Adobe Announces End of Flash

Adobe Flash

On July 25th, Adobe Corporate Communications released their planned future of Adobe Flash, or, lack thereof. The statement specifies that Flash will no longer be updated or distributed by the end of 2020, giving users more than adequate time to clean up their sites and features utilizing it.

As one may have noticed, the major browsers have been blocking Flash from loading on sites by default. After Adobe made the announcement, the browser developers voiced their plans to assist in sunsetting the 1996 software:

  • Google will continue phasing out Flash over the course of the next few years, first by asking for permissions, then disabling it by default, removing it completely towards the end of 2020.
  • Mozilla announced users can choose which sites to run Flash in on FireFox, and will be disabled by default in 2019. in 2020, only Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) user will be able to utilize Flash after the software dies.
  • Microsoft stated that that Edge and Internet Explorer will have Flash disabled in 2019, and remove the ability to run it in 2020.

 

In Web Services, our WordPress custom themes are built without integrating Flash, as the decline of this software has been noticeable for a significantly long time. We suggest that credit unions with older static sites (at some point) verify that their web presence is not integrating Adobe Flash, as the slow degradation will affect the aesthetics of the material their users see.

Never say “Click Here”

Don't Use Click Here

When adding links on a website, one should always consider the content they are facing toward their viewers. A common mistake is to use the text “click here” as an incentive to get the viewer to hit a hyperlink, and there are several reasons why:

  • It doesn’t describe the link being clicked. Even if the surrounding text suggests the other side of the link, it deters readers from selecting it.
  • It’s terrible for screen readers and visually impaired users. If there are multiple “click here” links on a single page, they become indistinguishable from each other.
  • It kills the SEO of your website. Search engines use the link text to identify it’s individualism.
  • If the content of the page needs to be printed out, the sentence containing the link loses its meaning.
  • It looks like spam.
  • It’s outdated. The initial use of “click here” was to show that the text would redirect or open a file when the internet was young and the majority of people were not familiar with internet browsing.

 
Instead, use descriptive context to show your viewers what they are clicking on:

WordPress 4.8 – “Evans”

WordPress

Named after William John Evans, WordPress 4.8 brought in a few new features for us to add into our utility belt.  Here’s what “Evans” gave us.

New Widget Updates
Images can now be added directly into widgets without having to manually enter image URLs. A couple clicks, and your media file is dropped right in. Video widgets now exist and can be added into your front page or sidebar. Audio is now supported and can be converted into a widget, and standard widgets now include rich text formatting.  Read More »

Southland Federal Credit Union Launches New Website

Southland Federal Credit Union

Congratulations to Southland Federal Credit Union on their brand new website!

The new website for this credit union in Texas was built to look phenomenal on not only desktops, but mobile devices and tablets. Stepping up from their previous static site, this responsive theme includes features this credit union wanted for their dedicated members – including direct Online Banking login features, Shared Branching and ATM locators, and aesthetically pleasing news and promotions. The organization of this brand new site allows Southland FCU members to easily find and utilize all the tools a solid credit union offers, with a sleek new look.

Check out the newly released Southland Federal Credit Union Website.

Outdated and Vulnerable WordPress Plugins

WordFence

On May 10th, Wordfence released a compiled list of WordPress plugins which have not been updated in over two years and have had several reported vulnerabilities. All of these plugins are currently available for installation on the WordPress Marketplace. Wordfence states that these are issues that have existed for over two years, all of which have been previously publicly disclosed.  Read More »

WordPress 4.8 – Ending Support for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10

WordPress

On April 22nd WordPress.org officially announced that they will be ending support for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10, beginning with WP 4.8. This is due to Microsoft discontinuing support for these browsers back in January 2016. The lack of updates define these browsers as security risks, and are considered to be “holding back WordPress development” according to Matt Mullenweg, founder and CEO of WordPress’ parent company Automattic.

Global Internet Explorer usage has been declining for years, and now sits at just 4.18% of all internet users. Combined, only 0.91% of users are utilizing IE 8, 9, or 10.
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