Yearly Archives: 2018


WordPress Designers Explore Ideas for Moving Navigation to a Block Interface

By | December 21st, 2018|News|

Creating a block for navigation menus is one of the nine projects Matt Mullenweg identified for 2019 that will make a big impact for WordPress users. It’s also one of the most challenging from a UI perspective. At WordCamp US’ contributor day, the design team explored ideas for what a navigation block might look like [...]

9 Year Old Shares his Journey Learning React

By | December 21st, 2018|News|

If learning React is among your New Year’s goals, here’s some inspiration from nine-year-old Revel Carlberg West. The video below is a recording of his presentation at the React NYC meetup. West describes how he learned basic HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and then moved on to learn React using the CodeSandbox online code editor. He [...]

WordPress 5.0.2 Released with Performance Gains of 330% for Block-Heavy Posts

By | December 20th, 2018|News|

WordPress 5.0.2, the of first of two rapid releases following 5.0, is now available. Sites with automatic background updates enabled should already be on the latest version. This release addresses performance issues, one of the chief complaints for users who have adopted the block editor. It brings 45 improvements to the editor, with 14 of [...]

Gutenberg-Inspired Jenga Game “Gutenblox” Now Available for Sale

By | December 20th, 2018|News|

photo credit: XWP XWP’s Gutenberg-inspired Jenga sets were arguably the most innovative swag at WordCamp US this year, but there weren’t enough to go around. Gutenblox, fondly dubbed “the Other Block Building Interface,” is now available on its own website where anyone can buy a set. The store is running on BigCommerce with the [...]

Introduction to the WPGraphQL Project with Jason Bahl and Ryan Kanner

By | December 20th, 2018|News|

At WordCamp US 2018 I had the chance to sit down with Jason Bahl and Ryan Kanner, both engineers at Digital First Media in Denver, Colorado, and contributors to the WPGraphQL project. WPGraphQL is an open source plugin that provides an extendable GraphQL schema and API for any WordPress site. Bahl, who created and maintains [...]

Happy Developers, Happy Ecosystem: The Intangible Impact of WordPress’ Minimum PHP Version Bump

By | December 19th, 2018|News|

The following is a guest post by Chris Van Patten, founder of Tomodomo, a digital agency for magazine publishers. For years, WordPress has been ever-so-slightly behind the times on PHP version support…to put it kindly. However, WordPress’ legendary support for PHP versions back to 5.2 — versions long unsupported by the PHP project itself — [...]

Gutenberg for Writers: How to Configure the Editor for Fewer Distractions

By | December 18th, 2018|News|

photo credit: Green Chameleon For a long time I could not compose posts with the Gutenberg editor. I tested each release of the plugin throughout its journey into WordPress 5.0, but found it too distracting for my basic needs. It seemed better suited for building a brochure website, not for someone who uses WordPress primarily [...]

WordPress 5.0.2 to Bring Major Performance Improvements, Scheduled for December 19

By | December 14th, 2018|News|

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset WordPress 5.0.1 was released yesterday as a security release with fixes for seven vulnerabilities that were privately disclosed. It includes a few breaks in backwards compatibility that plugin developers will want to review. WordPress 5.0.2 will be the first planned followup release to 5.0 and is now scheduled to [...]

WPWeekly Episode 341 – Recap of WordCamp US 2018

By | December 14th, 2018|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I recap WordCamp US 2018. We discuss what’s new in WordPress 5.0.1 and when users can expect to see 5.0.2. We also chat about the new path that WordPress is on and where it may lead. John shares his perspective on what the atmosphere was like at the [...]

WordCamp US 2019 to be Held November 1-3 in St. Louis

By | December 14th, 2018|News|

photo credit: Wikimedia Commons Dates for WordCamp US 2019 were announced today, less than a week after wrapping up a successful camp in Nashville. Unlike all previous years held in December, next year’s event will take place November 1-3 in St. Louis, Missouri. For the most part, community reactions to the new dates were positive. [...]

Interview with Rachel Cherry: Automattic Pledges to Fund WPCampus’ Accessibility Audit of Gutenberg

By | December 13th, 2018|News|

While at WordCamp US, I had the opportunity to catch up with WPCampus director Rachel Cherry, who is coordinating an audit on Gutenberg for the organization she leads. WPCampus launched its crowdfunding campaign at the end of November and more than $10K has come in towards the $30K goal. The day before WordPress 5.0 was [...]

State of the Word 2018: WordPress Embraces the Block Editor

By | December 11th, 2018|News|

photo credit: WP Tavern WordCamp US kicked off in Nashville over the weekend, following the release of WordPress 5.0. In the first 48 hours, 5.0 had been downloaded more than 2.8 million times. It passed 3 million Saturday night. “There’s been a lot that’s been going on, so I’d like to allow WordPress the chance [...]