Democratizing Performance in WordPress

In the style of the WordPress mission statement to democratize publishing, I like to call this effort Democratizing Performance. Or in other words: performance for everyone. In my eyes, everyone should be able to have a fast website, regardless of their skill level or technical knowledge. To achieve this, we take things that used to […]

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WordPress Accessibility Plugins and ADA Compliance

Learn how to build accessible web content on WordPress — and how accessibility plugins can fit into your ADA compliance strategy.

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Business Roundup Week Ending March 15

Site Editor Complaints? The Core Team is Listening. The Latest Google Algorithm Change Significantly Improves Search Results Quality. The Sad Decline of CSS-Tricks. An AI Powered WP Plugin Search Tool. And More!

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WordCamp Europe 2024: Struggles, cultural experiences, and community – Organizers Ohia and Marco

How do the challenges of organizing a large event remotely impact the overall planning and coordination? 🧐 Maciej gets to the bottom of the exciting world of organizing WordCamp Europe 2024 in Turin, Italy. Welcome to another Osom To Know episode! Meet Ohia and Marco – one of #WCEU2024 Organizers. Together with Maciej, they explore […]

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82.3% of #Japanese websites are powered by WordPress

WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg announced at the Q&A session of WordCamp Asia 2024 that he would deliver the 2024 State Of The Word from Tokyo, Japan on December 16. This marks a significan…

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The oxygen mask approach to open source – Failing Forward

In 2023, Hari Shanker wrote a post on Make WordPress requesting feedback about improving the Five for the Future contributor journey. I wrote a detailed comment sharing my thoughts. I can’t remember if I also had additional discussions on the Make WordPress Slack. Maybe? I then met Hari in person for the first time at […]

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Introducing “Build and Beyond”: A New Video Series From WordPress.com and Jamie Marsland

Jamie Marsland has been preaching the WordPress gospel for over a decade and has trained thousands of people on blocks, plugins, and more. Through his popular YouTube channel and hands-on courses, Jamie provides incredible tutorials and breaks down the most common misconceptions about building with WordPress. We’re happy to share that WordPress.com is partnering with […]

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WordPress 6.5 Field Guide

This guide outlines major developer features and breaking changes in 6.5 and is published in the Release Candidate cycle to help inform WordPress extending developers, Core developers, and others. In Core Trac, there are almost 344 tickets: 99 of which are enhancements and feature requests, 210 bug fixes, and 35 other blessed tasks. This time, […]

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New Feature: Font Library

Introduced in WordPress 6.5, the Font Library allows users to manage fonts directly in the editor. It comes with a set of APIs that allow developers to control, adapt, and disable its behavior.

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Freemius WordCamp Asia 2024 Recap

WordCamp Asia 2024 was all about forging connections, delivering an amazing Makers’ Meetup, & observing notable differences — is the event getting more commercial/business-driven & is WordPress on the brink of a recession?

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Why Keeping up with Gutenberg Is a Challenge for Developers

With WordPress, we can build custom solutions to fit our needs. The vast ecosystem of themes and plugins is proof. That principle also applies to Gutenberg, which powers the Site and Block Editors. Custom blocks can serve both niche and universal purposes. They can enhance page layouts or display data…

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WordPress 6.5 RC2, Help Test • Notifying Blocked Users • Font Library on Track, Synched Patterns on Hold

This Week at WordPress.org (March 10, 2024) News WordPress 6.5 Release Candidate 2 Highlights from WordCamp Asia 2024 WordCamp Asia 2024: Q&A with

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Previews and Blueprints – Plugin Handbook

If you haven’t noticed it yet, the WordPress Playground is an amazing feature that lets anyone safely run a temporary WordPress install…

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Inside DE{CODE} 2024, WP Engine’s Upcoming Developer Conference

WP Engine’s team opens up about their annual developer conference focusing on WordPress, AI, and of course, Advanced Custom Fields.

