Monthly Archives: October 2017


GDPR for WordPress Project Seeks to Provide a Standard for Plugin Compliance

By | October 30th, 2017|News|

WordCamp Denmark organizer Kåre Mulvad Steffensen and WP Pusher creator Peter Suhm are working on a GDPR for WordPress project that aims to provide an industry standard for getting plugins compliant with EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation. The deadline for compliance is May 28, 2018, approximately 200 days from now. The Danish duo [...]

New Dispensary Details Plugin for WooCommerce Adds Cannabis Details to Products

By | October 27th, 2017|News|

photo credit: Blueberry Kush, Indica-3 – (license) Two years ago, WordPress developer Robert DeVore launched WP Dispensary, a free marijuana dispensary menu plugin for WordPress, and has since built an accompanying theme, additional free add-ons, and six commercial extensions. DeVore is aiming to make WP Dispensary a complete online menu software solution for dispensaries and [...]

Results From the 2017 WordPress User Survey Are Not Guaranteed to Be Shared

By | October 27th, 2017|News|

As November edges closer, the countdown to WordCamp US begins. One of the annual traditions that’s part of the event is the WordPress User Survey. The survey is used to gauge who and how people use WordPress. Although the survey says results will be presented at WordCamp US, that hasn’t been the case the last [...]

Patreon Launches App Directory and Free WordPress Plugin for Membership Sites

By | October 26th, 2017|News|

Patreon was founded in May 2013 as a service with business tools that allow content creators to crowdfund their work through donations and subscriptions. The service is now expanding to help users connect their accounts to more third-party tools that make patron management easier. Patreon launched its new App Directory and Developer Portal today, featuring [...]

WordPress 4.9 Will Support Shortcodes and Embedded Media in the Text Widget

By | October 26th, 2017|News|

WordPress 4.8 brought TinyMCE to the core Text widget, along with brand new Image, Video, and Audio media widgets. The upcoming 4.9 release builds on this progress and will introduce some long-awaited improvements to Text widget. Users will finally be able to use shortcodes in the Text widget without the help of additional code from [...]

WPWeekly Episode 292 – Recap of WooConf and CaboPress

By | October 26th, 2017|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Cody Landefeld, co-founder of Mode Effect. Landefeld described his experience attending WooConf as we reviewed highlights from the State of the Woo. We also discussed WooCommerce retiring its Canvas theme in favor of Storefront. Jacoby shared his experience attending CaboPress and near the end of [...]

Goodnight Firebug

By | October 25th, 2017|News|

Twitter is lighting up with sentimental Firebug remembrances today after Mozilla announced it will reach end-of-life in the Firefox browser next month. Firebug was the first browser-based tool that allowed developers to easily inspect HTML and debug JS. It was discontinued as a separate add-on and merged into Firefox DevTools in 2016 where it will [...]

WordPress 4.9 Beta 4 Removes ‘Try Gutenberg’ Call to Action

By | October 25th, 2017|News|

WordPress beta releases typically don’t generate controversy but in WordPress 4.9 Beta 3, a call to action was added to the dashboard that encouraged users to install and activate Gutenberg. Try Gutenberg Call to Action Members of the WordPress community raised concerns that clients may install Gutenberg and shared ways to hide the prompt from [...]

WooCommerce Retires Canvas Theme, Recommends Customers Migrate to Storefront Theme

By | October 24th, 2017|News|

WooCommerce is retiring its Canvas Theme after seven years. Canvas was one of the most innovative themes on the market when it first launched in 2010, giving customers the ability to modify their sites’ design and layout through an extensive options panel. It sold for $99 before the product URL was redirected to a retirement [...]

Gutenberg 1.5 Adds Initial Support for Meta Boxes, Makes Gutenberg the Default Editor

By | October 24th, 2017|News|

Gutenberg 1.5 was released this morning and introduces several major changes to the plugin. This version takes the new editor off the back burner and makes it the default for creating new posts. The team has also included a way for users to create posts with the Classic Editor, but this requires knowing where to [...]

Facebook is Testing a “Pay to Play” Requirement for Publishers in the News Feed

By | October 23rd, 2017|News|

Last week Facebook began rolling out its new Explore feed, which is now available for users globally on both desktop and mobile. The new Explore feed encourages discovery by including posts from people and pages that the user doesn’t follow. Over the weekend, Filip Struhárik, a journalist and editor at Denník N, published data from [...]

Postman SMTP Plugin Forked after Removal from for Security Issues

By | October 23rd, 2017|News|

photo credit: Jerry Kiesewetter In early October the popular Postman SMTP plugin was removed from due to security issues. The plugin had not been updated in two years and also contained a reflected cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability that was made public in June and left unfixed. The security researcher’s attempts to contact the plugin’s [...]