GitHub Launches Security Alerts for JavaScript and Ruby Projects, Python Support Coming in 2018

WordPress Tavern: Last month GitHub launched its Dependency Graph feature that tracks a repository’s dependencies and sub-dependencies under the Insights tab. This week the company rolled out an expansion of the feature and will now identify known vulnerabilities and send notifications with suggested fixes from the GitHub community. Dependency graphs and security alerts are automatically enabled for […]

WordCamp Europe 2018 Speaker Applications Now Open

WordPress Tavern: WordCamp Europe 2018 has opened the call for speakers and will be accepting applications through January 15. The organizing team recommends that speakers already have some experience ahead of applying to speak at the largest WordPress event in Europe, but a dedicated Content Team will also be available with resources for helping speakers create a […]

WooCommerce Explores the Possibilities and Challenges for E-Commerce in the Gutenberg Era

WordPress Tavern: The next release of WordPress (5.0) will introduce the new Gutenberg editor and contributors plan to keep it rolling towards the eventual goal of providing a full site building experience. Nearly every WordPress theme and plugin developer will be impacted by the change and many are starting to look ahead to how their products may […]

GDPR for WordPress Project Gains Momentum, Proposal Receives Positive Response from Developer Community

WordPress Tavern: Community feedback on the new GDPR for WordPress project, created by WordCamp Denmark organizer Kåre Mulvad Steffensen and WP Pusher creator Peter Suhm, has started rolling in after the two launched a survey for developers. The project aims to provide an industry standard for getting plugins compliant with EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation […]

WordPress 4.9 Released with Major Improvements to Customizer Workflow, Updated Code Editors, and New Core Gallery Widget

WordPress Tavern: WordPress 4.9 “Tipton” was released today, named for Oklahoma-born jazz musician William Lee Tipton, a gifted pianist and saxophonist. This update introduces major improvements to the design and collaboration workflow in the Customizer, improves WordPress’ built-in code editor, and enhances core text and media widgets. Draft, Schedule, and Preview Changes in the Customizer Prior to […]

iA Writer 5 for iOS Released, Web Collaboration Version Coming Soon

WordPress Tavern: iA Writer 5 for iOS was released last week, nearly a year after version 4. This update is free for those who purchased version 4 from the iOS App Store. iA Writer 5 for Mac is still in the works. The free Android version of the app is receiving incremental improvements that will bring it […]

WP-SpamShield Plugin Removed from WordPress.org, Author Plans to Pull All Plugins from the Directory

WordPress Tavern: The WP-SpamShield plugin was removed from the WordPress.org directory this week due to what the Plugin Review Team has deemed a violation of the guidelines and a possible miscommunication. Two weeks ago, the author of WP-SPamShield and the author of the Plugin Organizer plugin exchanged contentious remarks in a support forum thread where each accused […]

Weglot Passes €44K in Monthly Revenue, Plans to Expand into More CMS and E-commerce Markets

WordPress Tavern: Weglot, a SaaS-based multilingual plugin that entered the WordPress market last year, has passed €44,000 in monthly revenue. The company received €450K in seed funding in May 2017 and has nearly doubled its user base in the past six months. Co-founder Rémy Berda reports that the plugin is approaching 20,000 users and that more than […]

Gutenberg Contributors Explore Alternative to Using iframes for Meta Boxes

WordPress Tavern: The discussion surrounding the use of iframes for meta boxes in Gutenberg became more heated over the weekend, as concerned developers implored the team to consider the detriments of the current approach. Responses from Gutenberg’s leadership initially deflected concerns, presenting the iframe implementation as an experiment that “works ‘for now'” but isn’t what the team […]

Harare and Nairobi Host 2nd Round of Successful WordCamps

WordPress Tavern: photo credit: WordCamp Nairobi Six WordCamps were held over the weekend in cities across the globe, including two in Africa where WordPress events are just starting to take off. Harare and Nairobi hosted their second WordCamps in areas where the WordPress community was virtually non-existent two years ago. Harare’s first camp was part of the […]

WordCamp Europe 2018 Early Bird Tickets Now on Sale

WordPress Tavern: WordCamp Europe 2018 has begun early bird ticket sales for its sixth edition in Belgrade, Serbia, June 14-16. Attendees who purchase a ticket before December 31, 2017, will receive a limited-edition swag item. WordCamp Europe has sold out in many previous years and organizers of the 2017 event in Paris anticipated that it would be […]

Gutenberg Contributors Discuss the Drawbacks of Using iframes for Meta Boxes

WordPress Tavern: photo credit: Closed square box, variation – (license) A lively and productive discussion regarding Gutenberg’s use of iframes for meta boxes is happening on GitHub. Yesterday, WordPress developer Kevin Hoffman created an issue titled “Are iframes a viable long-term solution for meta boxes?” Gutenberg 1.5 introduced initial support for meta boxes. Hoffman identified several issues […]

