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Gutenberg Accessibility Audit Postponed Indefinitely

By | October 17th, 2018|News|

photo credit: pollas – cc Discussion surrounding Gutenberg’s independent accessibility audit is heating up. Two weeks ago, Matthew MacPherson, who was named WordPress 5.0’s new accessibility lead, proposed the audit and agreed to it being performed by an independent third party. The audit had gained strong support among accessibility contributors and others following the ticket. [...]

First Look at The Twenty Nineteen Default Theme

By | October 17th, 2018|News|

Allan Cole, a WordPress Theme Imagineer at Automattic has published the first glimpses of the Twenty Nineteen default theme slated to ship with WordPress 5.0. Cole is leading the theme while Kjell Regstad who does Product and Editorial Design at Automattic will be a design coach. Twenty Nineteen Blog Post Layout The theme takes a [...]

ACF 5.8 Beta 1 Introduces Blocks Feature, Release Slated for November

By | October 16th, 2018|News|

photo credit: Adabo! 3d printed tetris blocks – (license) Advanced Custom Fields is now actively testing its new block creation feature in ACF 5.8 beta 1, released this week. ACF Blocks is a feature aimed at PHP developers who have not taken the deep dive into JavaScript yet. It essentially offers a shortcut to creating [...]

WordPress Privacy Contributors Begin Work on V2 Roadmap, Form Cross-Platform Working Group

By | October 16th, 2018|News|

photo credit: Infosec Images Privacy blue – (license) Contributors to WordPress’ core Privacy component are collaborating on a V2 roadmap to address broader privacy and data protection issues that fall outside of legal requirements. The group organized at the beginning of the year to work on GDPR-specific objectives but has since expanded its scope to [...]

Contributing to Gutenberg: A New Contributor’s Experience

By | October 13th, 2018|News|

The following is a guest post by Chris Van Patten who shares his experience learning and contributing to Gutenberg. There’s been a lot of talk of Gutenberg’s higher barrier to entry for new contributors. Van Patten describes what it was like to climb and overcome those barriers. Van Patten is the founder of Tomodomo, a [...]

WordCamp for Publishers Seeks Host City for 2019

By | October 12th, 2018|News|

WordCamp For Publishers’ distributed organizing team is looking for a new host city in 2019. The industry-focused camp gathers together professionals who use WordPress to manage publications. This year’s successful event hosted speakers who highlighted important topics, such as ethics in journalism, the open web, AMP, Gutenberg, and communication between tech and editorial teams. The [...]

WordCamp Nordic 2019 to be Held in Helsinki, March 7-8

By | October 12th, 2018|News|

After many years of planning, WordPress’ Nordic communities are finally getting a regional WordCamp. The first WordCamp Nordic 2019 is set to be held in Helsinki, Finland the weekend of March 7-8 at the Paasitorni Congress Center. “Some folks from the Norwegian community came up with idea in 2016,” lead organizer Marco Martins said. “Then [...]

Tiny Raises $4M in Series A Funding, Publishes Gutenberg FAQ

By | October 12th, 2018|News|

Tiny, the company formerly known as Ephox has raised $4M in Series A funding from BlueRun Ventures. Tiny is the company behind TinyMCE, a popular text editor used in many opensource projects, including WordPress. In addition to the funding, Jeff Tannenbaum, partner at BlueRun Ventures is joining Tiny’s board of directors. The company has also [...]

WPWeekly Episode 333 – Interview With Mike ‘Shredder’ Schroder

By | October 11th, 2018|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Mike Schroder. Schroder co-led the release of WordPress 3.9 and in 2016, he led the release of WordPress 4.5. In the interview, we learn his WordPress origin story, his thoughts on Gutenberg and whether or not he sees it as the future of WordPress, the [...]

Gutenberg 4.0 RC 1 Released, Testing Ramps Up Amid Critical Accessibility Concerns

By | October 11th, 2018|News|

A pre-release of Gutenberg 4.0 RC 1 is now available for testing. During today’s core developer chat, Matias Ventura, the project’s technical lead, said he plans to post a full changelog and a video tomorrow. In the meantime, a call for testing 4.0 RC 1 has been posted to the blog with a list [...]

Jetpack 6.6 Improves Site Verification Tools, Asset CDN Module Now in Beta, Gutenberg Blocks Coming Soon

By | October 9th, 2018|News|

Jetpack 6.6 was released today with an update to the Site Verification tools that enables one-click verification and sitemap.xml registration with Google. This release also introduces the beta of Jetpack’s Asset CDN. The new module, built on the same infrastructure as the Photon CDN, speeds up sites by cloud-hosting widely-used Jetpack and core WordPress scripts, [...]

WordPress Accessibility Team Lead Resigns, Cites Political Complications Related to Gutenberg

By | October 9th, 2018|News|

WordPress Accessibility Team lead Rian Rietveld has resigned due to what she describes as political complications and problems with working on Gutenberg accessibility. “The last year, especially the last few weeks have been too politically complicated for me,” Rietveld said. “It’s better that someone else takes the lead now.” Her post outlines challenges the accessibility [...]