Monthly Archives: June 2018


WCEU Panel Discusses Progressive WordPress Themes, AMP, and Gutenberg

By | June 29th, 2018|News|

Progressive themes was a hot topic at WordCamp Europe 2018. During the event I had the opportunity to set up a panel with four experts who are working to integrate progressive web development practices more deeply in WordPress core, plugins, and themes. These practices make it possible for a website (or app) to work offline, [...]

WPWeekly Episode 322 – WP Engine Acquires StudioPress

By | June 29th, 2018|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I spend the first half of the show discussing WP Engine’s acquisition of StudioPress. We share reactions from social media, debate on whether it’s a good or bad thing for the WordPress ecosystem, and webhosts being at the top of the food chain. We also talk about a [...]

Drop It Plugin Brings Gifs and Unsplash Photos to Gutenberg

By | June 28th, 2018|News|

If you’re writing all your posts in the new Gutenberg editor but don’t want to give up convenient access to your fancy gifs and stock images, the new Drop It plugin has you covered. Riad Benguella, one of the engineers who is working on Gutenberg, created the plugin to offer one-click image insertion/upload from [...]

WP Engine Acquires StudioPress

By | June 28th, 2018|News|

StudioPress, founded by Brian Gardner in 2007, has been acquired by managed WordPress hosting company WP Engine, for an undisclosed amount. In 2007, Gardner created the Revolution theme which took the WordPress world by storm. According to some people, it ignited the WordPress Premium theme market. Revolution Church Theme In the midst of a GPL [...]

Free “JavaScript for WordPress Conference” to Stream Live Friday, June 29

By | June 28th, 2018|News|

JavaScript for WordPress conference Zac Gordon is hosting a “JavaScript for WordPress Conference” with two tracks on Friday, June 29, from 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM EDT. The free conference, sponsored by 10up and WP Buffs, includes a full day of online talks from JavaScript professionals who work in the WordPress ecosystem. Gordon will be [...]

Gutenberg 3.1 Introduces Tips Interface to Guide New Users

By | June 27th, 2018|News|

Gutenberg 3.1 added a tips interface that supports and guides new users who are learning to navigate the editor’s blocks and settings. The tips appear when a new user opens Gutenberg, highlighting useful items on the page. Although the tips may seem cluttered and intrusive to users who already know what they are doing, they [...]

TaxJar to Host Free Webinar June 27: Tax Experts Answer Questions on State Tax Compliance for Online Stores

By | June 26th, 2018|News|

TaxJar, a company that offers automated sales tax software, is hosting a free webinar June 27 at 11:30 AM CDT to answer questions regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on South Dakota v. Wayfair. The court ruled in favor of South Dakota on June 21st, 2018, allowing any state to require online sellers to collect [...]

Interview with Matías Ventura on Building the Vision for Gutenberg

By | June 25th, 2018|News|

At WordCamp Europe I had the opportunity to sit down with Matías Ventura, the technical lead for Gutenberg. Ventura, who has been responsible for building the vision for Gutenberg (in addition to building the actual product), shared a few things the team might have done differently in the earlier days to improve its reception in [...]

Three Minute Movie Showcases The WordCamp EU 2018 Experience

By | June 25th, 2018|News|

If you happened to miss out on WordCamp EU this year, check out the following short film produced by Production Pool. Production Pool is a video production company based in Belgrade, Serbia that was hired to record all of the videos and wrap up the live stream for WordCamp Europe. The video is just shy [...]

Matt Mullenweg Unveils Gutenberg Roadmap at WCEU, WordPress Agencies and Product Developers Sprint to Prepare

By | June 21st, 2018|News|

photo credit: WordCamp Europe Photography Team At his WCEU keynote address in Belgrade, Matt Mullenweg laid out a detailed roadmap for Gutenberg to land in WordPress 5.0 within the next few months, garnering mixed reactions from attendees. Gutenberg’s timeline is one of the most pressing questions for those who work in the WordPress ecosystem. The [...]

WPWeekly Episode 321 – Recap of WordCamp EU 2018

By | June 21st, 2018|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Milan Ivanović who helped organize WordCamp EU in Belgrade, Serbia this past weekend. Ivanović describes what it was like to organize such a large event, challenges the team overcame, and a few details related to WordCamp EU 2019 that will be held in Berlin, Germany. [...]

WP Rig – A WordPress Starter Theme and Build Process in One

By | June 19th, 2018|News|

Morten Rand-Hendricksen, Senior Staff Instructor at LinkedIn Learning, has released WP Rig. WP Rig is a WordPress starter theme and build process combined into one. The starter theme provides a minimal set of templates with the ability to drag-and-drop files from the WordPress template hierarchy. It contains a heavily optimized code and file structure, support [...]