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The WP Minute brings you WordPress news in under 5 minutes -- every week! Follow The WP Minute for the WordPress headlines before you get lost in the headlines. Hosted by Matt Medeiros, host of The Matt Report podcast.
14 hours ago
Success in WordPress
Its the WP Minute! This episode is brought to you by Search WP. Improve WordPress search by visiting SearchWP.com You know the drill, everything I mention here will be linked up in the newsletter and the blog post. Checkout thewpminute.com for the links. Sshh…no major acquisitions this week. WordPress 5.8 is slated for release on July 20. In just over a month, many users will get their first experience of the template-editing mode. This can be exciting for users allowing them to create custom templates without ever leaving the post-editing screen. New powerful blocks like the Theme blocks and Query blocks will be introduced. Beta 3 of 5.8 is available today for testing. If you’re looking for an alternative to Google Maps, Sarah Gooding from WordPress Tavern breaks down some of the recent happenings with the MapLibre Project. Citing she even opened a ticket for Jetpack to consider using it in a future release. Chris Lema shares his thoughts from the lens of Nexcess/LiquidWeb and other hosting companies on the future success of WordPress. It seems Nexcess might have their own Membership website experience coming for WordPress hosting soon. WPEngine’s Summit 2021 dubbed “The Digital Breakthrough Conference” launches tomorrow June 24th. From the Grabbag * The WPWeekly hit the 50 issue milestone, congrats Davinder. * Joe Casabona shows you how to submit to the WordPress Block Pattern Directory without code. * WebDevStudios is now a VIP Gold Partner with proven excellence implementing WordPress at scale. * Gravity Forms celebrate the Gravity Forms Certified Developer Program (Look for more of this from major plugin vendors in the future). * I enjoyed this conversation with WPBuffs founder Joe Howard and Nathan Hirsh on his podcast about starting FreeUp.net a home for hiring WordPress freelancers. If you’re a creator in the WordPress or web tech space, I talked about how you can get a job leveraging your existing content over on the latest episode of the Matt Report. That’s it for today’s episode, if you enjoyed please share it on your social media, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser. Don’t forget to share share share this episode with others and jump on the mailing list at thewpminute.com
Jun 16, 2021
Block by block
A major update coming to WordPress 5.8. Beta release 2 is available for testing now. This release expands WordPress’ site building capabilities, along with improvements to features users have enjoyed since the launch of the block editor. The release will also include WebP support which 95% of the web browers worldwide use. Check out the WordCamp Europe 2021 Gutenberg demo narrated by Beatriz Fialho. WordPress Taverns’ Sarah Gooding recaps a discussion with Matt Mullenweg and Matias Ventura “The Block Editor Gets Ready to Become a Site Builder” A quote from Matt: For me, 2020 was the year that really felt like people started to see the vision of Gutenberg from four or five years ago, when it was very abstract and they saw it as kind of like the old WYSIWYG editor with some extra lines on it or something,” Mullenweg said. “The first 17 or 18 years of WordPress democratized people putting text into a box. Now we’re democratizing design, allowing people to control the boxes.” This has been another huge project for the WordPress contributors and developers. Josepha Hayden Chomphosy is very transparent on the WP Briefing podcast about how difficult it is to run a large open source project and offers suggestions on how to get a big group of people to come to consensus. Eric Karkovick Editor, Writer & WordPress Expert at Speckyboy covers what WordPress acquisitions says about the future and states that the WordPress ecosystem is maturing and consolidating. “Frankly, it’s becoming a lot harder for solo entrepreneurs or small development shops to manage a popular plugin. Supporting a large userbase while also focusing on the future could become overwhelming. Thus, it’s not surprising to see that some of these products are being sold off to larger firms. We saw something similar happen with internet providers back in the early 2000s. The more mature the market, the harder it became for a small company to carry out its mission. Pretty soon, they were just about all bought up by corporate interests”. Alex Denning along with Iain Poulson tweeted last week that they have created FlipWP and For $300/year the duo will help connect WordPress product companies for sale, with would-be buyers. If all this talk about acquisitions every day has your brain tangled up, Chris Lema posted a straight forward Twitter thread to bring some clarity to this fast-paced space. There are a lot of discussions about companies (and hosts) acquiring folks in the #WordPress space. Now, new marketplaces are getting created to help you sell your company. All of this is great. But not all buyers are the same, and it's not always about the $$$.