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Reflections on My 2 Weeks Writing for The Tavern

What did I learn during my 2 weeks of writing for The Tavern? Why was it so scary to push the “Publish” button? How would I improve The Tavern? I reflect on these questions and more!

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WooCommerce API: A Guide to Writing Your First Script

A step by step guide to building a WooCommerce Plugin using the API

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Figuring Out wp-env: Your Guide to Setting Up a WordPress Test Environment

A step by step guide to setting up wp-env to use to test WordPress elements locally.

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Cat Counters | Shipping Class ID | Product Page CRO

Hello there, Welcome back to WooWeekly, your weekly appointment with WooCommerce tutorials handpicked for you (and the other 18,725 subscribers), so that you can learn something new. I’m super excited for tomorrow’s masterclass – Live Coding a “Deal of the Week” Functionality For WooCommerce – and the next one on Thur 21 – How to Find and Fix Slow Database […]

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WordPress 6.5 Release Candidate 2

The second release candidate (RC2) for WordPress 6.5 is ready! This 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, it’s recommended that you evaluate RC2 on a test server and site. While release candidates are considered ready for […]

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What’s new in Gutenberg 17.9 (13 March)

“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 remin…

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Plugins: WordPress Owns The World

Ah the logic of if one person from NYC kicks you in the shin, clearly all people from NYC are shin-kickers.

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The WordPress Training Team’s Big Changes: Learning Pathways and Website Redesign

The WordPress Training team is rethinking- and redesigning- how Users, Designers, and Developers can Learn WordPress.

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Surprising Tech Trends in WordPress and Beyond

WordPress constitutes 46% of websites, showing stable usage but with a significant portion using outdated software. Competitors like Wix and Squarespace are gaining ground, while PHP and Mailchimp …

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Do Freelance Web Designers Need a Side Hustle?

Learn how to balance freelance web design with a side hustle for extra income and skill growth. Tips for successful multitasking.

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Automattic Doubles Down on the Developer Community

There’s something in the water at Automattic, and I don’t think it just started with Matt Mullenweg’s “samattical“. The last few months have seen a number of interesting changes across the company and its approach to the broader WordPress community. When I pull the various threads, it looks to me like Automattic is making a […]

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Unblocking WP6.5 – Font Library and Synced Pattern Overrides

A number of contributors have flagged a stalemate on a couple of different topics for WP6.5 this week. I want to first thank everyone who joined in the discussions on Github, Slack, and elsewhere. There were a lot of well-reasoned and important concerns raised and it was an excellent example of the way open source […]

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Website Professionals Can Now Take Advantage of the New Bluehost Cloud

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 7, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Bluehost, one of the leading, innovative WordPress solution providers in the world, today unveils its new Bluehost Cloud, an all-in-one managed WordPress platform built for lightning-fast page load times and 100 percent uptime SLA. Bluehost Cloud was expertly designed to meet the demands of critical, performance-intensive, and high-traffic […]

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Matt Mullenweg to Deliver State Of The Word 2024 From Tokyo, Japan

WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg announced at the Q&A session of WordCamp Asia 2024 that he would deliver the 2024 State Of The Word from Tokyo, Japan on December 16. This marks a significant moment for the WordPress community, as it’s only the second time the annual address is delivered outside of North America. Last year, […]

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Gutenberg’s Project Leadership Sits Down with Outreach Program to Discuss Problems with the Site Editor

What do you get when you put a handful of outspoken WordPress developers, agencies, product owners, and community advocates on a video call with the Lead Architect and Product Managers of the entir…

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WordPress Site Builder Closes – Devs Forced To Rebuild Client Sites

Cutting edge WordPress site building toolkit Cwicly cites hostile critics demoralized the company and pushed it to close down

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A new home for much-loved plugins

If you’ve just come to take a gander (see what we did there? 👀 🐦‍⬛) at our new site, you’ll see we’ve just dipped our beak back into the WooCommerce space.

