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Jetpack 9.7 Makes More Features Available without Connecting to WordPress.com - WP Tavern

Jetpack 9.7 was released today with updates under the hood that ensure the plugin’s blocks are compatible with the full-site editing features coming in WordPress 5.8. It also changes how sites access features that require the WordPress.com infrastructure. A pull… Continue Reading →

A WordPress Voting Guide to the Webby Awards - WP Tavern

The People’s Voice voting for the 25th annual Webby Awards closes in three days on May 6, 2021. Since 1996, the Webbys have recognized excellence on the internet among what is now seven major media types: websites, video, advertising, media… Continue Reading →

Alpha Particle and Flowspoke Acquire Kanban for WordPress for $15K - WP Tavern

Digital consultancies Alpha Particle and Flowspoke have acquired the Kanban for WordPress plugin, a tool that puts Kanban boards into the admin to measure progress on a goal. The plugin is used for agile project management, sales tracking, editorial scheduling,… Continue Reading →

Pattern Directory Targeted to Launch with WordPress 5.8 - WP Tavern

Last month WordPress contributors published the initial designs for the upcoming pattern directory, which will host community-submitted patterns that can be installed with one click from the block inserter in the editor. A live prototype of the work in progress… Continue Reading →

Creative Commons Search to Relaunch on WordPress.org - WP Tavern

The Creative Commons search engine will soon be part of WordPress.org, as Automattic will begin sponsoring several members of the CC Search team to maintain it. The engine currently offers over 500 million images, audio, and videos, under Creative Commons… Continue Reading →

FLoC Blocking Discussion Continues on WordPress Trac - WP Tavern

Last week WordPress contributors began a heated discussion regarding blocking FLoC (Federated Learning of Cohorts). Google’s experimental alternative to third-party cookies has become a highly contentious topic that made its way into last week’s Core developers meeting. Representatives from the… Continue Reading →

Companies Running Competitive Ads Against WordPress May Soon be Banned from Sponsoring WordCamps - WP Tavern

The WordPress Community Team is discussing banning companies from sponsoring WordCamps if they advertise competitively against WordPress. A WordCamp organizing team recently brought the concern to community deputies regarding a potential sponsor that is advertising its product in such a… Continue Reading →

WordPress Contributors Propose Blocking FLoC in Core - WP Tavern

WordPress contributors are proposing the project take an active position on Google’s Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC). This particular mechanism is Google’s alternative to third-party cookies that doesn’t require collecting users’ browsing history. The GitHub repository for FLoC explains how… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg 10.4 Introduces Block Widgets in the Customizer - WP Tavern

The latest release of the Gutenberg plugin (10.4) brings block widgets into the Customizer. When customizing widget-enabled areas, a new block inserter icon is now available for dropping blocks into sidebars. This is the first iteration of block management in… Continue Reading →

Zerodium Temporarily Triples Payout to $300K for WordPress Exploits - WP Tavern

Zerodium, one of the most well-known security vulnerability brokers, announced that it is tripling payouts for remote code execution exploits on default WordPress installations. Payouts are typically $100K but have been temporarily increased to $300K. The company focuses on acquiring… Continue Reading →

WordCamp Europe 2021 Opens Call for Speakers and Workshops - WP Tavern

WordCamp Europe 2021 will be taking place online, June 7-10. This will be the second year in a row that the event has not been held in person due to the pandemic, but organizers are incorporating feedback from the first… Continue Reading →

Free Software Foundation Unrelenting on Stallman Reinstatement: “We Missed His Wisdom” - WP Tavern

The Free Software Foundation has published a public explanation of why they decided to reinstate Richard Stallman to the board of directors last month: “The voting members of the Free Software Foundation, which include the board of directors, voted to… Continue Reading →

Set Up a Gutenberg Test Site in 2 Minutes with the Gutenberg Nightly Plugin - WP Tavern

WordPress contributors are working towards landing full site editing (FSE) sometime this year, an ambitious plan that will require all hands on deck for testing. A meeting of a small group of core leads on April 14 will start the… Continue Reading →

iThemes Acquires Kadence WP, Plans to Sunset Legacy Themes in 2022 - WP Tavern

iThemes has acquired Kadence WP, the Missoula-based makers of the Kadence Blocks plugin and its accompanying Kadence theme. Originally founded in 2008 as a themes company, iThemes became more of a plugin-oriented business over the years before it was acquired… Continue Reading →

Wix’s Negative Advertising Campaign Falls Flat with WordPress Developers and Professionals - WP Tavern

