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One Month Left To Take the 2021 WordPress Annual Survey - WP Tavern

Last month, Josepha Haden Chomphosy announced the annual WordPress survey. If you have not gotten around to participating, it is still open for the rest of 2021, leaving everyone another 30 days to answer. The survey is relatively short. I… Continue Reading →

Ask the Bartender: Should I Use a Page Builder or Wait for Block Themes? - WP Tavern

As a non-developer, I honestly don’t know what direction to take my WordPress site anymore. I used to rely on themes and even bought some premium ones, but over time, I’d outgrow them. As an artist myself, I prefer having… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg 12.0 Focuses on Cleanup and Minor Enhancements - WP Tavern

Last week, contributors to the Gutenberg plugin wrapped up the version 12.0 release just ahead of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. Most work is being pushed toward the upcoming WordPress 5.9 release, which has been postponed to January 25. As a… Continue Reading →

WordPress, Blogging, and the Things We Are Thankful For - WP Tavern

On Saturday, one side of my family held our pre-Thanksgiving reunion. It had been two years since we were able to do it. I offered to host this year when our previous venue’s loss threatened to sideline the event for… Continue Reading →

How Do Post Formats Fit Into a Block Theme World? - WP Tavern

Over the weekend, Nick Bohle asked Ellen Bauer of Elma Studio how post formats fit into the block-theming world. The question was a proposal for her a WordPress theme and FSE chat she held yesterday via Twitter Spaces. I could… Continue Reading →

Automattic Theme Team Releases a Plugin To Build Blockbase Child Themes - WP Tavern

On Wednesday, Ben Dwyer announced a new block-based plugin on the Theme Shaper blog. The Automattic Theme Team had built a child theme creator for its Blockbase WordPress parent theme. Blockbase has quickly started filling the role of Underscores, a… Continue Reading →

Donate to Big Orange Heart, Become a Self-Proclaimed Winner in the WP Builds WordPress Awards 2021 - WP Tavern

Flipping the usual popularity contests WordPress-related award systems on their heads, Nathan Wrigley has created something where we can all be a winner. What started as a joke to crown his WP Builds podcast as the best quickly took a… Continue Reading →

Rank Math SEO Launches a Content AI Feature - WP Tavern

Last week, the popular Rank Math SEO plugin received a major update that includes a new artificial intelligence system. The Content AI feature is a SaaS product that behaves like a personal writing assistant to boost search rankings. “We built… Continue Reading →

Wowmall: A Free Experimental WooCommerce Block Theme - WP Tavern

The Wowmall theme was released to the public today. It is the second 100% block theme that integrates with WooCommerce to land in the WordPress directory. Responsive FSE was the first. Two weeks ago, a reader sent in a question… Continue Reading →

“Skins” Are Back in Style, Proposal for Themes To Bundle User-Selectable Design Variations - WP Tavern

Twenty Twenty-Two color and font variations. A current proposal could spell the death of at least one form of child theming. The feature would allow themes to ship multiple theme.json files, housing variations on a site’s default styles. Essentially, it… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg 11.9 Focuses on Navigation Menus and Block Theming - WP Tavern

Gutenberg 11.9 landed on Wednesday, and it is packed with dozens of enhancements. Contributors are speeding forward, getting in some of the final features before the release of WordPress 5.9, expected on December 14. Version 11.9 is the last plugin… Continue Reading →

Proposed Web Fonts API Not Coming to WordPress 5.9, Possibly Landing in Gutenberg First - WP Tavern

After what seemed like a shoo-in for WordPress 5.9, a proposed web font API was put on hold. The feature would standardize how theme and plugin developers load fonts and lay the groundwork for future user-facing features. Jono Alderson opened… Continue Reading →

Ask the Bartender: Is There Still a Space for Building With HTML, CSS, and Template Tags? - WP Tavern

I’m still wondering about the best method to approach a new project. As a background, besides the traditional way, I’ve worked with Divi, love Bricks, and am loving Blocks. But I still feel that there is nothing like building a… Continue Reading →

Radio Station PRO Launches, Offers New Tools for Live Broadcasters - WP Tavern

In June, netmix® CEO Tony Zeoli began touting the release of the company’s Radio Station PRO plugin. It would offer an upgraded experience over the free version his team had maintained since 2019. At the end of last month, the… Continue Reading →

Block Pattern Modal Explorer Coming to WordPress 5.9 - WP Tavern

It has been a long year since Paal Joachim Romdahl’s proposed an alternative block pattern experience. In November 2020, he opened a ticket on the Gutenberg GitHub repository to explore an overlay-based approach to viewing, searching, and inserting patterns into… Continue Reading →

Patchstack Releases Free Security Plugin, Its Red Team Found 1,182 Vulnerabilities Since March - WP Tavern

In September, Patchstack released its six-month report on the vulnerabilities found with WordPress and its extensions. At the time, it listed over 1,000 issues — the company has shared the updated numbers with WP Tavern. It soon followed that up… Continue Reading →

Ask the Bartender: Where Are the WooCommerce Block Themes? - WP Tavern

At what point are FSE theme developers going to start integrating and considering WooCommerce for their themes? WooCommerce has almost always seemed to lag behind all other considerations. It’s a bit like it’s an afterthought to simply scramble in the… Continue Reading →

WordPress Has Never Offered an Ideal Writing Experience - WP Tavern

It needed to be said. I know some of you loved writing in the classic editor. I know some of you enjoy the current block editor. Some of you may have even been thrilled with the platform’s earlier attempt at… Continue Reading →

Ona by DeoThemes Just Raised the Bar for WordPress Block Theme Design - WP Tavern

No sooner than I said the floodgates of block theme development would be open, a couple of more FSE-capable themes landed in the directory. I checked the review system, and three more were queued up. It took mere days… Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo? NaBloPoMo? A Month of Writing Challenges - WP Tavern

It is November, and that only means one thing. It is National Novel Writing Month — NaNoWriMo for short. Autumn is my favorite time of year. Football is in full swing. Warm mugs of coffee replace the cold brew. Eggnog… Continue Reading →

The WordPress Block Theme Revolution Is Quietly Picking Up Momentum - WP Tavern

It is only a matter of time before the floodgates are flung open. Many of the block themes released in the past year have been little different than your typical starter theme. However, there is a quiet momentum building that… Continue Reading →

Create and Manage Frequently Asked Questions With the Flexible FAQs Plugin - WP Tavern

David Gwyer released his Flexible FAQs plugin a year ago via his WPGO Plugins site. However, after a month of updates, the project seemed to fall off the radar, at least until earlier this week when he released a massive… Continue Reading →

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