Clearing Up the Confusion Surrounding Block Themes

There’s been much discussion about the contrasts between Gutenberg and page builders. It has once again become a hot topic within the WordPress community. However, it seems like we’re missing something. Block themes should also be a part of this debate. If anything, they serve as a gateway to the…

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The Johnny Appleseed of WordPress

At my last job, I was often asked What do you like doing here? What career path do you want to pursue? These questions were asked shortly after I was hired, and I haven’t had an answer until now. It turns out that I enjoyed planting seeds. Here’s an example. This past Sunday, I reached […]

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Introducing Block Bindings, part 1: connecting custom fields

The first tutorial in a two-part series that introduces the Block Bindings API in WordPress 6.5. Part 1 focuses on custom fields.

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A Week in Core – February 19, 2024

Welcome back to a new issue of Week in Core. Let’s take a look at what changed on Trac between February 12 and February 19, 2024. 23 commits 43 contributors 81 tickets created 13 tickets reopened 8…

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WooWeekly #483: No Images | Order Again | CRM Integrations

Hello there, Welcome back to WooWeekly, your weekly appointment with WooCommerce tutorials, tips and updates handpicked for you (and the other 18,705 subscribers), so that you can learn something new. The flu has decided to take a break. Fingers crossed for continued good health! – Gemini. The flu has opted for a hiatus. Let’s hope for ongoing wellness! […]

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Community Roundup Week Ending February 16

WordPress Community News: hot takes, upcoming events, quick links, and our meetup info. Got a tip? Message Michelle!

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WP Tavern Launches Writer Hunger Games

Seven folx from the WordPress Community have been selected as finalists for two positions as writers for the Tavern. May the odds be ever in your favor.

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WordPress 6.5 Beta 2

WordPress 6.5 Beta 2 is now ready for download and testing! This version of the WordPress software is under development. Please do not install, run, or test this version of WordPress on production …

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Adding and using grid support in WordPress themes

How to enable the Grid variation in your WordPress themes to give you more powerful control over the layout.

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WooCommerce 8.6.1: Fixes to issues introduced in 8.6.0

Hi there! We are pleased to announce the release of WooCommerce 8.6.1. This release should be backwards compatible with the previous version. What’s new in 8.6.1? This release includes these fixes …

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Discussion: Bringing accessibility-first approaches into content development

At WordCamp US 2023, @jominney, @newcomer22 and team published the Training Team Accessibility Checklist 🎉 I’ve recently been considering how we can bring accessibility-first approaches into …

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Freenginx’s Stand Against Corporate Limits: Potentially A New Era for WordPress Hosting

In a recent development within the world of web servers, the highly regarded service Nginx has undergone a significant transformation. Russian developer Maxim Dounin has made waves by announcing a new fork of the Nginx web server and caching proxy. The new fork is called freenginx. This move is strategically aimed at steering clear of […]

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Interactivity API Prepares for its Official Debut in WordPress 6.5

The Interactivity API is merging into WordPress 6.5. It revolutionizes site interactivity by standardizing the development of interactive elements. This makes it easier for developers and enhances user experiences. It enables dynamic interactions like shared data across blocks without reloading pages. This opens up new possibilities for developers, users and businesses alike. It could mark […]

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Look Who’s Back: jQuery 4.0.0 Is Now in BetaRonny Shani

Adherence to modern browser behavior and specs is a common thread in the announcement post. Indeed, browsers have come a long way since January 2006, when jQuery was launched, Internet Explorer had a 90% market share, and front-end development was a constant struggle. Today, with 99.84% browser support for ES6, a slew of well-supported Web […]

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Hackers exploit critical RCE flaw in Bricks WordPress site builder

Hackers are actively exploiting a critical remote code execution (RCE) flaw impacting the Brick Builder Theme to run malicious PHP code on vulnerable sites.

