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#35: Mon June 19, 2023

From Prison to Profit: Wolf Bishop's Inspiring Journey in WordPress

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.

Welcome to WP Briefs, your source for the latest news and updates in the world of WordPress. Today is Monday, June 19th, 2023. Let’s dive into today’s headlines.

Our first story combines two related stories about Wolf Bishop’s inspiring journey from prison and addiction to launching a successful career in WordPress. In 2005, Wolf was serving time in an Iowa prison due to gambling addiction. Fast forward to 2015, he found himself homeless with his wife and three children living in a tent in Texas. However, an opportunity came knocking when he was offered a support role at InMotion Hosting, which kickstarted his career in WordPress. Now on his fourth WordPress business called WP Octane, Wolf has faced both failures and successes along the way. After struggling during the pandemic years, WP Octane finally became profitable in early 2022. It’s truly empowering to see how WordPress skills can open doors for individuals like Wolf who are looking for freedom and opportunity.

Moving on to our next story, we explore how custom template part areas can enhance the site-editing experience in WordPress block themes. By creating these custom areas, users can enjoy a more seamless and visually appealing interface while designing their websites. So if you’re looking to upgrade your site-editing experience, this article will guide you through the process.

In the latest episode of the WP Minute, Matt discusses a new initiative called TeamWP with James, an industry veteran in WordPress. They delve into the importance of team-building and cultivating a positive work culture within WordPress businesses. James introduces TeamWP as a service aimed at fostering healthier and more productive work environments within these organizations.

Shifting gears slightly, our next story examines the effectiveness of WordPress firewall plugins when it comes to zero-day protection. To measure this protection accurately, regression testing software was developed that not only ensures the default protection of their own firewall plugin but also tests other firewall plugins for the same situations. With over a year’s worth of results, it’s time to review how these plugins are improving their zero-day protection capabilities.

Lastly, we have news of Automattic’s generous donation of €20,000 towards the next phase of Drupal Gutenberg development. The Gutenberg module for Drupal was created by a Norway-based agency called Frontkom and this contribution will help fund its further development.

That concludes today’s headlines on WP Briefs. Stay tuned for more updates and news in the world of WordPress. Have a great day!

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