Tech Roundup for the Week of September 12
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Tech Roundup for the Week of September 12

Fresh off the heels ofย WordCamp US, hereโ€™s a glimpse of whatโ€™s going on in the world of design and development in the WordPress space. There were several fantastic talks about design, accessibility,ย WP-CLI, blocks, and FSE at the event. Weโ€™re looking forward to highlighting some videos once theyโ€™re online.

Market Size and Market Shares: Thinking Bigger About the WordPress Economy
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Market Size and Market Shares: Thinking Bigger About the WordPress Economy

$635.5 billionโ€ฆThatโ€™s “billion,” with a โ€œB.โ€ย Let’s look at the size of the universe inhabited by our market of markets of cathedrals and bazaars: the WordPress ecosystem. How should we think about WordPress’s market share or, maybe more accurately, its shares? Are we selling them short and dampening growth?

Heather J. Brunner, CEO of WPEngine,…

Heather J. Brunner, CEO of WPEngine, announced on Twitter that “virtual will be the default day-to-day experience across the company.” Physical spaces will be upgraded “to accommodate social distancing and to make them WOW spaces that encourage collaboration, innovation, and fun.” Many WordPress-related companies are highly remote because of the nature of the business, but…

Atlas SShRugged ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ Right before the…

Atlas SShRugged ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ Right before the DE(CODE) 2021 conference, WP Engine founder and CTO Jason Cohen announced WP Engine’s new Headless WordPress service, which is called Atlas. A new developer relations team “with focus on headless WordPress” โ€” Matt Landers, William Johnston, and Nate Archer โ€” was also announced in a blog post. During the…

Flywheel recently relaunched its Local Pro…

Flywheel recently relaunched its Local Pro app. It’s a solid upgrade focused more on reducing WordPress site development pain points than being just a companion tool for Flywheel users. It syncs with WPEngine now too, and they’re actively working to bring in additional hosts. ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ Sarah Gooding reports at the Tavern, “More than 300,000 developers…

Some significant recent news about Gutenberg…

Some significant recent news about Gutenberg and its release has come out this week. Matt Mullenweg announced an expansion of the release team and named some members of the WordPress community who will help lead “the critical focuses required for a smooth and successful release.” Things like triage, accessibility, REST API, and themes are mentioned….

Scott Amerman unveils a new WPEngine…

Scott Amerman unveils a new WPEngine feature called “Flexible Workflows.” As the name suggests, Flexible Workflows allows teams to design their own development and deployment workflows. Some teams might want only a staging and production environment. Others might want a development, staging, and production environment that all have the same performance specs to ensure a…

WPEngine has announced “One-Tap Payments” for…

WPEngine has announced “One-Tap Payments” for WordPress ecommerce sites. Their WooCommerce extension leverages the Payment Request API โ€” which is already available in the mobile versions of Chrome for Android. There is not a huge amount of in-depth information in the press release, but Jason Cooper goes into detail in a comment on this ManageWP…

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