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The WordPress Community Isn’t Ready to Leave Twitter - WP Tavern

Elon Musk has bought Twitter in a $44B deal that closed this week, tweeting “Let the good times roll,” on Friday after taking the helm. Musk fired top executives at the company and tweeted an appeal to Twitter’s advertisers to… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg 14.4 Introduces Distraction-Free Mode, Redesigns Pattern Inserter - WP Tavern

Gutenberg 14.4 was released today with long-awaited support for distraction-free editing, to the delight of content editors around the world. It hides all non-essential UI and clears the canvas for a focus on text-based content creation. The mode can be… Continue Reading →

2022 Web Almanac Performance Data Shows WordPress Sites May Be Overusing Lazy-Loading - WP Tavern

The last two chapters of the 2022 Web Almanac were released this week – Structured Data and Performance, completing the 729-page ebook of the report. The WordPress-specific chapter was published earlier this month with metrics that indicate adoption is growing…. Continue Reading →

WordPress Accessibility Day 2022 Publishes Speaker Lineup - WP Tavern

WordPress Accessibility Day is just one week away on November 2-3, and registration is still open. Co-lead organizer Amber Hinds published an impressive speaker lineup with 40 speakers from 14 countries. She also noted that 40% of the event’s sessions… Continue Reading →

Arc FSE: A New Multipurpose Block Theme for WordPress - WP Tavern

Olive Themes, a relatively new independent theme shop, has released its third block theme on the directory. Arc FSE is a high contrast, multipurpose theme, designed to enable a broad range of flexibility through support for full-site editing features…. Continue Reading →

Gutenberg Contributors Explore a New Browse Mode for Navigating the Site Editor - WP Tavern

It’s easy to get lost while trying to get around the Site Editor unless you are working day and night inside the tool. The navigation is jumpy and confusing, especially when going from template browsing to template editing to modifying… Continue Reading →

Openverse Audio Catalog Passes 800,000 Files, Audio Support Now Out of Beta - WP Tavern

Openverse, formerly known as Creative Commons Search before it joined the WordPress project, has passed an important milestone with its support for audio files. The catalog has now indexed more than 800,000 audio files and its development team has taken… Continue Reading →

WordPress Themes Directory Adds Style Variation Previews - WP Tavern theme previews just got a major improvement this week with the addition of Style Variation previews. The previews now appear on block themes that include style variations. Themes that have more variations than what fits in the space beneath… Continue Reading →

WordPress Documentation Team to Host Its First Online Contributor Day, October 25, 2022 - WP Tavern

WordPress’ Documentation Team will be hosting an online Contributor Day on October 25, 2022, ahead of WordPress’ anticipated 6.1 release the following week. Milana Cap, who has been volunteering with the Documentation team for years and is currently sponsored by… Continue Reading →

Discussion on Replacing Plugin Active Install Growth Data Continues Behind Closed Doors - WP Tavern

Earlier this month meta contributors removed the active install growth chart from plugins, sending plugin developers who relied on this data into a state of dismay and outrage. The commit cited “insufficient data obfuscation” but there was no clear… Continue Reading →

10up Publishes Gutenberg Best Practices Website - WP Tavern

10up has published a Gutenberg Best Practices website as a public resource with tutorials, documentation, and example code. Maintaining current documentation has not been a strong point of the official Gutenberg project as the pace of the project makes it… Continue Reading →

Jetpack Social Plugin Adds Paid Plan, Free Users Now Limited to 30 Shares per Month - WP Tavern

Jetpack has announced changes to its Jetpack Social plugin that may impact publishers who frequently share across social media networks. Previously, users could share an unlimited number of posts automatically via their connected social media accounts. Jetpack is shuffling its… Continue Reading →

Plugin Dependencies Feature Plugin Now Ready for Testing - WP Tavern

For more than a decade, WordPress developers have been discussing how core can support plugins that require one or more other plugins in order to work. Having a standardized way of managing plugin dependencies would be a useful and time-saving… Continue Reading →

