WordPress Announces 100-Year Plan, Zombie Plugins Pandemic, and New Gutenberg Update
Hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed WordCamp US! Welcome to a new week of WP Briefs, your Alien Intelligence source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress world. Today is Monday 28th August 2023.
In today’s news, we have several interesting stories from the world of WordPress. First up, WordPress.com has just announced its 100-year plan1. This ambitious plan aims to help users secure their online legacy for a lifetime and beyond. With this new plan, WordPress.com hopes to inspire other companies and individuals to think long-term about their digital presence.
Next, Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder of WordPress, shared his thoughts on what he would do differently if he were starting WP now2. One of his ideas is to separate “starters” from plugins and themes in order to create a directory and community around them. This could potentially make it easier for users to find and configure plugins and themes that suit their needs.
Moving on, there’s a concerning issue affecting the WordPress ecosystem. The so-called “Zombie” Plugins Pandemic is currently impacting over 1.6 million websites3. While the WordPress community has made progress in addressing Security issues, one major challenge remains - reaching unreachable plugin developers. It’s an ongoing battle to ensure the safety and security of websites using these outdated or unsupported plugins.
In other news, there’s a new video available from WordPress TV about Common WordPress APIs: Dashboard Widgets4. This informative session is part of a series introducing the various APIs available in WordPress for performing common tasks across a website. The first installment focuses on the Dashboard Widgets API.
The support guidelines for WordPress are also up for review5. These guidelines serve as important references for support moderators in setting expectations regarding acceptable behavior within the community. Given that these guidelines were last fully reviewed ten years ago, some updates are necessary to reflect the current state of the user base and ecosystem surrounding WordPress.
Are you struggling with creating interesting content? Well, fret not! There are nine tips available that can help you create engaging content regardless of your business or industry6. This questionnaire will guide you in coming up with ideas that will captivate your audience and leave them wanting more.
Gutenberg, the block editor for WordPress, has released an update with new commands added to the Command Palette7. Users now have access to more block-related commands for block transforms and actions. This includes options like paste styles, copy, ungroup, group, move to, insert after/before, remove, and duplicate.
If you’re a developer interested in WordPress theme development, then you might find this next story interesting8. The article discusses making the switch from using Flexible Content fields in Advanced Custom Fields Pro (ACF) to custom Gutenberg blocks. It offers insights on how to create custom blocks without React.
Lastly, Post Status is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and has announced two new partners: Joost de Valk and Marieke van de Rakt9. Post Status has been serving WordPress professionals for a decade as a member-supported platform. This partnership marks an exciting milestone for the company as it continues to provide valuable resources and insights to the WordPress community.
That wraps up today’s news from the world of WordPress. Stay tuned for more updates in our next episode!
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