WordPress Digest #62: Coding Standards, WordCamps, and…OF COURSE…More Gutenberg -_-

This bi-weekly serves to inform and enlighten our minds on latest happenings in the sprawling countryside we call WordPress Land.

How many times do you think I will have to type the word “Gutenberg” before those keys completely give out on my keyboard?

Release News

  • WordPress Coding Standards v 1.1.0 has been released on GitHub. This is a set of rules that integrate with PHP_Codesniffer to validate code written for WordPress. If you are writing code for a project that you would like to see embraced by the WordPress community, it’s a good idea to make sure it’s up to snuff (sniff?).
  • The latest release of Gutenberg adds a full screen mode. While I’ve been skeptical of Gutenberg overall so far (but not like angry about it like some weirdos), I actually dig this addition. Whenever I find myself updating a WP site from the road on just my laptop with window space at a premium, I long for that kind of functionality…the distraction-free writing mode of the classic editor doesn’t achieve that.
  • The roadmap for the 4.9.9 minor release has been published with a tentative release date of November 5, with the biggest focus being placed on bug fixes, internationalization, accessibility, and Gutenberg prep.

Extending WordPress

  • WPEngine recently launched a new security solution on their platform, which they are calling Global Edge Security. It’s built from Cloudflare tech which is cool since I already use Cloudflare for every site I launch. There are a lot of managed WP hosting companies out there, and typically your choice will depend largely on the particular needs of your project and your budget, but it’s nice to see WPE constantly improving and offering new products.
  • Sliders and carousels are typically my arch nemesis in terms of UI elements, but I guess it’s cool that the two most popular slider plugins for WP have added Gutenberg support. I guess.

Grab Bag

  • Biratnagar, Nepal will be hosting it’s first WordCamp on December 22, 2018. I mention this primarily because I’ve always wanted to go to Nepal and this sounds like a lovely excuse.
  • I get a kick out of instances where people jump through relatively elaborate hoops to accomplish tasks with self-imposed restrictions that are fairly easily achieved under other circumstances. This is definitely the case with this walkthrough of how to develop for WordPress on ChromeOS.
  • WordCamp Wilmington was canceled due to Hurricane Florence, which is still severely messing up the Carolinas.  As of the writing of this post, Wilmington has been cut off from the rest of the state due to floodwaters. A lot of people are going to need help to recover from this storm, so if you can help out, keep your eyes open for various support programs.
  • The Drupal Gutenberg project aims to keep up Drupal’s legacy of always being a step behind WordPress. 😉

“Success often lies not in what happens but in what you prevent from happening” -Ron Stallworth