Interview with Rachel Cherry: Automattic Pledges to Fund WPCampus’ Accessibility Audit of Gutenberg

By | December 13th, 2018|News|

While at WordCamp US, I had the opportunity to catch up with WPCampus director Rachel Cherry, who is coordinating an audit on Gutenberg for the organization she leads. WPCampus launched its crowdfunding campaign at the end of November and more than $10K has come in towards the $30K goal. The day before WordPress 5.0 was [...]

State of the Word 2018: WordPress Embraces the Block Editor

By | December 11th, 2018|News|

photo credit: WP Tavern WordCamp US kicked off in Nashville over the weekend, following the release of WordPress 5.0. In the first 48 hours, 5.0 had been downloaded more than 2.8 million times. It passed 3 million Saturday night. “There’s been a lot that’s been going on, so I’d like to allow WordPress the chance [...]

AMP Plugin for WordPress Version 1.0 Introduces Gutenberg-Integrated AMP Validation

By | December 7th, 2018|News|

Version 1.0 of the official AMP plugin for WordPress was released on the eve of WordCamp US, after two years in development by contributors from Automattic, XWP, and Google. This first stable version has a massive changelog with 30 people credited for their contributions. The plugin is now considered ready for production and is active [...]

WordPress 5.0 “Bebo” Released, Lays A Foundation for the Platform’s Future

By | December 6th, 2018|News|

In 2016 at WordCamp US in Philadelphia, PA, Matt Mullenweg announced to the world that a new post and page editor would be coming to WordPress. “The editor does not represent the core of WordPress publishing,” Mullenweg said. His vision of the editor was geared towards a more block-based approach that unifies widgets, shortcodes, and [...]

WPWeekly Episode 340 – Twas the Night Before 5.0

By | December 6th, 2018|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Matt Mullenweg, co-creator of the WordPress project. We discussed a number of topics that have been making the rounds across the community such as: The WordPress 5.0 release strategy and how it will evolve once it’s released. Whether or not Gutenberg is ready and [...]

WordPress 5.0 Targeted for December 6, Prompting Widespread Outcry Ahead of WordCamp US

By | December 5th, 2018|News|

During last week’s core dev chat, Matt Mullenweg urged developers to consider WordPress 5.0 as “coming as soon as possible.” Nevertheless, his decision to set Thursday, December 6, for the new release date has taken many by surprise. Official feedback channels and social media erupted with largely negative feedback on the decision, as the new [...]

New Block Gallery Plugin Offers a Suite of Photo Gallery Blocks for Gutenberg

By | December 3rd, 2018|News|

The new Gutenberg editor has basic support for galleries with a few nice features, such as the ability to set the number of columns and automatically crop thumbnails for a more uniform appearance. If you need more control over your galleries, Rich Tabor’s Block Gallery plugin is currently the best option made specifically for use [...]

WordCamp Europe Opens the Call for Host City 2020

By | December 3rd, 2018|News|

WordCamp Europe has opened the call for a host city for 2020. Previous editions of the event have been held in Leiden, Sofia, Seville, Vienna, Paris, and Belgrade, and the next on deck is Berlin in 2019. Organizers are always working ahead for an event this size. In fact, the team plans together for the [...]

Mullenweg Ramps Up Communication Ahead of WordPress 5.0 Release, RC2 Now Available

By | December 1st, 2018|News|

WordPress 5.0 RC2 was released today with 15 notable updates, including improvements to block preview styling, browser-specific bug fixes, and other changes. RC2 was released simultaneously with Gutenberg version 4.6. The official release date for WordPress 5.0 has not yet been announced, because it depends on feedback from RC2 testing. Contributors’ uneasiness with not having [...]

Let Us Know If You’re Hosting a WordCamp US Watch Party

By | December 1st, 2018|News|

WordCamp US is next weekend and if you’re unable to attend, you can watch from home via the free livestream. However, some WordPress meetup groups host watch parties. These parties generally include food, beverages, and a large projection screen. If you’re hosting one of these parties, please let us know about it in the comments. [...]

Gutenberg Times to Host Live Q&A with Gutenberg Leads on Friday, November 30

By | November 30th, 2018|News|

Birgit Pauli-Haack, curator of the Gutenberg Times website, is hosting a Q&A session with Gutenberg’s phase 1 design and development leads on Friday, November 30, at 2pm ET (19:00 UTC). Matias Ventura, Tammie Lister, and Joen Asmussen will join Pauli-Haack to discuss their journey “Creating Gutenberg” over the past two years. If you have any [...]

WPCampus Seeks to Raise $30K for Gutenberg Accessibility Audit

By | November 29th, 2018|News|

WPCampus is seeking funding to conduct an accessibility audit of WordPress’ Gutenberg editor. The non-profit organization is dedicated to helping web professionals, educators, and others who work with WordPress in higher education. Educational institutions often have stricter legal obligations that require software to be WCAG 2.0 level AA compliant and many European institutions set the [...]