Footnotes #422

πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ Hey Post Status members! We have created a new channel in our Slack: #gigs.

The #gigs channel is for you to post projects you'd like to refer others to β€” or projects where you need some paid assistance. If you want to tastefully advertise your particular talents and specialties, this is also the channel for that as well.


A new action wp_after_insert_post has been added to WordPress 5.6 to allow theme and plugin developers to run custom code after a post and its terms and metadata have been updated.

The 5.6 Release Candidate is available now and needs testing on its way out the door for a December 8 delivery of the final release. 🎁

The discussion Francesca Marano started about aligning the WordPress core release cycle with the industry-standard approach still needs more voices participating. πŸ’­

πŸ—£οΈ You are encouraged to share your feedback by November 30 on the standards for Learn WordPress workshop content too.


The newest iteration of the Gutenberg plugin for WordPress is out, and it seems to be a “tweak and polish” release. It delivers percentage widths for button blocks, social and font size change support, and API improvements. ✨


Helen Hou-Sandi explains the thought process behind recent advances in the way starter content is displayed in themes on the WordPress.org theme previewer site. Currently, these changes only affect three of the themes bundled with WordPress core.

Opening the discussion of where theme previews and demo content could go, Helen writes,

“It has long been my belief, which I think many share, that the theme previewer site in today’s context does a serious disservice to themes.”

It's true. WordPress could do so much better in this area. If you agree, give Helen's questions some thought and join the discussion. πŸ’¬


Gatsby recently chose headless WordPress for its blog. Senior Product Marketing Manager Hashim Warren explains why:

“WordPress enables us to have unlimited users (without paying a subscription per seat). WordPress also comes with powerful role-based permissions and has free plugins from services like Auth0 to unlock flexible security and authentication options.”

⚑ Speed and workflow also were factors too:

“Switching to WordPress dramatically sped up our content production time. We went from sometimes spending a full work day publishing content to just a few minutes.”


Ronald Huereca explains how to create a Gutenberg sidebar with a handy example.


The Court of Justice of the European Union has issued a decision that pre-checked boxes are not a valid way to show consent under GDPR. πŸ‘©β€βš–οΈ

Termageddon is warning that “if you use pre-checked boxes on your website's forms, make sure to un-check them now!”


Firefox 83 has introduced an “HTTPS Only Mode” that works how you would expect:

“[It] ensures that Firefox doesn’t make any insecure connections without your permission. When you enable HTTPS-Only Mode, Firefox tries to establish a fully secure connection to the website you are visiting.”

It will be interesting to see if any other browsers add this feature as well. πŸ”’


Joe Casabona says virtual events are changing the WordPress event landscape. He notes some advances in virtual events this year and predicts more “mixed” (virtual and in-person) events after the pandemic is over. This is not just “virtual WordCamps” but something entirely new. πŸ•οΈ

Joe also shares what he misses about the hallway track which is hard to duplicate online but has real value:

“…I spend most of my time talking to people I wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to meet. Hanging out in the hallway track, meeting people at booths, sitting at random tables during lunch. It’s this extrovert’s dream.”


Ibis is a handy and new-to-me PHP tool that helps you write eBooks in markdown and convert to PDF. πŸ“—


There's a very interesting Twitter thread from Hassan El Mghairi on his 10 takeaways from a lecture given by Randy Pausch. Pausch was a renowned Computer Science professor who got cancer and decided to give one last lecture on time management before he passed away.

My favorite of Hassan's ten takeaways is this:

  • If it's urgent + important, do it now. πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ
  • If it's non-urgent + important, schedule a time to do it. πŸ—“οΈ
  • If it's urgent + not important, try to delegate it. πŸ‘‰
  • If it's non-urgent + not important, ignore it. πŸ™ˆ

Here's a master list of landing page best practices, focused on how to optimize your pages for increased conversion. Each tip is from a professional in the field, and one of the names you might recognize is Thomas Griffin from OptinMonster. πŸ›¬


If you ever wanted to know what makes up some of the markup behind WordPress revision pages and other change tracking tools, then this article at CSS Tricks by John Rhea of the Undead Institute is worth a read. πŸ§Ÿβ€β™‚οΈ


Nice post here on Reddit from Mark Maunder the founder and CEO of Wordfence as he replies to the question of how people come up with their startup ideas:

“So my site was hacked. I used to be a hacker in the early to mid-90s and so it really pissed me off. I also worked in operations for big banks, Coca-Cola, and other big companies, so I knew about enterprise security, high performance, redundancy etc… So Kerry (my wife) and I dropped everything in 2011 and I spent 8 months writing the first version of Wordfence.”


Sarah Gooding observes that Envato has passed $1 billion in community earnings after 14 years of being in business. πŸ’°

Sarah also gets into the controversy over Envato Elements, its subscription service which isn't sitting well with developers and authors who mainly sell their work on Envato Marketplace.


Has someone recreated Slack inside a shared Google Sheet? It's hard for me to tell if this is real. Regardless, check out the site as it's pretty amusing. πŸ˜†


Yoast has created a page dedicated to educating people about open source β€” what it is and how it provides “better solutions and a more inclusive society.”

This is a seriously detailed page including bios and snippets of information, some of which predate the modern era. Reading it feels like walking through the exhibits of a large museum with many different periods represented in its wings. πŸ›οΈ


Good news: GitHub has reinstated the YouTube video downloader youtube-dl that the RIAA claimed was a piracy tool. πŸ‘

More importantly, GitHub is formalizing a policy to evaluate complaints and also establishing and donating $1 Million (USD) to an open-source developer defense fund for developers fighting “unwarranted DMCA Section 1201 takedown claims.” βš–οΈ


There is a call for speakers for WordFest Live 2021 which happens online on January 22, 2021. πŸ“…


DAVID'S PICKS πŸ“¬

Video Picks

πŸ“Ή Here are my video picks of the week:

Podcast Picks

πŸŽ™οΈ Here are a few podcasts to listen to this week:

  • Women in WP: This episode features an interview with Jodie Riccelli, Director of Business Development at WebDevStudios. She has over twenty years of sales and marketing experience and is a WordCamp organizer and speaker.
  • The C2C Podcast: The latest episode has an interview with Tessa Kriesel (Head of Developer Community at Twitter) who shares what the “3 step model to building trust” process looks like and why building trust is so important in any community.
  • Kitchen Sink: In a recent episode of this WordPress podcast, Adam Silver interviewed a great member of the WordPress community, Jessi Gurr.
  • WPMRR: Learn how to get podcast sponsorships and higher audience engagement while gaining some fascinating behind-the-scenes views of audio engineering as Joe Buff sits down with Bradley Denham, founder and CEO of Record Edit Podcast.
  • PHP Internals News: Through a series of brief clips from previous interviews, Derick Rethans relates what things were proposed to be included in PHP 8.0 but didn't make it.