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WPWeekly Episode 299 – 2017 Year in Review

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 WordPress.org sanctioned project, and Disqus being acquired. We also talked about the future of comments in WordPress and what circumstances could lead to Intense Debate being relevant again.

Last but not least, we offered up our thoughts for the New Year. Shout out to Kevin Hoffman who submitted a five-star review for WP Weekly on iTunes. Thank you to all of the listeners who have and continue to listen to WordPress Weekly.

Stories Discussed:

January

WP-CLI Gets Official WordPress.org Support
WordPress 4.7.1 Fixes Eight Security Issues
Automattic Releases Free Plugin for Exporting Photos from Lightroom to WordPress
Aaron D. Campbell Replaces Nikolay Bachiyski as WordPress’ Security Czar
Postmatic Basic Rebrands as Replyable, Moves Two-Way Email Commenting to SaaS Product
Jetpack 4.5 Expands Monetization with WordAds Integration
Obama Foundation Launches New Website Powered by WordPress
Wix Removes GPL-Licensed WordPress Code from Mobile App, Forks Original MIT Library

February

10up Unveils ElasticPress.io: Elasticsearch as a Service for WordPress Sites
Matt Mullenweg Responds to Security Rant: Digital Signatures for WordPress Updates Are Important but Not a Priority
BuddyPress 2.8 Boosts Minimum PHP Requirement, Adds Twenty Seventeen Companion Stylesheet
WordPress Core Editor Team Publishes UI Prototype for “Gutenberg,” an Experimental Block Based Editor
Zerif Lite Returns to WordPress.org after 5-Month Suspension and 63% Decline in Revenue
Cloudflare Memory Leak Exposes Private Data
Freemius Launches Insights for WordPress Themes
HackerOne Launches Free Community Edition for Non-Commercial Open Source Projects

March

Web Annotations are Now a W3C Standard, Paving the Way for Decentralized Annotation Infrastructure
WordPress 4.7.3 Patches Six Security Vulnerabilities, Immediate Update Advised
WeFoster Launches Hosting Platform Catered to Online Communities
Jetpack Introduces Theme Installation from WordPress.com, Sparks Controversy with Alternative Marketplace for Free Themes
PressShack Forks Edit Flow to Create PublishPress, Aims to Improve Multi-User Editorial Workflow in WordPress
Yoast SEO 4.5 Urges Users to Upgrade to PHP 7
Foxhound Is the First REST API Powered Theme on WordPress.org
GoDaddy Acquires Sucuri
WordPress Relaunches Plugin Directory with New Design and Improved Search Algorithm
Poopy.life Lets You Create Free, Unlimited WordPress Test Installs
WordPress Community Support Shuts Down WordCamp Netherlands in Favor of City-Based WordCamps

April

WooCommerce 3.0 Brings Major Improvements to Product Gallery, Introduces CRUD Classes and a New CLI
Jetpack 4.8 Introduces Settings Redesign, Adds Global WordPress.com Toolbar
Yoast SEO’s PHP Upgrade Nag is Producing a Significant Increase in Sites Upgrading to PHP 7
BuddyPress 2016 Survey Results Show 54% of Respondents are on PHP 7.0+
WordPress 4.7.4 Fixes 47 Issues
Headway Themes Appears to be Dying a Slow Death
Shopify Discontinues Its Official Plugin for WordPress

May

10up Releases WP Docker, an Open Source Docker Configuration for Local WordPress Development
Jetpack 4.9 Introduces EU Cookie Law Banner Widget
Weglot Multilingual Plugin Closes €450K in Seed Funding
WordPress Is Now on HackerOne, Launches Bug Bounties
Hookr Plugin Rebrands as WP Inspect, Project to Shift to a Module-Based Architecture
WordPress 4.7.5 Patches Six Security Issues, Immediate Update Recommended
Storefront 2.2.0 Released, Includes Design Refresh and Major Improvements to New User Experience
Rainmaker Digital to Partner with Nimble Worldwide
WordPress Removes HHVM from Testing Infrastructure
WP-CLI 1.2.0 Released, Project Unveils New Logo

June

WPForms Acquires WP Mail SMTP Plugin
VersionPress Launches VersionPress.com to Fund Open Source Project
WordPress 4.8 “Evans” Released Featuring Nearby WordPress Events, New Media Widgets, and Link Boundaries
Imagely Acquires TeslaThemes, Is Seeking Other Acquisition Opportunities
9seeds Acquires Web Savvy Marketing’s Genesis Theme Store
WordCamp Europe 2017 Draws 1900 Attendees from 79 Countries
WooCommerce Drops 50% Renewal Discount on Subscriptions
WPShout Updates and Acquires WPHierarchy.com
WordPress’ New Gutenberg Editor Now Available as a Plugin for Testing
Automattic to Renew Efforts on Underscores, Retire Components Starter-Theme Generator
WooCommerce 3.1 Adds New CSV Product Importer/Exporter, Improves Extension Management
Clef Shuts Down

