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The Month in WordPress: March 2019

April 1st, 2019

WordPress reached a significant milestone this month. With some exciting developments in Core, an interesting new proposal, and the return of a valuable global event, March was certainly an interesting time. WordPress Now Powers One-Third of the Web WordPress’ market share has been steadily increasing, and as of halfway through this month, it powers over…

WordPress 5.2 Beta 1

March 28th, 2019

WordPress 5.2 Beta 1 is now available! This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site to play with the new version. You can test the WordPress 5.2 Beta two ways: Try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the “bleeding edge…

One-third of the web!

March 15th, 2019

WordPress now powers over 1/3rd of the top 10 million sites on the web according to W3Techs. Our market share has been growing steadily over the last few years, going from 29.9% just one year ago to 33.4% now. We are, of course, quite proud of these numbers! The path here has been very exciting….

WordPress 5.1.1 Security and Maintenance Release

March 12th, 2019

WordPress 5.1.1 is now available! This security and maintenance release introduces 14 fixes and enhancements, including changes designed to help hosts prepare users for the minimum PHP version bump coming in 5.2. This release also includes a pair of security fixes that handle how comments are filtered and then stored in the database. With a maliciously…

The Month in WordPress: February 2019

March 1st, 2019

A new version of WordPress, significant security enhancements, important discussions, and much more – read on to find out what has been going on in the WordPress community for the month of February. Release of WordPress 5.1 Near the end of the month, WordPress 5.1 was released, featuring significant stability and performance enhancements as well…

Remembering Rachel Olivero

February 22nd, 2019

Rachel Olivero, courtesy of National Federation of the Blind Earlier this month we saw the passing of Rachel Olivero. Rachel touched a lot of people in both the Drupal and accessibility communities. She worked at the National Federation of the Blind, as the Director of Organizational Technology. I am not sure that this is where…

WordPress 5.1 “Betty”

February 22nd, 2019

A Little Better Every Day Version 5.1 of WordPress, named “Betty” in honour of acclaimed jazz vocalist Betty Carter, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. Following WordPress 5.0 — a major release which introduced the new block editor — 5.1 focuses on polish, in particular by improving the overall performance of the editor. In addition,…

WordPress 5.1 RC2

February 19th, 2019

The second release candidate for WordPress 5.1 is now available! WordPress 5.1 will be released on Thursday, February 21, but we need your help to get there—if you haven’t tried 5.1 yet, now is the time! There are two ways to test the WordPress 5.1 release candidate: try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want…

WordPress 5.1 Release Candidate

February 8th, 2019

The first release candidate for WordPress 5.1 is now available! This is an important milestone, as the release date for WordPress 5.1 draws near. “Release Candidate” means that the new version is ready for release, but with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, it’s possible something was missed. WordPress 5.1 is scheduled…

The Month in WordPress: January 2019

February 4th, 2019

The momentum from December’s WordPress 5.0 release was maintained through January with some big announcements and significant updates. Read on to find out what happened in the WordPress project last month. WordPress Leadership Grows In a milestone announcement this month, WordPress project lead, Matt Mullenweg (@matt), named two individuals who are coming on board to…