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WordPress Unveils Design for Upcoming Twenty Twenty-Four Default Theme - WP Tavern

WordPress 6.4 will be shipping with a new default theme, expected in early November. The theme’s project leaders unveiled the designs and concept for Twenty Twenty-Four in an announcement on today. For those who have complained that past default… Continue Reading →

Organic Themes Launches Apparel Store to Raise Money for the Maui Strong Fund - WP Tavern

Organic Themes, one of the oldest WordPress theme shops, was founded in 2009 in the town of Lahaina on the island of Maui, which was ground zero for the recent devastating wildfires. Until recently, Lahaina was home to Organic Themes… Continue Reading →

WordPress 6.4 Roadmap Includes Typography Management Features, New Blocks, and Twenty Twenty-Four Default Theme - WP Tavern

Work on WordPress 6.4 is kicking off with a post from Editor Triage Co-Lead Anne McCarthy that highlights everything the team has planned for the release. This will be the third major release of 2023, and is unique in that… Continue Reading →

WordPress Coding Standards Maintainer Warns Maintenance Will Be Halted Without Funding: “This Is an Unsustainable Situation.” - WP Tavern

WordPressCS 3.0.0 was released this week with what its maintainer, Juliette Reinders Folmer, says are significant changes to improve the accuracy, performance, stability, and maintainability of all sniffs, and its handling of modern PHP. The project is a collection of PHP_CodeSniffer rules… Continue Reading →

New Chrome Browser Extension Enables One-Click Plugin and Theme Testing with WordPress Playground - WP Tavern

WordPress Playground, an experimental project that uses WebAssembly (WASM) to run WordPress in the browser, makes it possible for users to quickly test plugins and themes without having to set up a local development environment. Ordinarily, testing a plugin or theme with… Continue Reading →

Equalize Digital Accessibility Checker Plugin Adds New Frontend Highlighting Feature Funded by NASA - WP Tavern

Equalize Digital, a WordPress accessibility products and services company, has added a new frontend highlighting feature to its free accessibility checker plugin, which is used to perform audits on self-hosted sites. The feature was funded by the National Aeronautics and… Continue Reading →

WordPress Community Summit Travel Fund Contributes $48K in Assistance for Attendees - WP Tavern

This year’s WordCamp US includes a Community Summit, an invitation-only contributor-focused event that will take place prior to the main conference on August 22-23, 2023, in National Harbor, Washington, DC. It will be the first summit in six years, since… Continue Reading →

WP Community Collective Funds First Fellowship for Accessibility Contributor Alex Stine - WP Tavern

The WP Community Collective (WPCC), a non-profit organization created to support individual WordPress contributors and community-led initiatives, has funded its first fellowship. Alex Stine, a fully blind individual contributor who has been working with the WordPress Accessibility team since 2016,… Continue Reading → Acquires BackWPup, Adminimize, and Search & Replace Plugins - WP Tavern, a European cloud hosting and digital marketing services provider, has acquired the BackWPup, Adminimize, and Search & Replace plugins from Inpsyde. Together the products have more than 1.1 million active installs and will join’s growing portfolio of WordPress products, which include… Continue Reading →

Should Support Threads Auto-Close After a Year? - WP Tavern’s support forums are a vital resource and communication tool for users supporting their own sites and developers extending the software. Visiting the forums often means users have gotten stuck somehow and need to have a successful support experience in… Continue Reading → Adds New Page to Explain Blocks - WP Tavern

What are blocks? WordPress has added a new resource to its website at that attempts to explain blocks visually with simple language. The landing page is aimed at those who are new to the block paradigm or those who… Continue Reading →

Crocoblock to Host WordPress Web Agency AI Summit, September 28-30, 2023 - WP Tavern

Crocoblock, a Ukraine-based company with plugins on as well as commercial products, is hosting a WordPress Web Agency AI Summit event on September 28-30, 2023. The company has a community of more than 24K+ freelancers and web agencies on Facebook and… Continue Reading →

WordPress Themes Team Releases Blue Note, A Community-Supported Theme for Bloggers - WP Tavern

WordPress’ Themes team launched its Community Themes initiative earlier this year with the goal of bringing together contributors to build block themes year round, the same way that default themes are built and officially supported. Their first theme release was… Continue Reading →

WordPress Kicks Off Admin Design Overhaul with Discussion on Initial Mockups - WP Tavern

The monumental task of overhauling WordPress’ aging admin design is coming into focus, as contributors kicked off explorations of some initial mockups this week. Gutenberg’s Phase 3 is focused on Collaboration and this admin revamp is part of that road… Continue Reading →

WordPress Publishes 6.3 Release Video and Landing Page Demo - WP Tavern

WordPress 6.3 “Lionel” was released earlier this week with an overview video that offers a beautiful, dizzying demo of the many new features packed into this update. It’s a two-minute guided tour of WordPress’ greatly expanded customization features, streamlined Site… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg 16.4 Introduces Experimental Auto-Inserting Blocks - WP Tavern

