Monthly Archives: May 2018

One Way to Whitelist and Blacklist Blocks in Gutenberg

By | May 31st, 2018|News|

Gutenberg ships with a number of blocks but what if your client or project doesn’t need most of them? The Gutenberg Handbook explains how to create a whitelist and a blacklist for blocks but in some circumstances, Gutenberg does not respect the allowed_block_types filter. Jason Bahl, a WordPress Engineer at Digital First Media, published a [...]

WordCamp US 2018 is Accepting Speaker Proposals Until July 1st

By | May 30th, 2018|News|

WordCamp US has announced it is accepting speaker proposals until July 1st, 11:59p.m. CDT. The event takes place December 7-9, 2018, in Nashville, TN. Those interested in speaking can submit an application through the Call for Speakers site. The site contains session ideas, a list of speaker benefits, and tips for submissions. To see a [...]

The First Release of WordPress Turns 15 Years Old

By | May 25th, 2018|News|

This Sunday, May 27th, marks the 15th anniversary of the first release of WordPress. Users are celebrating the occasion across the world with huge cakes, cupcakes, memorable photos, parties, and meetups. Now that’s a cake! #wp15— WordPress Cape Town (@WPCapeTown) May 24, 2018 To see if there is an event near you, visit the [...]

WPWeekly Episode 317 – Minor Major Major Minor Release

By | May 24th, 2018|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I discuss Adobe’s acquisition of Magento, feedback regarding WordPress 4.9.6, when 4.9.7 might ship, an unofficial WordCamp app for iOS, and whether or not it’s time for WordPress auto updates to occur for every version. I describe what it’s like having poison ivy on my face and my [...]

Why Sites Didn’t Automatically Update to WordPress 4.9.6

By | May 24th, 2018|News|

WordPress 4.9.6 was released last week and was labeled a minor release. Minor releases trigger WordPress’ automatic update system. Shortly after its release, some users began questioning why their sites were not automatically updating to 4.9.6. I wondered the same thing after logging into a site I maintain and discovering it had not updated. It [...]

Marcel Schmitz Releases Unofficial WordCamp for iOS App

By | May 21st, 2018|News|

Marcel Schmitz, founder of hellodev, has released WordCamp for iOS for free on the App Store. The app utilizes the WordPress REST API endpoints from WordCamp Central and hellodev to display sessions, speakers, and news from an event’s official site. Schmitz used WordCamp Porto to test features within the app. Sessions are displayed in a [...]

WordPress 4.9.6 Released With User Data Export and Removal Tools

By | May 17th, 2018|News|

WordPress 4.9.6 has been released and is considered a privacy and maintenance release. Traditionally, minor versions contain security and bug fixes. This release is different as it includes a number of privacy related features such as: Privacy Policy page template/creation User Data Request Handling User Data Export and Removal tools Cookie Opt-in for Comments Other [...]

WPWeekly Episode 316 – Stone Cold WordPress

By | May 17th, 2018|News|

While editing this episode, I noticed that my voice routinely goes from quiet to loud. I’m not sure why this is and suspect it has something to do with Windows 10. I apologize for the audio quality and will try to have it fixed by next week’s show. In this episode, John James Jacoby and [...]

To Free Up Resources, Plugin Review Team Begins Closing Unused Plugins

By | May 15th, 2018|News|

In an effort to free up resources on, the WordPress Plugin Review Team is closing unused plugins. An unused plugin is one that has been approved for the directory but no code was uploaded by the developer in six months or more. An unused plugin reserves a URL slug on and prevents others [...]

WordPress 4.9.6 RC1 Released

By | May 12th, 2018|News|

WordPress 4.9.6 Release Candidate 1 is available for download and addresses some of the issues that have been reported in beta 1. Since the beta’s release, there have been 30 bugs fixed. Many of the fixes in this release are focused on the new privacy tools that help with GDPR compliance. The verbiage has been [...]

WPWeekly Episode 315 – WordPress 4.9.6, Gutenberg, and Stolen Goats

By | May 9th, 2018|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby starts the show by giving everyone a status update on bbPress 2.6. We review the new privacy features in WordPress 4.9.6 Beta 1 and provide feedback. We tell you what’s new in Gutenberg 2.8 and comment on WooCommerce’s new Products insertion block. Last but not least, John describes watching [...]

Recap of Attending the First WordCamp Retreat

By | May 9th, 2018|News|

The first WordCamp Retreat was held this past weekend in Soltau, Germany and by all accounts, it was a very successful event. The following is a guest post by Remkus de Vries who recaps his experience attending the event. Remkus is from Fryslân, the Netherlands and is Manager Partnerships at Yoast. He’s been active in [...]