the WordPress plugin directory. The tricky part is making sure that your plugin is useful and bug free so it enhances the WordPress community.
  • WordPress Image Sizes: A Quick GuideOpens in a new tab. (Beginner)
    WordPress.com offers this guide on how to work with images within WordPress, how to use default image sizes (and add more), and what the perfect featured image size is. This article entitled How To Find The Perfect WordPress Image SizeOpens in a new tab. is also worth the read.

Also, this is my 20th weekly picks article – hard to believe since I still have so many topics to cover! With all these topics that I’ve researched and shared, make sure you use the site search as your starting point to find WordPress answers on your next project.

Have a great week!


Aaron Day

Professionally designing and building websites since 2002, I was an early adopter of WordPress and continue to build engaging WP solutions on a daily basis. I'm the CTO of a web development agency and we manage over 700 WordPress sites - so most of what you'll find here on this site, we've used in practice.

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