Monthly Archives: March 2019


WordCamp Asia Proposed for 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand

By | March 29th, 2019|News|

photo credit: Eustaquio Santimano The organizers of WordCamp Asia, a brand new regional WordCamp, have published a proposal for making Bangkok, Thailand, the host city for a 2-3 day event in early 2020. They are currently planning for February or March to avoid clashing with other regional WordCamps (WCEU, WCUS). The camp has been informally [...]

New Gutenberg Playground Offers a Standalone Version of the Editor for Testing Outside the WordPress Admin

By | March 28th, 2019|News|

The Gutenberg team merged a pull request three days ago that adds a local “playground” development environment for testing outside of the WordPress admin. Riad Benguella, the technical lead for Gutenberg phase 2, said that the playground could grow over time to contain “more than just a standalone version of the editor” and could become [...]

WordPress 5.2 Beta 1 Released: Help Test New Blocks, Block Manager, and Improved Fatal Error Protection

By | March 28th, 2019|News|

WordPress 5.2 beta 1 was released this evening with an exciting lineup of new user-facing features that are ready for testing. The upcoming release introduces new blocks for RSS, Search, Calendar, Tag Cloud, and Amazon Kindle embed. The proliferation of block collection plugins as a block distribution mechanism has caused some WordPress installations to become [...]

rtCamp Releases GitHub Actions for Automated Code Review, Deploying WordPress, and Slack Notifications

By | March 27th, 2019|News|

rtCamp, a 60+ person agency and VIP service partner, has released three new GitHub Actions that handle automated code review, WordPress deployment, and Slack notifications. The PHPCS Code Review action takes advantage of GitHub’s pull request review feature. It performs an automated code review on pull requests using PHPCS. This Action is based on [...]

How Will Gutenberg Phase 4 Impact Multilingual Solutions for WordPress?

By | March 26th, 2019|News|

During the 2018 State of the Word address, Matt Mullenweg announced that Phase 4 of the Gutenberg project would be aimed at developing an official way for WordPress to support multilingual sites. There are no technical details available yet for what approach core will take, because it’s still in the experimental stage. The site building [...]

Codecademy Launches New Free PHP Course

By | March 26th, 2019|News|

Codecademy introduced a new free course today called Learn PHP. The company, which offers free coding courses, is rebuilding its PHP education after removing all of its PHP courses in 2017. A Codecademy representative explained that the courses were outdated and that their team thought PHP was declining in popularity: The PHP courses were very [...]

Gutenberg Cloud Team Advocates for Making’s New Block Directory a CMS-Agnostic Library

By | March 25th, 2019|News|

Frontkom‘s presentation at WordCamp Nordic introduced the audience to the Gutenberg Cloud project, which allows developers to share JS-only blocks across CMS platforms. Marco Fernandes and Thor Andre Gretland, representatives of the 45-person agency based in Europe, are also part of the Drupal Gutenberg project that brings WordPress’ open source editor to Drupal via an [...]

WPWeekly Episode 349 – Sandy Edwards and the Kids Event Working Group Initiative

By | March 22nd, 2019|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Sandy Edwards. Sandy gave us a behind the scenes look at what it takes to organize a WordPress event for children and teens. She also provides background information on a new group that’s been formed called the Kids Events Working Group. This group is [...]

WordPress Ends Support for PHP 5.2 – 5.5, Bumps Minimum Required PHP Version to 5.6

By | March 21st, 2019|News|

WordPress has officially ended support for PHP 5.2 – 5.5 and bumped its minimum required PHP version to 5.6. The plan announced last December was to bump the minimum required version in early 2019 and, depending on the results, bump it again to PHP 7 in December 2019. Sites on PHP 5.5 or earlier can [...]

Gutenberg 5.3 Introduces Block Management, Adds Nesting to the Cover Block

By | March 20th, 2019|News|

Gutenberg 5.3 was released today with basic block management, a feature that will be included in WordPress 5.2. It is a new modal that can be launched from the vertical ellipses menu, inspired by Rich Tabor’s CoBlocks implementation. Users can turn individual blocks on/off or even entire sections, such as Common Blocks, Formatting, and Embeds. [...]

WordCamp Miami Draws 100+ for Kid’s Camp, Plans to Host Standalone Kid’s WordPress Conference in Summer 2019

By | March 20th, 2019|News|

The 11th edition of WordCamp Miami was held this past weekend, a three-day event that featured multiple learning workshops and six different tracks. The speaker ratio was 50% male and 50% female, and nearly half of the speakers were new to WordCamp Miami. Another great year of amazing, diverse speakers! #WCMIA #WordPress — WordCamp [...]

New Tools for Theme Developers: Theme Sniffer Plugin and Automated Accessibility Testing

By | March 19th, 2019|News|

WordPress contributor teams have shipped several new tools for theme developers in the past couple weeks, which have the potential to raise the quality of new themes coming into the ecosystem. The Theme Sniffer plugin is a new effort from the Theme Review team that uses custom sniffs for PHP_CodeSniffer to test a theme against [...]