WordPress 5.3 RC2 is out of the gates with ten bug fixes and some improvements to the new About page.
WordCamp US is next week. We (Brian and David) will be there. Please come up to us and say “hi!” if you see us. We might also have conversations on and off camera with some of our Post Status members. 🏕️
This year’s WCUS looks like a different conference I predict it will have an overall less anxious and calmer atmosphere compared to 2018 when the release of WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg stirred things up. The welcome addition of a Community Track and Kid’s Camp are great to see. Make sure to check out the schedule. 👈
We will have our press badges (yes, WordCamp US has press badges this year), and we will have full coverage of the conference highlights, including Matt Mullenweg‘s State of the Word shortly after. So watch your inboxes!
Ghost 3.0, the open-source blogging platform founded by John O’Nolan, was released this week. The headline feature is a “new business model,” which aims to help writers use memberships and subscriptions to make a “sustainable living” as “independent publisher[s] in 2019.”
Ben Thompson has an interview with John that provides some of the backstory and deeper insights into Ghost’s relation to WordPress. For example, John says, “We look at WooCommerce a lot in terms of business models.” 👻
Medium announced it’s changing how writers are paid: compensation will stem “primarily” from visitor reading time rather than claps.
Medium has reportedly “paid out more than $6 million in total to 30,000 writers” to date, which averages out to $200 per writer. 💸
One of the things I miss from Chrome is the language translation feature, but Chris Smith notes that Mozilla is working on something similar to Google Translate. It will work locally and be more private.
Here’s a plugin that introduces GraphQL to BuddyPress. Nice! 🔌
Matt Shaw shows how WordPress handles HTML email and how plugins can supplement it. Matt says, “While WordPress core has a way to go before it has good support of HTML emails, plugin developers have helped to pick up some of the slack.”
Geoff Graham digs into the preview loading animation (with the WordPress logo) that came with the block editor in WordPress 5.0.
Faces of Open Source is a site that aims to photographically document the people “behind the development and advancement of the open-source revolution.” It highlights foundational figures and influencers from Unix, WWW, BSD, and other significant projects. 📸
We’ve mentioned this viral post from Jason Grigsby before, which discusses how an HTML attribute could be worth $4.4M to Chipotle.
On a similar subject, now Adrian Roselli explains how Indiegogo left $18 million (USD) on the table last year due to incorrectly implemented labels on its payment form. 💸
Adrian concludes this may explain why “accessibility-related campaigns on Indiegogo consistently fail to make their goals.”
GoDaddy has announced it is releasing “an integration” with WooCommerce. This integration “reduces the typical four-step set-up process into one easy step” so that GoDaddy’s WordPress users “can set up a fully-functioning eCommerce site in no time.”
Jon Christopher has a series running on his blog about rescuing a product. He examines improvements to the content on OrganizeWP’s website in his latest post.
Marcelo Lebre explains why you should be working asynchronously. This post goes into detail about multiplexing, communication, and action, which are all vital to async work.
I’m not sure if I’m all-in with everything Marcelo says, but I’ll agree that async work is an excellent way to get things done efficiently with fewer interruptions.
Video and Podcast Picks of the Week
📹 Here are my latest picks for video watching:
- “The World-Wide Work” is a talk from Ethan Marcotte on automation, power, justice, and labor in the tech industry.
- Jen Simmons shares a few tips on how to improve image loading on your website.
- In preparation for WordCamp US, you might want to check out these recent interviews on their official YouTube channel that were done by Michelle Ames. Guests include Christina Workman, Aida Correa, and Ben Meredith.
🎙️ I’ve been busy preparing for WordCamp US and traveling to St. Louis, so I’m planning on catching up on podcasts during next week’s journey. Here’s one that’s topping my list:
- Syntax Podcast has a full hour devoted to the migration and deployment of WordPress sites with Brad Touesnard. This is worth a listen even if it’s just or Brad’s backstories about some of Delicious Brains‘ plugins.