Check out the latest recap of the biggest stories from torquemag.io. This week’s Torque Digest features Doc Pop’s WordPress News Drop, the pros and cons of pop-ups, tales from a first time WordCamper at WordCamp, and more. 

Dedicated to informing new and advanced WordPress users about the industry, Torque is a hub for WordPress news, business, and community. Here are some of last week’s top stories from Torque:

Doc Pop’s News Drop

Watch Doc Pop’s latest news drop where Torque discusses Geek Mental Help Week and things you can do to de-stress while working on a big project.

The Pros and cons of pop-ups

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Google announced its new pop-up penalty for certain pop-up ads that appear on websites. Sometimes you can use pop-ups to your advantage, however, it may be smart to research what types of pop-ups are approved and what the penalties are. Here are the pros and cons of using pop-ups on your WordPress site.

TALES FROM A FIRST-TIME WORDCAMPER AT WORDCAMP PHOENIX

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Torque writer Emily Schiola gives us tips from her first WordCamp adventure and how she made the most out of the experience.

USING STATIC METHODS & LATE STATIC BINDINGS IN YOUR DATABASE ABSTRACTIONS

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Confused on classes and static methods? Check out this tutorial on how to build database abstractions and late static bindings.

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO LOAD TESTING WORDPRESS SITES

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There’s always the possibility of something on your site to turn viral. To prepare for possible traffic spikes, your site must be able to handle to an influx of visitors (scalability). Learn how to perform a load test to make sure your site is ready for all the potential viewers in this article.

WORDPRESS CORE IS SECURE: STOP TELLING PEOPLE OTHERWISE

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Let’s end the debate about WordPress security. As one of the most secure platforms on the internet, WordPress makes sure its sites have limited vulnerability. Learn why WordPress is so secure despite common misconceptions that it’s not.

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