CoBlocks 1.9.5 Merges Block Gallery Plugin into Collection, Adds New Form Block

WordPress Tavern: CoBlocks, a collection of page builder blocks that was recently acquired by GoDaddy, has added four new blocks in version 1.9.5. This is the first major release since the plugin was acquired from Rich Tabor and his co-creators. Tabor now heads up a WordPress Experience team at GoDaddy where CoBlocks’ development continues. This release merges…

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WordPress 5.2 Improves the Security of Automatic Updates

WordPress Tavern: WordPress 5.2, released earlier this month, added the first step towards fully secure updates with offline digital signatures. Scott Arciszewski, Chief Development Officer for Paragon Initiative Enterprises, explains how it works and how developers can migrate away from mcrypt to libsodium. When your WordPress site installs an automatic update, from version 5.2 onwards, it will…

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How to Easily Deactivate WordPress Plugins (Beginner’s Guide)

WP Beginner: Do you want to learn how to deactivate WordPress plugins? One of the best things about WordPress plugins is that you can turn them off temporarily by deactivating them. You can also completely remove WordPress plugins by uninstalling them. As a WordPress beginner, you need to know how to deactivate one or all of your…

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WordPress Header / Footer Notification Bar Plugins

WP Lift: WordPress notification bar plugins help you effectively display website announcements, collect email addresses, drive interaction with prospects, offer discount coupons, promote specific products of your store and yield many more benefits. We must admit, people tend to demonize notification bars and popups accusing them of the bad UX they may create. You, however, just need…

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How to Embed a Google Form in WordPress

WPMU DEV Blog: Can you remember the last time you filled out an online form? I’m guessing it wasn’t that long ago, especially if you regularly buy things online. It is easy to underestimate the importance of forms when it comes to the business of collecting customer data through your WordPress website. However, you cannot overlook how important…

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Jetpack Opens Signup for Membership Block Beta

WordPress Tavern: Jetpack has opened a signup for the beta of its upcoming Membership feature in order to collect feedback from potential testers. The changelog for version 7.3, released two weeks ago, hinted at a new Membership block coming to the plugin. The work in progress was added behind the JETPACK_BETA_BLOCKS constant, presumably in preparation for wider…

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Jetpack Retires Proofreading Module, Time to Find A New Grammar and Spellchecking Alternative

WordPress Tavern: Jetpack 7.3 was released last week and if you didn’t read the changelog, you may have missed that the spelling and grammar checking module that uses After the Deadline has been retired. “Grammar and Spelling: Remove from Jetpack. We’ve chekced the spelling alot over the years, but now time to retire.”From the Jetpack 7.3 Changelog…

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VVV 3.0 Introduces New Ubuntu 18 Box, Support for VVV 2 is Discontinued

WordPress Tavern: VVV 3.0 was released this week, introducing a new Ubuntu 18.04 LTS box. The project’s previous versions used Ubuntu 14, which has now reached end of life (EOL). Support for VVV 2 is now discontinued, due to an unforeseen complication with its PHP dependencies. Ondřej Surý, who maintains all the PHP packages VVV uses, deleted…

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25 Best Gutenberg Friendly WordPress Themes (2019)

WP Beginner: Are you looking for the best Gutenberg friendly WordPress themes? Gutenberg is the new WordPress block editor introduced in WordPress 5.0. It is incredibly fast, more visual, and offers new ways to create content layouts for your WordPress posts and pages. Many WordPress theme designers have updated their themes to take advantage of the new…

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Weekly WordPress News: Walking to WordCamp Europe

WP Lift: After the release of WordPress 5.2 last week, this week was a much quieter affair as far as WordPress news goes. Gutenberg 5.7 makes some interesting improvements to the core Columns block, and Matt Mullenweg continues his push to drive acceptance of remote work. Other than that, we have some interesting news about walking to…

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