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Bluehost Misuses WordPress Trademark, Reigniting Controversy Over Recommended Hosts Page - WP Tavern

Bluehost was called out this week for misusing WordPress’ trademark, as the WordPress Foundation prohibits its use in advertising. The company has been featured on WordPress’ recommended hosting page for the past 16 years, as one of a handful of… Continue Reading →

WordPress 5.7 Lets Administrators Send Password Reset Links - WP Tavern

It’s that time in the release cycle when all the dev notes are rolling out ahead of the next major update. These notes include technical summaries of all the goodies coming in the next release. If you haven’t been paying… Continue Reading →

WordPress.org Removes Fake Reviews for AccessiBe Plugin - WP Tavern

After noticing suspicious review activity for the AccessiBe plugin, accessibility consultant Joe Dolson reported the fake reviews to WordPress.org’s plugin team. The reviews were removed in under 48 hours, thanks to Dolson’s detailed research. At the time of reporting, Dolson… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg Plugin Marks 100th Release with 10.0 - WP Tavern

Gutenberg 10.0 was released today as the 100th iteration of the block editor since the project began four years ago. Although 10.0 may seem like a big number, it’s just another incremental step forward in terms of new features, improvements,… Continue Reading →

Easy Digital Downloads 3.0 Now in Public Beta - WP Tavern

Easy Digital Downloads (EDD) is coming up on a major milestone with version 3.0 in active development, a huge undertaking spanning nearly three years. The first beta was released today with one of the most extensive and technically detailed beta… Continue Reading →

Video: Matt Mullenweg and Josepha Haden Chomphosy Join WordCamp India for Fireside Chat - WP Tavern

If you are living in part of the world where the polar vortex has plunged the weather into record-cold temperatures, you might enjoy this fireside chat from WordCamp India 2021. The event was held online over the span of three… Continue Reading →

WordPress Contributors Discuss Scaling Back Releases: “4 Major Releases Is Not a Viable Plan in 2021” - WP Tavern

WordPress contributors are considering scaling back the planned number of releases in 2021. In a post titled “Making WordPress Releases Easier,” WordPress’ Executive Director, Josepha Haden Chomphosy summarized three years of research on reducing the effort required to have a… Continue Reading →

WordPress Passes 40% Market Share of Alexa Top 10 Million Websites - WP Tavern

WordPress has passed 40% market share of all websites, up from 35.4% in January 2020, as measured by W3Techs. These numbers are derived from the Alexa top 10 million websites, along with the Tranco top 1 million list. By W3Techs’ estimates, every two minutes,… Continue Reading →

Gatsby Launches New WordPress Integration, Expanding Support for Headless Architecture - WP Tavern

The Gatsby source WordPress plugin, Gatsby Cloud’s official WordPress integration, has been marked stable as of v4 and has been released to the public. The plugin sources data from WordPress for headless setups that use Gatsby on the frontend. It… Continue Reading →

WP Engine Invests in Headless WordPress, Hires WPGraphQL Maintainer - WP Tavern

WP Engine is deepening its investment in headless WordPress with the creation of a new team dedicated to furthering the technology developers rely on when opting for this architecture. The company has hired WPGraphQL creator and maintainer Jason Bahl as… Continue Reading →

Newspack Publishes Showcase with 60 Newsrooms Launched - WP Tavern

Newspack, a project funded by the Google News initiative and WordPress.com, has published a showcase of 60 news sites running on the platform. WordPress.com announced its plans to build the Newspack CMS two years ago and successfully signed on more… Continue Reading →

New Report Estimates WordPress’ Market Share of US Higher Education Institution Websites at 40.8% - WP Tavern

A new report from eQAfy, a company that collects and analyzes data about higher education websites, has benchmarked which content management systems US institutions are using. The report is a snapshot of data from December 2020, sourced from the National Center… Continue Reading →

WordPress 5.7 Beta 1 Is Ready for Testing - WP Tavern

WordPress 5.7 Beta 1 was released this week on schedule and is ready for wider testing. This release will introduce 68 new features and enhancements, dozens of bug fixes, and versions 9.3 – 9.9 of the Gutenberg plugin. A few… Continue Reading →

WordPress 5.7 Will Make It Easier to Migrate From HTTP to HTTPS - WP Tavern

The next major release of WordPress will make it much easier for users to migrate their sites from HTTP to HTTPS. It introduces new capabilities to detect if the user’s hosting environment has support for HTTPS and provides a one-click… Continue Reading →

ElasticPress.io Service Considers Next Move after Elasticsearch Abandons Open Source Licensing - WP Tavern

Elastic, makers of the search and analytic engine Elasticsearch, have re-licensed its core product so that it is no longer open source. The company is moving new versions of both Kibana and Elasticsearch from the Apache 2.0-license to be dual-licensed under the Server Side… Continue Reading →

