WordPress.org Adds Live Preview for Plugins
- Yesterday, a new Live Preview button in the WordPress.org plugin listing allows viewers to open a WordPress Playground instance with the plugin preloaded.
- This is a welcome feature for many, as it makes previewing the plugin simple in a disposable WordPress instance.
- Some plugin developers are concerned, since many plugins do not work correctly in Playground, potentially discouraging users from actually trying them on their sites.
- The feature is being discussed in this Meta Trac ticket, and a vibrant discussion is happening in this thread in the Making WordPress Slack #meta channel.
NextGen and Envira Gallery Plugins and More Acquired by AwesomeMotive
- Yesterday, Syed Balkhi announced the acquisition of Envira Gallery, NextGen Gallery, Soliloquy Slider, and the Photocrati Theme to join the WPBeginner family.
- Envira Gallery and Soliloquy were originally developed by WPBeginner, but were sold to Nathan Singh in 2017.
- With the acquisition, the Awesome Motive team plans “to start innovating in the WordPress gallery space once again.”
Innovative Onboarding in the Ollie Theme Pulled After Contentious Review Process
- Mike McAlister, creator of the free Ollie theme, has decided to pull innovative onboarding features from the theme after an “unnecessarily contentious” review process.
- Despite initial endorsement from Matt Mullenweg and Josepha Haden Chomphosy, Ollie did not pass the theme review process.
- Does the theme review process discourage experimentation? Could this be a reason for the slow adoption of block themes?
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