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WordPress Project to Evaluate Replacing Slack with Matrix Open Source Chat - WP Tavern

WordPress and Matrix contributors are proposing a new Meta team subproject that would explore replacing Slack communication with Matrix, an open source federated chat system. Matrix already powers a variety of communication tools, including Element, the most mature Matrix client –… Continue Reading →

SQLite Database Integration Now Available as a Plugin for Testing - WP Tavern

WordPress’ Performance Team is working on unbundling the Performance Lab plugin after feedback from Matt Mullenweg who requested large features become their own community plugins with the possibility of becoming canonical plugins. As part of this effort, the new SQLite… Continue Reading →

Yoast SEO 20.0 Introduces New Admin Interface - WP Tavern

Yoast SEO version 20.0 was released today with a new admin settings interface that also reorganizes the menu to into four main sections: General, Content types, Categories and Tags, and Advanced. In this update, the plugin did not add new… Continue Reading →

WP Migrate 2.6 Introduces Full-Site Exports and Import to Local - WP Tavern

WP Migrate, formerly known as WP Migrate DB and recently acquired by WP Engine, has long since expanded beyond its initial release as a database migration tool. Users may be familiar with the push/pull workflow of installing the plugin on… Continue Reading →

WordPress Community Team Proposes Adopting GitHub to Improve Collaboration - WP Tavern

Although GitHub is primarily used for code collaboration, WordPress’ Community team is considering adopting the platform to standardize their project management tools. Contributing to open source can already be challenging but when it requires signing up for multiple services in… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg 15.0 Introduces “Sticky” Position Block Support, Adds “Paste Styles” Option - WP Tavern

Gutenberg 15.0 was released this week with some exciting new features for working with blocks and an improved UI for managing controls in the inspector panel. This release marks the end of the block inspector tabs experiment, which is now… Continue Reading →

WooCommerce Seeks to Improve Cart and Checkout Blocks Performance - WP Tavern

WooCommerce Blocks maintainers are asking the developer community to share feedback on any performance issues they are experiencing with the Cart and Checkout blocks. “We’re aware there is work to be done in this area and we want to improve,”… Continue Reading →

WooCommerce Blocks 9.4.0 Adds Support for Local Pickup - WP Tavern

WooCommerce Blocks version 9.4.0 was released with support for a new block-powered Local Pickup option under shipping settings. The feature plugin offers users early access to new blocks and improvements to existing blocks before they become available in WooCommerce core…. Continue Reading →

WordPress Project Aims to Complete Customization Phase and Begin Exploring Collaboration in 2023 - WP Tavern

WordPress Executive Director Josepha Haden Chomphosy published a summary of the project’s “big picture” goals for 2023. The goals fall into three major categories: CMS, Community, and Ecosystem. WordPress development will focus on completing the remaining tasks for Phase 2… Continue Reading →

Jetpack Revamps Mobile App, WordPress.com Users Must Migrate to Keep Using Stats, Reader, and Notification Features - WP Tavern

When Automattic launched a mobile app for Jetpack in June 2021, it was targeted mainly at users who were on a paid Jetpack plan, as it enables access to features like backups, restores, and security scanning. Most importantly, the app… Continue Reading →

Lettre Newsletter Theme Now Available on WordPress.org - WP Tavern

Automattic has published its Lettre theme to WordPress.org. The company launched its newsletter product at the end of December 2022 using Lettre as the default theme. The self-hosted version of this block theme is for those who want to publish… Continue Reading →

New Video Explores Site Building Progress from WordPress 5.9 to 6.2 - WP Tavern

WordPress 5.9 “Josephine” was released in January 2022, but that seems like ages ago when you compare the advances made in site building over the past year. Anne McCarthy, an Automattic-sponsored contributor who heads up the Full Site Editing Outreach Program,… Continue Reading →

Automattic Launches Blaze Ad Network for Jetpack and WordPress.com Sites - WP Tavern

Automattic is bringing Tumblr’s Blaze ad tool to WordPress sites with its launch today on WordPress.com and Jetpack. Blaze made its debut in April 2022, to the delight of Tumblr users who will gladly shell out cash to get people… Continue Reading →

ClassicPress Community Votes to Re-Fork WordPress - WP Tavern

In December 2022, the ClassicPress community voted on whether to re-fork WordPress or continue on with the project as-is. As WordPress continues to evolve, ClassicPress fell behind in pursuit of PHP 8+ compatibility. The fork is based on WordPress 4.9… Continue Reading →

WordPress Performance Team Working Towards Unbundling Performance Lab Plugin - WP Tavern

WordPress’ Performance Team met this week with the express purpose of responding to Matt Mullenweg’s recent request to stop adding functionality to the Performance Lab plugin which could otherwise work as a standalone plugin. At the end of December 2022,… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg Times to Host Webinar on How to Use New WordPress Layout Features - WP Tavern