Jun 9, 2021
$596 Billion with a B
Jetpack gave us all a boost by pushing out a forced update patching a vulnerability in the Carousel feature. Tony Perez illustrated his point of view on how forced updates, in the hands of bad actors, could be a risk for the software. Brandon Kraft, part of the Jetpack team, tweeted that the forced update was justified by the meta/security team since 18% of Jetpack sites were affected. https://twitter.com/Kraft/status/1400545471165304839 Business buzz! “If the WordPress Economy were a country, it would rank 39th in the world according to an IMF list of countries by GDP.” In partnership with research firm Vanson Bourne, and the Institute of Management Studies (IMS) at Goldsmiths University of London, WPEngine has put together a report on the size of the WordPress economy. * 596.7B is the estimated size of the WordPress economy * The WordPress Economy is projected to increase 6.5% in 2021, bringing its total value to $636 Billion. Acquisitions of a smaller scale. Iain Poulson has sold PluginRank to Awesome Motive, a quote from Syed: “As soon as I started using it, I fell in love. This is an essential tool for all WordPress plugin owners who’re looking to grow their plugin business.” One of the biggest takeaways for Iain from running such a young company: “The biggest benefit I’ve seen is since starting the app is all the learning I’ve done.” Jilt is shutting down on April 30th, 2022 since SkyVerge was acquired by Godaddy back in September 2020. “While it’s hard to say goodbye, we’re excited about our next chapter at GoDaddy “ ABTestingforWP has changed hands: https://twitter.com/GayaKessler/status/1386749875635855366?s=20 Gaya Kessler announced that JJJ is the new owner of the plugin. Thunderstruck by Elementor Paul Charlton, also known as WPTutz on YouTube, published a scathing review of Elementor 3.3 stating he wants the pagebuilder to fix some of the issues surrounding the initial 3.x release. Meanwhile, Elementor has opened up a waiting list for their upcoming cloud solution which Davinder from The WP Weekly reports will be starting at 19.90/mo. From the grab bag * Over on the Beaver Builder blog, you can review 3 ways to accept bitcoin on your WordPress website * Catch my interview with
Jun 4, 2021
Brad Touesnard on Delicious Brains acquiring Advanced Custom Fields
Today is an interview with Brad Touesnard, founder of Delicious Brains, talking about his recent acquisition of Advanced Custom Fields. A series of questions I’ve provided him, where he’s recorded answers to via audio. I hope you enjoy today’s episode and learn more about one of WordPress’ most historic acquisitions. Check the transcript at the bottom of the post and please share this episode out on your social media channels! matt | Issue #10 | Friday, 4 Jun 2021 | Reading time: 8 mins | Read online Listen to the interview with Brad Touesnard
Jun 2, 2021
Chock-full of news
In a surprise tweet overnight (at least here in the US timezone), somewhere in Australia Elliot Condon announced the acquisition of his iconic WordPress plugin, Advanced Custom Fields by the Delicious Brains software company. WordPress News: @dliciousbrains acquires @wp_acf | 10 Years of ACF – A truly wonderful time https://t.co/ytgpkcQ0l8— The WP Minute (@TheWPMinute) June 2, 2021 Delicious Brains of course famous for WP DB Migrate Pro and DIY WordPress hosting, SpinupWP. I have reached out to both Brad Touesnard, founder of DB and Elliot for comment, I hope to have those replies back to publish a blog post soon. Rob Howard, CEO of Howard Development & Consulting announced the acquisition of the Understrap theme framework, ironically in a Medium post. Reportedly a $50,000 investment. It’s the first time I’ve heard of Understrap: “The UnderStrap package allows you to quickly and easily build search engine optimized websites with WordPress.” “I anticipate one of our first steps will be the addition of a Bootstrap 5 version (which has already been started as an offshoot project), since that’s been one of the most important roadmap items for a while now.” Not to be outdone on acquisitions, Chris Lema tweets that LiquidWeb has acquired Iconic, makers of a suite of WooCommerce plugins. Ok, this one is one of the ones I've been waiting for. I'm so thrilled to welcome @iconicwp to the @liquidweb / @stellarwp family.https://t.co/04Lmjw9oe8— Chris Lema (@chrislema) June 2, 2021 “With Liquid Web backing us up, we’ll have more fuel to add to our fire. Our existing team is sticking around and so is our customer-focused ethos. “ WordPress tur
May 26, 2021
Post Status equals future
