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PublishPress Adopts Organize Series Plugin - WP Tavern

PublishPress, makers of the PublishPress and PublishPress Blocks plugins, have adopted the Organize Series plugin from Darren Ethier. Organize Series is a 15-year-old plugin for organizing and displaying posts in a series, useful for novel writers, educators, magazine sites, and… Continue Reading →

Refined.blog: A Curated List of RSS Feeds for Software Engineering Blogs - WP Tavern

In one of the most apropos uses of a .blog domain, Refined.blog is a new website that promotes personal blogging with a curated list of software engineering blogs. It’s a simple site with an index of blogs, their Hacker News… Continue Reading →

WordCamp US Online Set for October 1, 2021, as Community Team Weighs Proposal for Returning to In-Person WordCamps - WP Tavern

WordCamp US will be held online this year on October 1, 2021. Organizers are planning a free, one-day event that will feature networking opportunities, speaker sessions, and workshops. Michelle Frechette, one of the organizers, said the team is planning on… Continue Reading →

Colorado Becomes First State to Require State and Local Government Websites to Meet Accessibility Standards - WP Tavern

Today marks the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a civil rights law passed in 1990 that prohibits discrimination against people with physical or mental impairments that substantially limit a major life activity. The legislation continues to… Continue Reading →

WooCommerce 5.5.2 Fixes Performance Issues Found After Forced Security Update - WP Tavern

WooCommerce has shipped version 5.5.2 as a follow-up to the forced security update that patched a SQL Injection vulnerability last week. The vulnerability impacted versions 3.3 to 5.5 of the WooCommerce plugin, as well as versions 2.5 to 5.5 of the WooCommerce Blocks feature… Continue Reading →

Revisions Extended Plugin Lets Users Schedule Updates to Published Posts - WP Tavern

WordPress has long had the ability to schedule content to be published in the future, but it can only make immediate changes to posts that are already published. If you want to schedule changes to published content, a plugin is… Continue Reading →

Makers of TinyMCE Acquire Setka - WP Tavern

Tiny, the makers of TinyMCE, have acquired Setka, a content design and editing platform, for an undisclosed amount. Founders Katya Bazilevskaya, Alexey Ametov, Vasily Esmanov, Roman Khudonogov, and the rest of the Setka team will join Tiny as part of… Continue Reading →

Automattic Acquires Pocket Casts - WP Tavern

Automattic has acquired Pocket Casts, a popular podcast listening, search, and discovery app for Android and iOS. Australian co-founders Russell Ivanovic and Philip Simpson are staying on to continue leading Pocket Casts as a part of the acquisition. The app… Continue Reading →

Google Concludes FLoC Origin Trial, Does Not Intend to Share Feedback from Participants - WP Tavern

Google quietly concluded its FLoC (Federated Learning of Cohorts) origin trial this week. The trial was part of Google’s Privacy Sandbox initiative, a suite of new technologies designed to replace third-party cookies, fingerprinting, and other commonly-used tracking mechanisms. This particular… Continue Reading →

WooCommerce Patches Critical Vulnerability, Sending Forced Security Update from WordPress.org - WP Tavern

WooCommerce has patched an unspecified, critical vulnerability identified on July 13, 2021, by a security researcher through Automattic’s HackerOne security program. The vulnerability impacts versions 3.3 to 5.5 of the WooCommerce plugin, as well as version 2.5 to 5.5 of… Continue Reading →

InstaWP Launches New Service for Disposable WordPress Testing Sites - WP Tavern

Competition in the sandboxing products space is heating with the entrance of InstaWP, a new service for setting up disposable WordPress testing sites. Founder Vikas Singhal created the tool to provide a quick way to set up live testing sites… Continue Reading →

UK State of Open Report Finds 97% of UK Businesses Surveyed Use Open Source Software - WP Tavern

OpenUK, a WordPress-powered not-for-profit company, has released its State of the Open report with data from the UK in 2021. The company advocates for open source software, open source hardware, and open data, while providing a central point of collaboration… Continue Reading →

WordPress.org Meta Team Fixes Search Snippet Issue with Download Page Promoting WordPress.com - WP Tavern

Yesterday evening Chris Klosowski, Sandhills Development Partner and Director of Technology, tweeted out a problem with the way WordPress.org’s Download page was appearing in Google’s Search results snippets when searching for “WordPress.” Underneath the link, the preview text referenced WordPress.com’s… Continue Reading →

Awesome Motive Acquires SearchWP - WP Tavern

Awesome Motive, the company behind MonsterInsights, OptinMonster, WPForms, and several other popular products, has acquired SearchWP, a commercial plugin that enhances WordPress’ search functionality. No changes have been announced for the plugin and Awesome Motive CEO Syed Balkhi says it… Continue Reading →

WordPress 5.8 Adds Support for New Emoji Introduced in Twemoji 13.1.0 - WP Tavern

In the upcoming 5.8 release, WordPress is updating its version of Twemoji, Twitter’s open source emoji library that supports the latest Unicode emoji specification. Version 13.1.0 introduces five new smileys and emotions, including heart on fire, mending heart, face with spiral… Continue Reading →