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Data Liberation Next Steps

The recently published announcement of the Data Liberation initiative started some great conversations, and this follow-up post aims to provide additional direction. As a start, I’d like to draw on a few things Matt mentioned in the original announcement.

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Merge Announcement: Interactivity API

View the kickoff post, the status update post, and the Trac ticket for the Interactivity API. Purpose & Goals Currently, plugin authors implement their chosen JavaScript frameworks (or vanilla …

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How to disable specific blocks in WordPress

Have you ever wanted to disable specific blocks in WordPress? Whether to simplify the editing experience, maintain consistency across a site, or any other reason, this article will guide you throug…

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EU Regulatory Success Prompts Open-Source CMS Leaders to Form Alliance

The regulatory landscape that the WordPress community finds itself in today is vastly different from where we’ve been. Governments are accelerating their regulatory oversight of technology and introducing new legislation regularly to try and catch up with the pace of innovation. In Europe recently we’ve seen two landmark pieces of legislation, the Digital Markets Act […]

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WooCommerce 8.6: Updated Fix Release Details

Following our earlier advisory, we’re providing an update on the upcoming fixes for WooCommerce 8.6, specifically concerning the Checkout and Product pages, and integration with Woo Subscript…

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LearnDash 4.11.0 Introduces A New Way to Generate Revenue

Disclaimer: LearnDash is a StellarWP Product, and I am a StellarWP Employee. LearnDash released 4.11.0 the other day, which includes the ability to assign and design a Course Completion page. Now, you might be wondering why this is noteworthy. Previously, … Read More

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GatherPress, Bringing Open Source to Organizing WordPress Events

The GatherPress plugin has been proposed to replace Meetup.com to help organize WordPress events through an open source solution.

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How to Take Great Ideas in WordPress and Run With It – With Kevin Geary

Rob Cairns sits down and talks to Kevin Geary.Show Highlights: 1. Kevin’s WordPress origin story. 2. How do we take great ideas and go with them. 3. Page Builders vs Blocks.

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WooCommerce’s Web API: We want to hear from you!

We’re looking to gather feedback from folks using the WooCommerce Web API to build tools, extensions, and more!  As you may know, WooCommerce ships with several server-side web APIs, collectiv…

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A Beginner’s Guide to SSH for WordPress Users

New Sysadmin? Learn how to log into a live server using SSH (Secure Shell) so you can examine logs, modify configuration files, diagnose performance problems, update software, and lots more.

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Bricks 1.9.6.1 Patches Critical RCE Vulnerability

The vulnerability impacts all versions of Bricks Builder before version 1.9.6.1. Identified as a Remote Code Execution (RCE) flaw, it poses a critical security risk, allowing attackers to potential…

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How to redirect WordPress images to a different domain (with htaccess)

How to redirect images to a different domain with 2 htaccess lines

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Business Roundup Week Ending February 16

The Content Marketing Apocalypse, Facebook Ads Carrying Malware, Google Gemini AI Replaces Bard, and More!

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Overlapping Problems

Since I’m no longer running the FSE Outreach Program and it’s moving to better days in a new evolution, I sometimes find myself with swirling thoughts and no solid avenue to share. A post on Make Core would be too serious yet keeping it to myself feels unhelpful. All of this is to say, here […]

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Why Bluehost is Betting Big on Transforming the WordPress Experience

Host Matt Medeiros interviews Brent Lundell, an IT innovator at Bluehost, about optimizing WordPress performance and scaling on Bluehost’s infrastructure. They dive into the challenges of supporting a diverse WordPress landscape, from outdated plugins to complex WooCommerce stores. “I came through those days and it wasn’t our best period. We’re better now and we’ve really […]

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How to Set Up WordPress As A Headless CMS

Headless WordPress is a website or omnichannel app that uses WordPress content, delivered by the REST API or GraphQL to frontends developed outside WordPress (e.g., Next.js, Nuxt.js, React, Vue). Before […]

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Remote Code Execution – Cwicly

The Cwicly page builder is vulnerable to remote code execution (RCE) in versions

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WP 6.5 Beta 1, Help Test • WP-CLI 2.10.0 • 2023 Annual Survey Findings • Proposal Core Blocks in Directory • Plugin Dependencies • NGINX Forked

This Week at WordPress.org (February 5, 2024) News 2023 Annual Survey Results and Next Steps WP-CLI v2.10.0 Release Notes Core NGINX Developer Forks Web

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Plugin Madness 2023 Nominations Open

We need your help to nominate plugins for Plugin Madness 2023! Help us find the best of the best before voting starts.