Post Status founder Brian Krogsgard has sold the remaining half of his ownership of the WordPress media brand to his partner, Cory Miller. Kicking off his his farewell post, A New Era for Post Status, Brian states: “It has been an extreme privilege to create and run this community — and see it blossom into a wonderful entity with its own identity. In the last few years, I’ve worked to bring more voices and more talent into the fold, and I’m confident that I leave Post Status in very able hands.” I had a chance to Interview Cory Miller about the transition, and here’s what he had to say. (Hit play on the podcast, reader!) You can gain more insight from Cory’s announcement on the website and his Draft podcast episode. The Blocksy Theme, was covered on the Tavern recently highlighting all of their investments into the theme + Gutenberg. It’s better for all of WordPress when we see a privately owned theme company growing these days. Stackable Gutenberg page builder founder Benjamin Intal was interviewed on the WP Jukebox podcast delivering his outlook on the now competitive Gutenberg block landscape as compared to his start back in 2018. Note the use of the phrase, “Gutenberg page builder” a noteworthy and intentional title in his pitch about the company. Affiliate Royale has re-branded to EasyAffiliate. You can see the whole new brand and website at EasyAffiliate.com. It’s a CaseProof owned company which includes PrettyLink and MemberPress, both of which owner Blair Williams entered into the Awesome Motive accelerator WP Beginner Growth Accelerator program, a Syed Balkhi owned initiative. Oldies but goodies The Query Block received some enhancements back in the Gutenberg 10.6 update. Pay close attention to the Query Block. I think it’s important to how users experience pulling content out of WordPress and displaying it on the front-end and will be crucial in the full-site editing experience. How do you feel about presenting your vaccination status at the next WordCamp? A proposal including comments from around the community was posted back on May 12th. I interviewed Brian Casel founder of ZipMessage over on The Matt Report podcast. That’s it for today’s episode, if you enjoyed please share it on your social media, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser. Don’t forget to share share share this episode with others and jump on the mailing list at thewpminute.com
May 20, 2021
WP User Avatar, a plugin that was acquired by Collins Agbongama with over 400k active installs, took a hard pivot in it’s latest 3.0 version. The WordPress tavern reports what the plugin looked and functioned like, before becoming ProfilePress, it’s new name. Lots of end users share their opinions in the comments of the Tavern, and as you can imagine, they aren’t too happy. I reached out to Collins to learn more about him, his company, why the change to ProfilePress, and what he plans to do next. Read the interview to find out the back story. Release the themes! WP Engine’s head of Marketing for StudioPress, Chris Garret, shares the upcoming changes to WordPress once beloved framework for new developers. Most notably: * ProPlus customers will get access to Genesis Blocks Pro and Genesis Custom Blocks Pro * Genesis Framework and the Sample Theme will be available for free. * StudioPress-made themes will no longer be sold individually Hosts go round’n’round More from WP Engine includes their latest investment in hosting large-scale WooCommerce sites offering, which looks more like window dressing than a more unique & robust solution from the likes of LiquidWeb. Speaking of LiquidWeb, they launched a completely new plugin brand and portal to wrangle all these darn acquisitions lately! Check out StellarWP for more information. Let’s get to the core When WordPress 5.8 is released in July of this year, Internet Explorer 11 will no longer be supported. Shaun Andrews shares some of the ongoing work of what what the Patterns Directory is starting to look like in the second iteration. If you’re interested, you won’t want to miss the screenshots shared on the post. From the grab bag “If we are only able to focus on high quality work for 4 hours, yet we work for 8 or more, what do we spend the other 4+ hours doing? “ * Matt Mullenweg wishes Squarespace good luck in their S-1 direct listing announcement in a post summarizing his admiration of CEO Anthony Casalena and the product. Squarespace will trade under ticker SQSP * Pippin Williamson of Sandhills development plans to experiment with 4-day work weeks starting this Summer. Citing: “If we are only able to focus on high quality work for 4 hours, yet we work for 8 or more, what do we spend the other 4+ hours doing? “ * I interviewed Kristen Youngs co-founder of coachingnocodeapps.com on the Matt Report That’s it for today’s episode, if you enjoyed please share it on your social media, leave us a review on Apple Podc
May 12, 2021
So much future; So much past?