Wix has launched a negative advertising campaign targeting WordPress, following a bizarre marketing stunt where the company shipped out Bose headphones to influential WordPress community members. Recipients were puzzled, because it appeared the company was wasting its marketing budget on… Continue Reading →

Wix Takes a Jab at WordPress with Bewildering New Marketing Campaign - WP Tavern

Wix is taking direct aim at WordPress in a new cryptic marketing campaign that began over the weekend with shipments of Bose noise-canceling headphones landing in the mailboxes of prominent WordPress users. At the end of December, 2020, Wix sent… Continue Reading →

FSF Doubles Down on Stallman Reinstatement, WordPress Does Not Support His Return to the Board - WP Tavern

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is hemorrhaging board members and management following the reinstatement of Richard Stallman. The GPL author and founder of the FSF announced last week that he had rejoined the board and is not planning to resign… Continue Reading →

Open Collective Launches Funds to Help Companies Streamline Donations to Multiple Open Source Projects - WP Tavern

Open Collective has launched Funds, a new funding infrastructure for funneling contributions to open source projects. Any open source project can receive contributions from a Fund, even those that are not listed on Open Collective due to having their own… Continue Reading →

WordPress to Drop Support for IE11 in Upcoming 5.8 or 5.9 Release - WP Tavern

In early March, WordPress contributors began discussing the possibility of dropping support for IE11 in the near future after usage fell below ~1%. This week, the discussion’s facilitator, Héctor Prieto, confirmed the majority of participants are in agreement to move… Continue Reading →

Chrome 90 to Use HTTPS by Default in the Address Bar - WP Tavern

Chrome’s upcoming version 90 will use https:// by default in the address bar, bringing a significant improvement to security and loading speed. HTTPS adoption has shot up significantly over the past six years after Google announced in 2014 that HTTPS would be used as… Continue Reading →

Eksell Portfolio Theme Now Available in WordPress Themes Directory - WP Tavern

Anders Norén’s new Eksell theme is now available for download from the WordPress Themes directory. Eksell was inspired by Swedish graphic designer Olle Eksell. It arrives a year and a half after Norén’s popular Chaplin theme was released. Last week… Continue Reading →

Ulysses 22 Adds WordPress Post Updating - WP Tavern

Ulysses, the writing app for Mac, iPad and iPhone, released version 22 this week with support for updating WordPress posts as the headline feature. The app aims to provide a distraction-free writing experience and has offered the ability to export… Continue Reading →

New Private Slack Channel Created for Full-Time Sponsored WordPress Contributors - WP Tavern

As part of an experiment designed to improve coordination of contributor teams, WordPress has launched a new Slack channel for full-time sponsored contributors. Josepha Haden Chomphosy, the project’s executive director, announced the new closed Slack channel on Friday evening in… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg Block Manager Plugin Enables Global Block Removal and Recategorization - WP Tavern

The world of Gutenberg blocks is expanding. WordPress’ official block directory launched in June 2020 with just 60 single-block plugins. Today, it has grown to more than 480 blocks. As users incorporate more blocks into their websites, the block inserter… Continue Reading →

WordPress 5.7 Introduces Drag-and-Drop for Blocks and Patterns, Streamlined Admin Color Palette, and One-Click Migration from HTTP to HTTPS - WP Tavern

WordPress 5.7 “Esperanza” was released today, named for Esperanza Spalding, an American jazz bassist who became an accomplished singer, songwriter, and composer in her early 20’s. Versions 9.3 – 9.9 of the Gutenberg plugin are rolled into this update, bringing… Continue Reading →

WordPress Considers Dropping Support for IE 11 After Usage Falls Below 1% - WP Tavern

A new proposal on WordPress.org explores the ramifications of dropping support for Internet Explorer 11 (IE11). Héctor Prieto summarized the current state of IE usage among WordPress users, citing three metrics that demonstrate declining usage that is now cumulatively below… Continue Reading →

Podcasting During the Pandemic: Castos Sees 300% Growth in New Podcasters - WP Tavern

“My Podcast Set I” by brainblogger is licensed with CC BY 2.0. Podcasting, like many other industries during the pandemic, is seeing a strong shift over the past six months, which has resulted in more shows and fewer listeners. While some avid… Continue Reading →

All in One SEO Pack Plugin Patches XSS Vulnerability - WP Tavern

All in One SEO Pack patched an XSS vulnerability this week that was discovered by the security researchers at Wordfence on July 10. The popular plugin has more than 2 million active installs, according to WordPress.org. Wordfence researchers categorized it… Continue Reading →

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