WordPress Digest #67: WordPress 5.0 is Out…Do You Know Where Your Children Are?

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

Release News

Extending WordPress

  • Jetpack 6.8 released and has started the process of converting it’s functionality to block editor friendly interfaces. Contact forms and simple payments are some of the first, and most important blocks included.
  • Using Guteberg and want syntax highlighting on your code blocks? Look no further than the SyntaxHighligher Evolved plugin.
  • It seems everyone but me loves a gallery. So for all you crazy people who for some reason click those left and right arrows, here’s a Block Gallery plugin so you can drop those resource heavy wastes of space into your Gutenberg powered sites.
  • Version 1.0 of the AMP plugin released just the other day. Two of the biggest takeaways I have are that it’s Gutenberg-ready and that it offers considerably more control than previous versions.

Grab Bag

  • WPCampus is raising funds to conduct a thorough accessibility audit of Gutenberg. They’ve recieved numerous proposals and have set their initial fund raising benchmark at $30,000 (at the time of writing this they are 1/3 of the way there with just over $10k). I urge people to contribute. It’s annoying that it still needs to be said that an accessible web is hugely important.
  • WordCamp Europe is looking for a host city for 2020. I think it should happen in Avignon, France, because I want to go back there and this sounds like a good excuse. WC Europe 2019 will be in Berlin, Germany on June 20-22, which is also a place I’d like to go because I just want to go everywhere and see everything. Is that so much to ask?
  • WordCamp US was this past weekend and I wasn’t there. I was in Palm Springs behaving badly. I’m sure some important stuff was discussed and I’ll probably talk more about that next issue, but in the meantime, the most important thing that’s popped up in my feeds is Matt Mullenweg’s list of the top 9 projects for 2019.

“Anybody can jump a motorcycle. The trouble begins when you try to land it.” -Evel Knievel