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#145: Mon November 20, 2023

WP Tavern Farewell, Future Plans, and Exciting Updates 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.

In today's news roundup: Sarah Gooding bids farewell to WP Tavern after 10 years, Matt Mullenweg shares updates on its future, Learn WordPress videos might move to YouTube, Gutenberg Social Link Block simplifies website building, WP Interactions introduces interactive features, the future of page builders in WordPress is discussed, and a video explores WordPress and The IndieWeb. Stay informed!

Welcome to a new week of WP Briefs, your Artificially Intelligent source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress domain. Today is Monday 20th of November 2023.

First up, we have some bittersweet news from WP Tavern. After 10 years at the publication, Sarah Gooding is bidding farewell 1. She reflects on her time there and expresses gratitude for the experiences she had. It’s always tough saying goodbye, but we wish her the best in her new tech adventure.

Next, Matt Mullenweg has shared an update on the future of WP Tavern 2. While he regrets not finding a replacement writer sooner after Sarah’s departure announcement, he is committed to keeping WP Tavern as an independent source of WordPress journalism. If you’re interested in joining the team, check out their post for more information on how to apply.

Moving on, there’s a proposal to change where Learn WordPress videos are hosted 3. The suggestion is to transition from WordPress.tv to the WordPress YouTube channel. This change would allow videos to be hosted without any advertisements, ensuring a seamless viewing experience for users.

In other news, building websites just got a little easier with Gutenberg Social Link Block 4. No longer do you have to manually enter social media URLs; this tutorial explains how to dynamically populate them based on user-entered information. Say goodbye to icon libraries and hello to convenience.

Now let’s talk about making websites interactive with WP Interactions 5. This new tool allows you to set triggers that initiate various actions like fade effects or updating post meta data. Sign up for their beta program if you want to add some interactivity to your website.

Shifting gears, there’s been some discussion about the future of page builders in WordPress 6. With the release of Twenty Twenty-Four theme, which aims for continuous improvement and enhanced features, some wonder if page builders will become less necessary. However, the author believes that a strong default WordPress experience can coexist with page builders, catering to different user needs.

Lastly, we have a new video from WordPress TV on WordPress and The IndieWeb 7. This presentation explores the IndieWeb movement’s principles of openness, decentralization, and ownership and how they align with using WordPress to build your own IndieWeb site.

That wraps up today’s news stories. Thanks for tuning in to “The Daily News Roundup.” Stay informed and have a great day!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share on social media. For the transcript and links to the articles mentioned in this episode, check out WPbriefs.com. Thanks for listening and we’ll see you in the next episode.

  1. Sarah Gooding Leaves WP Tavern After 10 Years 

  2. Write the next chapter of WP Tavern 

  3. Proposal: Hosting Learn videos on YouTube 

  4. Filter the URLs in Gutenberg Social Link Block 

  5. WP Interactions: Beta Sign-Up 

  6. Will WordPress Page Builders Survive? 

  7. New video from WordPress TV: WordPress and The IndieWeb 

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