WordPress Digest #69: WP 5.1 is Nigh and Where’s ACF 5.8??

This (mostly) 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 6.9 released January 10 with three new editor blocks: subscriptions, related posts, and tiled galleries.
  • CoBlocks, a block collection for Gutenberg, has released their latest version, which comes packaged with new row and column page layout blocks.
  • Advanced Custom Fields and ACF PRO have both released their latest 5.7.10 versions, which includes a ton of fixes, many of which focus on how ACF interacts with Gutenberg. There is still no word on when 5.8 will release with its custom block building functionality, but this is a much needed step in the right direction.

Grab Bag

  • The WordPress leadership team has taken on two new additions: Josepha Haden as Executive Director and Joost de Valk as Marketing and Communications Lead.
  • WPCampus has selected Tenon LLC to conduct the thorough accessbility audit that has been in the works since the fallout between WordPress’s accessibility team and Gutenberg project leadership.
  • There’s been this crazy story floating around about a former employee of WPML who hacked the company website and gained access to customer emails. Apparently he left an exploit on the server before leaving the company. Guess they don’t have great redundancies or code reviews over there!

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