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Building dynamic block-based attachment templates in themes

How to use block filters to dynamically customize image, video, and audio attachment pages in WordPress.

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AI 0.2 Release: Teaching AI to be True to Your Brand and Other AI Enhancements

Welcome to the next phase of our AI product evolution as we roll out AI release 0.2, packed with massive enhancements tailored to elevate your AI and web creation experience. This release is all about aligning with technology and keeping on improving the user experience and the existing capabilities.

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Block Party: Exploring Interactive WordPress Blocks

Modern-day WordPress websites use an arrangement of blocks to organize and display content on a page. Some blocks come with the WordPress install, but others are custom-made by third parties. Some of these WordPress blocks are interactive. Interactive WordPress blocks refer to blocks that enable user interaction or engagement directly within the content. These blocks […]

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Project Thread: Documentation Redesign

In early 2023, the Documentation site, also known as HelpHub, underwent a redesign and transitioned to a block theme. You can learn more about this project in the original kick-off and launch posts…

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Submitting WordPress plugins and plugin updates

Having recently launched our first WordPress plugin, the Admin Country Allowlist, I thought it would be useful to collate my notes into a tutorial explaining the process of both submitting a viable plugin, and actually maintaining it moving forwards. The WordPress review team are very thorough in their process so it’s good to know what […]

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WooCommerce 8.6.0 Delayed

Hi everyone! We have an important update regarding the release of WooCommerce 8.6. Originally slated for today, February 13, 2024, we’ve made the decision to postpone the release to Thursday,…

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2023 Annual Survey Results and Next Steps

Overall, awareness and/or use of block-based features is up year over year, as well as resources such as Learn.WordPress.org. This reflects project-wide efforts to increase utilization of these respectively. However, positive sentiment about WordPress is down modestly, and more so among contributors.

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OptinMonster Acquires Beacon Lead Magnet Creator To Help Small Businesses Easily Generate More Leads

I’ve got very exciting news to share with you today, but first, a question: If I said there was a simple way to grow your email list 600%, would you be interested in knowing what it is? Of course, because you’re a SMART marketer. Smart marketers know that one of the best ways to grow

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Merge Announcement: Plugin Dependencies

Extensibility of WordPress through plugins and the Hooks API is one of its most beneficial features. There are many plugins that act purely as extensions of others, building functionality on top. The Plugin Dependencies feature aims to make the process of installing/activating addons (dependents) and the plugins they rely on (dependencies) consistent and easy to […]

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Enhancing WordPress Accessibility for All Users

What are some of the best practices and how can we enhance WordPress accessibility for all users? We are sharing some of our main steps and tips to do so.

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[New] Affiliate Coupon Links: Quick Discounts, Happy Customers

Affiliates can now share coupon codes effortlessly, making shopping smoother for their audience with Affiliate Coupon Links in AffiliateWP 2.21.0. Transform your affiliate program with one-click discounts that make both affiliates and customers happier.

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Introducing: Lock My Site for Ultimate WordPress Protection

Lock My Site enforces maximum protection for your website while continuing to deliver your website, protecting it from even the nastiest exploits and break-ins

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Brand New Website, Same Old Wizardry

Gravity Wiz 3.0 is officially here! It’s pretty, and it’s fast. See how our brand new website reflects our sorcerous plans for the year to come.

