Monthly Archives: January 2019


WPWeekly Episode 344 – Introduction to the WordPress Governance Project

By | January 25th, 2019|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Morten Rand-Hendriksen and Rachel Cherry to discuss the WordPress Governance project. We discover why it was created, its goals, and how it aims to help govern the systems and processes that make up the WordPress project. Stories Discussed: WPML Alleges Former Employee Breached Website [...]

WordPress Names Josepha Haden New Executive Director, Joost de Valk Marketing and Communications Lead

By | January 23rd, 2019|News|

During the 2018 State of the Word address, Matt Mullenweg acknowledged lessons learned in the process of releasing WordPress 5.0. One of those was the need for various teams across the project to work together better. The friction during the 5.0 development cycle was beneficial in that it surfaced areas where the project can grow [...]

WooCommerce Launches New Mobile Apps for iOS and Android

By | January 23rd, 2019|News|

This week marks the first public release of WooCommerce’s new mobile app for Android and the improved version for iOS. WooCommerce began beta testing the Android app late last year and the original iOS app has been updated to offer the same features. This first release should be considered a basic start that is mostly [...]

Gutenberg Phase 2 to Update Core Widgets to Blocks, Classic Widget in Development

By | January 22nd, 2019|News|

Gutenberg phase 2 development is underway and one of the first orders of business is porting all existing core widgets to blocks. This task is one of the nine projects that Matt Mullenweg outlined for 2019, along with upgrading the widgets-editing areas in wp-admin/widgets.php and adding support for blocks in the Customizer. Contributors on phase [...]

WPML Alleges Former Employee Breached Website and Took Customer Emails

By | January 21st, 2019|News|

Over the weekend, many WPML customers received an unauthorized email from someone who claimed to have hacked the company’s website and gained access to customer emails. WPML founder Amir Helzer suspects that the attacker is a former employee. “The customer is an ex-employee who left an exploit on the server (not WPML plugin) before leaving. [...]

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. [...]