Yearly Archives: 2019


Jetpack Opens Signup for Membership Block Beta

By | May 18th, 2019|News|

Jetpack has opened a signup for the beta of its upcoming Membership feature in order to collect feedback from potential testers. The changelog for version 7.3, released two weeks ago, hinted at a new Membership block coming to the plugin. The work in progress was added behind the JETPACK_BETA_BLOCKS constant, presumably in preparation for wider [...]

Jetpack Retires Proofreading Module, Time to Find A New Grammar and Spellchecking Alternative

By | May 18th, 2019|News|

Jetpack 7.3 was released last week and if you didn’t read the changelog, you may have missed that the spelling and grammar checking module that uses After the Deadline has been retired. “Grammar and Spelling: Remove from Jetpack. We’ve chekced the spelling alot over the years, but now time to retire.”From the Jetpack 7.3 Changelog [...]

Block building without JavaScript: Testing ACF, Block Lab, and Lazy Blocks

By | May 16th, 2019|News|

Not everyone is able or willing to build blocks in JavaScript just yet, and sometimes you have to install three or four block collections until you find the blocks you would like. There is a third way: plugins that create the blocks for you from a set of specific custom fields, with a template to [...]

HostCamp: An Unconference For Advancing the WordPress Infrastructure

By | May 16th, 2019|News|

HostCamp is a small, semi-informal, invitation-only, event with an unconference style that is bringing leaders together from within the hosting industry to discuss and share ideas on how to advance the WordPress infrastructure across the web. The organizing team is comprised of, Jonathan Wold, Ecosystem Consultant, Formerly VP of Strategy at XWP, Mile Rosu, Co-founder [...]

Matt Mullenweg Launches New Blog and Podcast on Distributed Work

By | May 16th, 2019|News|

photo credit: Min An Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg has launched a new blog and podcast at where he will be sharing what he has learned over the past 15 years of managing a distributed workforce. In 2019, Automattic now employs more than 900 people from 68 countries who have all worked in a distributed [...]

Gutenberg 5.7 Adds New Block Appender for Group and Columns Blocks

By | May 16th, 2019|News|

Today’s release of Gutenberg brings a major improvement to the usability of the Group block. In previous versions of the editor, it wasn’t easy to see if a block had been inserted as a child block, especially since the default behavior was to insert an empty paragraph block. Gutenberg 5.7 brings more clarity to the [...]

Site Health Tool Manager Provides A Convenient Way to Disable Unnecessary Site Health Check Tests

By | May 16th, 2019|News|

WordPress 5.2, released last week, added two new pages to the WordPress backend to help users diagnose common configuration issues. The Site Health Check page runs a series of tests and categorizes the results as critical, recommended, and good. This helps users prioritize which issues require immediate attention. WordPress 5.2 adds filters for developers to [...]

Reakit Version 1.0 Released: A New Toolkit for Building Accessible Web Apps with React

By | May 15th, 2019|News|

Reakit is a new toolkit for building accessible web apps with React. Brazilian developer Diego Haz launched his MIT-licensed open source project this week with a stable version 1.0 now available to the public. The toolkit offers offers composable, themeable, and accessible UI components that strictly follow WAI-ARIA 1.1 standards. Out of the box, Reakit [...]

WPWeekly Episode 352 – Capital P Dangit and My Future Plans

By | May 14th, 2019|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I share what’s new in WordPress 5.2, discuss why not capitalizing one letter can make or break someone in the WordPress community, and what’s new in Jetpack 7.3. We also highlight the highly anticipated release of Advanced Custom Fields 5.8.0. Near the end of the show, I describe [...]

Bear App Adds WordPress Publishing Integration for iOS

By | May 14th, 2019|News|

For several years, Bear App users have eagerly requested the ability to publish their notes to WordPress. Bear features a zen writing experience blended seamlessly with note-taking capabilities, a combination that landed the app an Apple Design Award in 2017. People use Bear for everything from taking notes to writing chapters for books. Many users [...]

The Most Common WordPress Theme Development Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)

By | May 14th, 2019|News|

Submitting a theme to the theme directory is a great way to share your work and contribute to the WordPress community. Currently, there are over 7000 themes in the directory, the most popular of which exceeds 300,000 active installations. (Not including Twenty____ Themes which are packaged with WordPress and have install counts in the [...]

Pressing Topics – Episode 1

By | May 14th, 2019|News|

Pressing Topics is a daily podcast hosted by Malcom Peralty and myself. We discuss the news that’s making headlines in the WordPress ecosystem as well as related topics that catch our eyes. Generally speaking, if you listen to this show on a daily basis, you should have a good idea on what’s going on in [...]