Ella van Durpe notes “the first Gutenberg release of 2020 includes not less than 180 PRs 😍crafted by more than 56 contributors.” Highlights include a new block for multiple buttons, accessibility improvements to the editing interface, and a refactoring of the button component. You can also “Enable Full Site Editing” in the Gutenberg “Experiments” panel.

If you're wondering what's coming up next for Gutenberg, Riad Benguella has an initial gameplan for the year. Work on a separate Edit Site UI and an updated Block UI design are being explored. The navigation block is up for some polishing, and early feedback on it will be addressed. 👍

Haris Zulfiqar says he is “betting on Gutenberg” because it's addressing the needs that page builders currently fill, although Gutenberg will never (in Haris's opinion) replace them. 🃏

Here's Nick Hamze on building Gutenberg blocks for the next generation:

“Give blocks a chance and maybe ask your kids what they’d like their WordPress to look like.”

This is a good read, and it takes on a subject I don't think we take seriously enough as a community.

WP Landing Kit has launched. Built by Phil Kurth and Jason Schuller, it maps domains to posts, pages, WooCommerce products, or any other custom post type item without the need for WordPress Multisite. 🛬

New books 📚 of note:

  • Building Web Apps with WordPress: WordPress as an Application Framework by Brian Messenlehner and Jason Coleman is available in print and digital forms from O'Reilly.
  • Justin Tadlock, Brad Williams, and John James Jacoby will be publishing the 2nd edition of Professional WordPress Plugin Development later this year.

Michael Beckwith has shared an impressive list of IndieWeb plugins for WordPress and the terminology and concepts that go with them. If you're curious (or confused) about this community and movement, this is a must-read.

Michael covers IndieWeb Core, Webmentions, Semantic Linkbacks, Microformats2, Post Kinds, Syndication Links and Micropub Server. 🔌

Brad Touesnard did a review of 2019 for his company, Delicious Brains. After launching two products and working toward a major release of WP Migrate DB Pro, Brad notes that they're doing very well and plan to “step up [their] marketing game in 2020.”

The API is an extremely important part of Delicious Brains' website and business. Iain Poulson explains how he began testing it with the help of Codeception: “Turns out Codeception has a pretty nifty REST module that makes it possible to perform API testing.” 🧪

Aaron Jorbin shares his thoughts on keynotes at WordCamps. “Not every WordCamp needs a keynote. It’s far from a requirement… Keynotes should leave the audience asking questions of themselves, and this should be for just about everyone in the audience.”

Scott Kingsley Clark is asking for donations to support the Pods Framework this year. Automattic has withdrawn its sponsorship of the project, which has provided 90% of the Pods team's total funding.

Understandably, Automattic “want[s] to focus their funding on Gutenberg-native projects” now.

As part of a “month in WordPress” review, Angela Jin mentioned that the WordPress meetup program crossed the 800-group mark this month! More than 100 countries are represented. 🌏

I agree with Nile Flores that WordCamps need more workshops and talks for beginners:

WordCamp US and WordCamp Europe don’t cater to the beginner user… If you’re going to talk about being inclusive and wanting to encourage newbies to embrace WordPress and democratizing publishing, we gotta walk the walk too.