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Sarah Gooding at the WPTavern covered the go/no-go deadline for features in WordPress 5.9. The date was set for October 12th but got pushed back. Josepha Hayden from the core leadership team published the modified schedule and emphasized that many of the features are still in progress. The core team shared the recording of the go/no-go deadline and the new dates around the WordPress 5.9 release. Volunteers are still needed in the capacity of Triage Leads and Release Coordination. Head on over to make.Wordpress.org if you can help.
Rank Math hit a 1+ million (or is it 1 million + ) installs in the WordPress Plugin Repository. Rank Math is another SEO tool to attract traffic to a website. Obviously, many people are using this on their sites and this plugin grabbed the best SEO designation in the plugin repository for SEO.
TechCrunch has an interesting set of articles this week in the rebranded TC-1 about Automattic and how they are still in the media game as an open-source company. There have been four articles that show how Automattic will be effective in the long run. You’ll need to set aside a good 30 minutes to enjoy these articles, but it is worth your time to understand the long game…and the last 18 years of it thus far.
Aaron Douglas tweeted about his team over @WooCommerce. The team released the in-person credit card payments. You can start accepting payments in person for orders placed online – perfect for products with curbside or local pickup options.
The Page Builder Summit is still happening this week. It has been a great lineup of speakers so far. There is still time to catch a presentation if you would like to participate.
From Our Contributors and Producers
Kirki 4, a plugin to customize WordPress, is now in beta. You can install the plugin and test it with your Theme. During this month, the team will work closely together with the community on GitHub.
Ronnie Burt tweeted that he is moving to @automattic to help grow Sensei LMS. His last days with Edublogs have passed and he is looking forward to working with a new team.
Aaron Jorbin wrote about his return from Headless WordPress to a traditional WordPress website. His feeling was that it was an interesting experience moving to the Headless WordPress setup but it was a mistake. His article shares the experience and may save you from making some of the same mistakes he did. Well worth the read.
Rebekah Kohlhepp shares an article on why she moved her blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. Her site went through a natural growth with followers and her article addresses the confusion and frustrations that new users of WordPress experience.
The proposal to rename “reusable blocks” to “synched blocks” in Gutenberg on Github got a lively discussion going in our membership group. Be sure to sync up with that Github issue to learn more.
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One Minute Segment – All About Gutenberg
Birgit Pauli-Haack, cohost on the Gutenberg Times Changelog Podcast shares the one-minute segment. If you want to know more about how to build block themes, there are now over 20 block themes in the WordPress.org repository which you can use to get up with the latest Gutenberg plugin to test the new way to edit a website called Full Site Editing. You can level up your knowledge by listening to theme builders and Anders Norwin, Ellen Bauer, and Caroline Nymark discuss how they went from building classic themes to building block themes on the recent Gutenberg Times live Q&A. Lot’s of resources are available on Gutenberg Times. For more details on current development subscribe to the Gutenberg Changelog podcast.
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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 ...
We hosted our first WP Minute Live Twitter Space covering learning WordPress. It was Bring Your Own Link (BYOL) style where our guest panelists brought a link to share with the audience. Here were the guests that appeared on the live show: Hauwa Abashiya, Freelance Project Manager transitioning into the WordPress space; Board Member and Volunteer at Big Orange Heart including WordFest and one of the Make Training Team Reps.Joe Casabona, Joe started his career almost 20 years ago as a freelance web developer before realizing his true passion, which is sharing his years of knowledge about website development, podcasting and course creation to help creators, and business owners.Birgit Pauli-Haack, Birgit is the curator of the Gutenberg Times and co-host of the Gutenberg Changelog podcast with Greg Ziolkowski. Automattic sponsors her work as a full-time developer advocate for WordPress. Daniel Schutzsmith, Web Manager at Pinellas County Government, one of the Producers at The WP Minute, maintainer of WP Livestreams Directory, and soon to be launched WP Developer’s Toolbox.Matt Medeiros, Director by day at Castos.com; Creating community contributed news and journalism at thewpminute.com part of Matt Report media network. Links shared from the guests Hauwa Abashiya: https://learn.wordpress.org/| https://make.wordpress.org/training/2021/08/08/who-can-learn-help/ | https://learn.wordpress.org/social-learning/Joe Casabona: https://wplearningpaths.com | https://maven.com Birgit Pauli-Haack Gutenberg Developer Hours 2/8 WordPress Social Learning Spaces. https://fullsiteediting.com/block-theme-generator/ Block Theme GeneratorDaniel Schutzsmith: https://make.wordpress.org/training/2022/01/18/training-team-goals-for-2022/ “Especially certification!” Episode transcript [00:00:00] Matt: This event is brought to you by malware and blog vault. Check out mal care.com and blog vault.net, helping you secure and restore your WordPress websites. Quite literally thank them without them. I wouldn’t be able to be doing the WP minute live and Daniel wouldn’t have that nice new gold ...
News A new WordPress homepage and download page is live but was it done quickly enough? Mullenweg’s perception of how long a layout should take started a lot of discussion about the timing of the release, the number of volunteers on the project…to well…you name it. The comments to the controversy ran the gamut. Mullenweg’s comments were posted in an article in Search Engine Journal about using the Block Editor. He said: it’s such a basic layout, it’s hard to imagine it taking a single person more than a day on Squarespace, Wix, Webflow, or one of the WP page builders. Brian Coords wrote an opinion piece on MasterWP that there may be a leadership problem surrounding the project. This captures how people have felt about the WordPress Community for years. The bottom line is that there are many contributors that want to make WordPress better and need guidance in the project to get there. They want to be a part of the next iteration and keep the community growing and moving forward. There is a new Twenty Twenty-Three default theme in development and there are many variations that are being proposed. Sarah Gooding over at WPTavern reviews what has been proposed and reviewed what submissions look like. This project will close on August 31st to prepare for the October 25, 2022 release. Gutenberg Gutenberg designers are considering replacing the current welcome guide with a new onboarding experience. This idea is to show the features available upfront. You should go and check out the design changes proposed and provide feedback over at make.wordpress.org. WooCommerce WooCommerce has submitted a Request for Change (RFC) to reduce the size of the woocommerce plugin archive. ...