Please Update If You Use PublishPress Capabilities

2.3.1 Update

If you use the PublishPress Capabilities plugin, please update to the latest version which is currently 2.3.1.

A week ago, the WPScan team notified us about a security issue in earlier versions of PublishPress Capabilities. That issue is fixed in 2.3.1, so please update your sites.

The WordPress.org plugin team have been very helpful. They are rolling out auto-updates for this security fix, so everyone who uses the version of PublishPress Capabilities from WordPress.org should be covered ASAP. If you use PublishPress Capabilities Pro, please update your site manually.

The most common sign of this issue is new users being created. This Wordfence post has details on how the issue is being exploited.

We apologize for this issue. You trust us with your sites. We need to do better and review our policies to avoid this happening in future releases.

If you have any questions about this issue, you're welcome to send an email to [email protected].

If you ever discover a vulnerability in a PublishPress plugin, we always appreciate hearing from you. Please follow these steps to contact us.

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Post Expirator is Now Called PublishPress Future

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The Post Expirator plugin allows you to choose an “expire” date for WordPress posts. The plugin has over 100,000 users and has been working reliably for years.

We're delighted to say that Post Expirator is now part of PublishPress and it has new name: “PublishPress Future”.

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PublishPress Revisions 3 is Available With a New Workflow

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PublishPress Revisions is the plugin that allows you to safely make changes to WordPress posts.

You can edit a post and submit those changes for feedback and approval, before it goes live on your site. It's also possible to schedule those changes to go live on a future date.

All of these features make PublishPress Revisions a popular choice for WordPress publishers.

However, to realize the full potential of PublishPress Revisions, we've made some big updates to how the plugin works.

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Clean Up the WordPress Admin Area With PublishPress Capabilities

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One thing we often hear from new WordPress users is that the interface is noisy. Especially once you have a few plugins installed, it's easy for the admin area to become overwhelmed with notifications, messages, links, alerts, and widgets.

We're on a mission to solve that with PublishPress Capabilities. We want to bring simplicity back to the WordPress admin.

PublishPress Capabilities 2.3 is available now, and it has a new screen called “Admin Features” which help you clean up the admin area.

In this first release, “Admin Features” allows you to control access to two key features:

  • Admin toolbar
  • Dashboard widgets

This image below shows you where those two features are in the WordPress admin area:

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How to Hide WordPress Dashboard Widgets

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When you log in to a WordPress site, you will see boxes full of information. These are called “Dashboard Widgets”.

You will probably see a “Welcome to WordPress!” widget with lots of useful links. There's also a “WordPress Events and News” widget with official updates. There's an “At a Glance” widget so you can quickly see key statistics for your site.

Those are only some of the default widgets. And when you add plugins, they will also add extra widgets. In the image below, you can see a widget called “Easy Digital Downloads Sales” which comes from a plugin.

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How to Hide the Admin Toolbar for WordPress Users

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WordPress sites display an admin toolbar for all logged-in users. This is visible on the frontend of your site and also in the WordPress admin area.

This toolbar contains shortcuts to key features in WordPress. A user in the Subscriber role will only see a few features. A user in the Administrator role may see a very busy toolbar, particularly on a site with many plugins. This image below shows my toolbar here at PublishPress.com:

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How to Manage Jetpack User Capabilities

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Jetpack is one of the most popular plugins in WordPress with over 5 million users. The plugin is a swiss-army knife that offers users a ton of helpful features including security, spam-blocking, backups, traffic statistics, and more.

Several PublishPress customers have asked us how to control access to the Jetpack settings. For example, one user wanted to allow their Editors to see the traffic statistics.

In this post, I'll explain several ways that you can control access to the Jetpack dashboard.

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How to Create an Inbox for WordPress Authors

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This week, we talked with a PublishPress customer who has a busy site with many posts from different authors. They wanted to create an “inbox” effect, where the WordPress “Posts” screen is like a personal email inbox for each author.

In the image below, you can see posts from multiple different authors. This can be confusing for users. Our customer wanted to avoid that situation. They wanted to create an inbox where your authors can only see their own posts.

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How to Show Gutenberg Blocks in Elementor

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Both the Gutenberg Editor and Elementor are excellent ways to build a WordPress website. We recently checked the numbers and found that these are the two fastest growing options for WordPress sites.

However, in most situations, you need to choose either Gutenberg or Elementor. The two systems are not very compatible with each other.

So we considered it a challenge this week when a PublishPress customer asked us if they could use the PublishPress Blocks plugin inside pages built with Elementor. After some research, we found that this is possible. I'm going to show you how to insert any Gutenberg block into Elementor layouts.

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Live Examples of PublishPress Series, Including Post Status

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Earlier this year, we adopted the “Organize Series” plugin.

This is a plugin that allows you to group content together into a series. This is ideal for magazines, newspapers, short-story writers, teachers, comic artists, or anyone who writes multiple posts on the same topic.

We renamed the plugin “PublishPress Series” and have been working on a lot of improvements.

One piece of feedback we had from several users was “This plugin looks great, but do you have any live examples so I can see how it's used?”

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