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WordPress Accessibility Day 2023 Announces Diverse Speaker Lineup, Doubles Sponsors from Previous Year - WP Tavern

WP Accessibility Day (WPAD), an independent 24-hour virtual conference, has published its schedule for the upcoming event on September 27, 2023. Co-lead organizer Amber Hinds reports that more than 1,248 people have registered for the event so far with attendees… Continue Reading →

Community Team Invites Organizers to Apply for Hosting Next Generation WordPress Events - WP Tavern

Attendees of NextGen WordCamp Bengaluru – image credit: WordPress.org WordPress’ Community team is evolving the WordCamp format to promote adoption, training, and networking for professionals, leaving the flagship events to focus more on connection and inspiration. This change opens the door… Continue Reading →

WordPress.com Plugin Pages Add Download Link for Using Plugins on Self-Hosted Sites - WP Tavern

WordPress.com plugin pages have been updated to include a download link for WordPress.org plugins listed in the .com directory. These are the listings that are scraped from WordPress.org. The plugins are available for free on WordPress.org for self-hosted sites but… Continue Reading →

Openverse Wins 2023 Open Education Award, Seeks Community Feedback for 2024 Roadmap - WP Tavern

Openverse has landed an Open Education Award for Excellence in the Open Infrastructure category. Open Education Global (OEG) is a non-profit organization that supports the use of open education to expand education access and affordability. Its annual awards recognize outstanding… Continue Reading →

New Plugin Adds Citations and Bibliography Block to WordPress Editor - WP Tavern

Citations is a new plugin created by WP Munich and the team at Luehrsen // Heinrich, a German WordPress agency. It makes it easy to create in-text citations and assign them a specific source. Most of the existing plugins that do this… Continue Reading →

Developers Claim Damaged Trust Following Public Confrontations with WordPress Leadership - WP Tavern

The WordPress community is ending two days of heated discussions that rapidly descended into a mire of unbridled emotional confrontations across multiple social channels, following a tweet from John Blackbourn that raised concerns about WordPress.com plugin listings outranking WordPress.org on… Continue Reading →

ActivityPub 1.0.0 Released, Introducing Blog-Wide Accounts and New Blocks - WP Tavern

Version 1.0.0 of the ActivityPub plugin was released this week with major updates that make it possible to have a blog-wide account, instead of just individual author accounts, where followers receive updates from all authors. This new feature allows people… Continue Reading →

WordPress Plugin Developers Renew Demands for Better Plugin Metrics - WP Tavern

It has be nearly one year since WordPress silently turned off active install growth data for plugins hosted in the official plugin repository, a key metric that many developers rely on for accurate tracking and product decision-making. “Insufficient data obfuscation”… Continue Reading →

10up Merges With Fueled, Backed by Insignia Capital - WP Tavern

10up, a leading development agency and contributor to the WordPress project, has merged with Fueled, a technology consultancy that specializes in mobile and web application development. Together, the companies now employ more than 400 full time team members, forming a digital… Continue Reading →

WP Includes Launches Women in WordPress Mentorship Program - WP Tavern

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ACF’s 2023 Annual Survey Results Reinforce Plugin’s Focus on Improving the Block Building Experience - WP Tavern

Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), one of the plugins WP Engine acquired from Delicious Brains in 2022, has published the results if its first annual survey. Although ACF reports more than 4.5 million active users, including PRO site installs, the survey only gathered… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg 16.6 Introduces Block Hooks, Improvements to Toolbars on Nested Blocks - WP Tavern

Gutenberg 16.6 is available with progress on a feature that was formerly called auto-inserting blocks but has now been renamed to block hooks. In a previous release (16.4), Gutenberg introduced auto-inserting blocks as an experimental feature that allows plugin developers… Continue Reading →

GoDaddy Retires Media Temple Brand - WP Tavern

Media Temple (MT) is closing its doors after 24 years in the hosting industry, with the brand now retired and customers fully migrated to GoDaddy. In 2013, GoDaddy acquired MT “to win the hearts and minds of developers,” as then-CEO… Continue Reading →

WooCommerce Blocks 11.0.0 Adds Product Collection Block in Beta, 10.9.0 Integrates Product Button with the Interactivity API - WP Tavern

WooCommerce is experimenting with improving the store experience through the addition of the Interactivity API to the WooCommerce Blocks plugin. The new API, which was announced earlier this year, will allow developers to build interactive blocks that support frontend experiences… Continue Reading →

Human Made to Host “AI: The Next Chapter” Virtual Conference on September 14, 2023 - WP Tavern

Human Made, a leading enterprise WordPress agency, is organizing a followup event to the community’s first ever AI for WordPress virtual conference that it hosted in May 2023. The second edition is called “AI: The Next Chapter” and will take… Continue Reading →

Patchstack Reports 404 Vulnerabilities Affecting 1.6M+ Websites to WordPress.org Plugins Team - WP Tavern