Press This Removed from WordPress 4.9 in Favor of a Plugin

WordPress Tavern: photo credit: matt-artz Tools. 2015 – (license) Press This, a tool that allowed users to quickly clip and publish content from web pages, is set to be removed from WordPress’ upcoming 4.9 release. The feature is being retired and will live out its remaining days as a canonical plugin. WordPress contributors opted to make a […]

GitHub Launches Community Forums to Connect Developers

WordPress Tavern: GitHub launched its new community forums this week as another way for the platform’s 24 million developers to stay connected. The company built them on top of the Lithium SaaS community platform, a popular choice for enterprise customers, including Sony, Cisco, HP, Skype, Barclaycard, Symantec, Google, and PayPal. The first iteration of the forums includes […]

Gutenberg 1.6 Improves Writing Experience, Moves Block Toolbar to the Top of the Editor

WordPress Tavern: The Gutenberg plugin’s Halloween release (version 1.6) includes major updates to the writing experience and many performance improvements. The block toolbar has been relocated to the top of the editor, a suggestion that was mocked up and described in detail in a post on the Yoast SEO blog proposing an alternative approach for Gutenberg. Prior […]

Scotch School Offers Free Course on Getting Started with JavaScript for Web Development

WordPress Tavern: The Scotch School, a developer resource with video training and tutorials, is offering its Getting Started with JavaScript for Web Development course for free through the end of this week. If you’re just now getting started on your journey to learning JavaScript deeply, this 23-lesson video course from Chris Sevilleja offers a quick foundation on […]

GDPR for WordPress Project Seeks to Provide a Standard for Plugin Compliance

WordPress Tavern: WordCamp Denmark organizer Kåre Mulvad Steffensen and WP Pusher creator Peter Suhm are working on a GDPR for WordPress project that aims to provide an industry standard for getting plugins compliant with EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation. The deadline for compliance is May 28, 2018, approximately 200 days from now. The Danish duo […]

New Dispensary Details Plugin for WooCommerce Adds Cannabis Details to Products

WordPress Tavern: photo credit: Blueberry Kush, Indica-3 – (license) Two years ago, WordPress developer Robert DeVore launched WP Dispensary, a free marijuana dispensary menu plugin for WordPress, and has since built an accompanying theme, additional free add-ons, and six commercial extensions. DeVore is aiming to make WP Dispensary a complete online menu software solution for dispensaries and […]

Patreon Launches App Directory and Free WordPress Plugin for Membership Sites

WordPress Tavern: Patreon was founded in May 2013 as a service with business tools that allow content creators to crowdfund their work through donations and subscriptions. The service is now expanding to help users connect their accounts to more third-party tools that make patron management easier. Patreon launched its new App Directory and Developer Portal today, featuring […]

WordPress 4.9 Will Support Shortcodes and Embedded Media in the Text Widget

WordPress Tavern: WordPress 4.8 brought TinyMCE to the core Text widget, along with brand new Image, Video, and Audio media widgets. The upcoming 4.9 release builds on this progress and will introduce some long-awaited improvements to Text widget. Users will finally be able to use shortcodes in the Text widget without the help of additional code from […]

Goodnight Firebug

WordPress Tavern: Twitter is lighting up with sentimental Firebug remembrances today after Mozilla announced it will reach end-of-life in the Firefox browser next month. Firebug was the first browser-based tool that allowed developers to easily inspect HTML and debug JS. It was discontinued as a separate add-on and merged into Firefox DevTools in 2016 where it will […]

WooCommerce Retires Canvas Theme, Recommends Customers Migrate to Storefront Theme

WordPress Tavern: WooCommerce is retiring its Canvas Theme after seven years. Canvas was one of the most innovative themes on the market when it first launched in 2010, giving customers the ability to modify their sites’ design and layout through an extensive options panel. It sold for $99 before the product URL was redirected to a retirement […]

Gutenberg 1.5 Adds Initial Support for Meta Boxes, Makes Gutenberg the Default Editor

WordPress Tavern: Gutenberg 1.5 was released this morning and introduces several major changes to the plugin. This version takes the new editor off the back burner and makes it the default for creating new posts. The team has also included a way for users to create posts with the Classic Editor, but this requires knowing where to […]

Facebook is Testing a “Pay to Play” Requirement for Publishers in the News Feed

WordPress Tavern: Last week Facebook began rolling out its new Explore feed, which is now available for users globally on both desktop and mobile. The new Explore feed encourages discovery by including posts from people and pages that the user doesn’t follow. Over the weekend, Filip Struhárik, a journalist and editor at Denník N, published data from […]

Postman SMTP Plugin Forked after Removal from WordPress.org for Security Issues

WordPress Tavern: photo credit: Jerry Kiesewetter In early October the popular Postman SMTP plugin was removed from WordPress.org due to security issues. The plugin had not been updated in two years and also contained a reflected cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability that was made public in June and left unfixed. The security researcher’s attempts to contact the plugin’s […]

