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Google Announces Season of Docs Program to Match Technical Writers with Open Source Projects

By | March 13th, 2019|News|

Google is launching a new program called Season of Docs with the goal of fostering collaboration between technical writers and open source projects. The initiative is very similar to Google Summer of Code, except it is focused on documentation and technical writing contributions instead. Prospective participants can apply during the month of April 2019. Google [...]

WordCamp Nordic Hosts Successful Kids Workshop

By | March 12th, 2019|News|

WordCamp Nordic hosted a successful kids workshop over the weekend where participants learned how to start publishing with WordPress. The event was held during Contributor Day at the same venue, tucked into a comfortable corner with soft chairs and ample floor space for the kids to stretch out. Petya Raykovska led the workshop and participants [...]

WordPress Explores Proposal for New Block Directory to Host Single Block Plugins

By | March 12th, 2019|News|

WordPress core contributor Alex Shiels has published a proposal for a WordPress.org block directory that would host JavaScript-based, single block plugins. The directory would make blocks searchable and installable from within the Gutenberg editor. Building a directory for discovering blocks and seamlessly installing them is one of the nine projects that Matt Mullenweg identified as [...]

WPWeekly Episode 348 – RIP Alex, Facebook Moderators, and Shorter Release Cycles

By | March 7th, 2019|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I review feedback from last week’s show, share a few more memories of Alex Mills, and discuss an article that describes what it’s like to be a content moderator for Facebook. We also share our opinions on the idea of WordPress having shorter release cycles. Stories Discussed: The [...]

Watch WordCamp Nordic Sessions for Free via Livestream March 8

By | March 7th, 2019|News|

The inaugural WordCamp Nordic will be live streamed for free on March 8, from the Paasitorni Congress Center in Helsinki. The conference starts at 9 AM. Those watching remotely can tune into both tracks via the following links: Track 1 https://2019.nordic.wordcamp.org/live-congress-hall/ Track 2 https://2019.nordic.wordcamp.org/live-sirkus/ The WordCamp’s organizers published the direct links, so there is no [...]

Global WordPress Translation Day Set for May 11, 2019

By | March 1st, 2019|News|

One of the the most important factors in WordPress’ growth is the software’s availability in 186 languages. Its vibrant community of translation volunteers, known as the Polyglots team, continually update the translations to ensure access for millions of non-English speakers around the world. In 2016, the team began hosting their own events dedicated to educational [...]

Freemius Patches Severe Vulnerability in Library Used by Popular WordPress Plugins

By | March 1st, 2019|News|

Freemius, a monetization, analytics, and marketing library for WordPress plugin and theme developers, patched an authenticated option update vulnerability in its wordpress-sdk four days ago. The library is included with many popular plugins, such as NextGEN Gallery (1,000,000+ installs), 404 – 301 (100,000+ installs), WP Security Audit Log (80,000+ installs), and FooGallery (100,000 installs+). Freemius [...]

WordPress Designers Seek Feedback on Navigation Menu Block Prototype

By | March 1st, 2019|News|

Creating a block for navigation menus is one of the nine projects Matt Mullenweg identified as a priority for 2019, and the future of WordPress menus is starting to take shape. Designers working on the new Navigation Menu block have published a prototype this week with detailed notes on how users will interact with the [...]

WPWeekly Episode 347 – Chair Buying, Pressing Issues, and Block Management

By | February 28th, 2019|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I start off by discussing the office chair purchasing process. I recently needed to buy a new chair and was surprised by some of the features that were highlighted. We talked about block managers and some of the pitfalls that will need to be overcome. For example, what [...]

WordPress Contributors Propose Shorter, Time-based Release Cycles

By | February 28th, 2019|News|

WordPress release cycles may soon take a more predictable cadence, as contributors are considering moving to a time-based approach. The discussion began during a recent core dev chat in mid-February when Gutenberg phase 2 lead Riad Benguella proposed the project move to shorter, automated release cycles. The Gutenberg team has successfully been releasing a new [...]

Gatsby WordPress Themes Project Partners with Theme Shops to Port Popular Themes to Gatsby

By | February 27th, 2019|News|

Gatsby WordPress Themes is a new collaborative project led by Zac Gordon with help from Jason Bahl, Rich Tabor, Muhammad Muhsin, and Alexandra Spalato. The group is working together to port popular themes for use with Gatsby, the React-based static site generator that uses GraphQL for its data layer. Known for its performance and ease [...]

Block Editor Now in Beta for WordPress Mobile Apps

By | February 27th, 2019|News|

The new Gutenberg block editor that arrived in WordPress 5.0 is now in beta testing on the mobile apps. The editor will be available in version 11.9, which is planned to be released to the public on March 11. “For this first version, our main focus was to build a pleasant writing experience with support [...]