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Gutenberg 6.9 Introduces Image Titles, Block Patterns, and New Theme Features

wptavern.com :: On November 13, the Gutenberg team launched version 6.9 with several features, most of which were aimed at developers. Users can now add custom image title attributes. Plugin developers can start diving into the new Block Patterns API. Plus, theme authors can begin tinkering with the experimental ...

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24 WordPress Snippets ’til Christmas, Submissions Open for 2019

wptavern.com :: After a multi-year hiatus, Elliott Richmond has relaunched his WordPress advent calendar and is looking for volunteers. The WP Snippets ’til Christmas site will host 24 days of WordPress code snippets starting on December 1 and lasting until December 24. With each passing day, a new code ...

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bbPress 2.6 Released After 6 Years, Includes Per-Forum Moderation and Engagements API

wptavern.com :: On Tuesday, John James Jacoby announced that bbPress 2.6 was available to the public after a six-year wait in a post titled bbPress 2.6 — Better Great Than Never. The announcement landed with a whimper as it was overshadowed by the release of WordPress 5.3 on the same day. bbPress

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WordCamp US 2020 Date and Location Announced, New Weekday Schedule

wptavern.com :: Mark your calendars, folks. WordCamp US 2020 will start on a…Tuesday. On November 11, the WordCamp US team announced that next year’s event will happen during the middle of the week, from October 27 through October 29. This is a change from the usual three-day weekend event. The time frame

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WordPress 5.3 “Kirk” Released, Brings New Default Theme, Editor Improvements, and UI Tweaks

wptavern.com :: WordPress 5.3 “Kirk,” named in honor American jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, is now available for download. The update includes a new default theme named Twenty Twenty, user interface improvements aimed at accessibility, and new block editor features. This release saw contributions ...

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Recurring Payments Feature Launches for WordPress.com and Jetpack Users

wptavern.com :: WordPress.com launched a new recurring payments feature its users today. The payments system will allow bloggers to earn money for their content directly from any page on their site. The feature is also available for self-hosted WordPress users who have the Jetpack plugin installed. The recurring ...

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Beyond Prefixing: A WordPress Developer’s Guide to PHP Namespaces

wptavern.com :: Prefix everything. It is an adage that is old as the WordPress software itself. Prefixing has been a standard for WordPress developers for so long that it’s hard to imagine doing anything different. But, the time has come for something new. Well, it is long past due, but WordPress lags

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Themes of the Future: A Design Framework and a Master Theme

wptavern.com :: WordPress theming has a rich history. Over the years, theme authors have brought a plethora of features to the platform. In part, it is because they have often had to solve foundational issues with WordPress to create the features that end users want. The post and body classes all theme

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Oklahoma Watch Becomes First U.S. Publication on Newspack; 34 Pilot Newsrooms Announced for Second Round

wptavern.com :: Oklahoma Watch is the first U.S. publication to relaunch and the second publication to go live on Newspack, a platform created this year to bring WordPress to newsrooms. Newspack announced the relaunch today. The announcement includes the list of 34 new publications that will work with the Newspack ...

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The Power of Stories: Chris Lema and the Bridge Framework

wptavern.com :: I would tell you that when Chris Lema, VP of Products at Liquid Web, is speaking, you should listen. But, there is no need to say that. He has an infectious quality that grabs your attention and doesn’t let go. I found myself hanging onto every word in his session,

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State of the Word 2019 Recap: All Roads Lead to the Block Editor

wptavern.com :: If there was one common theme in Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word address this year at WordCamp U.S., it was that all roads lead to the block editor. His speech was primarily about blocks, blocks, more blocks, and a dash of community. This doesn’t come as a surprise because

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BoldGrid Joins Forces with W3 Edge, Acquires W3 Total Cache Plugin

wptavern.com :: BoldGrid, a WordPress product and services company, announced today that it has joined forces with W3 Edge, the parent company behind the popular W3 Total Cache (W3TC) plugin. BoldGrid acquired the W3TC plugin and retained its creator, Frederick Townes, along with its development and support staff. ...

