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PhotoPress Plugin Seeks to Revolutionize Photography for WordPress Users - WP Tavern

Peter Adams, the owner of the PhotoPress plugin, announced a couple of weeks ago that now is the time for his project to take center stage. “It’s Time for PhotoPress,” read the title of his post in which he laid… Continue Reading →

Google Officially Releases Its Web Stories for WordPress Plugin - WP Tavern

Web Stories for WordPress dashboard. Two and a half months after the launch of its public beta, Google released its Web Stories for WordPress plugin. So far, the plugin has over 10,000 active installations and has garnered a solid five-star… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg Hub Launches Landing Page Templates Directory - WP Tavern

Munir Kamal has created copy-and-paste blocks. He has built sections or “patterns” from those blocks. He has created a plugin that allows users to completely customize the two features via block options. Yesterday, he released an initial offering of 22… Continue Reading →

GitHub to Use ‘Main’ Instead of ‘Master’ as the Default Branch on All New Repositories Starting Next Month - WP Tavern

In August, GitHub announced that it would change the “master” branch name for all new repositories created on the platform to “main” starting October 1. The date is less than two weeks away, and WordPress developers need to be prepared… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg’s Custom Spacing Should Be Theme Controlled - WP Tavern

Adjusting padding on a Group block. When Gutenberg 9.0 landed earlier this week, it came with an experimental padding control for the Group block. Most users will not see it unless their theme has opted into supporting the feature using… Continue Reading →

GoDaddy Acquires SkyVerge, Creator of Over 60 WooCommerce Add-Ons - WP Tavern

On September 14, GoDaddy announced it had acquired SkyVerge, a major WooCommerce-focused development company, for an undisclosed amount. At the moment, GoDaddy is playing it close to the vest in terms of its future plans. It has not publicly announced… Continue Reading →

Digging Into Recipe Card Blocks, WPZOOM’s Solution for Recipe Bloggers - WP Tavern

After publishing a post about the new Recipe Block plugin last week, several people were quick to point out that WPZOOM had released a recipe-related block plugin two years ago. Among them, was the plugin author, Pavel Ciorici. I had… Continue Reading →

Plugin Authors Can Opt Into Email Confirmation for WordPress Plugin Updates - WP Tavern

Overnight, the Meta Team for WordPress.org flipped the switch for a new plugin author feature in the official directory. It allows plugin authors to opt into confirming plugin updates via email. Release confirmations will strengthen security and make sure any… Continue Reading →

Addressing the Theme Design Problem With Gutenberg’s New Block-Based Widgets System - WP Tavern

I could hardly sleep last night. Once in a blue moon, I have an idea I want to try out. While my day job as a writer means I spend far less time breaking sites through the rigorous trials and… Continue Reading →

Start a Recipe Blog With the Recipe Block WordPress Plugin - WP Tavern

“Organize your quarantine-inspired baking blog with a ‘Recipe’ block!” read the opening description of Kelly Choyce-Dwan’s new plugin, Recipe Block. That was enough to pique my interest. I love food. I love baking — mostly pizza and bread. Food-related plugins… Continue Reading →

Exploring Seedlet, Automattic’s Block-First WordPress Theme - WP Tavern

On August 26, Automattic launched a new theme titled Seedlet that focused on integrating with the WordPress block editor. A few days later, it was also live in the WordPress.org theme directory. The theme development team wanted to produce a… Continue Reading →

More Power in the Hands of WordPress Support Forum Users - WP Tavern

What level of control should users have over their WordPress support forum topics? That is the question at the heart of a recent discussion opened by Mika Epstein on the Make Support blog. The goal is to grant more power… Continue Reading →

iThemes Enters the WordPress Membership Plugin Market, Acquires Restrict Content Pro - WP Tavern

Last Tuesday, iThemes announced it had acquired the Restrict Content Pro plugin from Sandhills Development. iThemes is part of the Liquid Web family of brands. Pippin Williamson, Managing Director at Sandhills, said the company had no intention of selling the… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg 8.9 Brings Block-Based Widgets Out of the Experimental Stage - WP Tavern

On Wednesday, September 2, Gutenberg 8.9 launched with a set of new features, enhancements, and several bug fixes. The development team took the block-based widgets system out of its experimental stage, making it the default experience for all plugin users…. Continue Reading →

WordPress Plugin Authors Should Avoid Confusing Users When Naming Blocks - WP Tavern

On May 4, the StudioPress development team made a small but significant user-facing change to its Atomic Blocks plugin (now rebranded to Genesis Blocks). It removed the “AB” branding from its block titles. This minor update changed block titles such… Continue Reading →

