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Community Team Removes Red Tape From Regional WordCamp Applications - WP Tavern

photo credit: World Maps After a lengthy discussion, the Community Team has decided to make it easier for organizers to apply for regional in-person WordCamps. These are events that pull in a community from a geographical area larger than one… Continue Reading →

WordPress.com Announces New Starter Plan For $5/Month - WP Tavern

WordPress.com announced a new “Starter” plan today for customers that bridges the pricing gap between the free plan and its $15/month Pro plan. The Starter plan is $5/month and includes a custom domain name, along with 6GB storage, and the… Continue Reading →

WordPress 6.0 “Arturo” Adds More Templates and Patterns, Style Switching, and Block Locking UI - WP Tavern

WordPress 6.0 “Arturo” was released today, named for Latin jazz musician and director Arturo O’Farrill, who has 15 albums to his credit. Check out the official release video for a quick overview of some of the most important changes. This… Continue Reading →

Open Source Initiative Launches News Blog on WordPress - WP Tavern

The Open Source Initiative (OSI), a public benefit corporation and steward of the Open Source Definition, has launched a news blog on WordPress. In 2021, OSI’s board appointed Stefano Maffulli as its first Executive Director, and he is leading the organization… Continue Reading →

New Video Explores Site Building Progress From WordPress 5.0 to 6.0 - WP Tavern

Do you remember what it was like to use WordPress 5.0? Three years and ten major releases have radically changed the site building experience, but it’s not always easy to see recognize when focused on some of the smaller, iterative… Continue Reading →

WP Tavern Is Hiring - WP Tavern

WP Tavern is looking for talented writers who are eager to report on WordPress news every day. We cover a wide range of topics, including (but not limited to) the Gutenberg project, core development, e-commerce, community, plugin and theme ecosystems,… Continue Reading →

Online Meetup: WordPress NYC to Host Series on Modern, Privacy-Respecting Analytics and Leveraging First-Party Data - WP Tavern

One of the positive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is local meetups are more frequently broadcasting their events online, giving people outside the immediate area the opportunity to attend and learn new skills. Searching meetup.com for WordPress, filtered to show… Continue Reading →

How The Welch News Uses WordPress To Keep Local News Alive in West Virginia - WP Tavern

The Welch News Team – photo credit: The Welch News For 95 years, the people living in the McDowell County coalfields have depended on The Welch News for local coverage of important events. The county sits at the southernmost point… Continue Reading →

WordSesh 2022 Kicks Off Monday, May 16, Featuring a World-Class Speaker Lineup and Hands-On Workshops - WP Tavern

WordSesh 2022, the live, virtual conference for WordPress professionals, is right around the corner. The event runs from May 16–20, 2022. While previous WordSesh events have always been high quality, this particular edition is jam-packed with a diverse selection of… Continue Reading →

WordPress Community Attributes Declining Market Share to Performance Issues, Increased Complexity, and the Lagging Full-Site Editing Project - WP Tavern

For the first time in WordPress’ nearly 19-year history, the software’s usage stats are showing signs of declining market share. Its remarkable ascension to 43.3% market share took a turn in March 2022 and usage has slowly declined since then,… Continue Reading →

WPSiteSync Shuts Down, Commercial Extensions Now Available on GitHub - WP Tavern

WPSiteSync, a content syncing plugin from the team behind DesktopServer, has discontinued support for its free, core plugin and commercial extensions. The plugin lets users sync specific content, such as posts, pages, featured images, and taxonomies, without having to migrate… Continue Reading →

Ulysses App Updates WordPress Publishing to Use WP REST API - WP Tavern

Ulysses, a writing app for Mac, iPad, and iPhone, has released version 26. This is an important update for those who use the app to write and publish to WordPress. It adds support for more blogs and has simplified the… Continue Reading →

James Kemp Acquires ReplyBox - WP Tavern

James Kemp, a WooCommerce developer and founder of Iconic, has acquired ReplyBox, a privacy-focused comment system. Originally built by Ashley Rich and Lewis Warren and launched in 2018, ReplyBox has struggled to gain a strong foothold in the WordPress ecosystem as a commercial… Continue Reading →

Coming in Gutenberg 13.2: Users’ Editor Preferences Will Be Stored in the Database, Improving Persistence Across Sessions - WP Tavern

“Welcome to the Block Editor!” Once you have dismissed this notice, why does it keep coming back? For years users have complained about this and the fact that their settings in the editor do not seem to save across sessions…. Continue Reading →

MemberPress Plugin Is Locking Users Out After Support License Expires - WP Tavern

The WordPress subreddit lit up this week with reports of MemberPress locking users out of the plugin’s admin if they do not renew their subscriptions. MemberPress is a popular membership plugin for WordPress. It is a commercial-only plugin starting at… Continue Reading →