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Jason Schuller Launches DSKO, a Discovery Network for Creators and Brands

wptavern.com :: On October 23, Jason Schuller officially announced that his new side project built on WordPress was open to the public. The idea behind DSKO was to solve the issue of discoverability for creators and brands across various networks and websites by consolidating everything into a single space. The ...

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WordPress Businesses Should Send Out Press Releases

wptavern.com :: I have only been on the job for less than two months. In that time, one thing has become abundantly clear. The largest companies in the WordPress ecosystem send out press releases to news organizations such as WP Tavern. Small businesses may send an email with few details. Others send

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Not Attending WordCamp US 2019? How to Watch From Home

wptavern.com :: For those of you unable to attend WordCamp US at St. Louis, Missouri, this weekend, the event will be available for live streaming. The conference runs from Friday, November 1, through Sunday, November 3. Friday and Saturday’s regular sessions, which do not include workshops, will be ...

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Automatic Image Alt Tags and More with Image SEO

wptavern.com :: I had the opportunity to test the Image SEO plugin over the past week. Image SEO is a plugin that connects to an accompanying online service that processes images uploaded to a WordPress installation. The plugin can automatically rename file names, create alt tags for screen readers, and optimize ...

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GoDaddy Launches eCommerce Hosting Plan in Partnership with WooCommerce

wptavern.com :: GoDaddy launched an eCommerce tier for their managed hosting plans on October 22. The new tier launched in partnership with WooCommerce and offers over $1,500 of commercial extensions and themes for setting up an online shop. The eCommerce plan utilizes GoDaddy’s onboarding process available ...

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Possibilities of a CMS in the Spatial Computing Future

wptavern.com :: In my role at WP Engine, I have the opportunity to travel the world serving as an ambassador for new and interesting ways of using WordPress. I was recently in Raleigh, North Carolina, at All Things Open talking about the possibilities of a CMS in the spatial computing future. This

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Curated List of Featured Themes Coming to the Theme Directory

wptavern.com :: Themes are the face of WordPress. Like it or not, the average user is more interested in what their site looks like when they first begin using the platform than what the thousands upon thousands of plugins can do for them. Perhaps that’s unfair to plugin developers — there are

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Gutenberg 6.7 Introduces Storybook and Gradient Backgrounds

wptavern.com :: The Gutenberg team released version 6.7 of the Gutenberg plugin last week. The announcement post listed a little over three dozen bug fixes and several enhancements to existing features. The most notable features included in the update are Storybook support and gradient backgrounds for the button ...

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Coming in WordPress 5.3: What is the PHP Spread Operator?

wptavern.com :: On October 9, Juliette Reinders Folmer announced on the core WordPress blog that WordPress 5.3 will use the spread operator. The spread operator was one of the new features made available in PHP 5.6, a version released in 2014. WordPress abandoned PHP 5.2 – 5.5 with the release of WordPress

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Product Reviews in the WordPress Ecosystem: Honesty and Genuine Experiences

wptavern.com :: I don’t write fluff pieces. I call ’em like I see ’em. If your project is a dumpster fire, I’m going to say it’s a dumpster fire. Whenever someone comes to me in hopes that I review their product, I give them some form of the preceding paragraph. It doesn’t

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Chilean News Publication El Soberano First to Launch on Newspack

wptavern.com :: Nine months after the announcement of Newspack by WordPress.com, the Chilean news site El Soberano became the first publication to launch on the new platform. On October 16, the small news team relaunched with a fresh design powered by the Newspack theme and its newsroom-focused plugins. Newspack ...

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Mark Davies Joins Automattic as Chief Financial Officer

wptavern.com :: Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce, and various other products, announced earlier today that Mark Davies has joined the team as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO). This news comes fresh off the heels of Automattic’s acquisition of Tumblr in August and a $300 million ...

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Kioken Blocks Partners with Gutenslider Plugin

wptavern.com :: Kioken Blocks creator Onur Oztaskiran is teaming up with Niklas Jurij Plessing, a Berlin-based developer and author of the Gutenslider plugin, to improve both products under the same roof. Oztaskiran said the partnership is not an acquisition but rather a unification of efforts that may eventually ...

