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Equity and the Power of Community

June 6th, 2020

Over the past week, I’ve been thinking a lot about George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. I have been thinking about white supremacy, the injustice that Black women and men are standing up against across the world, and all the injustices I can’t know, and don’t see. The WordPress mission is to democratize publishing,…

The Month in WordPress: May 2020

June 2nd, 2020

May was an action-packed month for WordPress! WordPress organizers are increasingly moving WordCamps online, and contributors are taking big steps towards Full Site Editing with Gutenberg. To learn more and get all the latest updates, read on. Gutenberg 8.1 and 8.2 Gutenberg 8.1 was released on May 13, followed quickly by Gutenberg 8.2 on May…

How to Use Block Variations in WordPress

May 6th, 2020

WordPress 5.4 was released not so long ago and, along with other improvements and bug fixes, it introduced a feature called Block Variations. I had a chance to use it on one of my recent projects and am so pleasantly surprised by how smart this feature is. I actually think it hasn’t received the attention…

How to Create Custom WordPress Editor Blocks in 2020

May 6th, 2020

Peter Tasker on creating blocks right now: It’s fairly straightforward these days to get set up with the WP CLI ‘scaffold’ command. This command will set up a WordPress theme or plugin with a ‘blocks’ folder that contains the PHP and base CSS and JavaScript required to create a custom block. The only drawback that I noticed is…

The Month in WordPress: April 2020

May 4th, 2020

April continued to be a challenging time for the WordPress community, with many under stay-at-home recommendations. However, it was also an exciting month in which we created new ways to connect with and inspire each other! This month, amazing contributors moved more WordCamps online and shipped new releases for WordPress and Gutenberg. For the latest,…

WordPress 5.4.1

April 29th, 2020

WordPress 5.4.1 is now available! This security and maintenance release features 17 bug fixes in addition to 7 security fixes. Because this is a security release, it is recommended that you update your sites immediately. All versions since WordPress 3.7 have also been updated. WordPress 5.4.1 is a short-cycle security and maintenance release. The next…

Static or Not?

April 27th, 2020

A quick opinion piece by Kev Quirk: Why I Don’t Use A Static Site Generator. Kev uses WordPress: Want to blog on my iPad? I can. Want to do it on my phone? No problem. On a machine I don’t normally use? Not an issue, as long as it has a browser. First, it’s worth understanding that…

Jetpack Instant Search!

April 16th, 2020

Jetpack has had a search feature for a while. Flip it on, and it replaces your built-in WordPress search (which is functional, but not particularly good) with an Elasticsearch-powered solution that is faster and has better results. I’ve been using that for quite a while here on CSS-Tricks, which was an upgrade from using a…

People of WordPress: Mario Peshev

April 7th, 2020

You’ve probably heard that WordPress is open-source software, and may know that it’s created and run by volunteers. Enthusiasts share many examples of how WordPress has changed people’s lives for the better. In this monthly series, we share some of those lesser-known, amazing stories. Computer science in the nineties Mario Peshev Mario has been hooked…

Continuous Deployments for WordPress Using GitHub Actions

April 6th, 2020

Continuous Integration (CI) workflows are considered a best practice these days. As in, you work with your version control system (Git), and as you do, CI is doing work for you like running tests, sending notifications, and deploying code. That last part is called Continuous Deployment (CD). But shipping code to a production server often…