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Get Peak WordPress Performance with Jetpack

July 18th, 2019

The irony of web performance is that the average page weight of a site continues to go up year after year, despite us being more aware of the problem and having more tools at our disposal to fight it than ever. To paraphrase Seinfeld, “we know how to fight page weight issues; we just don’t…

People of WordPress: Ugyen Dorji

July 12th, 2019

You’ve probably heard that WordPress is open source software, and may know that it’s created and run by volunteers. WordPress enthusiasts share many examples of how WordPress changed people’s lives for the better. This monthly series shares some of those lesser-known, amazing stories. Meet Ugyen Dorji from Bhutan Ugyen lives in Bhutan, a landlocked country…

The Month in WordPress: June 2019

July 1st, 2019

June has certainly been a busy month in the WordPress community — aside from holding the largest WordPress event ever, the project has hit a number of significant milestones and published some big announcements this past month. A Wrap for WordCamp Europe 2019 WordCamp Europe 2019 took place on June 20-22. It was the largest…

Managing WordPress Metadata in Gutenberg Using a Sidebar Plugin

June 20th, 2019

WordPress released their anticipated over to the post editor, nicknamed Gutenberg, which is also referred to as the block editor. It transforms a WordPress post into a collection of blocks that you can add, edit, remove and re-order in the layout. Before the official release, Gutenberg was available as a plugin and, during that time,…

WordPress 5.2.2 Maintenance Release

June 18th, 2019

WordPress 5.2.2 is now available! This maintenance release fixes 13 bugs and adds a little bit of polish to the Site Health feature that made its debut in 5.2. For more info, browse the full list of changes on Trac or check out the Version 5.2.2 documentation page. WordPress 5.2.2 is a short-cycle maintenance release. The next…

If you can build a site with WordPress.com, you should build your site on WordPress.com.

June 18th, 2019

That’s what I like to tell people. I’ve seen too many websites die off, often damaging the company along the way because the technical debt of hosting and maintaining the website is too much in the long term. For a few examples, there is the domain name itself to handle and the tricky DNS settings…

The Month in WordPress: May 2019

June 4th, 2019

This month saw the 16th anniversary since the launch of the first release of WordPress. A significant milestone to be sure and one that speaks to the strength and stability of the project as a whole. In this anniversary month, we saw a new major release of WordPress, some exciting new development work, and a…

Creating Interactive Maps in WordPress with MapSVG

May 29th, 2019

The MapSVG plugin for WordPress allows you to create feature-rich, interactive maps quickly and through a smart admin UI. Interactive maps are a common request for projects when you need to visualize impact over particular locations. If you are already on WordPress, this comprehensive plugin could be your solution for production-ready maps. Think about the…

WordPress 5.2.1 Maintenance Release

May 21st, 2019

WordPress 5.2.1 is now available! This maintenance release fixes 33 bugs, including improvements to the block editor, accessibility, internationalization, and the Site Health feature introduced in 5.2. You can browse the full list of changes on Trac. WordPress 5.2.1 is a short-cycle maintenance release. Version 5.2.2 is expected to follow in approximately two weeks. You can download…

Using Jetpack to Accelerate WordPress Development

May 16th, 2019

[Geoff:] I’ve built a fair number of WordPress sites in my day. It’s been my go-to since the 2.x-ish days because it works for any site, big or small. That’s the sort of solution and flexibility you like to have as a freelancer. Boy, I wish I had Jetpack available in those early days. Like…