Footnotes

WordPress 5.3.1 has been released with 46 bug fixes πŸ› and enhancements ✨ that touch the block editor, the Twenty Twenty bundled theme, accessibility, and the backend interface CSS.


Draft guidelines for plugins submitted to the new and rapidly improving Block Directory are available for discussion; feedback and suggestions are welcome! πŸ”Œ


The 2019 Web Almanac is a massive collection of data (20+ TB) from almost six million sites. πŸ“Š

Categories include CSS, JavaScript, accessibility, CMS, and page weight. There are lots of statistics to keep you busy for a while. Bookmark it! πŸ”–


24 Days in December is a series of blog posts on different subjects from the PHP community, including yours truly. All of them are worth a read, but here are two that stood out to me:


Megan Risdal reflects on building successful communities on Stack Overflow and what a product leader can do to be successful.

Key takeaways: Always ask how changes impact users, value everyone as a part of the team, and “think holistically.”


Megan Risdal reflects on building successful communities on Stack Overflow and what a product leader can do to be successful.

Key takeaways: Always ask how changes impact users, value everyone as a part of the team, and “think holistically.”


WPaudit.site is a website audit checklist for WordPress with a focus on formatting, WordPress specific optimization, accessibility, performance, and security. β˜‘οΈ


Koko Analytics is an open-source analytics plugin for WordPress that doesn't use any external services. Some of its features include:

  • No trackable personal information.
  • No cookies required.
  • Designated user roles can be excluded from tracking.
  • They say it's fast!

A proposed 2020 Global Community Sponsorship program for WordCamps has been made public. Of note: “most package rates will decrease for 2020, to reflect the unexpectedly flat growth in [the] number of WordCamps in 2019.” πŸ•οΈ


Rebecca Gill will be hosting a three-day SEO Bootcamp next month (January 21 – 23, 2020). Registration is free, and you can signup at seobootcamp.com.


David A. Kennedy shows why going beyond the basics of accessibility isn’t as hard as you might think. David looks at how accessibility intersects with markup and context, and he deals with labels and interactive elements in his examples.


The initial planning session for the proposed WP Global Accessibility Day will happen on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. πŸ“†


Sam Greenspan shares all the things Jilt learned by sending 4.1 million emails on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

This year they saw an average order value of $168, up 5.9% from last year. Mobile orders accounted for $2.9 billion on Black Friday, or 39% of all revenue. On Cyber Monday, mobile orders hit $3 billion, for 32% of all revenue. πŸ“ˆ


A critical vulnerability was found in the Ultimate Addons for Elementor and Ultimate Addons for Beaver Builder plugins. Hackers can gain full control of your website through them if you don't apply the security updates.


Matteo DuΓ² has some good thoughts on advertising and cross-selling on WordPress.org and the wp-admin dashboard. Yoast and JetPack are mentioned of course, along with Matteo's view of the guidelines in place now and how they affect new developers.


Video and Podcast Picks of the Week

πŸ“Ή More sweet video watching as we near the end of 2019! Most are from WordCamp US 2019:

πŸŽ™οΈ Here are some recent podcasts worth listening to:

  • Cal Evans interviewed Francesca Marano from SiteGround on the latest episode of Voice of the ElePHPant.
  • Matt Mullenweg interviewed Glitch CEO Anil Dash on Distributed to talk about strengthening values in a distributed startup.