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Understanding the Limitations: WPGraphQL for ACF, and Meta Queries Support

Learn the issues and limits of WPGraphQL when working with ACF and meta queries in WordPress. This article sheds light on the inherent limitations, offering solutions for developers to query for meta data with more efficiency.

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What’s new in Gutenberg 17.7? (14th February)

“What’s new in Gutenberg…” posts (labeled with the #gutenberg-new tag) are posted following every Gutenberg release on a biweekly basis, showcasing new features included in each release. As a reminder, here’s an overview of different ways to keep up with Gutenberg. Gutenberg 17.7 has been released and is available for download! This cycle is packed […]

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WordPress – let’s market together

There are a lot of marketers working in the WordPress community. We even have a dedicated WordPress marketing team. But most of the marketing budgets within the WordPress world are spent on our own brands. Hosting companies, plugin companies, and big agencies all work with WordPress, love WordPress, and market their own brands. For WordPress […]

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WooWeekly #482: WooCommerce Emails | European Accessibility Act

Hello there, Welcome back to WooWeekly, your weekly appointment with WooCommerce tutorials, tips and updates handpicked for you (and the other 18,679 subscribers), so that you can learn something new. My kid and the flu seem to be best friends these days – another unwelcome visit this week. Which means no sleep, no energy and lots of […]

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Proposal for Core Blocks in the Directory

There’s a growing subset of blocks that we may contemplate creating that are either more niche or—for various reasons—not necessarily an immediate fit for the bundled library in core. [Some examples.] This would include blocks that have enough appeal, demand, and where offering an endorsed implementation can significantly help both creators and viewers given best […]

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Beaver Builder 2.8: Box Module, Global Styles, and More!

Beaver Builder 2.8 introduces a new Box module, global styles, and integration with Popup Maker and NorthCommerce just to name a few.

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Community Roundup Week Ending February 9

Roundup of WordPress community news including a look at WordPress in 2024, links of interest, some commentary, and photo of the week.

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WordPress 6.5 Beta 1

WordPress 6.5 Beta 1 is ready for download and testing! This beta version of the WordPress software is under development. Please do not install, run, or test this version of WordPress on production or mission-critical websites. Instead, you should evaluate Beta 1 on a test server or site.

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A Week in Core – February 12, 2024

Welcome back to a new issue of Week in Core. Let’s take a look at what changed on Trac between February 5 and February 12, 2024. 71 commits 245 contributors 82 tickets created 11 tickets reopened 8…

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Why your name should be your job title

I detest boxes. I hate job titles and job descriptions. For a long time, I didn’t even want our employees to have a job title. I just wanted them to use their names. Erwin, Mijke, Louise, Taco. That was all the job title we needed. But my colleagues didn’t like putting down Louise or Erwin […]

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Design Share: Jan 29-Feb 9

Hi, all! Here are a few projects the Design Team has contributed to over the past couple of weeks. To the new design that optimizes local navigation, we applied new tweaks and documented the components specs and variants for the whole site. The implementation is already in progress and design QA will follow up.

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How do Log in and Registration work for developers?

Gain insight into the functions of user authentication in WordPress with a focus on login and registration processes and how to customize it.

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What’s new for developers? (February 2024)

WordPress 6.5 is just a month and a half away, and that means all cylinders are firing. Catch up with the latest changes in the past month.

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Using Grid Support, Pattern overrides, Power in the Details, Interactions are coming – Weekend Edition 284

Howdy, Justin Tadlock wrote: “WordPress 6.5 is just a month and a half away, and that means all cylinders are firing. ” Beta 1 will arrive on February 13, 2024, and that comes with a feature freeze.  Gutenberg 17.7 is available as Release candidate 1, which is the last plugin release to make it into WordPress…

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New Website: WP Photo Directory Stats

The current total number of photos is 14,784. There are currently 1,711 contributors and 29 moderators.