Gutenberg Times will be hosting a live Q&A webinar titled “Layout, Layout, Layout” on January 11, 2023, at 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada) via Zoom. This event is open to WordPress users of all experience levels who are… Continue Reading →

WordCamp Europe 2023 Speaker Applications Open, Organizers Call for More Interactive Sessions - WP Tavern

WordCamp Europe 2023 is being hosted in Athens this year with two conference days scheduled for June 9 and 10. The first day’s theme is “WordPress Now” (Everything that can be currently achieved with WordPress) and the second day is… Continue Reading →

BuddyPress 11.0.0 Adds Filter for Improved JS and CSS Asset Loading, WebP Support, and New Ways to Fetch Activities - WP Tavern

BuddyPress 11.0.0 is now available thanks to the efforts of 34 contributors. The release is named “La Scala” in honor of a pizza restaurant located in Issy-Les-Moulineaux, a Paris suburb. Version 11.0.0 introduces a few important changes. BuddyPress has improved… Continue Reading →

Awesome Motive Acquires Duplicator Plugin - WP Tavern

Awesome Motive’s product suite of nearly 20 commercial plugins has expanded to include a backup plugin. The company announced its acquisition of Duplicator today, a 12-year-old freemium product with more than 1.5 million users. In addition to the backup utility,… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg 14.9’s New Magic: Push Block Changes to Global Styles - WP Tavern

Gutenberg 14.9 was released this week with a powerful new feature for site editing that allows users to push individual block changes to Global Styles. When WordPress makes it this easy for users to design their own sites, there’s always… Continue Reading →

New CF7 Blocks Plugin Brings Blocks to Contact Form 7 - WP Tavern

WordPress developer Munir Kamal has released a new plugin called CF7 Blocks that does exactly what it says in the name. It brings blocks to one of WordPress’ most beloved plugins, which has kept the same familiar interface and has… Continue Reading →

Linux Backdoor Malware Targets WordPress Sites with Outdated, Vulnerable Themes and Plugins - WP Tavern

Security researchers at Doctor Web, a security company focused on threat detection and prevention, have discovered a malicious Linux program that targets WordPress sites running outdated and vulnerable plugins and themes. The malware targets 32-bit versions of Linux, but it… Continue Reading →

Icon Block 1.4.0 Adds Height Control, Improves Color Handling to Better Support Global Styles - WP Tavern

Nick Diego, developer advocate at WP Engine, has released version 1.4.0 of his Icon Block plugin. Diego launched it in October 2021, after struggling to find an efficient way to add SVG icons to the block editor. He is aiming… Continue Reading →

Commercial and Community Categorization Is Live on WordPress.org Theme and Plugin Directories - WP Tavern

One of Matt Mullenweg’s announcements at the 2022 State of the Word was the addition of new taxonomies for the theme and plugin directories that will help users more quickly ascertain the purpose of the extensions they are considering. With… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg 14.8 Overhauls Site Editor Interface, Adds Style Book - WP Tavern

Gutenberg 14.8 was released today with a major update to the Site Editor’s interface that makes it feel more unified as a design tool. In August, Gutenberg designer James Koster shared some mockups for updating the Site Editor to include… Continue Reading →

ClassicPress at a Crossroads, Directors Consider Re-Forking WordPress - WP Tavern

ClassicPress is polling its users to determine the next step for the software. The project is a pared back fork of WordPress based on version 4.9 that uses the TinyMCE classic editor as the default option with no block editor…. Continue Reading →

Block Protocol Announces New WordPress Plugin Coming in 2023 - WP Tavern

Block Protocol, a project that launched earlier this year that aims to build a universal block system, has announced a new WordPress plugin coming in early 2023. It will allow users to embed interactive blocks that are compatible with Gutenberg…. Continue Reading →

WordPress.com Launches Newsletter Product - WP Tavern

WordPress.com has launched a newsletter product just in time to capture those escaping Gumroad’s price increase and editors displaced by Revue shutting down. Newsletters, which were already booming as a communication tool in recent years, have become more critical than… Continue Reading →

Drupal Gutenberg 2.6 Released with Drupal 10 Compatibility - WP Tavern

Drupal Gutenberg, the Gutenberg module for Drupal that was created by Frontkom, has released version 2.6 with compatibility for Drupal 10. The module offers Drupal users a better authoring experience using blocks, allowing them to quickly build landing pages and save reusable… Continue Reading →

State of the Word 2022: Matt Mullenweg Highlights Gutenberg’s Progress, Announces New Community Tools - WP Tavern

State of the Word (SOTW) watch parties kicked off around the world this afternoon as Matt Mullenweg delivered his annual address to the WordPress community. A small group of people gathered live in New York City to participate while the… Continue Reading →

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