Plugin Team Draws a Line: Plugins Must Not Change WordPress’ Default Automatic Update Settings - WP Tavern

WordPress’ plugin team has publsihed a statement regarding plugins making changes to users’ update services: Unless your plugin has the purpose of managing updates, you must not change the defaults of WordPress’ update settings. You may offer a feature to auto-update, but it has to honor the core settings. This means if… Continue Reading →

Jetpack Launches Customer Research Project to Improve the Plugin and Reduce User Frustration - WP Tavern

Jetpack’s Design and Research Team is launching a new customer research panel as part of an ongoing effort to collect feedback in advance of launching new features. They are allocating one day every month to talk with users: It’s a… Continue Reading →

WordPress Roadmap Update: Full-Site Editing Targeted for 5.8 Release in June 2021 - WP Tavern

WordPress core contributors are pushing forward on an ambitious plan to land full-site editing in core before the end of the year. Josepha Haden Chomphosy, the open source project’s executive director, published an updated roadmap for 2021 that aims to… Continue Reading →

TasteWP Spins Up Free WordPress Testing Sites in Seconds - WP Tavern

TasteWP is a newcomer among online WordPress sandboxing solutions. The site allows users to spin up a new WordPress instance in a matter of seconds. Web-based sandboxes like these have been popular for a long time, since they are convenient… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg Contributors Consider Implementing a Bot to Close Stale Issues - WP Tavern

Gutenberg project contributors are considering implementing a stale bot to tame the repository’s overgrown issues queue, which currently has 2,733 open issues. Stale bots are usually employed to automatically close “stale” issues and PRs based on a predefined set of… Continue Reading →

Biden White House Sticks with WordPress for Website Relaunch - WP Tavern

President Joe Biden took office today and unveiled a new whitehouse.gov that has been relaunched on WordPress. The previous administration switched from Drupal to WordPress in 2017, and technologists working with the Biden administration decided to stick with the same… Continue Reading →

WordPress for Android Previews New Story Posts Feature, Now in Public Beta - WP Tavern

WordPress users on Android may have noticed a new prompt in the mobile app for publishing Story posts. This feature is now in public beta in the Android app, ahead of an upcoming launch on the WordPress iOS app. Stories… Continue Reading →

MapLibre Launches as Official Open Source Successor to Mapbox GL JS - WP Tavern

In December, Mapbox shocked its open source contributor community with the news that Mapbox GL JS version 2.0 would be released under a proprietary license. The JavaScript library powers interactive, customizable vector maps on many high profile websites like CNN,… Continue Reading →

New Local Blueprint Enables One-Click Setup for Testing Full Site Editing - WP Tavern

If you haven’t yet tested the Gutenberg team’s progress on the full site editing (FSE) project, WordPress developer Carrie Dils has created a blueprint for Local that makes it easy to jump right in. Full site editing is phase 2… Continue Reading →

WPScan Can Now Assign CVE Numbers for WordPress Core, Plugin, and Theme Vulnerabilities - WP Tavern

WPScan, a security company that maintains a database of WordPress vulnerabilities, has been officially designated as a CVE (Common Vulnerability and Exposures) Numbering Authority (CNA). The company joins 151 organizations from 25 countries that participate in the CVE Program as CNAs. These organizations… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg’s Faster Performance Is Eroding Page Builders’ Dominance - WP Tavern

WordPress’ block editor, colloquially still widely known as Gutenberg, is making inroads into the segment of users who have heavily relied on page builders for years. For the most part, page builder plugins have either declined in growth or stagnated… Continue Reading →

WordPress Community Team Proposes Using a Decision Checklist to Restart Local Events - WP Tavern

photo credit: Glenn Carstens-Peters WordPress’ Community Team has been discussing the return to in-person events since early December 2020, and has landed on an idea that would allow local meetup organizers to determine readiness using a COVID-19 risk-assessment checklist. This… Continue Reading →

JetBrains Denies Being Under Investigation for SolarWinds Attack - WP Tavern

JetBrains, makers of Phpstorm, one of the most popular IDEs for PHP developers, has published a statement denying any involvement in the SolarWinds attack, which compromised multiple US federal agencies and private companies. The company stated that it has not… Continue Reading →

All in One SEO Plugin Turns on Automatic Updates without Notifying Users, Removes Functionality in Latest Release - WP Tavern

Buried in the changelog of a series of minor releases that dropped before the Christmas holiday, All in One SEO plugin users were given the surprise gift of automatic updates. After a seemingly endless run of releases (12 updates during… Continue Reading →

WordPress.com Rattles Freelancer Community with New Website Building Service Launch - WP Tavern

WordPress.com launched a new website building service today with prices starting at $4,900. Automattic has been beta testing the service since the last quarter of 2020. The product announcement invites customers to let WordPress.com’s professional team “translate your vision into a… Continue Reading →

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