Monthly Archives: October 2018


Gutenberg Cloud Plugin for WordPress is Now in Beta

By | October 31st, 2018|News|

Frontkom, the team behind the Gutenberg Cloud project, has published the beta version of its WordPress plugin to the official repository. Cloud Blocks serves as a connector, allowing WordPress users to browse and install open source blocks from Gutenberg Cloud. The blocks are hosted on NPM and their assets are served from CloudFlare using [...] and Jetpack Launch New Activity Feature for Monitoring Website Changes

By | October 31st, 2018|News| launched a new Activity feature today, a tool for monitoring changes that occur on the site and actions initiated through the admin. It’s also available for Jetpack-enabled sites and the activity log can be viewed on or on the WordPress mobile apps. Activity logs the following actions and presents them in an easy-to-read [...]

WordPress Accessibility Team Delivers Sobering Assessment of Gutenberg: “We have to draw a line.”

By | October 30th, 2018|News|

photo credit: classroomcamera DSC03657 – (license) WordPress’ accessibility team has published a statement on the level of overall accessibility of Gutenberg. The team, largely a group of unpaid volunteers, collaborated on a detailed assessment that publicly challenges Gutenberg’s readiness for core in a way that no other WordPress team has done through official channels to [...]

php[world] 2018 to Feature Full-Day Gutenberg Development Workshop

By | October 29th, 2018|News|

The fourth annual php[world] conference is just two weeks away. The event is dedicated to uniting the PHP community and will be held November 14-15, 2018, in Washington, D.C. This year the organizing team created a “Content Advisory Board” to ensure the event included sessions that will appeal to everyone. The board includes two WordPress [...]

WooCommerce 3.5 Introduces REST API v3, Improves Transactional Emails

By | October 27th, 2018|News|

WooCommerce 3.5 was released this week. It’s a minor update that has been in development since May and began testing in September. The release should be backwards compatible to version 3.0 of the plugin but users are always advised to test all of their themes and extensions before updating. Store owners can expect to see [...]

WP Engine Acquires Array Themes

By | October 26th, 2018|News|

WP Engine has acquired Array Themes and Atomic Blocks from Mike McAlister for an undisclosed amount. McAlister has been developing WordPress themes since 2009. He initially sold his themes on ThemeForest. In 2011, he founded Array Themes. I reached out to McAlister to learn why he chose to be acquired, what excites him most about [...]

WPWeekly Episode 335 – Introduction to BigCommerce with Topher DeRosia

By | October 25th, 2018|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Topher DeRosia, a developer evangelist for BigCommerce. DeRosia introduces what BigCommerce is, why users and developers should take a look at it, and why they’re making a big push into the WordPress space. He also provides an update on HeroPress and why next year, you’ll [...]

WPCampus is Pursuing an Independent Accessibility Audit of Gutenberg

By | October 25th, 2018|News|

WPCampus is looking to hire a company to perform an accessibility audit of the Gutenberg editor. The organization is a community of more than 800 web professionals, educators, and others who work with WordPress in higher education. WPCampus director Rachel Cherry published a request for proposals detailing the organization’s specific concerns: Our organization is sensitive [...]

WordPress 5.0 Beta 1 Now Available for Testing

By | October 25th, 2018|News|

WordPress 5.0 is marching forward with beta 1 released this evening. Major items that need testing include the Gutenberg editor, the new Twenty Nineteen default theme, and all previous default themes, which have been updated to be compatible with the new editor. You’ll want to make sure you are using Gutenberg version 4.1 before updating [...]

WCEU Team is Working on PWA Support for All WordCamp Websites

By | October 24th, 2018|News|

WordCamp Europe’s new PWA (Progressive Web App) was one of the highlights of the 2018 event in Belgrade. It allowed attendees to view the schedule, venue map, create bookmarks for sessions, and provided offline access in case of network failure. Attendees could add the app to their home screens and opt to receive push notifications [...]

New Plugin Adds Elementor Templates as Gutenberg Blocks

By | October 24th, 2018|News|

One of the most pressing concerns for users in the Gutenberg era is how page builder plugins will respond. Speculation about the new editor “killing off page builders” has run rampant, but these plugins are slowly evolving ahead of Gutenberg’s imminent inclusion in WordPress 5.0. In February, Elementor, one of WordPress’ most popular page builders, [...]

Upcase Developer Learning Platform is Now Free

By | October 23rd, 2018|News|

Upcase, a subscription learning platform for developers, is now free and open to the public. The content, which includes workshops, videos, flash cards, and coding exercises, was built by thoughtbot, a design and development consultancy. “We’ve loved building Upcase, both as a business and as a way to share what we’ve learned with the community,” [...]