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#88: Thu August 31, 2023

Exciting Developments in Web Development, WordPress Enterprise, Translations, and Social Media Publishing

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Exciting developments in web development and WordPress: WebAssembly with PHP, free guide on WordPress for enterprise, performant translations plugin, API-powered publishing to social media networks. Stay tuned for more updates!

Hey there and welcome to WP Briefs, your Advanced machine learning source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress world. Today is Thursday 31st August 2023.

In today’s news, we have some exciting developments in the world of web development and WordPress. First up, there is a growing interest in exploring the future of web development with WebAssembly and PHP1. PHP is already a widely popular language, but imagine being able to run your PHP applications in different environments such as browsers or phones. This opens up new possibilities for the PHP ecosystem and also for WordPress.

Moving on to our next story, a group of leading WordPress agencies have come together to publish a free guide on WordPress for enterprise2. This collaborative project includes contributions from Google and WordPress VIP, and aims to promote the use of the platform among large-scale organizations. The guide is packed with valuable insights and expertise from top agencies like Big Bite, 10up, Alley, Human Made, Inpsyde, and XWP.

In another exciting development, a performant translations plugin is now available on WordPress.org3. Earlier this year, an in-depth performance analysis revealed that translations can impact server response times. As a result, the core Performance Team proposed several technical solutions to improve translation performance for the majority of sites that use translations. The Performant Translations plugin incorporates some of these solutions by converting .mo files to .php files. This allows them to be parsed faster and stored in OPcache.

Lastly, let’s talk about API-powered publishing to social media networks4. If you’re someone who blogs regularly like Chris Coyier does, it can be convenient to automatically send your posts to social networks alongside RSS feeds. While there isn’t a single super-plugin that covers all social networks at the moment, there are some options available. Chris discusses various WordPress plugins/services like Buffer (which he would prefer if it could handle Twitter without any issues), Jetpack Social (directly integrated into WordPress but lacking certain features), and FS Poster (good for Threads and LinkedIn but has some limitations). It seems there is still room for improvement in this area, but hopefully, more robust options will become available soon.

That wraps up today’s news on web development, WordPress enterprise guides, performant translations plugins, and API-powered publishing to social media networks. Stay tuned for more updates in the future!

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  1. Exploring the future of web development with WebAssembly and PHP - link 

  2. Top Agencies Join Forces to Publish Free Guide on WordPress for Enterprise - link 

  3. Performant Translations Plugin Now Available on WordPress.org - link 

  4. The State of API-Powered Publishing to Social Media Networks - link 

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