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GitHub Adds Dependency Graphs, Security Alerts for PHP Repos

wptavern.com :: PHP developers everywhere can rejoice as GitHub adds the long-awaited dependency graphs feature for PHP repositories that use Composer. The feature provides security alerts, shows dependency insights, and displays the dependents of a given repository. If enabled, it can also automatically send ...

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WordPress Community Contributors to Host Free Online Diversity Workshop Ahead of WordCamp US

wptavern.com :: WordCamp US will debut a new Community Track in November that will feature sessions and workshops on topics like meetups, WordCamps, diversity and inclusion, and kids/youth. Jill Binder, Allie Nimmons, Aurooba Ahmed, and David Wolfpaw will be hosting a workshop called “Creating a Welcoming ...

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Bayleaf: A Food and Recipe Blog Theme

wptavern.com :: With the WordPress theme directory dominated by business-oriented themes, it’s sometimes tough to find themes that cater to more specific user groups. If you dig deep enough, you’ll find something outside the norm. Bayleaf is a blog theme specifically designed for sharing food and ...

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Automattic Raises $300M in Series D Investment Round, Valuation Jumps to $3 Billion

wptavern.com :: Automattic announced another round of funding today, a $300 million Series D investment from Salesforce Ventures, giving the company a $3 billion valuation post-funding. The last time Automattic raised money was $160 million in a Series C round in 2014. Since that time the company has grown to more ...

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Gutenberg 6.5 Adds Experimental Block Directory Search to Inserter and New Social Links Block

wptavern.com :: Gutenberg 6.5 was released today with a rough prototype that adds one-click search and installation of blocks from the block directory to the inserter. Selected blocks are automatically installed as a plugin in the background and inserted into the editor with one click. The pull request for the ...

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EditorsKit Adds Nofollow Options for Links, Fixes Bug with Gutenberg Metaboxes Overlapping in Chrome

wptavern.com :: EditorsKit is becoming somewhat of a “hotfix” plugin for Gutenberg, especially with the additions to the 1.14 release this week. Developer Jeffrey Carandang added new link formats for nofollow rel attribute options, along with a fix for an annoying bug in Chrome that causes Gutenberg ...

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Behind New Packages Project Lead, Theme Review Team Launches Admin Notices Solution

wptavern.com :: As part of the WordPress Theme Review Team’s plan to curb obtrusive admin notices, the team pushed version 1.0 of its Admin Notices package to the public. The new package provides a standard API for theme authors to display admin notices. Ari Stathopoulos took over as the packages project lead

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GPL Author Richard Stallman Resigns from Free Software Foundation

wptavern.com :: Richard Stallman, free software movement activist and originator of the “copyleft” concept, has resigned from his position as director of the board and president of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), which he established in 1985. This resignation comes on the heels of his resignation ...

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Yoast to Reward Contributors with the Yoast Care Fund

wptavern.com :: Yoast, a company primarily known for its popular Yoast SEO plugin, announced a new program earlier this month called Yoast Care. The project aims to reward volunteers in the WordPress community. “Care” stands for “Community Appreciation REwards.” Thousands of people ...

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New Attock WordPress Meetup Empowers Pakistani Women Freelancers and Business Owners

wptavern.com :: WordCamp Lahore is getting rebooted on November 30 – December 1, at the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences. The first edition of the event was planned for 2016 but was derailed by local disagreements and ultimately canceled. For the past three years organizers have worked ...

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Justin Tadlock Joins WP Tavern

wptavern.com :: The kid scampered ahead of his classmates. He wanted to be one of the first to set foot in the building, but he stopped as he got to the first step. He looked up to count the floors. One, two, three…it wasn’t The Times. He was awestruck all the same.

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Adam Jacob Advocates for Building Healthy OSS Communities in “The War for the Soul of Open Source”

wptavern.com :: Chef co-founder and former CTO Adam Jacob gave a short presentation at O’Reilly Open Source Software Conference (OSCON) 2019 titled “The War for the Soul of Open Source.” In his search for meaning in open source software today, Jacob confronts the notion of open source business ...

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Local Lightning Now in Public Beta with Major Performance Improvements

wptavern.com :: Flywheel put its new Local Lightning app into public beta this week. The app is an improved version of the company’s local WordPress development tool, formerly known as Pressmatic before Flywheel acquired it from Clay Griffiths and renamed it to “Local by Flywheel.” Since its ...

