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Gumroad Plugin for WordPress Adds Gutenberg Block for Embedding Products

By | February 26th, 2019|News|

Gumroad has updated its WordPress plugin to include a Gutenberg block for embedding a product in any page or post. The online platform enables creators, artists, educators, writers, and anyone else to sell their products without having to manage their own e-commerce setup. Gumroad’s WordPress plugin has been available for several years and is now [...]

Block Management Features Proposed for WordPress 5.2

By | February 25th, 2019|News|

WordPress 5.1 has been downloaded more than 3.6 million times since its release last week and work on 5.2 is now underway. The upcoming release will be led by Matt Mullenweg with Josepha Haden acting as Release Coordinator. Gary Pendergast posted a proposed scope and schedule that would have 5.2 arriving April 23, 2019. One [...]

Ecwid E-Commerce Plugin Adds Gutenberg Support, Focuses on Small Businesses to Compete with WooCommerce

By | February 22nd, 2019|News|

Ecwid’s e-commerce plugin for WordPress is now fully integrated with the Gutenberg editor. The cloud-based store builder, pronounced “eck-wid,” is short for e-commerce widgets, but the service has fully embraced blocks in its latest releases. The new default Storefront block comes pre-installed and embeds the entire Ecwid store on a page, including product listing, filters, [...]

WordPress 5.1 Improves Editor Performance, Encourages Users to Update Outdated PHP Versions

By | February 22nd, 2019|News|

image credit: National Jazz Museum in Harlem WordPress 5.1 “Betty” was released today, honoring American jazz singer Betty Carter. This is the first major release since Gutenberg came into core. As part of WordPress’ 2019 “tighten up” theme, this release was focused on improving performance in the editor and helping users update outdated versions of [...]

WPWeekly Episode 346 – Cancer Sucks

By | February 21st, 2019|News|

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I reflect on Alex Mill’s latest blog post where he announced that he’s ending his battle with Leukemia. We highlight some of the impacts he’s had on people’s lives and the contributions he’s made to open-source software. Stories Discussed: Leukemia Has Won Alex’s WordPress Plugins WPWeekly Meta: Next [...]

The State of CSS 2019 Survey is Now Open

By | February 21st, 2019|News|

The makers of the annual State of JavaScript survey have launched a new survey for developers who work with CSS. In September 2018, Sacha Greif and his collaborators sent out the State of JS survey for the third year running but dropped the CSS libraries category in favor of keeping it from getting too long. [...]

New Wapuu Dashboard Pet Plugin Displays WordPress Site Health

By | February 20th, 2019|News|

Wapuu Dashboard Pet is a new plugin from Kayleigh Thorpe and the team at WordPress hosting company 34SP.com. It is essentially a WordPress Tamagotchi, or digital pet, that resides in your dashboard and monitors the health of the site. The plugin checks to make sure WordPress has been updated (plugins, themes, and core) and backups [...]

Yoast CEO Responds to #YoastCon Twitter Controversy, Calls for Change in the SEO Industry

By | February 20th, 2019|News|

Yoast CEO Marieke van de Rakt published a post yesterday, addressing the controversy that dominated the #YoastCon hashtag on Twitter in the days leading up the the event. Several parties from the SEO industry began circulating old tweets, along unsavory videos depicting Joost de Valk partying with promotional models. de Valk issued a public apology [...]

Alex Mills Ends His Battle With Leukemia

By | February 20th, 2019|News|

Today, we are reminded that life is fleeting and that plugins, themes, and WordPress itself is built and maintained by humans. Alex (Viper007Bond) Mills announced that he is ending his fight with Leukemia. Due to liver inflammation and GvHD, the liver is too damaged to continue with treatment and there are no further options. I don’t [...]

Amazon Introduces Blog Blueprint to Deliver WordPress Posts as Audio on Alexa

By | February 18th, 2019|News|

Last week Amazon launched Alexa Skill Blueprints that allow anyone to publish new skills to the Alexa Skills Store without having to have any coding knowledge. The blueprints are templates that provide a starting point where users can create a new skill by filling in the blanks and then publish it to the store for [...]

Matt Mullenweg Publishes TED Talk on the Future of Work, Prepares to Launch New Distributed.blog Website

By | February 14th, 2019|News|

Matt Mullenweg is teasing out a new website at distributed.blog with the tagline “The future of work is here.” It’s not clear yet whether subscribers to the mystery blog will be on board for blog posts, a new podcast, or a book promotion, but the site has piqued curiosity. This should be fun… (take 2 [...]

WPBrigade Patches Critical Vulnerability in Simple Social Buttons Plugin

By | February 14th, 2019|News|

WPBrigade, the developers behind the Simple Social Buttons plugin, have patched a critical privilege escalation vulnerability. The security issue was discovered by the team at WebARX. Developer and researcher Luka Šikić summarized the vulnerability in a post published this week: Improper application design flow, chained with lack of permission check resulted in privilege escalation and [...]