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A Year of Transformation: Engagements, Innovations, and Explorations in 2023

Reflecting on the past year can be difficult because it was such an eventful year. Identifying the highs and lows isn’t straightforward at first glance. Like other years, there was a lot of travel, significant life events, and luckily… many more highs than lows.

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WordPress, Taylor Swift, Super Bowl, oh my

There has been quite a bit of buzz in the WordPress community because during the Grammys red carpet Taylor Swift’s website went down and this is what everyone saw: Hey there! That looks famil…

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Core Editor Improvement: Power in the Details

These “Core Editor Improvement…” posts (labeled with the #core-editor-improvement tag) are a series dedicated to highlighting various new features, improvements, and more from Core Editor related p…

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The 2023 Year In Review & What’s Coming in 2024

From 2019, everything happened so fast in my business and personal life. So I decided to start publishing yearly reviews and plans for every year. Reading these posts 10 years from now will be fun for me too. Table of contents Personal Highlights & Travel Business & Team Growth New…

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Proposal: Updates to Five for the Future from the Community Summit

Last year, I published a blog post requesting feedback from contributors on how to improve the contributor journey of WordPress. The post, which garnered insightful feedback, was followed up by an …

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Roadmap 2024 – Core Performance

The roadmap covers feature projects and performance enhancements targeting WordPress core as well as separate tooling projects that facilitate performance measurement or ecosystem improvements. The roadmap is intentionally broad. Despite there being clear workstreams envisioned within the highlighted priorities, the team aims to support contributors with additional related ideas. The roadmap is intentionally incomplete or, […]

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WordCamp Asia Is One Month Away: Some Updates

Hello! It’s one month to the event! I hope you’re as excited as we are! I thought I’d share some quick bite-sized bits of info. 38 sponsors are going to amaze you with their booth experiences The s…

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The WordPress Foundation 2023 Annual Report is Now Available

The WordPress Foundation has recently released its 2023 Annual Report, highlighting the success of the programs and events supported by the non-profit organization over the year. WordPress Foundati…

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Hallway Hangout Let’s explore WordPress 6.5 Recap

This is a summary of a Hallway Hangout dedicated to exploring WordPress 6.5 and first announced in late November 2023. Thank you to @saxonafletcher and @isabel_brison for helping with the demos! This hallway hangout doesn’t cover everything in the Roadmap to 6.5 post but goes through many of the features that are ready for and […]

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Business Roundup Week Ending February 9

AI in your SEO Plan, A New Signal for Google’s Core Web Vitals, The Value of Repurposing Content, and More!

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Security Releases Regarding the Use of unserialize() in Delicious Brains Plugins

We were recently contacted by Wordfence and Patchstack regarding PHP Object Injection vulnerabilities related to the use of unserialize().

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Let’s Rethink the WordPress Way

The show “The WordPress Way” is redefining the negative connotation of the traditional “WordPress way” with innovation and evolution.

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Discussion: Translation Plugin on Learn

As our work progresses on the Learning Pathways on Learn WordPress project, I’d like to start a discussion to help us address one of our 2024 team goals: Figure out a method to manage localized content translation While the WordPress project aims to have native multilingual features in Phase 4, with the understanding that this […]

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The Anatomy of a High Converting Landing Page (Expert Insights)

Are you looking to get higher conversions on your landing page? Here are the essentials of a high-converting landing page from the co-founder of SeedProd.

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Guideline change: Reviews of Commercial/Pro Plugins

As discussed at the forums team met on Slack on Feb. 8 and agreed to the change in the guideline regarding commercial reviews. The paragraph currently reads Reviews of plugins and themes are to be …

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WP-CLI v2.10.0 Release Notes

A new release of WP-CLI, WP-CLI v2.10.0, is now available. For this release, we had 63 contributors collaborate to get 233 pull requests merged. As always, big thanks to the WP-CLI sponsors that make the continued maintenance possible. This is a small release that fixes a lot of small and not so small bugs, but […]

