WordPress 6.0 Beta 3 is now available for testing. These releases are moving along and testers are needed for the most recent release. If you would like to check out the release schedule you can go over to make.wordpress.org.
It was just announced that Matt Mullenweg will be speaking at WordCamp Europe in Porto, Portugal June 2-4 2022. If you plan on attending this event you may want to listen to a podcast from Delicious Brains that gives some great ideas on how to make the most of your WordCamp visit.
WooCommerce has released 6.5 RC2. This puts them on track for the May 10, 2022 release date. Testers are needed for this release as well.
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Sarah Gooding over at WPTavern writes about how the WordPress subreddit blew up this week with reports of MemberPress locking users out of the plugin’s admin if they do not renew their subscriptions. MemberPress is a popular membership plugin for WordPress that does not have a free version available. They do clearly outline the subscription policy but cutting off access to the plugin’s admin screens leaves users without the ability to manage the membership functions of their sites once their subscriptions lapse. It will be interesting to see if this “change” impacts their customer base.
David Vongries tweeted that he is looking for a new home for Kirki. If you are looking to venture into the Gutenberg product market this may be a great opportunity for you. Reach out to David if you're interested.
Amber Hinds also tweeted about two plugins that need to be rehomed. They have become a distraction from the main focus on accessibility. Go check out the thread on Twitter and reach out to Amber if you're interested in her plugins.
MasterWP has announced their WordCamp US 2022 Travel Sponsorship Program. Rob Howard explains how to apply. Go check out his blog post to apply to be a speaker to WordCamp US and possibly receive sponsorship.
If you would like to contribute to helping send somebody to WordCamp you can head on over to DonateWC.
Chima Mmeje was interviewed over on the Matt Report about how and why to raise your freelance rates. Go listen to this interview to discover how entrepreneurs can raise rates through grit, perseverance, confidence, and ultimately discovering self-worth.
Block Editor Dev Minute by Aurooba
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Spencer Forman from WPLaunchify has some important reasons why we should consider HOW we are moving forward with Full Site Editing, Blocks and Themes. We are all facing a fork in the road for WordPress, where we can remedy the mistakes of the past and finally create a unified framework to be used by any designers, plugins authors or service providers offering free or paid solutions. Look to Legos for an example of how a standardized framework benefits creativity and promotes a gigantic market for innovation. Instead of repeating the mistake of incentivizing folks to publish one-use FSE themes and duplicate core blocks, with willy-nilly CSS style sheets…we could instead create a unified framework that anyone could extend to create new design "kits" or plugins or services. This would ensure that all of the new components work together, don't break each other, and provide a clearer understanding of where profitable opportunities exist for a more profitable and easy-to-understand WordPress ecosystem. ...
WordPress 5.9 Beta 4 was released this week. Sara Gooding over at the Tavern wrote that there are a few important changes to note in this release regarding how the WordPress admin will direct users who are exploring block themes. There is an incompatibility message for redirection depending on whether the theme is using blocks or the customizer. The release team has determined that a 5th beta will not be necessary and the official release is scheduled for January 25, 2022. Events The call for speakers is now open for WordCamp Europe 2022. We will have to keep an eye on how this in-person event will be safely organized. It appears that you will also be able to participate online. From Our Contributors and Producers A software vendor has lost a civil case in a first-time ruling by Italian courts on open source licensing. The case involved Ovation’s GPL licensed Dynamic.ooo software, which is a plugin for the open-source Elementor platform for building WordPress websites. The software was distributed without including acknowledgment of the original work, including information about changes tthat he defendants had made to the software, and with no mention of the software’s copyright holders. There is a fine levied against the defendants every day until the software is brought into compliance. WPCS.io, an Amsterdam-based provider of the world’s first multi-tenant WordPress cloud platform to create SaaS solutions with WordPress, announced that they are raising a substantial seed investment from Arches Capital. WPEngine announced on their blog that they have acquired the Frost theme, adding to their open-source cache of WordPress solutions. This theme was created by Brian Gardner and focuses on block editing and the full site editor. Gardner ...
With no major acquisitions, events, or feature releases this week, we can all take an exhale of relief. Today’s theme is: Reflection. WP Minute Contributor Joe Casabona reflects on the State of the Word hosted by Matt Mullenweg. He shares strong opinions on how you might give back to WordPress by taking care of yourself, first. “When I was in college, I learned about Saint Ignatius and the idea of Cura personalis, or care of the entire person. I’d like to think of contributing more like this” WP Minute Producer Michelle Frechette represented Post Status in an interview with Matt Mullenweg about acquisitions in the WordPress ecosystem. Matt says Automattic is participating in all parts of the ecosystem from investment to purchasing companies. Nexcess shares 22 WordPress predictions to look forward to in 2022. WP Minute Producer Daniel Schutzsmith was quoted on his take of the Full Site Editing Knowledge Gap. “As block-based themes and full site editing take over the WordPress landscape, they may create a knowledge gap among WordPress users,” David Bisset asks us to reflect on what we think the biggest news items for WordPress are this year. Send him your message to be included in the round-up. Reflecting on all of the…awards? The WP Weekly Awards for 2021 concluded. Elementor claimed the most voted page builder, Yoast won for best SEO plugin, and I…came in 4th place for the Matt Report podcast with the WP Minute ever so slightly behind, holding down the 15th spot. I can’t wait for next year! And speaking of audio… @Francisco on WP Slack has shared an update about Openverse and where the next iteration is leading us. He shares some mockups of what ...