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In The News
Robert Anderson provides the latest update for WordPress 5.9 on make.WordPress.org. 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
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.
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.
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We welcome a new contributing member this week, Dave Rodenbaugh. Dave is the founder of https://recapture.io/ 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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News Matt Mullenweg, founder and CEO of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, made the news again (this time with the Wall Street Journal). He talks about ‘asynchronous work’ and why he thinks hybrid models will die out. Automattic employees are already living the work from anywhere model and are able to adjust their work schedules as needed. Anne McCarthy is back with another round of testing this time for the WordPress Photo directory. By adding your photos here, they will automatically appear in Openverse, a search engine for openly licensed media. Volunteers are needed to test and provide feedback on media-related features in WordPress. Anyone is welcome to contribute, and feedback is open until February 23. Eric Karkovac wrote a post on the WordPress photo directory. If you would like an understanding of how licensing images came about and to see an early review of WordPress media go check out his article. From Our Contributors and Producers Many in the WordPress community have been feeling the weight of growth and change and frankly everything over the last couple of years. Cory Miller shared an update on his “crash and burn”. Many of us are not alone in this area and support Cory along with his team over at PostStatus. The organizers of WordCamp Europe 2022, were called out recently for a lack of diversity on the Organizing Team. They are addressing that now citing the team cares deeply about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Click the link to read their updated communication. Angela Jin has started an open discussion on diversity as well over on make.wordpress.org. Make sure to participate in this very important discussion and provide feedback. Eric ...
Gutenberg News Last week there was a bunch of new stuff with Gutenberg 13.8.0. Birgit Pauli-Haack discusses all the new features with Grzegorz Ziolkowski over on the changelog podcast. You can hear about Fluid Typography, updates to Block APIs, and WordPress 6.1 Planning. The Gutenberg Editor is testing On Tumblr and Day One Web Apps. Sarah Gooding over at WPTavern writes about the details of using the betas on Tumblr and Day One. Check that out. WooCommerce WooCommerce 6.8 has been released. Smart Shipping for new sites has been added to this release. You can see all of the recent updates by checking out the WooCommerce site. Events WordCamp Asia sold out of tickets on their first batch of standard and micro sponsor tickets in just 1 day. The second batch of tickets will be available soon. From Our Contributors and Producers The Free Rider topic around WordPress got a lot of discussion going in the WP Minute Slack channel. Joe Casabona published a podcast episode on why free riders are necessary and really not a problem that needs to be solved. If you really want to democratize publishing, then you can’t expect everyone to contribute. You have to accept and welcome the free riders. Eventually, they may want to contribute and be part of the open source community. Joe was also interviewed by Brian Coords over on MasterWP. WordCamp US is right around the corner. If you are an introvert that will be attending, you may want to listen to the Matt Report podcast with Ken Elliott. Ken is a self-described “networking introvert” that built a WordPress agency with his co-founder and he will be emceeing WordCamp ...
After some spotty patches announcing new pricing, WordPress.com released a new $5/month Starter plan. I had the chance to send some questions to Dave Martin, CEO of Automattic, about the announcement, plus, some other areas of .com that I was interested in knowing more about. The questions are posted below. I'd love to hear your feedback on Twitter. Questions (This audio interview was done asynchronously) 1. Congrats on refactoring and relaunching the new entry-level price point at WordPress.com. Will we see more plans come to pricing page in the future? 2. I notice higher up in the features list that the $5/mo plans come with payments for subscriptions/donations etc -- this is usually associated with the creator economy. Is the creator class community high on your priority of customer segments? 3. My running theory is your new plans are in preparation for a proper WooCommerce vs Shopify showdown. Can we expect to see competitively positioned WooCommerce hosting plans this year? 4. I'm curious to learn if there are any partnership channels or programs being developed for premium theme/plugin authors to work more closely with .com customers? Again, something that one might see from Shopify partnership programs. 5. If I take the biggest offering of Jetpack, it costs me 509.36 after tax for year one, then 1,199.40 pre tax every year after. .com is 191.50 after tax every year. Both are Automattic offerings, so I'm curious, is this Automattic's way of saying .org sites are really expensive to manage and maintain come to .com or is there room for both to serve a large set of customers? 6. Can you comment on the services side of .com and potentially how big that line ...