Automattic has announced it closed a new $300 million Series D funding round. This development puts the company at a post-round valuation of $3 billion. That is three times Automattic's value following its last fundraising round in 2014. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ“ˆ

Matt Mullenweg spoke to Romain Dillet at TechCrunch about this development and his vision for WordPress:

What we want to do is to become the operating system for the open web… The problem weโ€™re trying to solve is likely multigenerational. It can take the rest of our lives, and we need to pass it on to the generation that comes after to continue to work on it.

The latest Gutenberg 6.5 update brings a social links block to the editor, support for local auto-saves (handy!), captions for cover blocks, updates to the navigation block, and more. There's also a new, experimental feature for installing non-local blocks right from the block inserter. ๐Ÿงช

This version of Gutenberg will be included in the upcoming WordPress 5.3 release in November.

The release candidate of BuddyPress 5.0.0 is available for testing. Mathieu Viet also takes time to introduce the bp.apiRequest() that helps you start using the BuddyPress REST API.

Ashley Rich compares Digital Ocean, Google Cloud, and AWS for hosting WordPress sites way you might with SpinupWP or ServerPilot and their forthcoming HostLaunch platform.

Digital Ocean won the matchup, but all three platforms were are pretty close, and the data collected is worth a look. ๐Ÿ†

If you have heard the term “serverless,” but not much else, then John Demian‘s brief guide will help you get up to speed.

John describes serverless hosting as “an event-based system for running code.” In other words, services “create business logic without caring about any servers. You're abstracting away the infrastructure altogether.”

Static websites on S3, serverless databases like DynamoDB or Aurora Serverless, and “running code without managing servers with Lambda” are all excellent examples.

Congrats to Justin Tadlock for joining WP Tavern as a full-time writer. I am glad he's found this great new opportunity to return to his journalistic roots. ๐Ÿ“ฐ

I owe much of my success in this space to Jason's teaching and look forward to his future posts.

Human Made has built a “Publication Checklist” plugin that “provides a framework for building out pre-publication checks with [the] flexibility to fit your [WordPress publishing] workflows.” ๐Ÿ”Œ

Joe Watkins cuts right to the point about the importance of funding open source projects your company relies on:

Making monetary contributions or approaching your employer with a request to make monetary contributions to projects that your income or business relies upon is the right thing to do, and in some cases necessary for the ongoing health of the project.

Marc-Alexandre Montpas at posted an excellent and detailed dissection of the WordPress 5.2.3 security release on the Sucuri blog. ๐Ÿ”’

Adam Silver covers the pros and (mostly) the cons of tooltips. Adam recommends that we “do the hard work, so users donโ€™t have to.”

If you think people might need the clarification a tooltip provides, you should give them the tooltip content in a more direct way.

(Those blue tooltips in WordPress never sat well with me, TBH.)

Rachel Andrew at Smashing Magazine explores the use cases where you might encounter overflow in your web designs. Rachel explains how CSS has evolved to create better ways to manage and design around unknown amounts of content.

Since many people in the WordPress community use Github, it was interesting to note Github's announcement that they plan to add support for a Dependency Graph for Composer-based PHP projects. ๐Ÿ“Š

Video and Podcast Picks of the Week

๐Ÿ“น Here are my latest picks for video watching:

  • As usual, Chris Coyier delivers an entertaining talk, this time at Front Conference Zurich, by explaining how to think like a front-end developer. Chris explores this role through his own experiences, but he also draws on many conversations with other successful frontend developers.

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Here are some recent podcasts worth listening to:

  • Rob Hope on the Yo! Podcast talks with Gilbert Pellegrom from Delicious Brains. Gilbert is the man behind the popular Nivo Slider jQuery plugin.
  • The newest episode of the Matt Report showcases James Laws sharing how Ninja Forms started and his take on the WordPress ecosystem today.
  • A reminder that a new podcast โ€” PricingWP โ€” has been launched. PricingWP is โ€” surprise! โ€” a show focused on pricing WordPress products and services. It starts off with an interview with Jonathan Stark.
  • Scott Bolinger has been publishing some great interviews! Some focus on development, and others are aimed at entrepreneurs. Some are a mix of both, like the latest with Chris Coyier. Two good ones: Derrick Reimer on validation of product ideas and Jason Lengstorf asking, “Should developers learn the newest thing?” (I like the part where they ask if you even need to know HTML and CSS anymore.)
  • Our own Brian Krogsgard makes an appearance on Do The Woo, with a review of Shopify and other aspects of eCommerce. Brian also talks about the possibility of the WooCommerce marketplace beingย  transformed into a subscription service, eventually.