Jetpack 8.9 Adds Donations Block, Newsletter Form, and Social Previews - WP Tavern

Jeremey Herve, a Jetpack developer at Automattic, announced the release of Jetpack 8.9 earlier today. The update brings several major features to the plugin’s users. Jetpack now sports a new social preview option in the block editor, a newsletter signup… Continue Reading →

One Year After Beta, Elmastudio’s Aino Blocks Plugin Lands in the Plugin Directory - WP Tavern

One year ago today, Elmastudio launched a beta version of its Aino WordPress theme and Aino Blocks plugin. While the team pushed the theme live in the theme directory earlier this year, it wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago… Continue Reading →

Stepping Into a Market With Major Players, Mario Peshev Acquires WP-CRM System - WP Tavern

Mario Peshev, the CEO of WordPress agency DevriX, officially announced he had acquired the WP-CRM System plugin this week. Formally, his company Premium WP Support is taking the reins for the project. Scott DeLuzio, the creator and previous owner of… Continue Reading →

Elementor 3.0 Allows Users to Create a Personalized Design System - WP Tavern

Elementor version 3.0 was launched on Tuesday. This release is the first major update to the plugin in over two years and is one of the largest upgrades in its history. The new version focuses on a design system, a… Continue Reading →

WordPress Should Bump PHP Support on a Transparent and Predictable Schedule - WP Tavern

Juliette Reinders Folmer released a proposal for WordPress to drop old PHP version support on a fixed schedule. She wrote the proposal after Matt Mullenweg, WordPress co-founder and project lead, reached out to discuss solutions. This was after he closed… Continue Reading →

WordPress: A Year in Review, New Project to Fill the WordCamp Void - WP Tavern

Joe Casabona, a freelance web developer and educator, launched WordPress: A Year in Review last week. The project was born out of his passion for helping others and a longing for attending WordCamp US, which has been canceled because of… Continue Reading →

No Minimum PHP Version Bump This Year, WordPress to Support PHP 5.6 for a While Longer - WP Tavern

We should be leading the users, not following them.We should be guiding the users, not coddling them.We should carve out the road to the future, not continue to fix a broken road to the past.We should say what we do… Continue Reading →

WooCommerce 4.4 Updates Blocks and Centralizes Coupon Management - WP Tavern

Yesterday, Automattic dropped version 4.4 of its popular WooCommerce plugin. The new release is a minor update with the biggest changes around the plugin’s blocks and coupon management in the admin. Two dozen people made 450 contributions to the release…. Continue Reading →

WP Rig Starter Theme Project Looking for New Maintainers - WP Tavern

A couple of years ago, Morten Rand-Hendriksen launched WP Rig for WordPress. The goal was to bring a modern starter theme and build process to the theme development community. Now, he and the current team are hoping to find someone… Continue Reading →

Exploring the First Block Patterns to Land in the WordPress Theme Directory - WP Tavern

For months, I have eagerly awaited the official release of WordPress 5.5, an update that promised to put the long-awaited block patterns system into the hands of theme designers. I may sound like a broken record at this point, but… Continue Reading →

Local Avatars in WordPress? Yes, Please - WP Tavern

It is an age-old question. OK, well, it’s really a 10-year-old feature request, but that is age-old in software development years. Should WordPress have a local avatar system? Let’s be honest. Most of us have kind of gritted our teeth… Continue Reading →

Struggles of Remote Work Half a Year Into the Pandemic - WP Tavern

This was supposed to be the year that ushered in a revolution in how we work. Remote jobs would become a common practice, spurred on by the global COVID-19 pandemic. A time when everyone would start paying attention to those… Continue Reading →

Improved Server-Side Rendering of Dynamic WordPress Blocks - WP Tavern

Over the weekend, David Gwyer announced a custom server-side render component for block plugins. The co-founder of WPGO Plugins primarily built his component to speed up the rendering process for dynamic blocks within his own plugins. However, he has now… Continue Reading →

Major jQuery Changes on the Way for WordPress 5.5 and Beyond - WP Tavern

With all of the advancements made in JavaScript and newer, shinier frameworks, it is sometimes easy to forget that WordPress still relies on the aging jQuery library. The same holds true for thousands of plugins and themes in the official… Continue Reading →

Astra Theme Suspended and Reinstated, Themes Team Works Toward Delisting Strategy for Guideline Violations - WP Tavern

The Themes Team suspended Astra from the official theme directory just a few short weeks after it became the first non-default WordPress theme to surpass one million active installs. The reason: the theme was breaking the directory’s ban on affiliate… Continue Reading →

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