A tentative schedule for major WordPress releases in 2020 and 2021 has been posted by Francesca Marano. 📅
Tentative is the key term here, as “the exact dates will be confirmed only when the release cycle kicks off.” At the time of this writing, here are the version numbers and the “potential” release dates:
- 5.4: March 31, 2020
- 5.5: August 11, 2020
- 5.6: December 8, 2020
- 5.7: March 9, 2021
- 5.8: June 8, 2021
- 5.9: September 14, 2021
- 6.0: December 7, 2021
Joost de Valk has an analysis of CMS market share numbers from W3Techs. Joost's key findings are:
- WooCommerce‘s market share is three times as big as Shopify, but Shopify is growing.
- If current trends continue, Shopify, Joomla, SquareSpace, and Wix will be in the #2, #3, #4, and #5 positions. Drupal will drop from #3 to #6, despite promising results from a recent Drupal business survey.
- Outside WordPress, the open-source CMS market share is decreasing. 📉
Congrats to HeroPress on its recent five year anniversary! 🎂
Topher DeRosia reflected on how it has changed him by “chang[ing] the way I look at the world, and the people in it.”
Renato Alves shared on Twitter that the BuddyPress team has added basic support for the Groups component to the BuddyPress GraphQL schema, which is available on GitHub. Now it has “all the goodies” you need “to get groups, or a group, delete/update/create, pagination, and permissions.”
Chris Coyier reviews some approaches to removing unused CSS from a site, and he recommends starting with a look at “coverage” in Chrome's DevTools. PurifyCSS, UnusedCSS, and PurgeCSS are also addressed. 🚿
You can view the information gathered by the last survey here.
WP&UP (along with GreenGeeks as sponsor) is holding a summit to bring together charitable organizations and funds in the WordPress community.
This event should generate some great conversations! Spots are limited, but you can register now for free.
The event will feature nine sessions, with thirteen speakers, starting at 13:00 UTC, on December 3, 2019. 🎟️
Speaking of WP&UP, check out Michelle Ames post on "Post-WordCamp Emotions."
Steve Burge has another post on Google Docs-style editing in Gutenberg, this time dealing with the YJS framework.
Steve's post includes a video of him talking with Kevin Jahns, Michael Meyers, and Fabian Franz from the Tag1 Consulting team. YJS already has a live demo you can try, and it's been deployed for some of Tag1's clients, including a network of Drupal sites.
Over at The Correspondent, Jesse Frederik and Maurits Martijn claim”the new dot com bubble” is upon us, and “it's called online advertising.” 💸
This is a lengthy but fascinating deep dive into online advertising's beginnings, Google Ads vs. traditional ads, and the effectiveness of online ad campaigns.
Milled is a search engine for email newsletters.
Almost all newsletters (except this one, of course) appear very similar to me, especially eCommerce newsletters. If you need some inspiration to help you stand out of the pack, Milled might be worth a look. ✨
From Chris Stokel-Walker, this is a fascinating look at the team that powers VLC media player, which still has millions of users.
Sadly, the agency that manages the .org domain registry has sold it to a private equity firm, which will likely drive up prices for non-profits. 😟
A number of news sites are covering this story, but Kieren McCarthy's take at The Register is exceptionally thorough.
Ron Soak, a Senior Data Analyst with Xero, shares some insights on the good, bad, and ugly (but significant) effects Microsoft has had on "the world of data." (Good = SQL Server, Bad = Excel, and Ugly = Access.)
Video and Podcast Picks of the Week
📹 Here are my latest picks for video watching:
- More WordCamp US 2019 videos are appearing on WordPress.tv, including this one that includes Olivia Bisset explaining how it will be vital for the next generation to use WordPress followed by a panel that includes her, Dina Butcher, Ema DeRosia, Emily Lema, Sophia DeRosia, Natalie Bourn, and Nathan Ingram.
🎙️ Here are some recent podcasts worth listening to:
- In the latest Distributed podcast, we get an inside view of the Grand Meetup, Automattic’s annual week-long all-staff event.
- Syntax hosted by Wes Bos and Scott Tolinski has two good, recent episodes: one is focused on general problem solving, which is great for developers who deal with bugs daily; the second is full of tips for writing good CSS.
- Matt Medeiros interviews Jordan Gal (co-host of the Bootstrapped Web podcast) on his journey with CartHook.
- The Ladybug Podcast covers conference talks, including the courage to speak and how to prepare for talks.
- If you want to hear about the CMS landscape in 2019 beyond WordPress, then this casual discussion on a recent ShopTalk Show is perfect.