Doc’s WordPress News Drop is a weekly report on the most pressing WordPress news. When the news drops, I will pick it up and deliver it right to you.
This week we talk about Postmatic’s new Replyable product and Google Chrome’s new “Not Secure” message for non HTTPS sites.
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This week, popular comment plugin, Postmatic rebranded the basic version of their plugin calling it Replyable. This stripped down “Software as a service” product only offers email commenting. The rest of the features, such as newsletter building and post delivery, can still be found in the full Postmattic app. This is a good option for sites on a budget because it only costs $3/month making dealing with comments easy for any size business. From experience I can say the email functionality is easy to use. We have it on Torque and it allows me to use emails to reply to comments like this one we got on last week’s Drop.
Speaking of rebranding, Google’s Chrome browser will soon show a giant “Not Secure” message on sites that don’t have SSL, but are asking users for passwords or credit card information. This message will appear near the URL bar on non-HTTPS sites in the next version of Chrome (expected to come out in a few weeks) and hopes to shame sites into adding an SSL certificate to their site.
Google’s eventual plan is to label all non-HTTPS sites as “not secure”, whether or not they are asking for personal information.
Do you think Google’s “not secure” message is a good way to make the web more secure, or could Google have handled this differently? Please let us know in the comments.
That’s it for this week’s news drop, follow us on Twitter at @thetorquemag and we’ll see you next week.