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WPHindi Plugin Instantly Converts Text from English to Hindi in the Block Editor

wptavern.com :: Hindi is one of the world’s top languages, with more than 520 million native and non-native speakers, and is the fastest growing language in India. In a region where English is also commonly spoken, many Hindi publishers have the unique requirement of being able to switch back and forth ...

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Richard Best Releases Free Audio and Ebook: “A Practical Guide to WordPress and the GPL”

wptavern.com :: If you’re itching to go deeper into the legal aspects of navigating WordPress’ relationship to the GPL license, Richard Best has recently made his ebook (and the audio version) called “A Practical Guide to WordPress and the GPL” available for free. Best, a technology and ...

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Google Announces New Ways to Identify Nofollow Links, Progress on Related Gutenberg Ticket Is Currently Stalled

wptavern.com :: This week Google announced changes to the 15-year old nofollow attribute that was previously recommended for identifying links related to advertising, sponsors, or content for which users are not intending to pass along ranking credit. The nofollow attribute is no longer a catchall for these types ...

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Kioken Blocks: The New Street Fighter-Inspired Block Collection that Is Taking Aim at Page Builders

wptavern.com :: With the proliferation of block collection plugins over the past year, Kioken Blocks is a relatively unknown newcomer that you may have missed. Compared to competitors with thousands of users like CoBlocks (30K+), Atomic Blocks (20K+), Stackable (10K+), and Ultimate Addons for Gutenberg (100K+), ...

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Creative Commons Releases New WordPress Plugin for Attributing Content with Gutenberg Blocks

wptavern.com :: Creative Commons has released an official WordPress plugin for attributing and licensing content. It is an updated and revamped version of the organization’s WPLicense plugin. It is also loosely based on an old plugin called License, which seems to have been abandoned after not receiving any ...

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Gutenberg Team Explores the Future of Full-Site Editing with New Prototype

wptavern.com :: From its inception, the block editor was always intended to be more than just an editor for the main content area. Gutenberg phase 2 brings the block editor to other parts of the site, including widgets, menus, and other aspects of site customization. Matias Ventura, one of the lead engineers

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First Look at Twenty Twenty: New WordPress Default Theme based on Chaplin

wptavern.com :: Anders Norén unveiled the designs for the new Twenty Twenty theme today. As speculated earlier this week, WordPress will repurpose Noren’s Chaplin theme in order to expedite shipping the new default theme on the constrained 5.3 release timeline. Although the new default theme will be based on ...

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Google Releases Native Lazyload Plugin for WordPress

wptavern.com :: The most recent release of Chrome (76) added a new “loading” attribute that supports native lazy loading in the browser. An implementation for WordPress core is still under discussion. In the meantime, plugins that enable this for WordPress sites are starting to pop up, and Google has just released ...

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WordSesh EMEA Schedule Published, Registration Opens September 9

wptavern.com :: WordSesh EMEA, a 12-hour virtual conference designed for the WordPress community in the Middle East, Europe, and Africa, has published the full schedule for the upcoming event. The lineup includes speakers from the UK to Cape Town to Sri Lanka, and other parts of the wider world of WordPress. ...

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Anders Norén to Design Twenty Twenty Default Theme, Shipping in WordPress 5.3

wptavern.com :: WordPress 5.3’s release lead coordinators announced a new batch of focus leads during yesterday’s core dev chat. Anders Norén, one of the most well-respected theme authors in the community and an early adopter of Gutenberg, will be leading the design of the upcoming Twenty Twenty ...

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WordPress Governance Project Looks for New Leadership

wptavern.com :: The WordPress Governance project is looking for new leadership after its current leaders, Rachel Cherry and Morten Rand-Hendriksen, announced that they will be stepping down. Weekly meetings have been canceled until the organization selects new leadership. After its introduction at WordCamp Europe ...

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WordPress 5.3 to Use Robots Meta Tag to Better Discourage Search Engines from Listing Sites

wptavern.com :: WordPress is changing the method it uses to prevent search engines from indexing sites. Previously, if a user checked the “Discourage search engines from indexing this site” option in a site’s Settings > Reading screen, WordPress would add Disallow: / to the robots.txt file. This ...

