WordPress 5.1 to Replace “Blogging” References with “Publishing”

By | January 8th, 2019|News|

WordPress 5.1 will replace the “Happy blogging” language in wp-config-sample.php with “Happy Publishing.” The next major release also cleans up a few other “blog” references by replacing them with the word “site.” A lot of tutorials and documentation will need to be updated. WordPress contributors are continuing to fine-tune the wording in various files to [...]

GitHub Announces Free, Unlimited Private Repositories

By | January 8th, 2019|News|

GitHub users no longer have to pay to keep code private. The company is now offering unlimited private repositories to Free account users, with up to three collaborators. Developers have different reasons for wanting to keep their code private – it may not be ready, they may be working on a side project, or may [...]

WordPress Governance Project Flagged as Unsanctioned, First Meeting Set for January 15

By | January 7th, 2019|News|

The WordPress Governance Project is a new community initiative, led by Rachel Cherry and Morten Rand-Hendriksen, that will host its first meeting Tuesday, January 15 2019. The purpose of the project is to address two objectives: The governance of the WordPress open source project and its various community components, andWordPress’ role in the governance of [...]

Beaver Builder Doubles Down on Serving Power Users in Response to Gutenberg

By | January 4th, 2019|News|

At WordCamp US I had the opportunity to chat with Beaver Builder co-founder Robby McCullough about how the page builder is navigating the Gutenberg era. The proliferation of blocks for the new editor has made it easy for non-technical WordPress users to add things like pricing tables, maps, tabs, accordions, and other UI elements. Future [...]

WP Storybook: A Handy Reference for WordPress React UI Components

By | January 3rd, 2019|News|

LUBUS, a web design agency in Mumbai, has published a site called WP Storybook that offers an interactive way to explore various WordPress React components. It allows developers to browse and search UI components and see a live preview of the component next to example source code. WP Storybook lets you view different states for [...] Launches New “Do Anything” Marketing Campaign

By | January 3rd, 2019|News|

Hilde Lysiak reports on local news in her community on her Orange Street News website is kicking off 2019 with a new national marketing campaign that features 14 entrepreneurs, writers, and non-profit organizations who are using the platform to make a big difference for their communities. The campaign is focused around the question: [...]

WordPress Designers Explore Ideas for Moving Navigation to a Block Interface

By | December 21st, 2018|News|

Creating a block for navigation menus is one of the nine projects Matt Mullenweg identified for 2019 that will make a big impact for WordPress users. It’s also one of the most challenging from a UI perspective. At WordCamp US’ contributor day, the design team explored ideas for what a navigation block might look like [...]

9 Year Old Shares his Journey Learning React

By | December 21st, 2018|News|

If learning React is among your New Year’s goals, here’s some inspiration from nine-year-old Revel Carlberg West. The video below is a recording of his presentation at the React NYC meetup. West describes how he learned basic HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and then moved on to learn React using the CodeSandbox online code editor. He [...]

WordPress 5.0.2 Released with Performance Gains of 330% for Block-Heavy Posts

By | December 20th, 2018|News|

WordPress 5.0.2, the of first of two rapid releases following 5.0, is now available. Sites with automatic background updates enabled should already be on the latest version. This release addresses performance issues, one of the chief complaints for users who have adopted the block editor. It brings 45 improvements to the editor, with 14 of [...]

Gutenberg-Inspired Jenga Game “Gutenblox” Now Available for Sale

By | December 20th, 2018|News|

photo credit: XWP XWP’s Gutenberg-inspired Jenga sets were arguably the most innovative swag at WordCamp US this year, but there weren’t enough to go around. Gutenblox, fondly dubbed “the Other Block Building Interface,” is now available on its own website where anyone can buy a set. The store is running on BigCommerce with the [...]

Introduction to the WPGraphQL Project with Jason Bahl and Ryan Kanner

By | December 20th, 2018|News|

At WordCamp US 2018 I had the chance to sit down with Jason Bahl and Ryan Kanner, both engineers at Digital First Media in Denver, Colorado, and contributors to the WPGraphQL project. WPGraphQL is an open source plugin that provides an extendable GraphQL schema and API for any WordPress site. Bahl, who created and maintains [...]

Happy Developers, Happy Ecosystem: The Intangible Impact of WordPress’ Minimum PHP Version Bump

By | December 19th, 2018|News|

The following is a guest post by Chris Van Patten, founder of Tomodomo, a digital agency for magazine publishers. For years, WordPress has been ever-so-slightly behind the times on PHP version support…to put it kindly. However, WordPress’ legendary support for PHP versions back to 5.2 — versions long unsupported by the PHP project itself — [...]