Liquid Web continues to expand it’s nexus of acquisitions with it’s latest grab of GiveWP. From GiveWP’s own blog post: * The future of GiveWP remains a top priority. * Every team member is critical to our success. * Leadership of the team and product are staying the same. You can check out our own interview with the GiveWP’s leadership team, Devin Walker and Matt Cromwell at thewpminute.com and friend of the show Joe Casabona featured a chat on the How I Built it podcast. Can’t get enough audio/video? How about over 2+ hours on the future of WordPress?! The WP Cafe podcast sat down with Josepha Haden Chomphosy & Matt Mullenweg to highlight the project’s future as of May 10th 2021. As you’d imagine most things point to Gutenberg, Full-site editing, but one particular discussion I thought was interesting was the term Universal Themes. Give this show a listen to learn more about that or attention a scheduled Universal Themes Hallway hangout on Friday May 14th at 14UTC WP Builds hosted a discussion as part of their Page Builder Summit event with 3 employees from Automattic titled “Preparing for the future of WordPress” This time a much more technical and tactical illustration of the project. Tune in to listen to Marjorie Asturias Director of Growth R&D, Anne McCarthy Developer Relations Wrangler, and Donna Cavalier a Technical Content Writer. With the future comes the…past? Tonya Mork and Andrew Ozz collaborated on a plugin that halts the block-based widget functionality for those of us needing to opt-out of that potentially critical component of a WordPress site. The plugin notes that support will carry through 2022. WordPress Tavern reports that Jetpack has made more features available without connecting to WordPress.com. But not to be outdone by it’s own updates, learn why the .com connection is important over at Jetpack.com. It also serves as a great resource for the features you can use without the connection. From the grab bag! * Freemius has taken their massive library of WordPress business content and compressed it all into a nice cheat sheet for you. * And I launched version 2.0 of my plugin, Easy Support Videos, make supporting WordPress clients fun using video inside the WordPress admin.
May 11, 2021
GiveWP acquired by Liquid Web
I had the chance to sit down with Devon Walker and Matt Cromwell of GiveWP to talk about their sale to Liquid Web. GiveWP has been the dominant WordPress donation plugin over the last few years. This move makes sense for Liquid Web as they continue to round out a complete managed WordPress solution for their customers. Liquid Web acquisitions have been on a steady increase lately, with their most recent large acquisition of the Events Calendar plugin. I hope you enjoy today’s episode with Devon and Matt. matt | Issue #5 | Tuesday, 11 May 2021 | Reading time: 21 mins | Read online Listen to the episode & read transcript
May 5, 2021
Do the Woo!
We have a quick run down this week…let’s Do the Woo! (Hi, Bob) WooCommerce has invested in one-click checkout platform, PeachPay. According to PeachPay’s PR post: Cart abandonment is a significant problem for eCommerce businesses – in 2021, the global average rate has risen from previous years to 78.65%. PeachPay aims to significantly reduce this by providing shoppers with a frictionless, one-click checkout experience. Robert Jacobi covered the investment: So if we do a little math, the investment for PeachPay is no more than $450,000 (assuming that the 30% filled of $1.5 million includes the recent investment). View his link in the show notes to read through his interview with David Mainayar, co-founder and Chief Growth Officer of PeachPay. Other Woo news: Automattic purchased woo.com for an undisclosed sum of money. Yoast has re-shaped their Diversity Fund project in the wake of COVID and the challenges of travel, stating: We want to keep our Diversity fund alive and we want to keep helping people in the WordPress community. That’s why our Diversity fund will now be used to sponsor people that work on a project that benefits WordPress. This can range from teaching a group of people anywhere in the world how to use WordPress to writing patches for Core. Speaking of travel, Will We See In-Person WordCamps in 2021? An Open Discussion on a Path Forward, asks Justin Tadlock of the WordPress Tavern. One commenter states: I don’t see why this is so complicated. If large, indoor gatherings are legal in the host country, then WordCamps should go ahead with no extra restrictions beyond those prescribed by the local law. People can then decide to attend or not. Matt Mullenweg replies: “This is a good way to approach it.” FluentCRM wins Torque Mag’s Plugin Madness 2021 — congrats FluentCRM, but I still can’t wrap my head around putting my CRM into my CMS… I stumbled across WPStackable which is setting its sights on launching a new v3 for Gutenberg soon. Which looks like a competent suite of Gutenberg blocks. Finally, WordFest Live call for speakers is now open, The festival of WordPress kicks off July 21, 2021. This week on the Matt Report, I ran a “play it forward” episode highlighting 3 other podcasts in our space, WP Coffee Talk, Women WordPress, and Hallway Chats. That’s it for today’s episode, if you enjoyed please share it on your social media, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser!
Apr 29, 2021
What the FLoC?!
