Footnotes #392

WordPress 5.4 (“Adderley”) was released on March 31st.

The visual editor in this version includes the new Social Icons and Buttons blocks, gradients in the Buttons and Cover block, and improved streamlining of various workflows including multimedia placement. The editor experience itself is loading 14% faster, and time-to-type is 51% faster.

Developers: There are two new actions that let you add custom fields to menu items. ✨

You can get a good technical overview of the WordPress 5.4 field guide.

Kelly Dwan created and shared some new admin color schemes inspired by the Adderley release. Kelly included a high contrast option that “should pass WCAG 2.1 level AAA for color contrast.” 🎨

If you are not fond of the new default to full-screen mode for the block editor in WordPress 5.4, Jean-Baptiste Audras explains what you can add to functions.php to disable it.

βœ’οΈ Garrett Hyder has written a proposal for a WP Consent API and a Consent API as a feature plugin. As Garrett explains:

“A standard way for WordPress core, plugins, and themes to obtain consent from users should be established to provide a consistent and stable experience for administrators, developers, and users of all kinds.”

Strattic has announced support for the popular Gravity Forms plugin. Almost everything you can do in Gravity seems to be supported with a few exceptions. I hope to hear more about the technical details and other work that goes into supporting plugins on static sites. πŸ”Œ

BuddyPress 6.0.0 Beta 1 is out with some great new enhancements and features, including the first BuddyPress Blocks for the block editor and a completed BuddyPress REST API.

JC Palmes shares great tips for working remotely with kids at home and shares some helpful YouTube channels and resources. Remember:

“IT IS NOT EASY. You will need a LOT of PATIENCE and TRY to remember that they’re your kids and you LOVE them.”

As a father working from home with three children in my house, I sympathize. 🚸

Cloudflare has introduced for Families, an easy way to “to add a layer of protection to your home network and protect it from malware and adult content.”

Josh Comeau noticed that networks are slower now, thanks to everyone working from home now. Perhaps we should be accepting newer image formats with better compression, such as Webp? Josh says WebP, in particular, is “annoying” and not yet fully supported, unfortunately. 🀦

Elementor has launched an “Experts Network” that allows members to collaborate and grow their businesses through portfolios they can share with Elementor “peers” (developers, designers, and marketers). It's an interesting move, especially now as it will be getting harder for agencies and freelancers to find work.

Matt Danner explains some ways iThemes is helping during this difficult time. They will have videos and posts dedicated to different types of websites throughout April, a free trial for their training subscription, and a 30% discount on their products. Don't miss this and other discounts we've rounded up for you.

Gus Luxton talks about some easy ways you can improve the security of your SSH model without needing to deploy a new application or make any huge changes to user experience. πŸ”’

If you or someone you know is using the Contact Form 7 Datepicker plugin, take note that Wordfence discovered a stored Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability in the plugin, which appears to be installed on over 100,000 sites. To be clear, Contact Form 7 itself is not affected by this vulnerability, but if you do have this additional plugin extension, you may want to remove it from your site(s).

Post Status Live is coming to you on April 10th! πŸ“Ί

Cory Miller will be talking about recurring revenue, sales in a downturn, managing people, and the ups and downs of agency life. You can sign up for free here! πŸ‘ˆ


Video and Podcast Picks of the Week

πŸ“Ή Here is my video pick of the week:

  • The recorded talks from last weekend's WordCamp San Antonio are available now. Start with Jocelyn Mozak‘s keynote about her experiences with WordPress and what she appreciates most about it. There are a number of developer talks that I appreciated as well.
  • WPBlockTalk recently took place β€” a one-day conference focused on Gutenberg and the block editor. I managed to sneak a peek into a few of these talks, and I was especially impressed with the progress and discussions around full-site editing. It might be coming “in a few months” before we're able to seriously start testing it. You can view the entire recording and schedule on this page on their site.

πŸŽ™οΈ Here are some podcasts I've listened to recently that are worth your time: