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Automattic Invests $4.6M in New Vector, Creators of the Matrix Open Standard for Decentralized Communication - WP Tavern

Automattic has invested $4.6M in New Vector, a company founded by the creators of Matrix, an open standard that powers decentralized conversations with end-to-end encryption. is home to the open source project that offers HTTP APIs and SDKs, enabling… Continue Reading →

Automattic Launches Malware and Vulnerability Scanning Service for Jetpack - WP Tavern

On Tuesday, Automattic launched Jetpack Scan, an automated malware and vulnerability scanning service. It is a premium service offered to sites connected to a account and the third major add-on launched on top of the plugin in recent months…. Continue Reading →

8 creative ways to drive Father’s Day sales in your online store - GoDaddy Garage

This post was originally published on May 25, 2018, and was updated on June 10, 2019, and June 3, 2020. Father’s Day conjures up fond memories of backyard barbecues, relaxing with dad, and time spent bonding and reconnecting. As a… Continue Reading →

The Show Must Be Paused - WP Tavern

George Floyd Natosha McDade, Yassin Mohamed, Finan H. Berhe, Sean Reed, Steven Demarco Taylor, Breonna Taylor, Ariane McCree, Terrance Franklin, Miles Hall, Darius Tarver, William Green, Samuel David Mallard, Kwame Jones, De’von Bailey, Christopher Whitfield, Anthony Hill, De’Von Bailey, Eric… Continue Reading →

WordPress Names 5.5 Release Leads, Plans All-Women Release Squad for 5.6 - WP Tavern

WordPress’ Executive Director, Josepha Haden, announced the names of the leaders who will be coordinating releases for the remainder of 2020. Version 5.5, expected to be released in August, will be led by Matt Mullenweg, with Jake Spurlock as the… Continue Reading →

Ajay D’Souza Releases Popular Authors Add-On for Top 10 Plugin - WP Tavern

Ajay D’Souza released the Popular Authors plugin last week, which is designed to display authors by the number of post views they have reached. It is an add-on for his Top 10 plugin and uses the underlying data to build… Continue Reading →

The Entrepreneur Monthly: Facebook Shops And Google Core Web Vitals - Blogging Wizard

Hey there, digital entrepreneurs, we are back with the latest edition of The Entrepreneur Monthly for May 2020.  I’m sure many of you are still at home, but given that I’ve mentioned staying at home in the past two updates,… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg 8.2 Includes Editing Flow Improvements, Cover Block Content Positioning, and Pattern Categories - WP Tavern

On Wednesday, the development team behind Gutenberg dropped version 8.2 of the plugin. The new release focuses on a better editing flow, includes a new content positioning control for the Cover block, and adds categories to block patterns. With this… Continue Reading →

Google Search to Introduce New Page Experience Ranking Signal in 2021 - WP Tavern

Google is preparing to introduce a new ranking signal for Search, based on page experience as measured by Core Web Vitals metrics. This includes factors like page speed, responsiveness, and the stability of content as it loads. The upcoming update… Continue Reading →

How to get more Twitter followers for your business - GoDaddy Garage

When it comes to social media marketing, you probably use Twitter. Or if you’re new to social media, you’re probably considering using Twitter. If used right, your products and messages can potentially reach a lot of people. However, a big… Continue Reading →

WooCommerce Is Testing a Block-based Cart and Checkout - WP Tavern

As part of an ongoing initiative to convert the plugin’s existing shortcodes to blocks, WooCommerce core developers are testing a new block-based cart and checkout experience. This major architectural change has also been redesigned to improve conversion rates for stores…. Continue Reading →

What’s the right web hosting plan for me and my clients?  - GoDaddy Garage

With the number of web hosting options available at GoDaddy, it can be overwhelming to pick the right one. Each type of hosting has its benefits and best use cases and your clients are looking for your expertise to make… Continue Reading →

New Carbon Offset Plugin Aims to Make WordPress Sites More Eco-Friendly - WP Tavern

photo credit: Valeriy Poltorak As developers and internet users become increasingly aware of the CO2 footprint of their data usage, renewed interest in carbon offsetting programs has cropped up in recent years. These programs allow individuals and organizations to “offset”… Continue Reading →

Webinar: WooCommerce 101 - GoDaddy Garage

As most web designers and developers know, eCommerce websites are a different animal. If you’re new to building eCommerce sites for clients, you’re probably beginning to realize just how many options there are for selling online. Gareth Allison and Jonathan… Continue Reading →

WordCamp Europe 2020 Announces Schedule, Plans to Debut Networking Rooms and Virtual Sponsor Booths - WP Tavern

