Footnotes #401

Gutenberg 8.4 was released yesterday with some impressive enhancements included image editing, multi-block controls, and the enabling of the Block Directory.

The Block Directory has been a big-ticket item in the WordPress Roadmap and is powered by the Plugin Directory. πŸ”Œ

Ben Hoyt tweeted about two lightweight alternatives to Google Analytics that launched in the last year: GoatCounter and Plausible. 🐐

Cory Miller noticed the University of Wisconsin‘s Stevens Point campus has a free, self-paced tutorial for people creating their first WordPress website. Cory: “Whenever I see dedicated classes and learning materials at colleges and schools specific to WordPress it makes me smile.” πŸ˜ƒ

Taco Verdonschot explains why the WordPress community is not just about the software and how this type of culture is sustained. If you are fairly new to the community, this is a good general take on it that may help you find the right places to dive in. πŸ™Œ

WebDevStudios has built a scaffolding tool that sets up everything you need to build Gutenberg blocks. Michael Joseph walks through the install and major parts of the tool. πŸ› οΈ

Brad Touesnard revised and updated a popular post that explains how to create SSL certificates for local development. Running HTTPS locally without problems has some nice upsides, like matching your local development environment with your production server. πŸ’‘

Smash Balloon, a social feed plugin for WordPress that has over a million users, has been acquired by Awesome Motive. 🎈

Apple recently announced WebP image support in Safari 14. That news led me to Johannes Siipola asking the first question to come to mind: is WebP really better than JPEG?

The answer may depend on whether you are using the reference libjpeg library or the improved MozJPEG encoder. πŸ€”

Wholesome Publishing is a new plugin that adds comments to Gutenberg blocks. You can also give any block a “draft” status so it won't appear in the front end β€” very handy! πŸ’¬

Tobias Ahlin has written an informative introduction to A/B testing πŸ§ͺ that also explains very clearly why testing matters:

“The more users you have, the more damage you can cause by shipping features that, despite your best intentions, happen to make the product worse for your average user.”

Joe Casabona has started a class called Podcast Liftoff. If you are interested in starting a podcast, get in there! David has signed up and can't wait to dive in. πŸŽ™οΈ

As Pedro Mendonça mentions on Twitter, the Translation Tools plugin for WordPress has been updated with its 1.1.0 release. It improves usability, shows the availability of all WordPress Locales, and includes theme and plugin translations for Locales without Language Packs. 🌐

Nathan Rice shares some wisdom gained from his experience of “starting over” 🏁 by transitioning from a developer role into management with StudioPress at WPEngine:

I’ve discovered a new passion, and while it may not be marathon coding sessions experimenting with the newest tech the world of JavaScript, it’s still a passion.

Different can be good.

Conference Updates

  • WordCamp Denver is happening online from June 26-27. There are three tracks and I hear there's even a Yoga session. πŸ§˜β€β™‚οΈ
  • The JavaScript for WordPress event is happening from July 8 to 10th.Β  πŸ“…
  • Registration is open for WPCampus 2020 Online, which will happen July 29-30. πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“


Video Picks

πŸ“Ή Here's the video pick of the week:

  • If you missed this talk about prototyping projects with Anyssa Ferreira from WordCamp Europe 2020, it's a must-see. I love how Anyssa approached the topic and used examples that made things clear even to me. πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό

Podcast Picks

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