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January 18, 2023 00:04:51
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New Jetpack app, Mailchimp breach, and AI lawsuits

The lines between the open-source WordPress.org and its commercial counterpart WordPress.com (owned by Automattic) have long been blurred and confusing. So much that commercial offerings from Automattic’s suite of tools were integrated into the official WordPress mobile app. That’s about to change. As Sarah Gooding of WP Tavern reports, features that rely on Automattic products are moving to the latest version of the free Jetpack app. This means that users will need the Jetpack app to access site statistics, comment notifications, and the Reader content discovery feature. In a blog post announcing the change, WordPress.com says that site data can be automatically migrated from the WordPress app to Jetpack, provided you have the latest version of both installed on your device. Meanwhile, the WordPress app will become more focused on the core functionality of the content management system. Links You Shouldn’t Miss Mailchimp have disclosed a recent security breach - and an account belonging to Automattic appears to have been affected. WooCommerce has sent an email informing users of the situation, but says that “No payment data, passwords, or other sensitive security information is part of this breach.” The WordPress Theme Directory is in the early stages of a refresh. A post on the Make WordPress blog shared mockup images, with the design looking similar to the recently upgraded News and Showcase sections. Stated goals include improved usability, along with implementing the recently-introduced theme taxonomies. If you’ve ever wanted to contribute to WordPress core, here’s your chance. WordPress 6.2 is tentatively scheduled to become available on March 28, 2023. The project is currently looking for volunteers to lead various aspects of the release and become a part ...

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January 04, 2023 00:06:11
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Tag, you're it.

During the 2022 State of the Word event, Matt Mullenweg announced that the WordPress.org theme and plugin repositories would allow authors to categorize their entries as “Commercial” or “Community” products. Not long after, the feature became active. As Sarah Gooding reports for WP Tavern, authors are starting to opt-in. Examples include Automattic’s Akismet and Jetpack plugins, which are designated as “Commercial”. Meanwhile, default themes such as Twenty Twenty-Three are designated as “Community”. WordPress developer Ronald Huereca has written a summary of the feature, including the differences between the available categories. Also included is a guide for developers who’d like to opt-in. Next up (listen to the podcast for more): WordPress Maintenance Minute by Austin Ginder! Links You Shouldn’t Miss As one of the oldest WordPress form plugins, Contact Form 7 boasts over 5 million active installs. But it has tended to lag behind competitors when it comes to user interface. Developer Munir Kamal recently announced a third-party extension, CF7 Blocks, that adds block-based functionality. Longtime users will finally have an easy way to integrate their forms into the Block Editor. StellarWP’s Matt Cromwell has developed a Zapier automation that will provide the daily number of downloads for a plugin residing in the WordPress.org repository. The stats are compiled in a Google Sheet document. Cromwell also breaks down the value of this data in a separate blog post. 2022 was a busy year for WordPress core. Core team representative Jb Audras shared a plethora of relevant data on Twitter to prove the point. For example, there were 2,597 commits made by a total of 988 contributors during the year. The thread features several charts ...

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December 22, 2022 00:04:24
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WordPress is the most important piece of software in 2023 (and beyond)

Attn: Creators and small brands Buy a domain. Get some hosting. Install WordPress. Don’t bemoan about bloated software, legacy code, or that WordPress is too complicated. Start learning the software all over again. Invest time into it. Play with it in the browser before you do anything else if you want to see what you’re getting into. We’re watching another social media platform burn. Ashes comprised of our followers and years of content. My business of publishing WordPress news is getting hit with a steady decline of referral traffic from, what was, a major source of readers. I’m forced to be on Mastodon, LinkedIn, and Facebook — again. How many lessons must we learn about rented land? Feeding platforms that want our content to run a cash machine for advertising profits. No more excuses. It’s time to learn WordPress, invest in open source, and become part of the community. We took open source for granted It’s easy to look back at the last 5 years and point fingers at Gutenberg or FSE for piloting us all in a direction we originally didn’t want to go in. Or to be cautions when there’s only one VERY influential person calling the shots. Especially when he’s also the CEO of two large tech companies, and responsible for a dozen other products. Josepha Haden Chomphosy recently restated the Four Freedoms of WordPress, in the 2022 State of the Word: “the freedom to run the program for any purpose, the freedom to study how the program works and change it so that it does your computing, as you wish. The freedom to redistribute copies so that you can help your neighbor ...