Camp Press is Coming to Iceland April 19 – 22, 2018

WordPress Tavern: photo credit: Jeroen Van Nieuwenhove The next installment of Camp Press will be held in Iceland at the Volcano Huts located in Húsadalur Valley in the Þórsmörk Nature Reserve April 19 – April 22, 2018. It will be the first time a Camp Press event will be held in Europe. The Camp Press organization was […]

AMP Project Turns 2, Automattic Partners with Google to Improve WordPress Plugin

WordPress Tavern: Google’s AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) project is two years old today and the company published data demonstrating its growing adoption across the web. More than 4 billion AMP pages have been published by 25 million domains. AMP performance has also increased and Google reports that the median time for loading AMP pages from its search […]

Google Chrome v62 Adds Support for OpenType Variable Fonts, Expands HTTP Warnings

WordPress Tavern: Google Chrome version 62 was pushed to the stable channel for Windows, Mac, and Linux today and will be rolling out to users over the next few days. The browser is continuing to put the pressure on website owners to migrate to HTTPS. As expected from the roadmap laid out earlier this year, a “Not […]

GoDaddy Launches New Managed WordPress Hosting Platform Aimed at Professionals

WordPress Tavern: GoDaddy has expanded its managed WordPress hosting plans to include a new “Pro WordPress” platform with tools aimed at professionals who are hosting multiple sites. Although GoDaddy currently has 4 million customers running on WordPress, its more basic plans were not adequate for those who require additional tools to manage multiple sites and clients in […]

Medium Opens Partner Program, Allows Anyone to Publish Behind Its $5 Paywall

WordPress Tavern: In March 2017, Medium scrapped its previous ad-driven revenue model to become a publisher of premium, subscription-based content. The company launched a new $5 subscription program and gave a select group of writers and publications the ability to publish articles behind a paywall inside its network. Medium’s invitation-only Partner Program launched in August but has […]

Bear App Users Want WordPress Publishing Integration

WordPress Tavern: Ever since the demise of WordPress’ old distraction-free writing mode, users have been forced to look elsewhere for a truly zen writing experience. Gutenberg’s current design trajectory doesn’t seem to be putting it on track for delivering the minimalist writing environment that many writers crave. The project has a lot of publishing and design-related functionality […]

GitHub Launches New Dependency Graph Feature with Security Alerts Coming Soon

WordPress Tavern: GitHub announced a new Dependency Graph feature at the Github Universe conference yesterday. It lists all the dependencies for a repository and will soon identify known vulnerabilities. The graph can be accessed under the Insights tab and currently supports Ruby and JavaScript dependencies with Python coming soon. Public repositories display the graph by default and […]

WordPress Replaces Browserify with Webpack for Build Process

WordPress Tavern: During a core JavaScript chat held in May, WordPress contributors agreed on using Webpack (and ES6 imports) instead of Browserify for JavaScript bundling in the build process. “Since we split the media files in #28510, the core build process has used Browserify to combine the media files,” Adam Silverstein said in the ticket proposing the […]

Gutenberg 1.4 Adds HTML Mode for Blocks

WordPress Tavern: Gutenberg 1.4 was released today with a new feature that allows users to edit HTML on a per-block basis. HTML mode can be triggered by toggling the ellipsis menu and selecting the HTML icon. This will switch the block between visual and text mode, without having to switch the entire document into text mode. Contributors […]

GitLab Raises $20 Million Series C Round, Adds Matt Mullenweg to Board of Directors

WordPress Tavern: GitLab celebrated its sixth anniversary as an open source project yesterday and announced a $20 million Series C round of funding led by GV General Partner Dave Munichiello. The company’s CEO Sid Sijbrandij joined Municheiello with guest hosts, Adam Stacoviak and Jerod Santo from The Changelog podcast, for the GitLab live event that aired yesterday. […]

Gutenberg Engineer Matías Ventura Unpacks the Vision for Gutenblocks, Front-End Editing, and the Future of WordPress Themes

WordPress Tavern: photo credit: KaylaKandzorra i miss you grampa. – (license) In a post titled Gutenberg, or the Ship of Theseus, Matías Ventura breaks down the vision for how the project will transform WordPress’ content creation experience and the decisions the team has made along the way. Ventura describes how WordPress has become difficult to customize, as […]

WPThemeDoc: A Single-File HTML Template for Documenting WordPress Themes

WordPress Tavern: photo credit: Lia Leslie ThemeBeans founder Rich Tabor has open sourced WPThemeDoc, the template he uses for documenting his commercial WordPress themes. Tabor is also the creator of Merlin WP, a theme onboarding wizard that makes setup effortless for users. After applying his aesthetic talents to the documentation aspect of his business, he decided to […]