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WP Cloud Is Powering the Future of WordPress

The foundational infrastructure for the websites you build and manage is crucial for ensuring a safe, secure, fast, and reliable environment. That’s where WP Cloud comes in. Automattic, the parent company of WordPress.com, built WP Cloud because we wanted a cloud platform constructed from the ground up just for WordPress. We’ve hosted millions of websites […]

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Cwicly’s Unexpected Farewell: Founder Decides to Discontinue Development

In a shocking development, the Gutenberg-based page builder Cwicly’s founder Louis-Alexander Désiré has announced that the team is discontinuing the Cwicly development “after much deliberation and …

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Which WP Theme is Best? Fun With Theme Download Stats

The article delves into the popularity of WP.org themes, employing a lighthearted approach and original metrics such as “usage rate” and “enthusiasm gap” to assess user pref…

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WordCamp Asia 2025 Scheduled For Next February in Manila, Philippines

WordCamp Asia has unveiled its host city for 2025 – Manila, Philippines. After Bangkok and Taiwan, it is Manila’s turn to take center stage as the venue for the flagship event, tentativ…

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The Cheap & Lazy Way to Display Form Entries on the Front End of a WordPress Site

I decided I wanted a Guestbook on this little ol’ site of mine after seeing a bunch of folks sharing Manu’s excellent example. I wanna be like the cool kids,

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Design Share: Feb 26-Mar 8

Hi, all! Here are a few projects the Design Team has contributed to over the past couple of weeks. WordPress.org Forums and Patterns color/header updates

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Woo News (and Stats)

Are you a journalist, writer, or reporter looking to publish information about Woo? You’re in the right place! Welcome to the Woo Newsroom.

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What’s new for developers? (March 2024)

The release of WordPress 6.5 on March 26th is fast approaching, making now the perfect time to start testing and exploring the many new features. The first release candidate (RC1) was released on Tuesday, March 5, signaling the final stages of the 6.5 development cycle. This will be the final public version unless critical issues […]

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Business Roundup Week Ending March 8

Cwicly Discontinues Development: The Most Important Question WP Agency Owners Should Consider, Font Library Finally Approved After Minor Hiccup, Your iPhone Repairs Might Start Costing a Lot Less, and More!

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Synced Pattern Overrides punted, Font Library approved, as WordPress 6.5 nears release

The Executive Director of WordPress gives the final verdict on two 6.5 features with uncertain futures.

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LocalWP and Homebrew Conflicts

Like an idiot while I was going to do a “quick” bit of work to get ahead for next week on Friday. First I decided it was time to update Homebrew before I really got into diagnosing a problem for a client. Of course mayhem ensued with the wpcli commands no longer working with LocalWP […]

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Attack wrangles thousands of web users into a password-cracking botnet

Attackers have transformed hundreds of hacked sites running WordPress software into command-and-control servers that force visitors’ browsers to perform password-cracking attacks. A web search for the JavaScript that performs the attack showed it was hosted on 708 sites at the time this post went live on Ars, up from 500 two days ago. Denis Sinegubko, […]

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Miscellaneous Editor changes in WordPress 6.5

New Block Supports Footnotes support for Custom Post Types DependencyExtractionWebpackPlugin: Drop webpack4 and node

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Proposal for Establishing a Make Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (“DEIB”) Team within the WordPress Community

TL;DR: This proposal suggests establishing a Make Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (“DEIB”) team within the WordPress community to enhance and support the existing DEIB initiatives. Buil…

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WordPress Theme Composition and Interoperability

WordPress themes have evolved into highly composable entities, leveraging the power of blocks to handle various design elements. The recent focus on…

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Highlights from WordCamp Asia 2024

Over 1,300 attendees gathered at the Taipei International Convention Center in Taiwan for WordCamp Asia 2024. This three-day event emerged as a vibrant celebration showcasing the collaboration, diversity, and innovation that drive the world’s most popular web platform.