July

Jesse Petersen, Founder of Genesis The.me Passes Away
WangGuard Plugin Author Shuts Down Splog Hunting Service Due to Trauma and Death Threats
Let’s Encrypt Passes 100 Million Certificates Issued, Will Offer Wildcard Certificates in January 2018
10up Acquires Lift UX
AJ Morris Acquires iThemes Exchange
React Users Petition Facebook to Re-license React.js after Apache Software Foundation Bans BSD+Patents License in Dependencies
SiteLock Acquires Patchman’s Malware and Vulnerability Detection Technology, Expands WordPress Customer Base to 4 Million
Adobe to Discontinue Flash Support and Updates in 2020
.blog Passes 100,000 Registrations, 66.5% of Purchased Domains are in Use

August

Jetpack 5.2 Brings Major Improvements to the Contact Form Module
WordPress Polyglots Team Fuels International Community Growth with 3rd Global Translation Day
WordPress 4.8.1 Released, Adds Custom HTML Widget
Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Dismisses Automattic’s Trademark Dispute Against Chris Pearson
WordPress.com’s Business Plan Gives Subscribers a Way to Tap into WordPress.org’s Third-party Ecosystem
maekit Acquires WP Remote, Plans to Add Cloud-Based Backup Services
WordPress.org Now Allows Plugin Authors to Specify a Minimum PHP Version Requirement
Gutenberg 1.0.0 Introduces Drag and Drop for Adding Image Blocks

September

Jetpack 5.3 Adds PHP 7.1 Compatibility, Better Control for WordAds Placement
WordPress.org Adds New Support Rep Role for Plugin Pages
WordPress Abandons React due to Patents Clause, Gutenberg to be Rewritten with a Different Library
WordPress 4.8.2 Patches Eight Security Vulnerabilities
Apply Filters Podcast to be Retired after 83 Episodes
WordPress.com Adds Google Photos Integration, Available Now for Jetpack-Enabled Sites

October

Poopy.life Launches Pro Version at WPsandbox.io Aimed at Theme and Plugin Developers
Disqus Data Breach Affects 17.5 Million Accounts
GitLab Raises $20 Million Series C Round, Adds Matt Mullenweg to Board of Directors
WooCommerce 3.2 Adds Ability to Apply Coupons in the Admin, Introduces Pre-Update Version Checks for Extensions
Postman SMTP Plugin Forked after Removal from WordPress.org for Security Issues
WooCommerce Retires Canvas Theme, Recommends Customers Migrate to Storefront Theme
Firebug is Retired

November

WordPress 4.8.3, A Security Release Six Weeks in the Making
Press This Removed from WordPress 4.9 in Favor of a Plugin
Bianca Welds Awarded Kim Parsell Travel Scholarship
Jetpack 5.5 Removes Syntax Highlighting and Gallery Widget for Compatibility
WordPress 4.9 Released with Major Improvements to Customizer Workflow, Updated Code Editors, and New Core Gallery Widget
Tailor Page Builder Plugin Discontinued, Owners Cite Funding, Gutenberg, and Competition
WordPress 4.9.1 Released, Fixes Page Template Bug
WPWeekly Episode 296 – Gutenberg, Telemetry, Calypso, and More With Matt Mullenweg

December

Storify to Close May 16, 2018, WordPress Plugin Discontinued
Jetpack 5.6.1 Increases Security of the Contact Form Module
WP Site Care Acquires WP Radius

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

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 user privacy.

When asked what she hopes to see as we approach May of 2018, Burns replied:

“I want to see all hands on deck making WordPress a force for good, that people can trust, and that people can be empowered to change for the better. Don’t let the fact that it involves law put you off. GDPR is a toolkit for empowerment, it’s a means for protecting and safeguarding your users in these quite scary times we’re living in. And it will make you a better developer and site administrator in the end.”

For questions related to GDPR or how to make your site or WordPress plugins compliant, please get in touch with Burns. You can also view her presentation on WordPress.TV from WordCamp Belfast, 2016.

Stories Discussed:

WP Site Care Acquires WP Radius

Picks of the Week:

Frontenberg by Tom J. Nowell is a new site that displays Gutenberg to the frontend of WordPress. It allows visitors to tinker with Gutenberg without having to login to a site or install a plugin.