UniBlock: A Free Business Block Theme for WordPress - WP Tavern

WPZOOM is coming in strong with its first block theme approved for the WordPress Themes Directory. UniBlock is a beautifully designed theme that is well-suited for businesses and freelancers. The company plans to adopt the concept of full-site editing in… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg 14.3 Improves Image Drag and Drop - WP Tavern

Gutenberg 14.3 was released this week with drag-and-drop improvements for both the block editor and the site editor. Automattic-sponsored contributor Aaron Robertshaw published a video, illustrating how the block editor now supports  dropping an image onto an empty paragraph block… Continue Reading →

Shortcodes Ultimate Plugin Patches CSRF Vulnerability in Version 5.12.1 - WP Tavern

The Shortcodes Ultimate plugin, used on more than 700,000 WordPress sites for creating things like tabs, buttons, and accordions, has patched a vulnerability in version 5.12.1. The plugin’s changelog simply says, “This update fixes a security vulnerability in the shortcode… Continue Reading →

WordPress 6.1 RC 1 Released, Ready for Testing and Translation - WP Tavern

We are less than three weeks out from WordPress 6.1’s official release on November 1, 2022. RC 1 was released this week, marking the hard string freeze, which means 6.1 is ready to be translated. The features landing in this release… Continue Reading →

Hosted WooCommerce Solution Coming to in 2023, Following Recent Launches from GoDaddy and Bluehost - WP Tavern

WooSesh kicked off this week with a keynote session from WooCommerce CEO Paul Maiorana, who gave an overview of the current state of the ecosystem. More than 3.4 million websites use WooCommerce, according to Builtwith, including 25% of the top… Continue Reading →

Raft: A New Multipurpose Block Theme for WordPress - WP Tavern

Themeisle, longtime masters of the multipurpose WordPress theme, has launched its first block-based theme with the same trademark style and flexibility of its previous products. The shop currently distributes its Hestia (100K+ installs) and Neve (300K+ installs) themes on,… Continue Reading →

Easy Digital Downloads 3.1 Adds 10 New Core Blocks, Introduces Email Summaries - WP Tavern

Easy Digital Downloads (EDD) put out a big release today, following several maintenance releases and the last major release in July. Version 3.1 introduces 10 new core blocks available to users who are running WordPress 5.8 or newer: Buy Button… Continue Reading →

2022 Web Almanac Report Finds WordPress Adoption Is Growing, Adds New Page Builder Data - WP Tavern

HTTP Archive has published its annual State of the Web report, the 2022 Web Almanac. The report contains data on page content, user experience, content publishing, and distribution with contextual insights from subject matter experts. It draws from a dataset… Continue Reading →

Registration Now Open for WP Accessibility Day, November 2-3, 2022 - WP Tavern

WP Accessibility Day 2022 is taking place next month on November 2-3. The one-day virtual event features 24 hours of talks on building accessible websites in WordPress. It is independently organized by volunteers from WordPress’ Accessibility Team and other community… Continue Reading → Plugin Developers Demand Transparency Regarding the Removal of Active Install Growth Data - WP Tavern

Frustrations are mounting, as plugin developers plead with WordPress leadership to restore access to the active install growth data for plugins after it was removed last weekend without any public discussion. A ticket calling for bringing back the charts… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg 14.2 Improves Writing Flow, Adds Kerning Controls for Headings in Global Styles - WP Tavern

Gutenberg 14.2 brings some important changes to the writing flow in the block editor that simplify the experience and remove unnecessary obtrusions. One small but significant change is that the sibling and line inserters have been updated to use a… Continue Reading → Removes Active Install Growth Data for Plugins - WP Tavern

Over the weekend, meta contributors removed the active install growth charts for plugins, a key metric that many developers and a handful of services rely on for tracking. “Insufficient data obfuscation” is the cryptic reason cited for the charts’… Continue Reading →

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