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Playground Blueprint Builder

I have been playing with the WordPress Playground a lot. As I did, I wanted a way to quickly make a copy of an existing site to a new Playground. It seems an ideal way to test new plugins, themes, and other things you’d want to change. You do that by making a Blueprint with […]

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Certain WP Form Plugins Make Accessibility Easy

Certain WordPress form plugins make achieving accessibility compliance easy. Others…not so much. This article highlights work that Gravity Forms and other plugins are doing to create more inc…

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The Month in WordPress – February 2024

February saw significant progress towards the upcoming WordPress 6.5 release and final preparations for WordCamp Asia. The results of the annual WordPress survey were released, and discussions bega…

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WordPress 6.5 Release Candidate 1

WordPress 6.5 RC1 is ready for download and testing. Reaching this phase of the release cycle is an important milestone. Check out what’s coming in this release and how to get involved.

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Here’s Why You Should Always Log Out of WordPress

Learn why logging out of WordPress is crucial for security. A report reveals 60% of hacks stem from stolen session cookies. Simple steps can prevent this risk.

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WordPress Developer Docs Shows Off a New Block-Based Redesign

WordPress.org relaunched its Developer Documentation with a much more intuitive homepage, cohesive navigation, and a modern design.

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Do We Expect Too Much from WordPress Core?

User complaints are part of the computing experience. We talk about hardware that is too slow or expensive. Or software that is too buggy or is missing features. WordPress is no exception. All of us have pet peeves and a wish list of features. Sometimes, it’s about a bug that…

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Custom Headers with Simple Download Counter WordPress Plugin

Quick tip for my free WordPress plugin, Simple Download Counter. SDC is optimized for successful downloads in most server environments, but there always is an exception to the rule. For example, on some servers, a download’s content-length header may be calculated incorrectly for GZIP and possibly other file formats. This tutorial explains how to define […]

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Annual Survey Results, WordPress 6.5 Beta, Nginx Fork 🗞️ March 2024 WordPress News

Discover the latest WordPress news, including the 2023 Annual Survey results, WordPress 6.5 betas, a fork of Nginx, and lots more.

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Just one of us after all? A closer look at Taylor Swift‘s new website

What’s under the hood of Tay-Tay’s new website? And does the megastar have a soft spot for open source? A teardown from a WordPress perspective.

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Exploring WordPress’ New Interactivity API

In the latest episode of the WordPress Briefing podcast, host Josepha Haden Chomphosy explored the new Interactivity API for WordPress. This long-awaited API aims to significantly improve front-end interactivity and user experiences in WordPress.

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My Condolences, You’re Now Running a Billion-Dollar Business

A few things I’ve learned during my interim role of running WordPress.com… Also, one pro tip: don’t open Slack on vacation.

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26Feb24 Roundup: Matt Mullenweg Teaches a Masterclass on Why We Have Trust & Safety Teams

Last week, Matt Mullenweg made a series of unfortunate and baffling decisions, including some of the most egregious lapses in judgment from a Tech CEO I’ve witnessed on Al Gore’s internet.

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WordCamp Asia 2024 Cheat Sheet

The quick and easy cheat sheet for all things WordCamp Asia 2024.

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February Stats for the WordPress Photo Directory

February was a busy month for the Photo Directory with the week-long WordPress Photo Festival! As always, our goal is to moderate photos as quickly as we can. Please do remember we are all volunteers and work through the list as we are able to in the event there is a backlog. (And during major […]

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Gravatar Manifesto: One Profile, Everywhere

Experience the next generation of online identity with Gravatar. Privacy-first profiles, a revamped ‘link-in-bio’, and tools for killing off passwords. Join the revolution!

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Piracy and the GPL

A nuanced question about piracy forces me to talk about the ethical considerations and intent of theft. Piracy, though complicated, should not stray into harmful or exploitative territory.

