Link Category: WordPress News
WordPress 5.4 May Include Default Image Lazy-Loading
Lazy-loading images is one well-known win for site speed, and at present if you want to implement it in WordPress you have to choose among one of many subtly different plugin options.
Update the Elementor Plugin ASAP: Security Vulnerability Found
They found a security vulnerability in the Elementor plugin. It’s patched in the newest version of the plugin, so if you use Elementor, please update to the latest version as soon as you can. (And if you happen to be nervous about updating stuff, this week’s article is perfectly timed.)
Cory Miller Joins Post Status
I’m really excited to know that Cory Miller — you may know from a year of running a company called iThemes — is joining Brian Krogsgard at Post Status. While you might not know, Brian is one of the quiet pillars of the WordPress community. While he hasn’t always had everyone’s ear, he’s always had the attention of some of the most important people in the WordPress community.
WordPress-adjacent Conferences for 2020
I really appreciated this list from Callie West of conferences for 2020 that may be of interest to WordPress developers. While I trust that her list isn’t exhaustive, it does cover all the big conferences that were on my mind for the year, and a few I’d never heard of. Which means her list is doing its job absolutely perfectly.
WordPress 5.3 Field Guide
WordPress just released today (Tuesday, Nov 12). If, like me, this release kind of snuck up on you, the first place to stop should be this WordPress 5.3 Field Guide. What it does very well is touch on all the more out-of-the-way features of the release with easy-to-access links so you can dig deeper into any particular topic where you feel particularly intrigued (or worried about some old code you wrote, etc).
2019 State of the Word
I didn’t attend WordCamp US this year, for the first time since it started. As such, I was eager and excited to watch the State of the Word, which is definitely the most attention-getting talk of the conference to me. Thankfully, it did get published quite quickly. It’s already on YouTube:
Smarter Handling of Large Images in WP 5.3
I was pleasantly surprised to learn about this WordPress 5.3 feature which in highlighted by Justin Ahinon on Make WordPress Core. The issue it’s meant to solve is an uncompressed 12 megapixel fresh-from-the-phone type of photo being comically too large for your WordPress site.
Changing in PHP 7.4
Now that WordPress is actively pushing the community and sites that run it toward more modern versions of PHP, it’s extra important to follow language changes. That’s where this summary of the most consequential features of the forthcoming PHP 7.4 for WordPress development form Jonathan Desrosiers comes in. He does a great job of quickly and approachably explaining all the features and changes that the language will bring.
“Open Source and Power” with Matt Mullenweg and DHH
Almost everyone who reads us knows Matt Mullenweg, the leader of Automattic/Jetpack, and the WordPress project. And you may know David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH) from his leadership of the Ruby on Rails project, or from their app Basecamp.
Justin Tadlock Joins WP Tavern
Back in 2007, when I was just coming to terms with WordPress, Justin Tadlock was out at the forefront of what I understood WordPress to be. In the (gosh!) 12 years since, Justin’s stayed busy in the WordPress space, but also done some other things like share on his blog about his small farm.