Monthly Archives: February 2019


WPWeekly Episode 347 – Chair Buying, Pressing Issues, and Block Management

By | February 28th, 2019|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I start off by discussing the office chair purchasing process. I recently needed to buy a new chair and was surprised by some of the features that were highlighted. We talked about block managers and some of the pitfalls that will need to be overcome. For example, what [...]

WordPress Contributors Propose Shorter, Time-based Release Cycles

By | February 28th, 2019|News|

WordPress release cycles may soon take a more predictable cadence, as contributors are considering moving to a time-based approach. The discussion began during a recent core dev chat in mid-February when Gutenberg phase 2 lead Riad Benguella proposed the project move to shorter, automated release cycles. The Gutenberg team has successfully been releasing a new [...]

Gatsby WordPress Themes Project Partners with Theme Shops to Port Popular Themes to Gatsby

By | February 27th, 2019|News|

Gatsby WordPress Themes is a new collaborative project led by Zac Gordon with help from Jason Bahl, Rich Tabor, Muhammad Muhsin, and Alexandra Spalato. The group is working together to port popular themes for use with Gatsby, the React-based static site generator that uses GraphQL for its data layer. Known for its performance and ease [...]

Block Editor Now in Beta for WordPress Mobile Apps

By | February 27th, 2019|News|

The new Gutenberg block editor that arrived in WordPress 5.0 is now in beta testing on the mobile apps. The editor will be available in version 11.9, which is planned to be released to the public on March 11. “For this first version, our main focus was to build a pleasant writing experience with support [...]

Gumroad Plugin for WordPress Adds Gutenberg Block for Embedding Products

By | February 26th, 2019|News|

Gumroad has updated its WordPress plugin to include a Gutenberg block for embedding a product in any page or post. The online platform enables creators, artists, educators, writers, and anyone else to sell their products without having to manage their own e-commerce setup. Gumroad’s WordPress plugin has been available for several years and is now [...]

Block Management Features Proposed for WordPress 5.2

By | February 25th, 2019|News|

WordPress 5.1 has been downloaded more than 3.6 million times since its release last week and work on 5.2 is now underway. The upcoming release will be led by Matt Mullenweg with Josepha Haden acting as Release Coordinator. Gary Pendergast posted a proposed scope and schedule that would have 5.2 arriving April 23, 2019. One [...]

Ecwid E-Commerce Plugin Adds Gutenberg Support, Focuses on Small Businesses to Compete with WooCommerce

By | February 22nd, 2019|News|

Ecwid’s e-commerce plugin for WordPress is now fully integrated with the Gutenberg editor. The cloud-based store builder, pronounced “eck-wid,” is short for e-commerce widgets, but the service has fully embraced blocks in its latest releases. The new default Storefront block comes pre-installed and embeds the entire Ecwid store on a page, including product listing, filters, [...]

WordPress 5.1 Improves Editor Performance, Encourages Users to Update Outdated PHP Versions

By | February 22nd, 2019|News|

image credit: National Jazz Museum in Harlem WordPress 5.1 “Betty” was released today, honoring American jazz singer Betty Carter. This is the first major release since Gutenberg came into core. As part of WordPress’ 2019 “tighten up” theme, this release was focused on improving performance in the editor and helping users update outdated versions of [...]

WPWeekly Episode 346 – Cancer Sucks

By | February 21st, 2019|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I reflect on Alex Mill’s latest blog post where he announced that he’s ending his battle with Leukemia. We highlight some of the impacts he’s had on people’s lives and the contributions he’s made to open-source software. Stories Discussed: Leukemia Has Won Alex’s WordPress Plugins WPWeekly Meta: Next [...]

The State of CSS 2019 Survey is Now Open

By | February 21st, 2019|News|

The makers of the annual State of JavaScript survey have launched a new survey for developers who work with CSS. In September 2018, Sacha Greif and his collaborators sent out the State of JS survey for the third year running but dropped the CSS libraries category in favor of keeping it from getting too long. [...]

New Wapuu Dashboard Pet Plugin Displays WordPress Site Health

By | February 20th, 2019|News|

Wapuu Dashboard Pet is a new plugin from Kayleigh Thorpe and the team at WordPress hosting company It is essentially a WordPress Tamagotchi, or digital pet, that resides in your dashboard and monitors the health of the site. The plugin checks to make sure WordPress has been updated (plugins, themes, and core) and backups [...]

Yoast CEO Responds to #YoastCon Twitter Controversy, Calls for Change in the SEO Industry

By | February 20th, 2019|News|

Yoast CEO Marieke van de Rakt published a post yesterday, addressing the controversy that dominated the #YoastCon hashtag on Twitter in the days leading up the the event. Several parties from the SEO industry began circulating old tweets, along unsavory videos depicting Joost de Valk partying with promotional models. de Valk issued a public apology [...]