Jetpack settles back down to Earth

October 27, 2021 00:06:44
Jetpack settles back down to Earth
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Jetpack settles back down to Earth

Show Notes

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In The News

Robert Anderson provides the latest update for WordPress 5.9 on Gutenberg 11.9 will be cut on November 3rd. The merge to Core for this release may be tricky and if you have time to help, they are looking for volunteers for this release.

Sara Gooding over at WPTavern wrote a great article about how Jetpack is splitting out its commercial Backup feature into a standalone plugin that can be used without installing the core Jetpack plugin. The product was built with WooCommerce in mind so that you can restore a site to any past state while keeping orders and products in place. Just a reminder that this is a paid plugin and the backup feature is part of the long-term plan to make Jetpack more modular and less confusing. 

Gutenberg still continues to be at the top of the discussion

Carlo Daniele, over at Kinsta wrote a detailed development tutorial on Building Custom Gutenberg Blocks.  If you find yourself lost in the huge amount of information that the WordPress Block Editor Handbook provides then this is a great tutorial for you to review. It helps you set up a development environment for Gutenberg Blocks. Just note you may still struggle with JavaScript, Node.js, React, and Redux and as a developer, you should have a good understanding of these.

Another cool tutorial written by Joshua Dailey over at  Web3WP covers an experiment with Wapuu. The information is over on GitHub. Joshua covers how the first experiment includes four distinct web apps that work together for minting the generative NFT Wapuu collectibles. So if you’re a developer interested in NFTs, you can start to build your own art NFT project by starting here.

Justin Ferriman wrote a great post called Matt’s Page Builder, where he talks about the block editor trying to be two things: a place to write, and a page builder. It seemed when Gutenberg was first released it would act more like a front-end page builder – but it was not that at all. Is Gutenberg the great editor replacement? This article led to several discussions about how the editor is “ok” for writing but seems like it’s a little forced as a tool that needs to be adopted for building and writing.

Joe Casabona followed up with a blog post on how the Gutenberg editor has never really been the best place to write. At the risk of rubbing a lot of people the wrong way, he also falls into using the editor for quick posts which seems “good enough”. He presents several reasons why you should write somewhere else then send it to WordPress. You can customize your work, have local backups, write your piece once and publish everywhere. When Gutenberg matures as an editor it may make sense to use it for your own writing.

I remember at one point Google Docs was supposed to copy/paste seamlessly into Gutenberg and it still doesn’t work. Reach out to Matt Medeiros if you know a way to make Google docs work.

There was a lot of activity with PageBuilders this week…

Beaver Builder announced the release of Assistant Pro which they had been working on for some time. Assistant Pro lets you export, import, and save page builder templates and other design assets to the cloud and works with many of the most popular page builders. Matt Medeiros reviewed Assistant Pro several years ago in March of 2019 on his PlugInTut channel over on YouTube. Congratulations to Beaver Builder for the hard work around the release.

Ferdy Korpershoek reviews how you can save all your templates to the cloud using the Page Builder Cloud.

Let’s not forget Layouts Cloud that is the cloud plugin for Divi.


WordCamp EU for 2022 – WCEU is opening the Call for Organizers for WCEU 2022. Even with the uncertainty in the world with COVID-19, optimism is there around Porto (Portugal) 2022. The planning team is looking for people to join the planning team.

From Our Contributors and Producers

A public GitHub repository for WPCloudDeploy was announced marking a new era in the open-source journey for WPCD. Previously, the code was only available for folks who purchased a license. Now it is available for anyone.

Birgit Pauli-Haack tweeted a thank you to Johnny Harris for his dedication and passion for WordPress by becoming a maintainer of the REST API in WordPress Core. 

We welcome Paul Lacey to the WPMinute as the new Managing Editor. Paul is familiar in the WordPress Community and some of you may know him from his previous role on the WP Builds podcast, co-hosting with Nathan Wrigley. Paul devoted a large portion of his professional life to WordPress as an advocate, business owner, and content creator. 

If you would like to get to know Paul a little better, go listen to his interview this week on the WPMinute. The interview focuses on the idea of journalism where folks in the WordPress community can get their short-form content in front of the world. They even discuss the content bounty. By the way, we just put $400 back into the hands of two members, Paul Lacey and Michelle Frechette.

Matt Cromwell and Jeff Chandler had some fun reminiscing through Twitter about Bob Dunn’s article updating a couple of WordPress sites where he had over 100 plugins. This got Bob hunting through the archives for the article and was able to find the video in his dusty archives. It is a good reminder that updating WordPress is often seamless. Enjoy this walk-through through time updating WordPress 4.0.

Thanks to all of the members who shared these links today: 

We welcome a new contributing member this week, Dave Rodenbaugh. Dave is the founder of which does email marketing and SMS for a variety of eCommerce platforms, particularly in WordPress.  Matt Medeiros did an interview last July on the Matt Report where you can find out more about Dave. Check that out.

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