The 8th annual WordCamp Europe is only 9 days away and organizers have just announced the schedule. Friday and Saturday sessions are split into two tracks that will run 30-minute talks simultaneously. Each talk is followed by a 10-minute Q&A…. Continue Reading →

Shinobi Blocks WordPress Plugin Adds How-To and FAQ Blocks - WP Tavern

Shinobi Works, a web development and illustration company based in Japan, released Shinobi Blocks last week. It is the second plugin the team has added to the WordPress plugin directory. The plugin is a block collection that currently has two… Continue Reading →

Local Brings Back Support for Apache and Site Cloning - WP Tavern

Flywheel’s Local development app has received several major updates during the past month. The most recent release brings back support for Apache as a web server choice (version 5.5.1), in response to user feedback. This was the most highly requested… Continue Reading →

Bootstrap 5 Alpha is Out | What’s New - Template Toaster

Bootstrap is the world’s most popular open-source framework used by developers with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The latest stable version launched by Bootstrap till now is version 4.3 and they are all set to launch Bootstrap 5. You can expect… Continue Reading →

PHP and WordPress Version Checks Coming to Themes - WP Tavern

PHP and WordPress version checks are coming to the WordPress theme system — finally. The feature was pulled into core WordPress three days ago. It will prevent end-users from installing or activating a theme that is incompatible with their current… Continue Reading →

WordCamp Kent Online Features Business and Marketing Tracks, May 30-31 - WP Tavern

One of the exciting things about WordCamps going virtual is the community gaining access to more events and presentations than ever before, from anywhere in the world. Even in this new online-only format, local camps still retain their unique character… Continue Reading →

CampusPress Releases Accessible Content Plugin in Time for Global Accessibility Awareness Day - WP Tavern

While it is still Wednesday here in the U.S., some parts of the world are already awakening to the third Thursday in May, which is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of the event is to get more people… Continue Reading →

New Iceberg Plugin Brings a Distraction-Free Writing Experience to WordPress - WP Tavern

Ever on the hunt for a more beautiful, simplified writing experience inside WordPress, I jumped at the chance to beta test the new Iceberg plugin. Rich Tabor and Jeffrey Caradang, the same team behind CoBlocks, have created a new markdown… Continue Reading →

WooCommerce Payments Allows Shop Owners to Manage Payments Without Leaving WordPress Admin - WP Tavern

Automattic-owned eCommerce platform WooCommerce launched its new WooCommerce Payments feature today. The company seeks to make it easier for plugin users to manage the entirety of their shop from a single location. For users based in the U.S. with… Continue Reading →

Webinar: How to help your clients adapt and succeed online - GoDaddy Garage

powered by Crowdcast Hi! I’m Andy McIlwain, the Senior Community Manager for GoDaddy Pro. What follows is a compilation of advice, pulled from what we’re seeing and hearing from small businesses, and those who help them succeed online. *** When… Continue Reading →

BuddyPress 6.0.0 Released with New Group and Members Blocks - WP Tavern

BuddyPress has entered the world of blocks with the release of version 6.0, the latest major update that has been in development since November 2019. The release, code-named “iovine’s” for a favorite pizza restaurant in Paris, introduces blocks for Groups… Continue Reading →

WordPress Theme Review Team Changes Name, Now the Themes Team - WP Tavern

Last week, the official Theme Review Team (TRT) decided to change its name. The re-branding was mostly about fixing a naming mistake for a team with multiple responsibilities outside of reviews. The hope is that it also shifts the public… Continue Reading →

WCEU office hours and contributor day - Make WordPress Themes

Office hours 2nd of june The Themes team office hours will be on Tuesday June 2 @ 17:00 UTC. During the office hours, you are welcome to ask questions about the team and how you can contribute. To join, you… Continue Reading →

iA Writer Adds Expanded Support for IndieWeb Tools and WordPress Publishing - WP Tavern

iA Writer has been delighting users with its minimal writing experience for nearly a decade, racking up more than 3 million downloads. The most recent version 5.5 release for Mac and iOS moves the bar higher for competing writing apps… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg 8.1 Includes Block Copying, Testimonials Pattern, and Patterns UI Update - WP Tavern

On Wednesday, the Gutenberg team released version 8.1.0 of the plugin. The update includes a new block-copying feature, block pattern search, testimonials pattern, and API changes. The new version does not add a lot of major user-facing changes but improves… Continue Reading →

Google Patches Critical Vulnerability in Site Kit Plugin - WP Tavern

In late April Wordfence discovered a critical vulnerability in Google’s Site Kit plugin for WordPress that would make it possible for any user on the site to gain full access to the Google Search Console without verifying ownership. Google patched… Continue Reading →

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