John gave props to Renato Alves who has been working on adding WP-CLI support for bbPress and BuddyPress.

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WP Site Care Acquires WP Radius

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, and the WP Radius acquisition allows us to accomplish both of those goals," he said.

The move increases WP Site Care's customer base by 20% and will allow it to experiment with an unlimited jobs model, something that set WP Radius apart.

"We’ve been very interested in the unlimited jobs model and what that really means from an operations standpoint for quite some time, and whether or not it’s actually better for customers, so this move will allow us to learn a lot more about how that all plays out in the real world," Sullivan said.

WP Radius will continue to operate as a separate entity and will eventually be consolidated into the WP Site Care brand.

WP Radius was founded in 2015 by Todd Schwartzfarb and Brandon Yanofsky. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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Jetpack 5.6.1 Increases Security of the Contact Form Module

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 a Widget Visibility rule. Users are encouraged to update as soon as possible, especially if you make heavy use of the Contact Form module.

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WPWeekly Episode 297 – WordCamp US 2017 Recap

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 of the show, we discuss the possible impacts Gutenberg’s timeline may have on the WordPress economy. Jacoby and I round out the show by reviewing the 2017 State of the Word and our picks of the week.

Stories Discussed:

Storify to Close May 16, 2018, WordPress Plugin Discontinued
Gutenberg and the WordPress of Tomorrow by Morten Rand-Hendriksen
The Economic Impact of the Timeline of the Gutenberg Rollout

Picks of the Week:

CopyTrans is a plugin for Windows to view HEIC files. In iOS 11, Apple started using HEIC/HEIF. HEIF stands for High Efficiency Image Format, and, as the name suggests, is a more streamlined way to store image files. It allows digital photographs to be created in smaller files sizes while retaining higher image quality than its JPEG alternative. The image format is currently not supported in Windows 7, 8, and 10.

CopyTrans HEIC for Windows is a simple Windows plugin that allows you to open HEIC files using Windows Photo Viewer. This format is also not compatible with WordPress.

WP Snapshots is a command line interface (CLI) tool by 10Up that empowers engineering teams to quickly share WordPress projects, including files and the database.

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Storify to Close May 16, 2018, WordPress Plugin Discontinued

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 to build stories and timelines similar to Twitter and other social networks. The service was acquired by Livefyre in 2013 and became part of Adobe when it acquired Livefyre in 2016.

Storify has disabled new accounts from being created and will delete stories and accounts on May 16th, 2018. Existing users who want to move to Storify 2, a paid feature of Livefyre, will need to purchase a license. The service has published a FAQ that includes directions on how to export content.

New Plugin Opportunity

According to some users, the export process is cumbersome, providing an excellent opportunity for a prospecting developer to create a WordPress plugin that makes the process easier. A search of the WordPress plugin directory for Storify Export produces zero results.

If you know of any methods or plugins that eases the process of exporting content from Storify and importing it to WordPress, please share them in the comments. Also feel free to let us know if you create a plugin that performs this task.

Source: WP Tavern

Gutenberg and the WordPress of Tomorrow by Morten Rand-Hendriksen

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 being confined to a small view port. He also performs a live demo of Gutenberg showing off its capabilities.

An interesting outcome from his presentation is the amount of optimism and excitement it generated from the audience. During the question and answer session, a member of the audience commented on how far Gutenberg has advanced in the last three months and that it looks cool to use now.

To gain insight into how Gutenberg can moonshot WordPress over its competition, watch Hendriksen's presentation.

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WordCamp US 2017 is Livestreaming All Sessions for Free

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 2017.us.wordcamp.org/live-stream/ and you’ll be able to tune in to the Fiddle Track, Banjo Track, Guitar Track, and the State of the Word (scheduled for Saturday, December 2, at 4PM CST).

WordCamp US will be running three tracks simultaneously for both days of the conference and all sessions will be livestreamed. Check out the schedule to find sessions you want to attend from home. Volunteers will also include captions, which will be embedded within the live stream video. If you have any problems with the stream, the event has a page dedicated to livestream attendees with a backup stream, as well as a troubleshooting page for livestream support.

If you’re following along on Twitter, the WCUS Twitter volunteers will be providing threaded coverage of sessions. This should keep your Twitter stream a little tidier with a kickoff tweet for each session, followed by live coverage threaded under each as replies.

Want to see WCUS hosted near you in 2019/2020? Applications for host cities opened today. If you want to be part of the team that makes WCUS happen in your city, talk to your local WordPress community organizers about filling out an application for the next host city.

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