WordPress News and Links
We're here to help you stay up-to-date on the latest WordPress news and resources. We write our thoughts on the news in WordPress a few times a week, so check back here often for a curated and thoughtful WordPress news feed.
And if you want our updates direct in your inbox, now's the time to join our free weekly newsletter:
Any questions, comments, or requests? We'd love to hear from you! Reach out to us at our Facebook group or by email with your request.
Should you make an app?
Tom Scott is one of my favorite YouTubers. (I know a lot of nerdy YouTube channels these days.) He is clear, knowledgeable, and a bit like what I'd make on YouTube if I'd started eight years ago and was British.… [Keep reading]
HTML Can Do That!?
Posted in Tutorials
| Tags: Dev.to
This is a fun and short little post over at Dev.to from Ananya Neogi. It's essentially a short-list of lesser known features for which you can just add some HTML markup and have cool features. What I love about it… [Keep reading]
Matt Mullenweg’s Summertime Update
Matt on WordPress at WordCamp Europe. Matt's Summertime Update was definitely that: an update on what has been happening in WordPress in the last six months, with the focus more or less totally on Gutenberg. We've heard about four phases… [Keep reading]
Get Your WordCamp Denver Tickets ASAP!
I realize this is local news, but we're trying to make sure we sell out WordCamp Denver this year, which requires some exceptional effort. So if you're near Denver, Colorado, and don't have plans for Saturday July 29, you should… [Keep reading]
Search the Whole WordPress.org Repository
Ever just wanted to be able to easily run a text search against literally every theme on plugin in the WordPress repository? Honestly, me neither. But isn't it cool to know that you can?! WPdirectory is fun silly tool that… [Keep reading]
(Why) I’m stepping down from my WordPress marketing role
Joost on why he’s stepping down as WordPress’ Marketing Lead. Joost de Valk, founder of Yoast, has stepped down as WordPress’ Marketing Lead. This was a new position created this year, and Joost was the first person to take on… [Keep reading]
Automattic is Testing an Experimental Full Site Editing Plugin
Gutenberg gets closer to a page builder. The new WordPress editor, Gutenberg, is getting ever closer to offering a full page builder experience with the public testing of Full Site Editing, a plugin created by Automattic which makes Gutenberg something much… [Keep reading]
Joost de Valk Resigns WordPress Role
When Matt Mullenweg announced last year that Josepha Haden and Joost De Valk would take significant new roles in WordPress leadership, I was excited. My excitement with Josepha is in evidence in a post about some of her public work… [Keep reading]
The Complete Guide to Deep Work
A very good guide to the work philosophy I swear by. Long-time readers will know this is one of my favourite topics, and that I won’t stop talking about it: Deep Work! This is the idea from Cal Newport’s book of… [Keep reading]
How Much Do WordPress Developers Make? And More
I received with great interest this latest post from the folks over at Delicious Brains. They successfully highlighted the most compelling part of their data to me: how much money people who identify as WordPress developers make. But more than… [Keep reading]
2019 State of the Merchant Report
What are the trends with eCommerce? This is a fantastically detailed report and worth a read even if you only have a passing interesting in eCommerce. This is generally more focused on physical products than, say, WordPress plugins, but there… [Keep reading]
Fewer Plugin Admin Banners? Yes Please
It looks like the WordPress.org plugin review team (which often means "Mika Epstein," who is without a doubt the most dedicated and prominent member of said team) is looking to clarify and extend the guidelines about plugin admin notices in… [Keep reading]
Gutenberg Strengthening its Group and Columns Blocks
I'll be honest: Since Gutenberg launched, I've used the Classic Editor plugin to disable it on every site I work on. I do this for a few reasons: Gutenberg isn't a good enough layout builder to build complex pages, such… [Keep reading]
WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks (2019)
Your actually good guide to the best WordPress hosting. (Other than ours 😝) WordPress hosting is the only other requirement – other than WordPress itself – to run a WordPress site, and it’s an extremely competitive space. One of the… [Keep reading]
Emulate Mobile Devices In-Browser with the Ripple Chrome Extension
This week, I had a client send me a bug that only appeared in iOS Safari. As much as I'd love to say "tell your visitors not to use iOS Safari," it's definitely a popular enough way to browse the… [Keep reading]
Build and Host WordPress Websites in Minutes
WordPress made easy, as a service – a fascinating product. This is interesting from a product point of view: this “All in One WordPress Website Builder” came to my attention last week but seems to have been around for at… [Keep reading]
“Become the best version of yourself.” An Interview with Rich Tabor
Businesses big and small, and doing great WordPress work Rich has been doing some of the most exciting and innovative work around Gutenberg, and recently had his theme shop ThemeBeans, and Gutenberg project CoBlocks (plus others) acquired with him joining… [Keep reading]
How Real is Movie Hacking?
I know, you know: "not very realistic" is the knock against hacking in the movies. It's like an old joke for people in the know. Mostly this is for simple reasons: watching a person write code in a realistic way… [Keep reading]
Support Civic Tech! Support Code for Fort Collins!
This week I'm running a (my first ever) fundraiser for a non-profit where I do a lot of volunteer work, Code for Fort Collins. And I figured it make sense to share it pretty widely. And that may as well… [Keep reading]
While yesterday's story about security was just about common *WordPress* security issues, today I want to share a cool site that helps you more with overall personal security planning. It's got one of those cutesy URLs: SecurityCheckli.st. But other than… [Keep reading]
Ryan Sullivan’s Comparison of WordPress Form Plugins
Akin to Fred's thorough answer on "the best page builder for WordPress", Ryan Sullivan recently published over on WP Site Care a thorough analysis of six of the biggest form plugins for WordPress. He goes in depth, and doesn't leave… [Keep reading]
See What Fonts an Image is Using with Font Squirrel Matcherator
It's a funny time to be alive. We haven't yet reached that part of the technology singularity where rogue nanorobot clouds disassemble us all into carbon dust (bad), or where we transfer our consciousness into massive sentient spaceships and colonize… [Keep reading]
On Health, WordPress and a Tough Decision
An important post from Carole Olinger. Carole wrote on Twitter this was a difficult post to write, and I’m not surprised: this covers a number of themes, including Carole’s attempts to improve the diversity of the WordCamp Europe organising team last year.… [Keep reading]
PHP 8 Will Include a JIT Compiler!
If you're neither worried about PHP internals nor PHP 8, skip this. If you're a fellow nerd, this is pretty cool. First JIT compilers (which stands for "just in time") are just a cool idea. Rather than up-front optimization, you… [Keep reading]
WordPress Plugins Get Fewer Than 1% of Reviews from Active Users
Not many people review WordPress plugins, and that’s not too surprising. This is pretty interesting, if slightly annoyingly written, research on the review to install ration of popular WordPress plugins. The average ratio of active installs to reviews on WordPress.org… [Keep reading]