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Toolbelt: A New Jetpack-Inspired Plugin with a Focus on Speed and Privacy

wptavern.com :: WordPress theme and plugin developer Ben Gillbanks is building a Jetpack alternative with an emphasis on speed, simplicity, and privacy. Toolbelt is a new, lightweight plugin that offers a collection of functionality that is commonly-used on WordPress sites. Currently available modules include ...

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NetNewsWire 5.0 RSS Reader Rebuilt from Scratch, Now Free and Open Source

wptavern.com :: NetNewsWire 5.0 was released this week as a completely rebuilt, free and open source Mac app. Back in its earlier days, the 17-year old RSS reader was widely regarded as the best available. Since its creation, the app has changed hands multiple times through two acquisitions, finally landing back ...

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StandardJS Ends Controversial Funding Experiment

wptavern.com :: Feross Aboukhadijeh, maintainer of StandardJS, has formally ended the funding experiment he started lasted week, which inserted ads in the terminal whenever Standard 14 is installed. Although the experiment met widespread aversion, it successfully captured public attention and put a spotlight on ...

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Gutenberg 6.4 Adds New Typewriter Experience, Cover Block Resizing, and Block Inserter Help Panel

wptavern.com :: Gutenberg 6.4 arrived this week with two more improvements to the Cover block. The background can now be set to a solid color (in addition to images and videos). Users can also easily resize the block, making it far more useful for those who are designing their own pages. One

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StandardJS Pauses Experiment with Ads in the Terminal after Linode Pulls Sponsorship

wptavern.com :: Feross Aboukhadijeh, maintainer of the StandardJS library, a JavaScript style guide, linter, and automatic code fixer, launched an experiment last week that places ads in the terminal in order to fund development. The experiment has since been paused after receiving negative feedback from the ...

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Top Fifty WP: New Website Ranks Plugins by Downloads per Day

wptavern.com :: The team behind Pootlepress has launched a new website that displays the top 50 WordPress plugins by downloads per day. It uses the WordPress.org Plugin API to pull the previous day’s download stats from plugins hosted in the directory. The site also shows the average rating as a percent in

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Micro.blog Adds Tumblr Cross-Posting

wptavern.com :: Over the weekend, Micro.blog added Tumblr cross-posting to its service in response to Automattic’s acquisition of the company. Micro.blog users can now elect to have their blog posts automatically syndicated to Tumblr. Although Tumblr is somewhat of a competitor to Micro.blog’s social ...

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php Central Europe Conference Canceled Due to Lack of Speaker Diversity

wptavern.com :: phpCE, a central European PHP conference that was previously scheduled for October 4-6, has been cancelled due to a public fiasco resulting from a lack of gender diversity in the speaker lineup. The event, previously known as PHPCon Poland, was set to be held in Dresden, Germany, after the concept

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Chrome 76 Adds Native Lazy-Loading, WordPress Contributors Continue Discussion Regarding Core Support

wptavern.com :: The latest version of Chrome (76) shipped with a new “loading” attribute that allows developers to specify resources, such as images and iframes, to defer loading until the user scrolls nearer to them. In the past, developers have used third-party libraries to achieve lazy loading but ...

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Popular WordPress Themes Remove Obtrusive Admin Notices to Conform to New Theme Directory Requirement

wptavern.com :: Last month the WordPress Theme Review Team took action to curb obtrusive admin notices, requiring all themes to use the admin_notices API and follow the core design pattern. Prior to this rule going into effect, many themes would commonly display a large, branded notice upon activation. Sometimes ...

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WordPress 5.3 Development Kicks Off: UI Polishing, Editor Improvements, and New Twenty Twenty Default Theme

wptavern.com :: WordPress 5.3 release dates were confirmed this week. The timeline has the official release arriving November 12, 2019, with a decent margin of time to avoid WordCamp US (early November) and the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday week at the end of November. Beta 1 is expected September 23 and a Release

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WordPress Poised to Begin Implementing Proposal to Auto-Update Older Sites to 4.7

wptavern.com :: WordPress contributors from around the world joined in a lively meeting yesterday to continue the discussion regarding the proposal to auto-update old sites to version 4.7 in a controlled rollout. The idea is that sites would gradually update from one major version to the next (not all at once). The

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University of Helsinki Publishes Free Intro Course on Modern JavaScript-based Web Development

wptavern.com :: The University of Helsinki is offering its “Deep Dive Into Modern Web Development” course online for free. It provides an introduction to JavaScript-based web development with React, Redux, Node.js, MongoDB, and GraphQL. Participants will learn the basics of building single page ...