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$2,751 Bounty Awarded for Arbitrary File Upload Vulnerability Patched in Avada WordPress Theme

🎉 Did you know we’re running a Bug Bounty Extravaganza again? Earn over 6x our usual bounty rates, up to $10,000, for all vulnerabilities submitted through February 29th, 2024 when you opt to have Wordfence handle responsible disclosure! On February 6th, 2024, during our second Bug Bounty Extravaganza, we received a submission for an Arbitrary […]

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Removing the Barriers: Hostinger Joins Groundbreaker Talents

Find out what is Groundbreaker Talents program, how Hostinger participates in the program, and what you can do to empower Ugandan youth.

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You Don’t Need to Know Code to Build a Successful WP Plugin Business.

Discover how small WordPress plugin creators are outsmarting industry giants, turning niche solutions into lucrative businesses through innovation, smart marketing, and unwavering perseverance.

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How We Built a New Home for WordPress.com Developers Using the Twenty Twenty-Four Theme

The WordPress.com team recently rebuilt developer.wordpress.com using a modified version of the Twenty Twenty-Four default WordPress theme. Here’s how they did it.

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How to Create & Manage Block Patterns in WordPress

WordPress block patterns are among its most versatile design features. They provide readymade layouts for all manner of uses. And it seems like there is no end to their possibilities.

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WordPress Photo Festival 2024, A Five Part Retrospective, Part 5, What We Learned, Where We’re Going

In this last episode about the Kerala WPPhotos Festival I talk not only about the project, but also where this project is leading us.

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Reflecting on WordCamp Phoenix 2024: Struggles, Successes, and the Road Ahead

Seven months ago I registered for & scheduled a trip to Phoenix Arizona for a non-WordPress-related event! Crazy, right? As luck would have it, four months later, WordCamp Phoenix had announced…

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Acquisition Alert: Kestrel Acquires Seven Barn2 Plugins

Katie Keith, CEO of Barn2, announced that Kestrel has acquired seven plugins from her company for an undisclosed amount. She had tweeted about her plans to sell the plugins back in January to focus…

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Exciting News: Kestrel Acquires Seven Barn2 Plugins!

We are thrilled to share some exciting news: our friends at Kestrel have acquired seven of our beloved plugins here at Barn2.

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BackWPup <= 4.0.2 – Plaintext Storage of Backup Destination Password

The BackWPup plugin for WordPress is vulnerable to Plaintext Storage of Backup Destination Password in all versions up to, and including, 4.0.2. This is due to to the plugin improperly storing backup destination passwords in plaintext. This makes it possible for authenticated attackers, with administrator-level access, to retrieve the password from the password input field […]

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The Block Bindings API Brings Dynamic Data to Blocks

WordPress 6.5 will introduce the Block Bindings API, laying the foundation for connecting blocks with data from custom fields and more.

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A WordPress ‘Firehose’ Allows AI Companies to Buy Access to a Million Posts a Day

This firehose appears to be distinct from any direct data sharing deal with Midjourney and OpenAI, in part because the documentation makes clear that data being sold via this firehose is not limited only to posts on WordPress.com, but also can include posts on self-hosted WordPress.org websites that use Jetpack.

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Cleaning up WordPress option clutter

If you run a WordPress site for a while, it’ll become cluttered. You’ve installed and uninstalled dozens of plugins over the course of your site being alive, and many of those plugins have left their footprint (their options) in your database. I’ve come up with a solution for this, which is the first step of […]

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A Decade of MainWP: Celebrating Version 5 and Our 10-Year Journey

Hey everyone, Dennis with MainWP here. Can you believe it’s been 10 years since we started this adventure? Time flies when you’re having fun, and today, I’m

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Does WordPress Gutenberg Editor Require a Fix for the Call-to-Action Button Block?

