Link Category: WordPress News
Don’t Forget about WordCamp Europe Starting Tomorrow
It being the year of COVID (to say nothing of America’s very recent confrontation with our persistent problems with racial injustice) means that WordCamp Europe—now very online and starting tomorrow—had slipped my memory and attention.
Searches for WordPress Have Surged
A quick little uplifting story I missed a few weeks ago: as the COVID-19 lockdowns were setting in worldwide, more and more people were doing web searches for “wordpress.” Or so reports Alex Denning, the original creator of WPShout, and a reliable man in my book.
Another catchy little diddy bankrolled by my friend Zach Katz over at GravityView:
A Little More on Block Patterns
I feel like I’ve heard this “block pattern” idea in a few different places for a while. But I’ve always taken extra interest in WordPress technology once Justin Tadlock writes about it. So I think I’ll want to install Gutenberg 7.7 somewhere soon to see the next level of Gutenberg. Because Justin got me a little hyped about them too, just as he is:
WordPress 5.4 Is Out Now
WordPress 5.4, “Adderley,” launched yesterday, March 31, 2020. It’s a very Gutenberg-focused release, with two new default blocks—Buttons and Social Icons—plus a lot of other improvements to the block editor.
Apply to Speak at WordCamp US 2020
From the insular dream-world of COVID-19 Quarantines sweeping into new countries everyday, this feels a little strange to be talking about WordCamp US. The idea that at some point in the future I’ll eventually go to a place where hundred of people intentionally huddle together, shake hands, etc. But it used to happen once upon a time. And I’m guessing that it will again.
WooCommerce 4.0 is Here, but Take Care Before Updating
WooCommerce 4.0 has shipped. I love WooCommerce, and I can’t think of another free software package in WordPress that has been the backbone of so many actually-profitable online small businesses.
WP&UP Can Use Your Help
We love WP&UP, the UK-based charity whose mission is “Supporting and promoting positive mental health within the WordPress community.” We spoke with trustee/founder Dan Maby at WordCamp US 2018, and were beyond impressed not only with his mission but with how he proposes to go about fulfilling it—read about his four health hubs for details.
Cancellation of WordCamp Asia 2020
The first WordCamp Asia, scheduled in Bangkok from February 21 through February 23, has been canceled due to COVID-19 fears.
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.