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A Nofollow Option for Links Is Coming to Gutenberg

wptavern.com :: Gutenberg users are requesting an easy way to add a nofollow attribute to links in the block editor. Users can currently toggle a setting to designate a link to open in a new tab, but a similarly user-friendly option for adding a nofollow attribute is not yet available. Requests have

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Fabrica Dashboard Plugin Brings a CMS Overview to Multi-User Editorial Sites

wptavern.com :: Fabrica Dashboard is a relatively new plugin released earlier this year by the team at Yes We Work, after a long beta and extensive internal use on their own projects. The plugin revamps WordPress’ default Dashboard screen to display information that is useful for multi-user editorial sites, ...

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WordCamp London 2020 Organizing Team Eyes September Dates Due to Brexit Uncertainty

wptavern.com :: The Joomla World Conference in London, planned for November 2019, has been cancelled. Joomla’s Board of Directors announced the cancellation at the end of July, citing the updated October 31, 2019, Brexit deadline as the primary reason: Last week the new UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has ...

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Attend the Great WP Virtual Summit for Free: August 19-23

wptavern.com :: For five days next week, from August 19-23, the inaugural event of The Great WP Virtual Summit will be taking place. Conceived by South African based WordPress developer Anchen le Roux, the summit aims to bring together experts from various fields within the WordPress ecosystem to share their ...

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Automattic Acquires Zero BS CRM, Considers Rebranding it as Jetpack CRM

wptavern.com :: Automattic has acquired Zero BS CRM, a free plugin with more than 30 commercial extensions that provide deeper integrations with third-party services. Zero BS was co-founded by a two-person team that includes Mike Stott and Woody Hayday. The team marketed the plugin as a “no-nonsense ...

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Gutenberg 6.3 Improves Accessibility with New Navigation and Edit Modes

wptavern.com :: Major accessibility improvements are the headline feature of this week’s Gutenberg plugin release. Version 6.3 introduces new Navigation and Editor modes to address long-standing problems navigating the block UI with a screen reader. The editor is now loaded in Navigation mode by default. ...

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WordPress Theme Review Team Scraps Trusted Authors Program Due to Gaming and Inconsistent Reviews

wptavern.com :: After several months of discussion, WordPress.org’s Theme Review Team has decided to discontinue the Trusted Authors (TA) Program that launched in April 2018. The program, which was controversial from its inception, allowed certain authors to bypass the normal theme review queue after ...

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Write for WP Tavern

wptavern.com :: WP Tavern is hiring full-time writers. We are looking for reporters with the ability to write WordPress news every day, covering a wide range of topics, including (but not limited to) Gutenberg, core development, community, open source software, plugin and theme ecosystems, Tumblr, developer ...

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New mycamp.rocks Newsletter Launches with Tips for Conference Organizers, Speakers, and Attendees

wptavern.com :: David Bisset launched mycamp.rocks today, a newsletter targeted at conference organizers, speakers, and attendees. The WordPress newsletter landscape is currently dominated by general industry and developer news digests, such as Master WP, WpMail.me, Post Status, and The WP Daily. mycamp.rocks is ...

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Automattic Acquires Tumblr, Plans to Rebuild the Backend Powered by WordPress

wptavern.com :: Automattic has acquired Tumblr, a long-time friendly rival company, for an undisclosed sum. Just six years after Yahoo acquired Tumblr for $1.1 billion, the company is said to have been acquired for “a nominal amount” from Verizon, who indirectly acquired Tumblr when it bought Yahoo in ...

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WooCommerce 3.7 Introduces New Blocks, Updates Minimum WordPress and PHP Requirements

wptavern.com :: WooCommerce 3.7 was released today after four months in development. This minor release is backwards compatible with previous versions. Despite containing more than 1,290 commits, 3.7 is smaller than previous releases, as the WooCommerce team is working towards delivering more frequent releases to ...

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BuddyPress 5.0 to Add Category for Storing BuddyPress Blocks

wptavern.com :: BuddyPress 5.0 will include a way for developers to organize their blocks under a BuddyPress blocks category. Mathieu Viet shared a code example on the BuddyPress Dev Updates blog, demonstrating how to set the category property of a block to BuddyPress when registering a block type. The blocks ...

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