Let’s start with the good news, before we get into the…not so good news. Matt Mullenweg announced that CC Search is joining the WordPress project stating that the WordPress community has long advocated for a repository with GPL-compatible images. I think this is timely and needed with the not-so-recent announcement of Unsplash being acquired by Getty Images. Now time for the not so good news — What the FLoC?! First, what is FLoC? Well, here’s the definition straight from Google: Federated Learning of Cohorts, FLoC enables ad selection without sharing the browsing behaviour of individual users. FLoC provides a privacy-preserving mechanism for interest-based ad selection. As a user moves around the web, their browser uses the FLoC algorithm to work out its “interest cohort”, which will be the same for thousands of browsers with a similar recent browsing history. The browser recalculates its cohort periodically, on the user’s device, without sharing individual browsing data with the browser vendor or anyone else. One might think that sounds…okay? Well, until the Electronic Frontier Foundation chimes in stating FLoC is a terrible idea. “The third-party cookie is dying, and Google is trying to create its replacement.” “Google is leading the charge to replace third-party cookies with a new suite of technologies to target ads on the Web. And some of its proposals show that it hasn’t learned the right lessons from the ongoing backlash to the surveillance business model.” “FLoC is meant to be a new way to make your browser do the profiling that third-party trackers used to do themselves: in this case, boiling down your recent browsing activity into a behavioral label, and then sharing it with websites and advertisers. The technology will avoid the privacy risks of third-party cookies, but it will create new ones in the process.” Alrighty, now I’m a little concerned along with WordPress contributors who want to treat FLoC more as a security concern than a privacy concern. Read through the comments to find the different takes around the community. There’s even a Trac ticket to monitor the concern. Pull up a seat at the Tavern Pour yourself a cold one over some of this week’s notable articles from the Tavern! The upcoming Pattern Directory is set to launch with WordPress 5.8. The Jetpack team has launched yet another project, called Jetpack Boost. Interesting to see them launch this as a standalone plugin since Mullenweg has always flexed on the fact that Jetpack is modular. An interesting conversation around banning companies that run competitive ads against WordPress from sponsoring WordCamps is open, well, until today. Check out the conversation h
Apr 21, 2021
Half-full site editing
matt | Episode #2 | Thursday, 22 Apr 2021 | Reading time: 4 mins | Read online Listen to the episode! Full Site Editing; we’re almost there We’re almost there with Full Site Editing in WordPress core. During the meeting that was happening the same day our last episode went live, the team made the decisions for WordPress and the parts of Full Site Editing hitting version 5.8: * Improvements from Gutenberg 9.9+. * Introduce new blocks (Query, Site Logo, Navigation, etc). * theme.json mechanism. * Template Editor for Pages/Blank Template. * Widgets Screen & Block widgets in Customizer. * Design tools: Duotone, Layout controls, padding, etc. What won’t make it? Global Styles and Site Editor. If you’re left yearning for some Global Styles, Frank Klein’s got you covered with an in-depth tutorial on his YouTube channel and the fine folks at WordCamp Miami
Apr 14, 2021
Wix's latest noise amplifying headphones
Welcome to the first official episode of The WP Minute and I’m officially slapping the “beta” tag on to this thing. I’m still working out how I produce the show and fill in these posts, for now, here are the links mentioned in today’s episode. Kadence WPhttps://www.kadencewp.com/blog/kadence-wp-is-joining-ithemes/?ref=376 Matt Mullenweghttps://ma.tt/2021/04/wix-dirty-tricks/ Avishai Abrahamihttps://www.wix.com/blog/2021/04/letter-from-avishai-abrahami-to-matt-mullenweg/ Joe Casabonahttps://casabona.org/2021/04/wix-wordpress-marketing/ WP Tavernhttps://wptavern.com/will-full-site-editing-land-in-wordpress-5-8-a-decision-is-forthcoming Udaipur Timeshttps://udaipurtimes.com/people/obituary-puneet-sahalot-cofounder-udaipurtimes-rest-in/cid2703347.htm
Mar 30, 2021
If you want to know why I started another podcast in the WordPress space — well — look no further. I’ll cover how I came up with this crazy idea and what I might be introducing next for the show.
Mar 29, 2021
The WP Minute Trailer Episode
Welcome to The WP Minute — its your WordPress headlines before you get lost in the headlines. Listen to the debut trailer to find out more details behind the podcast. If you’re looking for a weekly WordPress news podcast that gets you the headlines in under five minutes or less — you’ve come to the right place!