In the past at DigitalA11Y blog, we discussed the Links vs. Buttons conundrum and outlined the accessibility challenges. During a discussion with our design

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An introduction to block-based mega menus

In this tutorial, we’ll explore how to build a Mega Menu block that integrates with the Core Navigation block using new features coming in WordPress 6.5.

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Delicious Brain Bytes: DE{CODE} Registration Open, Plugin Madness, and Running Doom on Bacteria

In this issue of Delicious Brain Bytes, we open the doors on DE{CODE} 2024, look into the “sustainability crisis” in open source, and much more. Registration Open for DE{CODE} 2024… Read more

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Automattic WordPress.com and AI

I first saw the news from 404media that Automattic was going to start selling user content to AI companies looking for data. As with most media companies, 404 failed to make the distinction between Automattic/WordPress.com and WordPress.org the open source software. Then I read this post about protecting user choice from Automattic which is big […]

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Plugins: Not Your Circus, Not Your Gold Mine

Let it go! Let it go! Someone else’s fuck ups with a plugin are not your responsibility!

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How to Add a Language Switcher to Your WordPress Website?

Want to learn how to add a language switcher to your WordPress site? You’ve come to the right place. A language switcher (or language selector) is your website’s multilingual navigator, allowing visitors to effortlessly explore content in different languages. It empowers your international audience to be able to select their preferred language when they are […]

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WP 6.5 Beta 3, Help Test • AVIF Support • WC Asia Contributor Day • Contributor Covenant • Overlapping Problems in the Site Editor • Post Status

This Week at WordPress.org (February 5, 2024) News WordPress 6.5 Beta 3 Zip uploads not working from Finder/Nautilus/Gnome/etc in WP 6.4.3 Workarounds and

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Data Liberation: Meet WordPress.org’s Ambitious Plan for 2024

The open web is under threat. WordPress.org wants to protect it

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You Don’t Need to Know Code to Build a Successful WP Plugin Business

Discover how small WordPress plugin creators are outsmarting industry giants, turning niche solutions into lucrative businesses through innovation, smart marketing, and unwavering perseverance.

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What’s Coming in WordPress 6.5 (Features and Screenshots)

WordPress 6.5 beta is out with new features and improvements. Here is a list of all the features coming in WordPress 6.5 with screenshots and details.

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WooCommerce 8.7 Beta: Receipt Rendering Engine & More

We’re excited to announce that the latest WooCommerce Beta release is now available for testing. You can download it directly from WordPress.org or install it via the WooCommerce Beta Tester Plugin. Known Issue We are aware of a PHP Fatal with the Germanized extension: PHP Fatal error: Uncaught Exception: The LegacyProxy class is not intended for getting instances of […]

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Do WordPress’ Annual Survey Results Reflect Reality in 2024?

Our thoughts on SEJ’s coverage of the WordPress annual survey. Unravel the truth behind user frustrations and the path forward for WordPress.

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WordPress Photo Festival 2024, A Five Part Retrospective, Part 3, Attendees

In this episode of the International WPPhotos event we talk to attendees from three different continents about their various experiences.

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Automattic Faces Scrutiny Over AI Access Policy

Automattic makes the argument that AI regulation and legislation do not yet exist and, as such, is taking these steps to proactively provide users with additional methods of controlling how and where their content is made available.

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Joosts and Mariekes

When working at Yoast with my husband, Joost de Valk, I often divide customers into the Joosts and the Mariekes. The Joosts were like my Joost: technically skilled, wanting to know everything about a product, quickly bored, always looking for new things, and very early adopters. The Mariekes were more like me: a bit lazy, […]

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‘Support Inclusion in Tech’ is Fundraising to Sponsor More Marginalized WordPress Contributors

Support Inclusion in Tech (SiNC) is now fundraising on the Open Collective (OC) Foundation’s platform. Spearheaded by Winstina Hughes, SiNC assists underrepresented WordPress contributors and provides financial support to WordCamp speakers for travel and hotels.

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