Jetpack has included Elasticsearch support in their “professional” plan now. It's in beta for now, but I anticipate we'll see them expand on this functionality. I think it could be a good trigger for some folks to upgrade.
Joost de Valk has started a conversation about developers testing their work with other developers’ plugins in Post Status Slack. Joost wants to take on what he calls an “integration problem:” “Every integration with another plugin we [at Yoast] add forces us to test the basic features of that plugin, with our plugin running, to…
The Automattic Jetpack team has announced a handy guide for people that want to contribute to Jetpack. I should probably learn from this, as historically, my methods for contributing to Jetpack have been by whining on Twitter. I wish more plugins had detailed contribution instructions like this.
Jetpack is working on a plugin called Jetpack Onboarding that alters the default WordPress “Welcome” screen in the dashboard with a step by step onboarding process. Right now there are four steps for setting up a basic site: The repo descriptions states that these steps are customizable to hosts that bundle the plugin out of…
Automattic has posted an example of a plugin that uses Jetpack Connection as a dependency to establish a connection to WordPress.com. 🔌
Sarah Gooding has an interesting long form piece that goes inside Jetpack’s multiple team setup at Automattic, and how they think about development and the structure of the plugin. I found the bit about installs… odd. Automattic is aware of the number of people currently using Jetpack but will not be disclosing that information publicly….
What does the future hold for WordPress themes, for theme developers and end users? Are we ready for a single master parent theme?