Castos Picks Up $756K in Funding from Automattic and Joost de Valk to Expand Services in the Private Podcasting Market - WP Tavern

Castos, a WordPress-powered podcast hosting provider, announced a $756K pre-seed fundraising round today from Automattic, Joost de Valk, founder of Yoast SEO, and other individuals. The company raised money from all the investors in this round via a SAFE note,… Continue Reading →

Gatsby WP Themes Launches New Marketplace - WP Tavern

The Gatsby WP Themes project has launched a new marketplace for developers who are building WordPress-powered sites with Gatsby on the frontend. Originally founded by Zac Gordon and Alexandra Spalato, the commercial venture is now primarily managed by Spalato and… Continue Reading →

WP Engine Makes Local Pro Free for All Users - WP Tavern

WP Engine announced today that Local Pro, the commercial upgrade for its local WordPress development product, is now free for all users. Beginning with version 6.0, all features that formerly required a paid subscription are now available with a free… Continue Reading →

BuddyPress 9.0 Scheduled for Short Development Cycle to Ship Block-Based Widgets Ahead of WordPress 5.8 - WP Tavern

BuddyPress 8.0 was just released earlier this month on June 6, but the core development team is gearing up for a short development cycle for 9.0. The release will be specifically targeted at getting BuddyPress core widgets ready for WordPress… Continue Reading →

Jetpack Launches New Mobile App - WP Tavern

Automattic has launched a new mobile app for Jetpack, available on iOS and Android. The app features an array of Jetpack-specific features, as well as those applicable to users on paid plans, along with core WordPress features. Inside it looks… Continue Reading →

WooCommerce Selects Paystack as Preferred Payments Partner in Africa - WP Tavern

WooCommerce has named Paystack its preferred payments partner for WooCommerce in Africa. More than 20,000 merchants are using the free Paystack WooCommerce Payment Gateway plugin but searching for and downloading the plugin separately is no longer required. Store owners can now… Continue Reading →

MapLibre Project Gains Momentum with MapLibre GL Native Release - WP Tavern

The MapLibre project is picking up speed with the release of MapLibre GL Native, an open source mobile SDK for Android and iOS. As anticipated, MapTiler’s fork of Mapbox’s mobile map SDKs are coming under the MapLibre umbrella. This free… Continue Reading →

Alex Denning and Iain Poulson Launch FlipWP, an Acquisitions Marketplace for WordPress Companies - WP Tavern

Alex Denning and Iain Poulson launched FlipWP today, a private marketplace to facilitate acquisitions for WordPress companies. WP Engine’s recent published research, which estimates the WordPress economy at $596.7B, has inspired confidence in the ecosystem. An increasing number of acquisitions… Continue Reading →

Automattic Acquires Day One Journaling App - WP Tavern

Automattic has acquired Day One, a journaling app available on iPhone, Android, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. The app makes it easy to create journal entries on the go, offers end-to-end encryption for privacy on its paid tier, and has… Continue Reading →

Wordfence Now Authorized as a CVE Numbering Authority - WP Tavern

Wordfence has been authorized by the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE®) Program as a CNA (CVE Numbering Authority), which allows the company to directly assign CVE numbers for new vulnerabilities in WordPress core, plugins, and themes. The authority is granted… Continue Reading →

WordPress 5.8 Beta 1 Released: New Blocks, New Widgets Screen, and Pattern Directory on Deck - WP Tavern

WordPress 5.8 beta 1 is ready for testing. This upcoming release makes major strides towards solidifying WordPress’ site building capabilities, along with improvements to features users have enjoyed since the launch of the block editor. It is one of the… Continue Reading →

WordCamp Europe 2021 Gutenberg Demo: “The Block Editor Gets Ready to Become a Site Builder” - WP Tavern

Matt Mullenweg and Matías Ventura joined WordCamp Europe to chat about what’s happening with the Gutenberg project and celebrate the progress contributors have made over the past four years. “For me, 2020 was the year that really felt like people… Continue Reading →

WordPress 5.8 Introduces Support for WebP Images - WP Tavern

WebP support is coming to WordPress 5.8. This modern image file format was created by Google in September 2010, and is now supported by 95% of the web browsers in use worldwide. It has distinct advantages over more commonly used… Continue Reading →

Review Signal Publishes 2021 Hosting Performance Benchmarks on New WordPress-Powered Site - WP Tavern

Kevin Ohashi has published his 2021 WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks report. The annual report is broken down into six different hosting tiers, from the most economical <$25/month, to the $500+ enterprise level. This is the second year the stats include… Continue Reading →

Jetpack 9.8 Introduces WordPress Stories Block Alongside Forced Security Update - WP Tavern

Jetpack 9.8 was released this week, introducing WordPress Stories as the headline feature. The Story block, which allows users to create interactive stories, was previously only available on mobile. It can now be used in the web editor. Stories went into… Continue Reading →

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