WooCommerce have just released a new version: 2.5 Dashing Dolphin

On January 18, WooCommerce released version 2.5. This update is all about speed and they are claiming that your website will run faster.

We are yet to update any of our clients websites so we’re unsure whether it’s safe to do so and it’s compatibility with other plugins. We’ll keep you updated.

Because updating WooCommerce tends to effect or break something on most sites, it’s highly recommended that we update this for you.

You can read more about the update here: WooCommerce 2.5 update.

Please get in content with us if you would like your WooCommerce version updated.


Latest WordPress version is breaking website forms

We have discovered that the latest WordPress 4.4.1 update is breaking many website forms.

If you have updated WordPress recently, could you please test your forms.

If you have not updated WordPress, please hold off doing so until they have released a fix.

Please contact us if your forms have stopped working.

If you are on our support plan, we are currently fixing the forms for you.


WordPress 4.4 released

WordPress 4.4 has been released.

It comes with a number of changes and updates. You can view the changes here: https://codex.wordpress.org/Version_4.4

Before you update, please make sure you backup your website first. After you update, test that everything on your website works. Some of your plugin may also need updating.

Happy holiday!

Christom team


Akismet WordPress Security Update

Sucuri has informed Christom of a security update. During a routine audit for the Web Application Firewall (WAF), it was discovered that a critical stored XSS vulnerability is affecting Akismet, a popular WordPress plugin deployed by millions of installs. This vulnerability affects everyone using Akismet version 3.1.4 and lower with the WordPress “Convert emoticons like 🙂 and ? to graphics on display“ option enabled, which is the case by default on any new WordPress installation.

The issue can be found in the way Akismet deals with hyperlinks present inside the site’s comments, which could allow an unauthenticated attacker with good knowledge of WordPress internals to insert malicious scripts in the Comment section of the administration panel. An attack like this could lead to multiple exploitation scenarios, including a full site compromise.

Updating Akismet

You can update Akismet in your WordPress Admin dashboard by following these steps:

1. Firstly, Log In to the Admin section of your website.

2. Than, keep the cursor over Plugins and click on ‘Installed Plugins’, see image;installed

3. Click on the Update option below the plugin description, see image;update

And this should update the plugin for you.

Note: This will not cause any issues with your site’s functionality or appearance and is very safe for you to update it by yourself. If you face any issues doing so, please feel free to contact us and a WordPress developer can assist you in getting in done.