Gutenberg 16.4 has been released with a new auto-inserting blocks experimental feature. It allows developers to specify a location in which the block will be automatically inserted, such as before or after a template. The block can then be repositioned… Continue Reading →

WordPress Plugin Review Team Addresses Backlog of 900+ Plugins, Implements Strategies to Improve Approval Process - WP Tavern

WordPress’ Plugin Review team is wading through a backlog that was over 900 plugins awaiting approval earlier this week. The current count has 870 plugins sitting in the review queue, with an average wait time of 61 days before initial… Continue Reading →

Kadence Blocks 3.1.11 Patches Critical Vulnerability - WP Tavern

The Kadence Blocks plugin, which is used on more than 300,000 WordPress sites, has patched a critical vulnerability in its Advanced Form Block file upload capability. Version 3.1.11, released on August 8, 2023, patches the security issue with the form… Continue Reading →

WordPress 6.3 “Lionel” Introduces Command Palette, Expands Pattern Management and Design Tools - WP Tavern

image credit: Lionel Hampton.November 1956. Örebro, Sverive WordPress 6.3 “Lionel” was released today, named for Lionel Hampton, an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, and bandleader. As the last release in Phase 2 of the Gutenberg project, many updates in WordPress… Continue Reading →

CovertKit Updates WordPress Plugin, Adds Members Only Content, Newsletter Feed, and Product Embeds - WP Tavern

ConvertKit has updated its official WordPress plugin and WooCommerce add-on to support a range of new features. More than 40,000 sites use ConvertKit’s plugin to integrate their newsletters, email campaigns, and digital products with WordPress. The service is free for… Continue Reading →

The First Learn WordPress Course Cohort Will Teach Participants How to Develop Blocks - WP Tavern

WordPress’ Training Team is launching its first Learn WordPress Course Cohort, which is a social learning method where a group of people go through the learning process together with some synchronous group activities. One of the benefits of cohorts is… Continue Reading →

WordCamp Asia 2024 Opens Call for Speakers - WP Tavern

WordCamp Asia 2024 is happening in Taipei, Taiwan, next year from March 7-9, at the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC). With the dates locked in and venue secured, organizers have now opened the call for speakers. The event will feature three days… Continue Reading →

WordPress Remembers: A Memorial To Those We Have Lost - WP Tavern

WordPress is honoring contributors the community has lost over the years through a new memorial page called WordPress Remembers: WordPress dedicates this page to the memory of those we’ve lost. They’ve shaped our project and enriched our community. As we… Continue Reading →

BuddyPress 12.0 to Introduce Community Visibility Feature that Restricts Access to Members Only - WP Tavern

BuddyPress 12.0 is set to introduce a new Community Visibility feature that gives site administrators the option to restrict access to the community sections of the site. Sites set to “members only” will show an access error message and a… Continue Reading → Makes a Bid for Google Domains Customers, Offering 1 Million Free Transfers - WP Tavern is making a strong bid for Google Domains customers after the the product was sold to Squarespace in a deal reportedly worthy $180 million. Shortly after the sale was announced, pitched Google Domains customers, reminding the public that… Continue Reading →

Jetpack Launches Newsletter Product - WP Tavern

Jetpack 12.4 was released today, launching the plugin’s Newsletter product. It allows users to send blog posts as newsletters, without the hassle of having to copy and paste from the WordPress editor into another newsletter service’s campaign editor and reformat… Continue Reading →

Start Testing WordPress’ New Interactivity API - WP Tavern

Earlier this year, WordPress contributors announced that they are working on a new Interactivity API that will allow developers to build interactive blocks. This API will support the kinds of frontend experiences that let visitors interact with content and get feedback… Continue Reading →

WordPress Performance Analysis Finds Translations May Significantly Slow Down Sites - WP Tavern

After a recent in-depth performance analysis earlier this year showed that translations can have an impact on server response times, WordPress contributors are proposing half a dozen technical solutions for consideration to improve performance for the ~56% of WordPress sites… Continue Reading →

Ninja Forms Version 3.6.26 Patches Multiple High Severity Security Vulnerabilities - WP Tavern

If you use the Ninja Forms plugin and your sites aren’t set to get automatic plugin updates, add a round of updates to your weekend plans. Patchstack is reporting multiple high severity security vulnerabilities in the plugin, including the following:… Continue Reading →

WordPress Launches Slack/Matrix Bridge - WP Tavern

WordPress meta contributors have just logged an important milestone in their efforts to explore replacing Slack communication with Matrix, an open source federated chat system. The team hosted a meeting on the Meta Slack channel and the corresponding Matrix room… Continue Reading →

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