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WordPress 5.2.4 Release Addresses Several Security Issues

wptavern.com :: The core WordPress team released version 5.2.4 of WordPress on October 14. The release addresses six security issues that were all privately reported through WordPress’ responsible disclosure procedure. Like any security release, users should update immediately to the latest version to keep ...

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Meetup.com Introduces RSVP Fees for Members, WordPress Meetup Groups Unaffected by Pricing Changes

wptavern.com :: Meetup, a subsidiary of WeWork, has announced a significant change to its pricing structure that will require members to pay a $2 fee in order to RSVP to events. The change will go into effect in October, ostensibly to distribute meetup costs more evenly between organizers and members. Some meetup

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AMP Project Joins OpenJS Foundation Incubation Program

wptavern.com :: Last week at the AMP Contributor Summit 2019 in New York City, the AMP project announced that it will be joining the OpenJS Foundation incubation program. OpenJS was formed by a recent merger between the JS Foundation and the Node.js Foundation. AMP will join webpack, jQuery, Mocha, Node.js, ...

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Inside Look at GoDaddy’s Onboarding Process for Managed WordPress Hosting

wptavern.com :: The Tavern was provided access to test GoDaddy’s onboarding process, which is a part of its managed WordPress hosting service. The company has revamped its system since we covered it in 2016. The web host has had time to garner feedback since then and build an easy-to-use, headache-free way to

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Edit Flow Future in Flux: Here Are 5 Alternative Plugins

wptavern.com :: After years of unpredictable development and support, it seemed the Edit Flow plugin had finally given up the ghost last week when an Automattic support representative confirmed that it is no longer being actively developed and recommended users switch to an alternative. Nick Gernert, head of ...

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Meta Box Settings Page Extension Adds Support for Customizer, Network-Wide Settings

wptavern.com :: The team behind the Meta Box plugin updated their MB Settings Page add-on to include support for the customizer and multisite. The customizer feature allows theme authors to integrate their custom settings into the customizer using framework-specific code. The multisite integration allows plugin ...

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WordPress 5.3 Improves Large Image Handling

wptavern.com :: WordPress 5.3 Beta 3 was released this week and RC 1 is right around the corner, expected October 15. Core contributors have been publishing developer notes on new features landing in this release. One exciting enhancement that hasn’t received much attention yet is WordPress’ updated ...

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MachoThemes, Modula Parent Company, Acquires Three Gallery Plugins

wptavern.com :: MachoThemes, the WordPress development company behind the Modula Gallery plugin, has acquired three gallery plugins. The company is currently rolling the first two of the plugins, Final Tiles Grid Gallery Lite and PhotoBlocks Grid Gallery, into Modula. The third plugin, EverLightbox, will remain as ...

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ExpressionEngine Under New Ownership, Will Remain Open Source for Now

wptavern.com :: EllisLab founder Rick Ellis announced yesterday that ExpressionEngine has been acquired by Packet Tide, the parent company of EEHarbor, one of the most successful EE add-on providers and development agencies in the community. A year ago EllisLab, the developers of EE core, was acquired by Digital ...

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Rosa 2 Restaurant Theme Provides a Frustrating and Satisfying Experience

wptavern.com :: Rosa 2 is the sequel to Pixelgrade’s best-selling theme, Rosa. The new theme re-imagines its previous incarnation in the context of the block editor (Gutenberg). I was provided a copy of the theme for free to test and provide my thoughts. The theme sells for $75/year, or you can pay

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The Evolution of Anonymity in the Internet Age

wptavern.com :: As a child of the ’90s, I was growing up in one of the largest transitional periods in human history. The Internet Age was upon us. I was born and raised in a small community in rural Alabama. The country. The backwoods. To give you an idea of how small

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GNU Project Maintainers Move to Oust Richard Stallman from Leadership

wptavern.com :: GNU Project maintainers are working to oust Richard Stallman from his position as head of the organization. In a joint statement published yesterday morning, a collection of 22 GNU maintainers and developers thanked Stallman for his work and declared that he can no longer represent the project: We, ...

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Google Chrome Announces Rollout Plan for Blocking Mixed Content Beginning January 2020

wptavern.com :: The Google Security Team has announced a timeline for when Chrome will begin blocking mixed content by default in order to ensure that HTTPS browsing is more secure. Mixed content refers to HTTPS pages that load resources, such as images, videos, stylesheets, and scripts, over HTTP. The gradual ...