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Security Releases Regarding the Use of unserialize() in Delicious Brains Plugins

We were recently contacted by Wordfence and Patchstack regarding PHP Object Injection vulnerabilities related to the use of unserialize() in Better Search Replace and WP Migrate, respectively. An additional internal review of all Delicious Brains plugins led to the security releases of the following five plugins and two-open sources libraries, which we recommend updating immediately. […]

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Improving block development documentation: 2023 recap and a look ahead

Over the last year, a group of contributors has been working to improve the block development onboarding experience within the Block Editor Handbook. In this post, I wanted to take a moment and highlight the updates made, pinpoint areas for further refinement, and outline our focus for the next few months and ways you can […]

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Supporting the WordPress Foundation through a Google Ads Grant

The WordPress Foundation (WPF) is approved for a grant from Google Ads. The primary aim of using the grant is to increase overall awareness and coverage of the foundation and topics related to its …

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Brainstorm: What trends about Learn WordPress learners do we want to observe?

The Learning Pathways project was kicked off after an extensive survey of WordPress users and their needs. It was a step by the Training Team to pivot towards a more data-informed content planning strategy. In order for the team to continue a data-informed content planning strategy, let’s brainstorm what learner trends we should start observing […]

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Thoughts on Tech Employment

The Washington Post writes The U.S. economy is booming. So why are tech companies laying off workers? This article has some good data, but I think misses the point with sub-heads like “Shine has come off the tech industry.” Really? How is that reflected in their stock prices? I think a few things are happening.

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About employees, job titles, and professional growth

In 2019, I wrote a blog post titled Why your name should be your job title. At the beginning of Yoast, when we hired our first employees, I hated job titles. I also hated job descriptions. I found them so very limiting. We had a whole load of work that had to be done, and […]

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Sale Badge | Shipping Class | Accessibility Maintenance

Hello there, Welcome back to WooWeekly, your weekly appointment with WooCommerce tutorials, tips and updates handpicked for you (and the other 18,647 subscribers), so that you can learn something new. This week I’m fully focused on this Thursday’s masterclass with yours truly – How to Avoid Timeouts When Running Millions of WooCommerce Tasks – which is going to be […]

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It’s alive!: Update On WP Tavern

Okay I have reviewed all the applications, and invited seven people to participate in a $25/hr trial contract where they will have full access to the site, and can post and participate however they like, they just need to log their hours. After a two-week trial, we’ll decide which two will receive full-time Audrey Capital […]

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Lessons Learned After 37% Drop in WooCommerce Dev Business

Discover why there has been a -37% decrease in work hours sold for WooCommerce development and the impact of market changes on client demands.

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WordPress 6.5 Release Parties • jQuery 4.0 Beta • WordPress Recieves Google Ads Grant • Incident Response Nominations

This Week at WordPress.org (February 5, 2024) News The Month in WordPress – January 2024 WP Briefing: Episode 72: Why Your Website Matters Zip uploads not

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People of WordPress: Sunita Rai

This People of WordPress features Sunita Rai, a content marketer and volunteer translator from Nepal.

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The Infinite WordPress Plugin World

After a while, I started using WordPress again and recognized that there are so many new plugins and a lot of plugins I used are not there anymore. It caught my interest, so I scraped all current and former WordPress plugins. The full dataset can be found on github for free and without any signup. […]

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NEW: Recurring Payments Update Adds Revenue Breakdown Report

Deep dive into your subscription revenue with Recurring Payments v2.12’s new detailed breakdown report. Optimize pricing, boost growth, and conquer churn!

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The Month in WordPress – January 2024

January kicked off with big plans for the WordPress project in the year ahead. Work on the WordPress 6.5 release is underway, with Beta 1 scheduled for next week and early testing opportunities. Let’s catch up on all the exciting updates from the past month.

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Reintroducing the Shiny New Plugins

“Shiny New Plugins” is a blog series where I cover some of the newest plugins on the WordPress Plugin Directory.

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