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WordPress 5.8 Is Here, Block Pattern Directory Now Live, Automattic Goes Podcast πŸ—žοΈ August 2021 WordPress News w/ CodeinWP

📆  This is the August 2021 edition of “This Month in WordPress with CodeinWP.” 

Hey folks, hope you are well and healthy. Here’s a quick look at some of the top WordPress news stories from the last month. We will talk about the release of a new major WordPress version, the Block Pattern Directory, Automattic acquiring a new podcast app to join their family, and the launch of a new service for disposable WordPress testing sites.

Let’s dig deeper!

August 2021 WordPress News with CodeinWP

WordPress 5.8 Tatum

The new version of WordPress is finally here. WordPress 5.8, codename “Tatum,” comes with a number of interesting features and improvements. We’ve been talking about it for the last couple of months on this blog, so this time, we’ll just give you the main highlights:

  • Blocks for widgets (yep, blocks have finally matured to serve as widgets)
  • New blocks and block patters available
  • Content template pages editable through the block editor

There’s also a range of improvements to the overall workflow when putting together your pages. For instance, you can see the entire page structure at a glance via the new page structure overview module. This is particularly handy for larger pages and more advanced block structures.

And, let’s not forget that we can now also take advantage of some cool new features for colorizing images. Those duotone effects are pretty neat!

WordPress 5.8

The Block Pattern Directory Is Now Live

WordPress block pattern directory is now live, and it will work similarly to the main plugin and theme directories. Users can browse and use block patterns right from the main post editor interface. The directory has a curated list of designs, from more than 20 volunteers, and there are more than 70 patterns across six different categories to pick from. These include:

  • Text
  • Buttons
  • Images
  • Gallery
  • Columns
  • Header

At the time of writing, there are translations available for 12 languages, but there are more on the way.

Block Pattern Directory

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Popular Podcast App Pocket Casts Joins Automattic

Automattic has acquired the popular podcast app Pocket Casts. About 80 million users listen to podcasts weekly in the United States, and the podcast app makes it convenient for the users to explore and customize their listening experience.

The app allows you to use powerful search tools and discover hidden gems. It has a beautifully designed, user-friendly interface that is easy to navigate and allows you to personalize how you listen.

Also, if you already have a website for your podcast on, you can allow users to search and subscribe to it via Pocket Casts. The co-founders, Philip Simpson and Russel Ivanovic, will continue leading the Pocket Casts team. Better yet, with so many podcast themes available, their website will look fantastic.

InstaWP Launches New Service for Disposable WordPress Testing Sites

InstaWP is a new service that helps users set up disposable WordPress testing sites. You can select the WordPress version you want to use (they go back to 4.7), and you can also choose to spin up the site with beta or release candidate versions.

The WordPress version is not the only thing you can adjust. InstaWP also lets you pick your PHP version. Your free WordPress instance will be live for eight hours, and you can link your account via email for another 48 hours. Users will need to upgrade for access to custom domains, higher limits, FTP access, and to be able to reserve a site. More than 500 instances have already been created.

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That sums up our August 2021 WordPress news roundup. Anything we missed?

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