Monthly Archives: September 2018


WordCamp Tokyo 2018: Highlights, Recaps, Aftermovie, and More

By | September 29th, 2018|News|

WordCamp Tokyo 2018 was held two weeks ago on September 14-15 and recordings of the sessions should be published to soon. The theme of the WordCamp was “Challenge!”, a celebration of the challenges the WordPress project has overcome over the past 15 years, as well as a rallying call for embracing the challenges introduced [...]

WordPress Theme Developers Begin Marketing Themes as Gutenberg Compatible

By | September 27th, 2018|News|

WordPress theme developers are starting to advertise their themes as being compatible with Gutenberg, ahead of the new editor’s imminent merge into core. Work on the 5.0 release may be ramping up sooner than expected after yesterday’s announcement that 4.9.9 may be a quick release for PHP 7.3 compatibility or possibly cancelled altogether. Themeforest, the [...]

WPWeekly Episode 331 – Status Update on Gutenberg With Gary Pendergast

By | September 27th, 2018|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Gary Pendergast, Gutenberg and WordPress core contributor to get an update on Gutenberg’s progress. We discuss its rollout on, the feedback and sentiment shared thus far, and when we can expect to see it merged into WordPress 5.0. We also talk about what [...]

Lyft Open Sources ColorBox Algorithm for Building Accessible Color Systems

By | September 27th, 2018|News|

Lyft has open sourced its color algorithm for creating an accessible color system. The company’s design team also packaged the algorithm as a web tool called ColorBox. It makes it easy for anyone to produce color sets with accessible contrast ratios, as outlined in the WCAG 2.0 standards. “We made accessibility a cornerstone of our [...]

Gutenberg 4.0 RC 1 Will Be Available in A Few Days

By | September 26th, 2018|News|

Matias Ventura, Gutenberg’s technical lead, published an update on the progress of Gutenberg 4.0 and what users can expect. This version will mark the project’s 40th release. Ventura outlined a number of tasks that have been completed up to this point. These include, Full Screen, Unified Toolbar, and Spotlight modes to adapt to a user’s [...]

WordPress 4.9.9 Release May Shift Focus to PHP 7.3 Compatibility, Gutenberg Merge Proposal Timeline TBD

By | September 26th, 2018|News|

The plans for WordPress 4.9.9 are currently in limbo after today’s core developers’ chat. Here’s what we know right now: Discussions are underway regarding making it a quick PHP 7.3 compatibility release or cancelling it in favor of moving ahead with the 5.0 release cycle. “Progress and communication on 4.9.9 has been very vague as [...]

Creative Commons Beta Search Tool Adds Access to 13 Content Providers, Improves Metadata with AI Image Tags

By | September 25th, 2018|News|

In February 2017, Creative Commons launched the beta version of its new multi-source search tool, built on a lean budget by a single contractor over seven months. Since that time a new tech team has taken over the project to further the mission of finding and indexing all 1.4 billion+ CC-licensed works on the web. [...]

Gutenberg 3.9 Introduces Reusable, Exportable Templates for Multiple Blocks

By | September 24th, 2018|News|

Gutenberg 3.9 was released last week with a new feature that allows users to group multiple blocks into reusable templates. The templates can also be exported and imported as a JSON file. The idea of reusable templates is an expansion of the concept of dynamic reusable blocks that Gutenberg technical lead Matias Ventura proposed in [...]

New commonWP Plugin Enables WordPress Sites to Use the Free jsDelivr CDN

By | September 21st, 2018|News|

Milan Dinić, a WordPress developer based in Serbia, has released his commonWP plugin that enables WordPress sites to use the free, public jsDelivr CDN. Last year jsDelivr was revamped to allow any file from GitHub and npm to be served by the CDN. WordPress’ mirror on GitHub made it possible for Dinić to create a [...]

Gutenstats Blog Is Live, Tracking Gutenberg Beta Testing Data

By | September 21st, 2018|News|

Matt Mullenweg tweeted out a link to this evening, a new site dedicated to tracking Gutenberg beta testing data. The site shows there are currently more than 420,000 active installations of Gutenberg, a slightly more precise number than reported on the plugin page (400K+). Gutenstats also tracked 213,000 posts written with the new [...]

ACF 5.0 Released with Updated UI and Gutenberg Compatibility

By | September 20th, 2018|News|

ACF version 5.0 landed on this week with Gutenberg compatibility now available for more than one million sites where the plugin is active. The release is a welcome update for developers who were concerned about what would happen in real world usage of Gutenberg on sites with ACF-powered customizations. ACF’s Gutenberg compatibility is arriving [...]

WPForms Acquires Pirate Forms, Plugin to be Retired

By | September 20th, 2018|News|

photo credit: Reiterlied Plundering San Francisco Bay – (license) WPForms has acquired Pirate Forms, a popular WordPress contact form and SMTP plugin originally created by ThemeIsle in 2015. The announcement coincides with International Talk Like a Pirate Day but the pirate branding of the plugin is set to be retired and its users will be [...]