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December 21, 2022 00:04:34
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Commercial vs Community

Matt Mullenweg held court at the annual State of the Word event on December 15. Several topics were touched, including the use of Gutenberg outside of WordPress, the return of in-person Meetups and WordCamps, and the announcement of a Community Summit set to take place in 2023. Mullenweg also detailed a change to the WordPress.org Plugin and Theme repositories. Taxonomies have been added that allow authors to categorize their products as “commercial” or “community” - among other labels. The goal is to help users better understand the purpose of and level of support provided by theme and plugin authors. The feature is opt-in, and it’s already being put to use by some products. As usual, the event was packed with insight and information. The WP Minute has a handy summary of key moments, along with a full transcript. It’s accompanied by a video highlight package that condenses the entire event down to just over 16 minutes. You’ll also want to check out State of the Word recaps from both Sarah Gooding at WP Tavern and Courtney Robertson at GoDaddy. Links You Shouldn’t Miss There’s a new competitor in the WordPress email newsletter space. WordPress.com Newsletter was announced this week. The feature allows users to publish new posts as email newsletters, collect subscribers, and design a template. Monetization features are in the works with details forthcoming. Meanwhile, our own Matt Medeiros offers his analysis of the product via a new video. The subject of WordPress nostalgia seems to be popular these days. The WP Minute’s Eric Karkovack looks at why that is and how it could help us shape the future of the community. Security firm Wordfence has ...

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December 15, 2022 01:34:45
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State of The Word 2022

State of the Word 2022 has just completed another hybrid presentation. A mix of livestream on the official WordPress YouTube channel and in-person attendees traveled to NYC to watch Matt Mullenweg and others update us on all things WordPress. We'll cover some of the highlights in today's post. Tune in to listen to the complete recording of the event on our podcast or in the player above. Thanks for being a WP Minute reader/listener/viewer! Consider supporting us through a virtual coffee or joining our membership. Video highlights Key takeaways Gutenberg will be bigger than WordPress itself. To mobile apps and the web. bbPress forms now have Gutenberg Using Blocks Everywhere plugin. Will be embedded in BuddyPress. PEW Research using Gutenberg Day One App using Gutenberg in web app Mobile Gutenberg is dual-licensed GPL & MPL Tumblr using Gutenberg 500 meetups doubled their events in 2022 1 WordCamp in 2021 to 22 in 2022 Community Summit is coming back WordPress is turning 20 next year Doing a new 10 year update to the "Milestones Book" 12,000 People took a Learn.WordPress course New blog and showcase pages on WordPress.org bringing Jazz design languages over 22 million images. 1.1 million audio files. OpenVerse scours the web for Creative Commons images & other media. Now launched audio."Not fully embedded into WordPress yet" Create themes just using blocks & style variations We're at the end of Phase 2 of Gutenberg initial development Create block theme "plugin" allows you to make themes from blocks Zen mode is a new writing experience Showing off "locked-in patterns." A way for consultants to pass sites off to clients. 1399 Release contributors New core contributors to WordPress. "Think of them like the Wikipedia super-editors" WordPress is what it is because of community "Think of WordPress.org as an App Store for WordPress" Matt likes ...

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December 14, 2022 00:05:01
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What's a web hosting provider's role in content moderation?

What’s a web hosting provider’s role in content moderation? WordPress co-founder and Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg recently weighed in. Mullenweg was a guest on The Verge’s Decoder podcast and discussed the issue as it relates to WordPress VIP hosting. Specifically, he commented on a controversial story that was published in 2020 on the New York Post website. The Post is a WordPress VIP client.  The story covered material allegedly recovered from a laptop owned by Hunter Biden, the son of U.S. President Joe Biden. Debate over the origins of the material saw both Facebook and Twitter temporarily restrict links to the story. Mullenweg says Automattic reviewed the matter but ultimately decided not to take action. Automattic has policies in place for content moderation, and Mullenweg referred to them as a “starting point” for looking deeper into a specific case. Links You Shouldn’t Miss Theme developer ILOVEWP published a report on the most popular WordPress plugins released in 2022. The report uses publicly available data for plugins in the official WordPress.org repository. In all, nearly 4,200 plugins have been added so far this year. Out of that, only 7 have achieved at least 50,000 active installations. Did publishing platform Substack use unattributed code from open source competitor Ghost? Ghost’s founder and CEO John O’Nolan makes a case in a recent Twitter thread. In a response thread, Substack co-founder and CEO Chris Best says the whole thing is a misunderstanding. Rather, Substack’s custom theming API is merely compatible with Ghost. There’s a lot here to digest. Therefore, reading the threads from both parties is recommended to see where each side is coming from. What will WordPress freelancers face in 2023? The WP Minute’s ...

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