Yearly Archives: 2017


WPWeekly Episode 299 – 2017 Year in Review

By | December 28th, 2017|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I review the WordPress news that made headlines on the Tavern in 2017. Among the stories we talk about more in-depth was Headway Themes, WP-CLI becoming a sanctioned project, and Disqus being acquired. We also talked about the future of comments in WordPress and what circumstances could [...]

WPWeekly Episode 298 – GDPR, User Privacy, and More With Heather Burns

By | December 21st, 2017|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Heather Burns, Founder of WebDevLaw. We have a lengthy discussion about GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), what it is, what’s at stake, and its potential impacts on the WordPress ecosystem. We also discuss the cultural differences between the North American and European views on [...]

WP Site Care Acquires WP Radius

By | December 20th, 2017|News|

WP Site Care, a WordPress management and maintenance service provider has acquired WP Radius. Ryan Sullivan, Founder of WP Site Care, says the acquisition has been in the works for some time. "We’ve been working toward growing our customer base and learning about new business models in the WordPress support space for quite some time, [...]

Jetpack 5.6.1 Increases Security of the Contact Form Module

By | December 15th, 2017|News|

Jetpack has released version 5.6.1 which hardens the Contact Form module by improving permissions checking when updating a form's settings. In addition to security fixes, the character count for when Publicize publishes content to Twitter has been increased to 280. This release also fixes a bug that disabled the ability to save widgets after removing [...]

WPWeekly Episode 297 – WordCamp US 2017 Recap

By | December 14th, 2017|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Morten Rand-Hendriksen. We have an engaging conversation about WordCamp US 2017, Gutenberg, and what it’s going to take for it to succeed. Rand-Hendriksen shared what he thinks are the three conditions that need to be met before Gutenberg can be shipped. Near the end [...]

Storify to Close May 16, 2018, WordPress Plugin Discontinued

By | December 13th, 2017|News|

Storify, a service that launched in 2010 and opened to the public in 2013 has announced that it is shutting down version one of its service on May 16th, 2018. Concurrently, its WordPress plugin that is actively installed on more than 2,000 sites has been discontinued. Storify Plugin is Discontinued Storify enabled journalists and others [...]

Gutenberg and the WordPress of Tomorrow by Morten Rand-Hendriksen

By | December 12th, 2017|News|

While attending WordCamp US 2017, there were a number of sessions that stood out to me. Gutenberg and the WordPress of Tomorrow by Morten Rand-Hendriksen was one of them. Hendriksen explains the state of WYSIWYG in WordPress and how it doesn't really exist but Gutenberg provides opportunities to change that. He explores developing sites without [...]

WordCamp US 2017 is Livestreaming All Sessions for Free

By | December 1st, 2017|News|

WordCamp US is kicking off this morning. If you couldn’t make the journey to Nashville, you can still follow along at home or wherever you are in the world. Livestream Tickets are free on the event’s website. Once you’ve registered for a ticket, head on over to and you’ll be able to tune in [...]

Gutenberg 1.8 Adds Greater Extensibility for Plugin Developers

By | November 30th, 2017|News|

Gutenberg 1.8 was released this week with several notable improvements that will give plugin developers more flexibility in extending the editor. It introduces block templates, which developers can use when registering a new custom post type. The block templates define a set of pre-configured blocks that will initialize when a user creates a new post. [...]

WPWeekly Episode 296 – Gutenberg, Telemetry, Calypso, and More With Matt Mullenweg

By | November 30th, 2017|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Matt Mullenweg, co-creator of the WordPress project and CEO of Automattic. We discussed a wide range of topics including, his role on the board of directors at GitLab, Telemetry or data-usage gathering in WordPress, and the WordPress Growth Council. We learned what’s happening with [...]

WordPress 4.9.1 Released, Fixes Page Template Bug

By | November 30th, 2017|News|

WordPress 4.9.1 is available for download and is a maintenance and security release. This release addresses four security issues in WordPress 4.9 and below that could potentially be used as part of a multi-vector attack. According to the release notes, the following changes have been made to WordPress to protect against these vulnerabilities. Use a [...]

Four Things I’d Like to See in This Year’s State of the Word

By | November 29th, 2017|News|

This weekend, WordPressers from far and wide will descend upon Nashville, TN, for WordCamp US. One of the highlights of the event is Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word. Last year, Mullenweg shared a variety of statistics, made a few announcements, and plotted a new course for WordPress development. As the event draws near, here [...]