Monthly Archives: January 2019


WPML Website Hacked, Customer Emails Compromised

By | January 20th, 2019|News|

On Saturday, January 19, WPML customers started reporting having received an email from someone who seems to have hacked the plugin’s website and gained access to customer information. Got same mail and there is this text on #wpml website visible now. What happened guys? #security #hack #vulnerability #0day or something? #WordPress — Gytis Repečka (@gytisrepecka) [...]

WPWeekly Episode 343 – Newspack, Expanding Leadership, and Cory Miller

By | January 18th, 2019|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I discuss Automattic’s quest to create a new service tailored to journalists. We discuss what’s next for Cory Miller as his chapter at iThemes ends later this month. Near the end of the show, we talk about recent leadership changes in the WordPress project and share our opinions [...] Secures $2.4 Million in Funding from Google and Partners to Build a Publishing Platform for News Organizations

By | January 17th, 2019|News| has announced plans to create a new, open source publishing platform that caters to small and medium-sized news organizations. The Google News Initiative has contributed $1.2 million towards the development of “Newspack” on top of’s infrastructure. Automattic and Google have joined with other contributing partners from the broader world of journalism for a [...]

WooCommerce Blocks is Now a Feature Plugin, Version 1.3.0 Introduces 6 New Blocks

By | January 16th, 2019|News|

WooCommerce Blocks 1.3.0 was released yesterday with six new blocks. Previously, the plugin allowed users to display a grid of products by category. The new version introduces a Featured Product Block with design options for customizing nearly everything about the display, including color overlay, price and description, text alignment, call-to-action button, and the product photo. [...]

CoBlocks Adds Row and Columns Page Building Blocks for Gutenberg

By | January 16th, 2019|News|

CoBlocks, one of the earliest block collections for Gutenberg, has added new page building blocks and tools in the latest 1.6 release. ThemeBeans founder Rich Tabor and plugin developer Jeffrey Carandang partnered together on this iteration of CoBlocks to bring users new Row and Columns blocks and a Typography Control Panel. The Row and Column [...]

WordPress Support Forums Add @mentions with Auto-complete

By | January 15th, 2019|News|

The WordPress Support forums have been updated to include Twitter/GitHub style auto-completion for usernames. As users begin typing @username in the forum’s TinyMCE editor, it will begin to suggest usernames, narrowed further by characters typed. Hitting tab or enter will complete the username and link it to the user’s page. This will trigger a [...]

WPCampus Selects Tenon LLC for Gutenberg Accessibility Audit, Completed Report Expected in February

By | January 14th, 2019|News|

WPCampus announced that Tenon LLC, a leading accessibility firm founded by Karl Groves, has been selected to perform its Gutenberg accessibility audit. More than $10,000 has come in through WPCamps’ crowdfunding campaign. Shortly before WordCamp US 2018, Automattic pledged to fund the remainder of the audit. The final cost for the chosen vendor is $31,200. [...]

WPWeekly Episode 342 – GitHub, Commercials, and Governance

By | January 11th, 2019|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I discuss what’s new in WordPress 5.0.3. We share insight into a new feature in WordPress 5.1 that will protect users from fatal errors or more commonly known as the white screen of death. We discuss the WordPress Governance Project and WordPress’ leadership overall throughout the past few [...]

WordPress 5.1 to Introduce New White Screen Protection Feature, Beta 1 Now Available for Testing

By | January 11th, 2019|News|

WordPress 5.0.3 was released this week with more than a dozen fixes related to the block editor. The automatic background update has gone out and 23.2% of sites are currently running on 5.0+, with 47.2% hanging back at 4.9. Meanwhile, work on WordPress 5.1 charges forward and Beta 1 is now available. One of the projects [...]

Jetpack 6.9 Introduces New Blocks for Subscriptions, Related Posts, and Tiled Galleries

By | January 11th, 2019|News|

Jetpack 6.9 was released today with three new blocks for the editor. Subscriptions, Related Posts, and Tiled Galleries are now available as blocks under Jetpack in the block inserter tool. New blocks in Jetpack: Related Posts, Subscription Form, and Tiled Galleries The most exciting thing for both Related Posts and the Subscription form is that [...]

Google Launches as an Introduction to Open Source

By | January 10th, 2019|News|

Google has launched a new educational site at that offers a succinct and approachable introduction to open source software and licensing. WordPress is cited as one of the more well-known examples in the opening paragraphs: It’s in your phone, your car, your TV, and your wifi-connected light bulbs. Open source components enable engineers to [...]

Elementor Acquires Layers WP to Expand Compatible Theme Options for Users

By | January 9th, 2019|News|

Elementor has acquired Layers WP, a WordPress site builder that was previously marketed as an all-in-one theme solution for getting a business online. Layers co-founders David and Marc Perel identified Gutenberg as the main reason for the sale in their farewell announcement: With the arrival of Gutenberg we realized that a big change was required [...]