Monthly Archives: November 2017


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 [...]

WordCamp Albuquerque Gears Up for 5th Edition in January 2018

By | November 29th, 2017|News|

WordCamp Albuquerque is gearing up for its 5th edition January 19-21, 2018, following events held in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016. An all-new organizing team is ready to invigorate the Southwestern WordPress community with an exciting array of world-class speakers and educational opportunities for both new and experienced users. Lead organizer Alonso Indacochea said the [...]

Practicing the Pac-Man Rule at WordCamp US

By | November 28th, 2017|News|

With more than 2,000 attendees expected, WordCamp US is one of the largest conferences devoted to WordPress. It’s a great opportunity to meet a lot of new faces and catch up with familiar ones. If you’re standing in the hallway at WordCamp US speaking with a group of people and want to encourage others to [...]

Gutenberg Team Is Ramping Up Usability Testing at WordCamp US

By | November 28th, 2017|News|

The Gutenberg Team will have a usability testing station set up at WordCamp US where attendees can participate in a round of pre-set tests that focus on the writing flow. Testers will answer a short survey that includes their prior WordPress experience level, age, and device used. Volunteers will get participants set up with a [...]

Delete Me WordPress Plugin Assists Website Owners in Granting the GDPR Right to be Forgotten

By | November 28th, 2017|News|

photo credit: pj_vanf to err is human – (license) With the EU GDPR compliance deadline just 178 days away, many WordPress site owners are looking for tools that will help them meet the requirements. The regulation expands existing rights of data subjects in several key ways, including (but not limited to) the right to be [...]

WPWeekly Episode 295 – Turkey With A Side of Gutenberg and Giving Thanks to Open Source

By | November 27th, 2017|News|

I apologize for the delay in getting this episode out to you. In this episode, John James Jacoby and I discussed a range of topics, including a caching bug introduced in WordPress 4.9 that causes Page Templates not to display for an hour. We talk about the possibilities of using Gutenberg with WooCommerce and how [...]

Workarounds for the Page Template Bug in WordPress 4.9

By | November 23rd, 2017|News|

WordPress 4.9 “Tipton” was released last week and although it’s largely trouble-free, there is one particular issue users and developers are running into that’s causing frustration. In 4.9, custom page templates that are created fail to display in the Template drop-down menu. The issue is related to changes made to the file editor. Previous versions [...]

Tide Project Aims to Audit and Score WordPress Themes and Plugins based on Code Quality

By | November 22nd, 2017|News|

Last week XWP dropped an intriguing preview of a new project called Tide that aims to improve code quality across the WordPress plugin and theme ecosystems. The company has been working with the support of Google, Automattic, and WP Engine, on creating a new service that will help users make better plugin decisions and assist [...]

Envato Elements Adds Unlimited WordPress Theme and Plugin Downloads to Subscription Plan

By | November 22nd, 2017|News|

Envato has added unlimited WordPress theme and plugin downloads to its Elements digital assets subscription service. The company is including a curated collection of 210 WordPress themes and 100 plugins along with 400,000 other design assets already offered through the service. Envato is the largest WordPress theme marketplace on the web with 39,102 themes and [...]