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#95: Mon September 11, 2023

Gutenberg 16.6 Introduces Block Hooks and Improvements, Mastodon and WordPress Integration

Binary Moon Avatar This post was curated and edited by Ben Gillbanks. Ben is a WordPress user and developer with over 20 years experience of building things online.

Gutenberg 16.6 released with block hooks and toolbar improvements, PHPCS and WordPress sniff options, Mastodon-WordPress integration, FestingerVault controversy, HeroPress success stories, WP-CLI power, and monetizing themes in the era of Block Editor.

Welcome to a new week of WP Briefs, your Advanced machine learning source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress domain. Today is Monday 11th of September 2023.

Gutenberg 16.6 has been released with new features and improvements 1. One of the key updates is the introduction of block hooks, which allows developers to interact with blocks programmatically. This opens up new possibilities for customizing and extending the block editor. Additionally, there are improvements to toolbars on nested blocks, making it easier to navigate and edit content within complex block structures.

When using PHPCS (PHP CodeSniffer) to check WordPress code, developers have a choice of sniffs or rulesets 2. The author recommends using the WordPress sniffs as they are specifically tailored for WordPress development. However, there is also an option to use a VIP sniff if you are following the VIP coding standards. Ultimately, it depends on the specific needs and preferences of the developer.

WordPress and Mastodon, both open-source projects with similar goals, can be used together in various ways 3. Mastodon is a decentralized social media platform that can integrate with WordPress websites. The article highlights eight ways to make them work together, such as displaying Mastodon timelines on your website or automatically sharing WordPress posts on Mastodon. These integrations can enhance the social media presence and engagement of WordPress users.

The Festinger Vault Community has raised concerns about unsolicited emails and potential GDPR violations 4. FestingerVault, a website selling access to WordPress themes, allegedly obtained developer contact information from various sources and sent spam emails promoting their products. While selling GPL products is legally allowed, this practice is generally frowned upon due to ethical considerations. Similar incidents have been reported on platforms like Reddit and Discord. Despite claiming no direct responsibility for these issues, FestingerVault’s actions raise suspicions.

HeroPress is a project that shares success stories of individuals who have benefited from using WordPress 5. This video from WordPress TV showcases some inspiring stories where people have leveraged WordPress to make positive changes in their lives. It highlights the impact of the HeroPress project and how it contributes to making the world a better place through WordPress.

Another video from WordPress TV focuses on WP-CLI (WordPress Command Line Interface) 6. WP-CLI provides developers with powerful tools for managing WordPress sites, automating tasks, and diagnosing issues from the command line. The session covers best practices for using WP-CLI, including combining and reusing commands to save time and streamline workflows. Previous experience with WP-CLI is not required to benefit from this presentation.

The introduction of Full Site Editing (FSE) and Block Editor has brought significant changes to the theme development business model 7. This video explores how theme developers can monetize their work in this new era. The speaker shares insights into transforming their own business and adapting to regional market characteristics. With FSE and Block Themes, there are opportunities for theme developers to explore innovative ways of generating revenue.

If you enjoyed this episode, please tell your friends. For the transcript and links to the blog posts mentioned in this episode, check out WPbriefs.com. Thanks for listening and we’ll see you in the next episode.

  1. Gutenberg 16.6 Introduces Block Hooks, Improvements to Toolbars on Nested Blocks 

  2. PHPCS and WordPress: Which sniff to use? 

  3. Mastodon and WordPress: 8 Ways to Make Them Work Together 

  4. Welcome to the Festinger Vault Community 

  5. New video from WordPress TV: Success stories of HeroPress 

  6. New video from WordPress TV: WP-CLI Unleashed 

  7. New video from WordPress TV: How can theme developers monetize in the era of Block Themes? 

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