Monthly Archives: February 2019


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 [...]

Alex Mills Ends His Battle With Leukemia

By | February 20th, 2019|News|

Today, we are reminded that life is fleeting and that plugins, themes, and WordPress itself is built and maintained by humans. Alex (Viper007Bond) Mills announced that he is ending his fight with Leukemia. Due to liver inflammation and GvHD, the liver is too damaged to continue with treatment and there are no further options. I don’t [...]

Amazon Introduces Blog Blueprint to Deliver WordPress Posts as Audio on Alexa

By | February 18th, 2019|News|

Last week Amazon launched Alexa Skill Blueprints that allow anyone to publish new skills to the Alexa Skills Store without having to have any coding knowledge. The blueprints are templates that provide a starting point where users can create a new skill by filling in the blanks and then publish it to the store for [...]

Matt Mullenweg Publishes TED Talk on the Future of Work, Prepares to Launch New Website

By | February 14th, 2019|News|

Matt Mullenweg is teasing out a new website at with the tagline “The future of work is here.” It’s not clear yet whether subscribers to the mystery blog will be on board for blog posts, a new podcast, or a book promotion, but the site has piqued curiosity. This should be fun… (take 2 [...]

WPBrigade Patches Critical Vulnerability in Simple Social Buttons Plugin

By | February 14th, 2019|News|

WPBrigade, the developers behind the Simple Social Buttons plugin, have patched a critical privilege escalation vulnerability. The security issue was discovered by the team at WebARX. Developer and researcher Luka Šikić summarized the vulnerability in a post published this week: Improper application design flow, chained with lack of permission check resulted in privilege escalation and [...]

WPWeekly Episode 345 – The Relationship Between Corporate Cash and Open Source Software

By | February 13th, 2019|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I discuss a thought-provoking post published by Morten Rand-Hendriksen that takes a deep look at equity in open source software. Morten suggests that the mantra of decisions are made by those who show up be changed to decisions are made by those who can afford to show up. [...]

Speaker Applications Now Open for 2nd Annual JavaScript for WordPress Conference, July 11-13, 2019

By | February 13th, 2019|News|

Last year Zac Gordon organized a free virtual JavaScript for WordPress conference and the event drew 1,200 live attendees. With attendance numbers higher than most WordPress conferences and hundreds more views on the videos published afterwards, Gordon considered it a success and committed to organize another event this year. The next edition is set for [...]

WordCamp Nordic to Host Workshop for Kids on March 7

By | February 12th, 2019|News|

photo credit: Ivan Gatić WordCamp Nordic, a new regional WordCamp taking place in Helsinki, is just 23 days away. Organizers have published a list of 26 speakers and their sessions this week. Topics include content design, entrepreneurship, security, leveraging AMP, WooCommerce, internationalization, Gutenberg, and general WordPress development. The event’s organizers are also embracing a growing [...]

Gutenberg Blocks Design Library Offers Pre-Built Page Designs Using Existing Core Blocks

By | February 11th, 2019|News|

Gutenberg Blocks Design Library is a new plugin that provides pre-built page designs, including demo content, using only the default core blocks that come with WordPress. The free version comes with 50 different designs that users can import from the growing Gutenberg Blocks Design Library. These include simple designs for all kinds of page building [...]

Open Source Initiative Calls Organizations to Reaffirm Support for Its Definition of Open Source

By | February 9th, 2019|News|

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) took a strong, unequivocal stance on its definition of open source this week, encouraging organizations to sign a public affirmation of its role in maintaining and stewarding the definition. The organization has been instrumental in combatting issues caused by license proliferation, as many open source licenses cannot be legally combined [...]