Local Launches Atlas Add-on for Sandboxing Headless WordPress Sites - WP Tavern

Local, a popular WordPress development tool maintained by WP Engine, has launched a new add-on for quickly spinning up headless WordPress sites on its new Atlas platform. The company has been working to capture the headless WordPress hosting market over… Continue Reading →

WordCamp US Trials New Program Connecting Underrepresented Speakers with Sponsors for Travel and Lodging Costs - WP Tavern

WordCamp US, scheduled for September 9-11 in San Diego, is trialing a new program that would connect speakers from underrepresented groups with companies that agree to sponsor their travel and lodging. “To improve diverse representation at WordCamp US (WCUS), our… Continue Reading →

WordPress Updates COVID-19 Guidelines for In-Person Events: Masks Strongly Recommended - WP Tavern

In-person WordPress events are ramping up again, with in-person meetups happening all over the world and WordCamps back on the schedule. A sampling of the upcoming major events include the following: WordCamp Vienna, Austria (April 23, 2022)WordCamp Irun (May 21–22,… Continue Reading →

DuckDuckGo and Brave Move to Bypass Google AMP Pages by Default - WP Tavern

Yesterday both DuckDuckGo and the Brave browser announced they will be bypassing Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) in favor of serving publishers’ content on the original URL. Brave is calling the new feature “De-AMP.” In cases where it’s not possible to… Continue Reading →

WooCommerce Plans to Bring Full-Site Editing Support to Single Product Templates - WP Tavern

WooCommerce is moving closer to closing the gap on its full-site editing support with the latest features announced on the Q1/Q2 roadmap. While the e-commerce platform already has support for nearly two-dozen core blocks, it’s not yet possible to use… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg Contributors Begin Early Exploration of a New Distraction Free Mode - WP Tavern

A truly zen, distraction-free writing experience is my white whale of WordPress features. The one that landed in WordPress 3.2 was pretty close to perfect, but the block editor changed everything. In the early days of the Gutenberg project, contributors… Continue Reading →

WordCamp Europe Publishes Schedule for Upcoming Event in Porto - WP Tavern

WordCamp Europe published its schedule today, to the delight of prospective attendees around the world. The three-day event will take place June 2-4, and will feature 29 talks, 18 workshops, and two panels spanning 11 different categories. The two conference… Continue Reading →

Elementor 3.6.3 Patches Critical Remote Code Execution Vulnerability - WP Tavern

Elementor has patched a critical Remote Code Execution vulnerability that was discovered by threat analyst Ramuel Gall from Wordfence on March 29, 2022. Wordfence disclosed the vulnerability to Elementor via its official security contact email address but did not receive… Continue Reading →

WordPress Performance Team Puts Controversial WebP by Default Proposal on Hold After Critical Feedback - WP Tavern

WordPress’ Performance team has put its WebP by Default proposal on hold after the community voiced critical feedback and significant technical concerns. The new feature would generate WebP images on upload by default for new JPEG uploads and would use… Continue Reading →

How To Build a Timeline Page With Blocks - WP Tavern

Up next in our Building with Blocks series is a quick tutorial on how to build a timeline page. Timelines give brands and organizations a visual way to introduce themselves and feature highlights from their histories. The block editor makes… Continue Reading →

Learn WordPress Publishes New Lesson Plan on Contributing to Openverse and the WordPress Photo Directory - WP Tavern

Learn WordPress, the project’s official free learning resource site, is rapidly expanding the number of available courses, workshops, and lesson plans available to the community. Since its launch in December 2020, contributors have added five full courses, more than 90… Continue Reading →

ACF 5.12.1 Patches Missing Authorization Vulnerability - WP Tavern

Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) recently patched a missing authorization vulnerability in version 5.12.1 that potentially affects more than a million users. The security issue was discovered by Keitaro Yamazaki of Ierae Security, Inc, who reported it to the Information-technology Promotion Agency… Continue Reading →

WordPress Contributors Host 6.0 Walkthrough - WP Tavern

WordPress hosted a “first-of-its-kind event” via Zoom this week where members of the 6.0 release squad and core contributors conducted a live walkthrough of the major features coming in the next release. The event was recorded and is now available… Continue Reading →

WordPress.com Increases Traffic and Storage Limits on New Plans After Overwhelmingly Negative Feedback on Initial Rollout - WP Tavern

WordPress.com officially announced its new pricing yesterday, after rolling it out on April 1. The lack of communication about the changes, and the free plan’s severely pared back storage and traffic limits, alarmed and frustrated many users who for years… Continue Reading →

Jetpack 10.8 Introduces QR Code Post Sharing, Adds Openverse Media Provider - WP Tavern

People have been asking if QR codes are dead for the past decade, but their relevancy has only increased as digital life becomes more vibrant. eMarketer forecasts that the number of US smartphone users scanning QR codes will increase from… Continue Reading →

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