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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Domino’s Appeal to Determine Whether Websites Must Be Accessible

wptavern.com :: In what is seen as a win for accessibility advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Domino’s petition to appeal a lower-court decision on whether the pizza chain’s website and mobile app must be accessible to those with disabilities. The earlier U.S. 9th Circuit court ruled that ...

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WooSesh 2019 Scheduled for October 9 and 10: Registration Now Open

wptavern.com :: WooSesh is happening next week on October 9 and 10, and registration is now open. This is the second edition of the virtual WooCommerce event hosted by WPSessions. In addition to presentations focused entirely on e-commerce, the event will include a “Hallway Track” that offers ...

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WordPress.org Bumps PHP Maximum for Plugin Directory to Version 7.2

wptavern.com :: The WordPress.org SVN system received a version bump to 7.2 on October 3. This change means that plugin authors can now use newer PHP syntax in plugins they submit to the official plugin directory. In the future, the version maximum will match what’s running on WordPress.org. This should be ...

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Matt Mullenweg and David Heinemeier Hansson Discuss WordPress Market Share, Monopolies, and Power in Open Source Communities

wptavern.com :: In what began as a heated conversation on Twitter, Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg and Ruby on Rails creator and Basecamp co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson took to the airwaves to debate opposing viewpoints on market share, monopolies, and power in open source communities. Hansson reacted to a ...

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WordPress Theme Review Team Brings Back Review Shindigs

wptavern.com :: The WordPress theme review team (TRT) is kicking off a review weekend October 5 and will begin at 10:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). These events, called “review shindigs,” are marathon sessions where the team joins together to review themes and teach best practices. The current ...

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First Look at PHP 7.4 for WordPress Developers

wptavern.com :: PHP 7.4 is slated for release on November 28, 2019. WordPress 5.3 will also include several commits that address deprecated features. It’s unlikely that most WordPress plugin and theme developers will be able to use the new PHP 7.4 features for a while except when working on setups where they

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BuddyPress 5.0 Introduces BP REST API, Paving the Way for Blocks

wptavern.com :: BuddyPress 5.0.0 “Le Gusto” was released this week with the long-awaited BP REST API, a new Invitations API, and BuddyPress info on the Site Health screen. The release was named for a favorite pizza restaurant in Fortaleza, Brazil, where BP REST API contributor and core committer Renato Alves ...

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Brian Gardner Steps Down From StudioPress

wptavern.com :: Brian Gardner announced he was stepping down from his role with StudioPress this past Friday. Last year, WP Engine acquired StudioPress. After staying on board for the remainder of his contract, Gardner stepped down from his role with the company. “The past 15 months have gone by quickly, and ...

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Gatsby Days London Features Multiple WordPress Presentations

wptavern.com :: Gatsby Days London kicked off yesterday with a lot of momentum after Gatsby Inc. announced a $15M Series A funding round last week. The one-day conference drew 200 attendees and was the third in a series of Gatsby Days that have been held in other cities. They are designed to

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Automattic Has Discontinued Active Development on Edit Flow Plugin

wptavern.com :: Edit Flow, the modular editorial plugin that enables collaboration inside the WordPress admin, is no longer being actively developed. After no updates for nine months, Mark Warbinek, a frustrated user, contacted Automattic to ask if they have abandoned the plugin or still plan to update it. A ...

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Preparing Themes For WordPress 5.3

wptavern.com :: Now that WordPress 5.3 Beta 1 is open for testing and with the official release slated for November 12, it’s time for theme authors to begin making sure their themes are ready for several changes. Most work will revolve around the block editor. WordPress 5.3 will include versions 5.4 –

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Secure the News Project Finds 93% of Major Publishers Offer HTTPS Encryption by Default

wptavern.com :: Secure the News is a project that was created by the Freedom of the Press Foundation in 2016 to track HTTPS encryption across major news organizations’ websites. It lists the publications and automatically scores them on a scale of 0-100, based on HTTPS implementation according to best ...

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