After an accumulation of undisclosed and unpatched vulnerabilities in plugins hosted on WordPress.org, Patchstack has reported 404 plugins to WordPress’ Plugin Review Team. “This situation creates a significant risk for the WordPress community, and we decided to take action,” Patchstack… Continue Reading →

Review Signal Publishes 2023 WordPress and WooCommerce Hosting Performance Benchmarks - WP Tavern

Kevin Ohashi from Review Signal has published his 2023 WordPress and WooCommerce hosting performance benchmarks. This is his 10th round of capturing performance data from hosting companies that opt into the testing. Ohashi’s methodology tests two metrics through a variety of… Continue Reading →

Performant Translations Plugin Now Available on WordPress.org - WP Tavern

After an in-depth performance analysis earlier this year revealed that translations can impact server response times, WordPress contributors proposed half a dozen technical solutions for consideration to improve performance for the ~56% of sites that use translations. Performant Translations, a feature… Continue Reading →

Top Agencies Join Forces to Publish Free Guide on WordPress for Enterprise - WP Tavern

A collection of leading WordPress agencies have launched a collaborative project to promote the platform to large-scale organizations. Big Bite, in partnership with 10up, Alley, Human Made, Inpsyde, and XWP, have published a free WordPress for Enterprise guide that includes… Continue Reading →

WordPress.com Launches 100-Year Domain and Hosting Plan for $38K - WP Tavern

WordPress.com is now selling a 100-year plan, one of the longest available in the industry, for a one-time payment of $38,000. It includes managed WordPress hosting (whatever that looks like in 100 years), multiple backups across geographically distributed data centers,… Continue Reading →

Video: WordPress Leaders Discuss Project’s Future at WordCamp US 2023 - WP Tavern

WordCamp US concluded this weekend after gathering nearly 2,000 attendees in National Harbor, Maryland, for the Community Summit, Contributor Day, and main conference days. For the majority of people in the WordPress world who were unable to attend, the recordings… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg 16.5 Adds New Commands to the Command Palette - WP Tavern

Gutenberg 16.5 was released this week with the biggest changes landing in the Command Palette. Users now have access to more block-related commands for block transforms and block actions, including the following: all transforms to the block has defined (e.g. to cover,… Continue Reading →

Watch WordCamp US 2023 Via Livestream - WP Tavern

photo credit: WordCamp US – Contributor Day 2023 WordCamp US 2023 kicked off Wednesday with the Community Summit and the Contributor Day on Thursday. The main conference days begin this morning and will be broadcast via high-definition livestreams throughout the… Continue Reading →

Post Status Celebrates 10 Years, Adds Joost de Valk and Marieke van de Rakt as Partners - WP Tavern

This year Post Status is celebrating a decade of serving WordPress professionals with its member-supported community. The site was founded by Brian Krogsgard in 2013, and now runs an active Slack community with 2,083 members, a weekly newsletter with 4,300… Continue Reading →

WordPress Unveils Design for Upcoming Twenty Twenty-Four Default Theme - WP Tavern

WordPress 6.4 will be shipping with a new default theme, expected in early November. The theme’s project leaders unveiled the designs and concept for Twenty Twenty-Four in an announcement on WordPress.org today. For those who have complained that past default… Continue Reading →

Organic Themes Launches Apparel Store to Raise Money for the Maui Strong Fund - WP Tavern

Organic Themes, one of the oldest WordPress theme shops, was founded in 2009 in the town of Lahaina on the island of Maui, which was ground zero for the recent devastating wildfires. Until recently, Lahaina was home to Organic Themes… Continue Reading →

WordPress 6.4 Roadmap Includes Typography Management Features, New Blocks, and Twenty Twenty-Four Default Theme - WP Tavern

Work on WordPress 6.4 is kicking off with a post from Editor Triage Co-Lead Anne McCarthy that highlights everything the team has planned for the release. This will be the third major release of 2023, and is unique in that… Continue Reading →

WordPress Coding Standards Maintainer Warns Maintenance Will Be Halted Without Funding: “This Is an Unsustainable Situation.” - WP Tavern

WordPressCS 3.0.0 was released this week with what its maintainer, Juliette Reinders Folmer, says are significant changes to improve the accuracy, performance, stability, and maintainability of all sniffs, and its handling of modern PHP. The project is a collection of PHP_CodeSniffer rules… Continue Reading →

New Chrome Browser Extension Enables One-Click Plugin and Theme Testing with WordPress Playground - WP Tavern

WordPress Playground, an experimental project that uses WebAssembly (WASM) to run WordPress in the browser, makes it possible for users to quickly test plugins and themes without having to set up a local development environment. Ordinarily, testing a plugin or theme with… Continue Reading →

Equalize Digital Accessibility Checker Plugin Adds New Frontend Highlighting Feature Funded by NASA - WP Tavern

Equalize Digital, a WordPress accessibility products and services company, has added a new frontend highlighting feature to its free accessibility checker plugin, which is used to perform audits on self-hosted sites. The feature was funded by the National Aeronautics and… Continue Reading →

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