WordPress news recap for May 2018

Celebrating 15 years of WordPress

There was a lot going on in May in three categories: WordPress’ 15th birthday, GDPR being enforced and the upcoming merge of Gutenberg into WordPress core. One is a celebration, the other a clear and present requirement for Europe, a future change that will alter the editing experience from this point and beyond.

WordPress news

WordPress Turns 15! It has been 15 years since the fork from  B2/Cafelog. It’s not just a blogging platform anymore! It now powers over 30% of the internet.

WordPress 4.9.6 was released. It is a “privacy and maintenance release” and contained some changes to help with GDPR.

Planning for WordPress 4.9.7 began and notes for the meeting are summarized here. The team is “aiming for ~6-8 week release cycle.”

Gutenberg is moving rapidly to a merge into 5.0. Gutenberg 2.9 was released packed with over 70 updates and fixes there are too many to list so check them out here.

WordPress plugins & theme news

JetPack 6.1 was released including Privacy information links added, Stats and Do Not Track changes, WordAds improvements and Additional performance enhancements.

The Avada 5.6.2 theme was released with 4 improvements and 20 fixes.

The new WooCommerce 3.4 helps stores be compliant with the GDPR for privacy policy and data requests.

The BuddyPress GDPR plugin was released to extend the GDPR support within WordPress.

EnvatoTuts+ released a how-to article on WordPress Gutenberg Block API: Creating Custom Blocks

Developer Rich Tabor posted an article covering How to Add Customizer Colors to Gutenberg Block Color Palettes. From the article: “While WordPress themes can override them and provide “themed” color palettes, I thought it would be interesting to load a custom color value from the WordPress Customizer within Gutenberg color palettes.”

WordPress community news

These cities had WordCamps: Belfast, Buffalo, Calgary, Saint Petersburg, St. Louis and Porto, making it once again span multiple continents!

The application to speak at WordCamp US was opened to the public. Make sure to make buy your ticket for the December 7-9 2018 event.

The “Ultimate List of WordPress Stats, Facts, and Other Research”.

Smashing Magazine posted an article about called Lessons Learned While Developing WordPress Plugins

WordPress business news

BobWP writes the article entitled “Learn How to Sell Stuff On Your WordPress Blog the Right Way”, telling us that we don’t have to shout “Buy! Buy!” to sell your products.

“When it comes to the WordPress ecosystem we know that race to the bottom exists, selling premium themes and plugins just for a few dollars. But is it good in the long-term?” from WordPress Business Owners: How a Race to the Bottom Hurts Your Business’s Bottom Line

Read and learn from ElegantThemes: “Understanding Copyrights, Trademarks, & Patents (And How They Affect Your WordPress Business)

“WordPress 5.0 has one mission in mind: to overhaul the way people use WordPress and adopt the visual editing technique that has become more popular over the last few years.” from “What WordPress 5.0 means for businesses

From around the web

Adobe acquires Magento: “Adobe today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Magento Commerce, a market-leading commerce platform, for $1.68 billion, subject to customary purchase price adjustments.”

Apple releases an update for iTunes: “Apple has released an update to iTunes for macOS and Windows, bringing the music app up to version 12.7.5 with a number of ‘minor app and performance improvements’ before the company ships its macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 update.”

The times are changing: “Red Hat and Microsoft Co-Develop the First Red Hat OpenShift Jointly Managed Service on a Public Cloud