WordPress Theme and Plugin Shops are Pioneering the First Layout Blocks for Gutenberg

photo credit: Jeffrey Betts Many WordPress theme shops started out with themes as their only products but over the years have moved into selling plugins that enhance their core products. This came about partially because theming standards evolved to encourage developers to put non-presentational functionality into plugins. For many, the revenue from plugins quickly eclipsed Read more about WordPress Theme and Plugin Shops are Pioneering the First Layout Blocks for Gutenberg[…]

New commonWP Plugin Enables WordPress Sites to Use the Free jsDelivr CDN

Milan Dinić, a WordPress developer based in Serbia, has released his commonWP plugin that enables WordPress sites to use the free, public jsDelivr CDN. Last year jsDelivr was revamped to allow any file from GitHub and npm to be served by the CDN. WordPress’ mirror on GitHub made it possible for Dinić to create a Read more about New commonWP Plugin Enables WordPress Sites to Use the Free jsDelivr CDN[…]

WPForms Acquires Pirate Forms, Plugin to be Retired

photo credit: Reiterlied Plundering San Francisco Bay – (license) WPForms has acquired Pirate Forms, a popular WordPress contact form and SMTP plugin originally created by ThemeIsle in 2015. The announcement coincides with International Talk Like a Pirate Day but the pirate branding of the plugin is set to be retired and its users will be Read more about WPForms Acquires Pirate Forms, Plugin to be Retired[…]

MetaSlider Plugin Adds Gutenberg Block for Inserting Sliders

If you search for “slider” in the WordPress plugins directory, MetaSlider is the first result that comes up. The plugin, created by the team at UpdraftPlus, is active on more than 900,000 sites, more than any other free slider plugin, and averages a 4.7-star review. It includes four different types of sliders: Flex 2, Nivo Read more about MetaSlider Plugin Adds Gutenberg Block for Inserting Sliders[…]

Pootlepress Previews Upcoming Storefront Blocks Plugin for WooCommerce

At the end of 2017, WooCommerce published some of their “Wootenberg experiments”, one of the first previews of what e-commerce might look like in the Gutenberg era. Gutenberg’s handling of meta boxes has greatly evolved since that time and the WooCommerce Gutenberg Products Block feature plugin is now active on more than 20,000 sites. The Read more about Pootlepress Previews Upcoming Storefront Blocks Plugin for WooCommerce[…]

Plugin Review: Theme Support for Gutenberg

As Gutenberg nears a merge with WordPress, Theme Authors are running out of time to ensure that their themes are compatible. The Gutenberg handbook has an excellent article on how to opt-in and add support for enhanced features. Most themes will present the default blocks without any issues as the blocks themselves provide their own Read more about Plugin Review: Theme Support for Gutenberg[…]

Font Awesome 5.2 Adds 372 New Icons, Introduces Automotive and Education Categories

image credit: Font Awesome Font Awesome 5.2 was released yesterday with two new categories and 372 new icons, bringing the total number of free icons to 1,295. The open source vector icon font is used on more than 22 million sites across the internet. It’s also a popular icon font with WordPress theme and plugin Read more about Font Awesome 5.2 Adds 372 New Icons, Introduces Automotive and Education Categories[…]

New WordPress Feature Plugin Adds Support for Progressive Web Apps

WordPress contributors are working on getting support for Progressive Web Apps (PWA) into core. A new PWA feature plugin is now available on WordPress.org, spearheaded by the teams at XWP, Google, and Automattic. Progressive Web Apps are applications that run on the web but provide a speedy app-like experience inside a mobile browser. Google describes Read more about New WordPress Feature Plugin Adds Support for Progressive Web Apps[…]

New Plugin Makes WordPress Core Updates More Secure by Requiring Cryptographic Signature Verification

In 2016, WordFence published their findings of a vulnerability that could have compromised the servers that are used to send out WordPress updates. It turned out to be a complex, obscure vulnerability that ignited a conversation surrounding the security of api.wordpress.org and what could happen if the servers were compromised. One idea that was brought Read more about New Plugin Makes WordPress Core Updates More Secure by Requiring Cryptographic Signature Verification[…]

WooCommerce 3.3 Removed From Plugin Directory Due to Theme Conflicts

Earlier this week, WooCommerce 3.3 was released and among the features was increased theme compatibility. However, soon after release, users of third-party themes reported issues with categories displaying improperly. Despite it being a minor release that should be fully backwards compatible with previous releases up to 3.0, WooCommerce has removed 3.3 from the plugin directory Read more about WooCommerce 3.3 Removed From Plugin Directory Due to Theme Conflicts[…]