Anders Norén has shared some attractive mockups of the upcoming Twenty Twenty default theme. Twenty Twenty will be included in WordPress 5.3, which is due out in mid-November.

Anders notes that “Twenty Twenty is designed with flexibility at its core” and will include the typeface Inter, designed by Rasmus Andersson. Naturally, Twenty Twenty will fully support for the Block Editor, as well as matching editor styles.  It will be based on Anders' popular theme, Chaplin, “to speed up development.”

Initial impressions of Anders' theme preview in the WordPress community have been largely positive. Although all default themes have been well-built and each is best suited for a specific use-case, it has been a long time since I've seen so much excitement in anticipation of a core theme. 🤩

Google has officially released its Native Lazyload plugin for WordPress to take advantage of the Chrome browser's new native lazy-loading capabilities. For other browsers, there is JavaScript fallback.

Jon Henshaw explains how the plugin works, with this advice: “If the purpose of implementing lazy-loading is strictly for improving user experience, web developers may want to hold off on removing their JavaScript implementation until it's supported by the majority of browsers that visitors use to access their site.” 💤

🕰️ I think Pippin Williamson nails an important point about time on the Sandhills Development blog:

We recognize now more than ever that the single most valuable resource we each have is time. It’s not infinite and we must do whatever we can to help our team and our customers gain back more of their time.

Sophie Koonin listed “everything she googled in a week as a professional software engineer” in an attempt to dispel the idea that if you have to google things then you “aren't a proper engineer.”

I wish some people in the WordPress space would do this too. 💡

For those who have heard of Gatsby and are looking to get started with it, you might want to add Tori Pugh‘s five-minute Getting Started Using Gatsby guide to your reading list.

If you're still wondering why you should care about Gatsby, Delicious Brains explains “Why Gatsby Should Be on Your List of Things to Learn” in their lengthier tutorial for beginners.

Lee Butterman estimates that Let's Encrypt now provides SSL certificates “for almost 30% of web domains,” according to his analysis of 350 million SSL connections. If this is even roughly close to the true number, it is amazing. 😲

It’s been roughly one year since WP Engine acquired StudioPress, but according to Carrie Dils, “some people [feel] unsure about how to work with Genesis or best take advantage of new features.” Carrie shows off some the changes and how you can start using them as you customize or develop child themes.

The days of “like” counts and similar metrics for publishers might be coming to an end. Mike Allton notes this is the reality of social networking's evolution.

I think it's a good step in the right direction. 👍

WordSesh, a great virtual conference for WordPress, is happening again on September 25, 2019. Registration is free! 🎟️

This time around, WordSesh has been designed especially for attendees across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. 🌍

Restrict Content Pro Version 3.2 has been released with some big changes concerning Stripe, including Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) compliance.

It was nice to hear Carole Olinger has joined the WP&UP team as the “Head To WCEU” Crew Chief. 👏

Peter Suhm notes that Branch — a continuous integration service for WordPress developers — now supports WP Rig — “a modern WordPress starter theme.”

Google is making additional changes to “nofollow” links by splitting it into three declarations:

  1. rel=”sponsored”
  2. rel=”ugc”
  3. rel=”nofollow”

According to Google's Webmaster Central blog, “there’s absolutely no need to change any nofollow links that you already have,” but they do say that on March 1, 2020, nofollow becomes “merely a hint.”

There's a new, official Creative Commons plugin for licensing your content on your WordPress site. 🔌

After a conversation with Rachel Andrew, Chris Coyier put together some excellent suggestions about technical writing in a detailed post. Some key takeaways:

  • Make content scannable with thoughtful intros and outros while being mindful of the length and tone.
  • Relate new technologies to existing/well-known ones.
  • Write what’s personal and important to you.

Video and Podcast Picks of the Week

📹 Here are my latest picks for video watching:

  • Here's a direct link to a video of the block editor “live demo prototype” from Matias Ventura. We mentioned his update in the last newsletter, but this is still my current WordPress video pick. Matias shows how block areas could be organized within the page. This may be the way WordPress content and page building will evolve in the future.

🎙️ Here are some recent podcasts worth listening to:

  • BobWP hosted Topher DeRosia from BigCommerce on the always lively Do The Woo podcast. In this episode, Topher shares his experiences about entering the WordPress eCommerce space.