24 WordPress Snippets ’til Christmas, Submissions Open for 2019

WordPress Tavern: After a multi-year hiatus, Elliott Richmond has relaunched his WordPress advent calendar and is looking for volunteers. The WP Snippets ’til Christmas site will host 24 days of WordPress code snippets starting on December 1 and lasting until December 24. With each passing day, a new code snippet will be revealed. Advent calendars are special…

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WordCamp US 2020 Date and Location Announced, New Weekday Schedule

WordPress Tavern: Mark your calendars, folks. WordCamp US 2020 will start on a…Tuesday. On November 11, the WordCamp US team announced that next year’s event will happen during the middle of the week, from October 27 through October 29. This is a change from the usual three-day weekend event. The time frame puts the event’s days on…

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WordPress 5.3 “Kirk” Released, Brings New Default Theme, Editor Improvements, and UI Tweaks

WordPress Tavern: WordPress 5.3 “Kirk,” named in honor American jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, is now available for download. The update includes a new default theme named Twenty Twenty, user interface improvements aimed at accessibility, and new block editor features. This release saw contributions from 645 volunteers, which is the largest contributor group ever for a WordPress…

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Recurring Payments Feature Launches for WordPress.com and Jetpack Users

WordPress Tavern: WordPress.com launched a new recurring payments feature its users today. The payments system will allow bloggers to earn money for their content directly from any page on their site. The feature is also available for self-hosted WordPress users who have the Jetpack plugin installed. The recurring payments system works alongside Stripe, so users must have…

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Beyond Prefixing: A WordPress Developer’s Guide to PHP Namespaces

WordPress Tavern: Prefix everything. It is an adage that is old as the WordPress software itself. Prefixing has been a standard for WordPress developers for so long that it’s hard to imagine doing anything different. But, the time has come for something new. Well, it is long past due, but WordPress lags a bit behind in standard…

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Themes of the Future: A Design Framework and a Master Theme

WordPress Tavern: WordPress theming has a rich history. Over the years, theme authors have brought a plethora of features to the platform. In part, it is because they have often had to solve foundational issues with WordPress to create the features that end users want. The post and body classes all theme authors use today? Those were…

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Oklahoma Watch Becomes First U.S. Publication on Newspack; 34 Pilot Newsrooms Announced for Second Round

WordPress Tavern: Homepage of the Oklahoma Watch website on Newspack. Oklahoma Watch is the first U.S. publication to relaunch and the second publication to go live on Newspack, a platform created this year to bring WordPress to newsrooms. Newspack announced the relaunch today. The announcement includes the list of 34 new publications that will work with the…

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The Power of Stories: Chris Lema and the Bridge Framework

WordPress Tavern: I would tell you that when Chris Lema, VP of Products at Liquid Web, is speaking, you should listen. But, there is no need to say that. He has an infectious quality that grabs your attention and doesn’t let go. I found myself hanging onto every word in his session, The Content Framework that Powers…

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State of the Word 2019 Recap: All Roads Lead to the Block Editor

WordPress Tavern: If there was one common theme in Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word address this year at WordCamp U.S., it was that all roads lead to the block editor. His speech was primarily about blocks, blocks, more blocks, and a dash of community. This doesn’t come as a surprise because we are closing in on…

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