What a month it has been for WordPress! WordCamp EU got it all kicked off, and Gutenberg’s launch dates were a major focus.
However we can’t let that overshadow a new WordPress website with only 7KB of resources; A.I. helping customers find the right products to buy in WordPress eCommerce shops; a tweet story from Sucuri; WPBeginner celebrating a birthday; and lots more.
Let’s get into it.
WordPress.org design teams have established wireframes for a new page on WordPress.org. It’s a content page, explaining what a blog is, how it is created, and showcases examples of some awesome blogs.
Angela Jin has been tasked with creating documents that explain how to run WordPress Contributor Drives. You can add to this document if you have relevant experience. From the contributor project: “The goal is to create a how-to resource which hopefully will make organising contributor drives an easier process for everyone involved.”
For those of us who let news go in one ear and out the other, Envato explains in layman’s terms what Gutenberg is and what it does for us average WordPress users.
Founder Syed Balki explains his plugin progress, ownership of a Wells Fargo property, and how his YouTube Channels have grown to over 2M subscribers.
Useful AI plugins for WordPress can now do things like guide your eCommerce customers to products they’ll like or answer chat support questions when you’re offline. Excerpt: “Whether you’re on Team Zuckerberg and support this futuristic technology, or you’re on Team Musk and want to ban killer robots, artificial intelligence has already crept into the world of web development. In fact, there are many WordPress plugins that are using artificial intelligence.”
WordPress plugin & theme news
A new WordPress plugin explains which plugin is causing your site to break. This is huge for troubleshooting and finding the source of a problem. Excerpt: “After the location is identified, users inform Detective Otto which plugins are required for the site to function properly. Interrogations is the act of of disabling and enabling plugins. Multiple interrogation attempts are made until the culprit is identified through the process of elimination.”
WP Rig, created by Morten Rand-Hendrickson, is a super-sleek starter theme for WordPress developers. This theme uses cutting-edge features like Babel, CSSNext, and ESLint, so developers don’t have to manually add them in.
Are you a coach, assistant coach, or overzealous parent looking to get your team online? Envato has rounded up the best themes you can use, and all are both beginner friendly and 100% mobile friendly. Excerpt: “Sports is something that touches millions of people around the world. And a good website is key to that.”
WordCamp Europe was a huge success with over 2,000 attendees and a record-setting 529 Contributor Day participants. Missed the experience? Check out this recap video.
A software engineer at Automattic has figured out how to launch a WordPress website with only 7 KB of page load. Obviously, the site crushes speed tests, and this makes us wonder how his methods would work on larger, more feature-rich sites. The full blog post explains why he did it.
Is your resumé holding you back from the perfect job? This quick read explains what to include, and more importantly, the ordering and what not to include.
It is so important for the growth of any software for the learners to become the teachers. Joe Casabono explains the importance of “laying breadcrumbs” for the beginners who come after us.
WordPress business news
WordPress parent company Automattic has acquired yet another high caliber firm; this time it is Atavist, a story telling platform with CMS capabilities WordPress plans to use for it’s long reads feature. The amount is undisclosed. Wall Street Journal already on the coverage reports that of Atavists 200,000 users, only a small fraction pay for it’s services. Hosting, anyone?
Joshua Strebel of Pagely likes the way things are going for WordPress. The WordPress economy and ecosystem are clearly maturing, and while some segments shrink, a dominant group of shops are experiencing growth.
From around the web
Sucuri‘s Val Vesa got into an Uber on the way back from WCEU and found himself in a 30+ minute chat about WordPress. His driver had recently installed the software, and he helped her understand how to use eCommerce right then and there. He shares the story on Twitter.
Are you an aspiring web designer or developer who finds themselves always a step behind the latest info and updates? Here’s a list of newsletters to keep you informed, curated by Smashing Magazine.
Guidance on how to apply the principles of User Experience design to your daily life.
Well, that’s another roundup in the books! We hope you enjoyed this latest edition of WordPress news from June 2018.