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WordPress Digest #3

Welcome to the third installment of my WP Digest. This is the blog version of our internal bi-weekly email which we use to inform, enlighten, and titillate our minds on some of the latest happenings in WordPress-land.

Release News

Not much to say in release news regarding impending or recent WP Core releases. 4.3 released two weeks ago and is trucking along, no minor or security updates to it yet. The various WordPress teams are in the midst of compiling their 4.4 wish lists and have already gotten deep into dev. Definitely check out that second link – a rundown of lots of the stuff being worked on and discussed…there’s a lot in there and not all of it will make it out into the wild, but I’ll keep an eye on new features as they are rolled out. After using multisite during the past couple weeks, I am psyched about some of those changes being discussed. AND… All Praise the Flying Spaghetti Monster – they are finally going to make images inserting into the WYSIWYG editor default to NOT linking. BOUT DAMN TIME.

The WordPress folks have announced the NEW 2016 theme which I’m sure we will all have to delete from WP installs for the next 6 years. They are super psyched about it, but honestly I haven’t really looked at it too much because I don’t see a reason for me to use it. If you are interested in checking it out, it’s up on GitHub.

In WPE release news, they have rolled out a one-click upgrade button in the WPE Admin. This is better than upgrading from the wp-admin because it runs all the processes that WPE runs when upgrading your site for you:

Extending WordPress

WP Drama

The dirty side of dev.

Step Up Your Game: How to Work With Successful WordPress Clients
Mario Peshev contributed this article to WPTavern. There’s a lot of interesting stuff in here about the devaluing of WordPress and how to combat that. The section that I enjoyed the most was about supposed “WordPress experts” and “WordPress developers” (The Indecent World of WordPress Experts). The gist being that so many people self identify as WordPress experts and developers with no actual coding skill or knowledge that it undermines the value of actual developers who really can build solid WordPress implementations.

Some boards or blogs list specific skills that let you filter by programming language or a separate tool. My latest research with 200 contractors with WordPress developer titles led to 170 people who rate themselves with 4 or 5 out of 5 stars in PHP proficiency, and 30 with 3 stars.

Out of the 170 people in the first group, 150 were college students, Internet marketers, VAs, and people who have substituted strings in WordPress themes thanks to support forums or help from the Codex. Not a single line of code was written from scratch, let alone building anything, and 4 out of 5 or higher self-assessed their level of PHP experience.


I don’t know where to file this crap.

More to come.

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