On ThemeShaper, Konstantin Obenland highlights some of the enhancements in WordPress 3.8 that benefit theme developers, primarily for the post format and custom background features. It might also be worth noting the change in screenshot size requirements as well (to 880×660), though that's not so much a features as just something that's good to know.
The history of WordPres book that Siobhan McKeown is leading is now on Github so folks can help edit, or even contribute. The official title is WordPress: Freedom, Community, and the Business of Open Source. Pretty cool that the history book of the largest open source CMS is itself open source.
Frontity has closed a €1M funding round led by Automattic. Frontity promotes its framework as “the easiest way to create lightning-fast websites using WordPress and React.” ⚡ Reyes Martínez said the company is not developing a business model now but is focusing on making the project sustainable. The Frontity framework will “always remain open source”…
Here’s an eye-opening study from Princeton University that analyzed over 53,000 product pages from 11,000 shopping websites. What they found was 1,818 instances of dark patterns, which are user interface design choices that benefit an online service by coercing, steering, or deceiving users. 💩
I love trilogies, and a WordPress security trilogy was completed today. I’m now in that weird state of having just finished a series I was super into and didn’t want to end (well minus the security implications). In early August I discussed the first part of this trilogy, written by a security researcher at Checkpoint. Checkpoint has…
Members of the Make WordPress Accessibility group have created an initial set of accessibility objectives for WordPress. Ultimately, in order to support Matt Mullenweg’s view on the democratization of the web by web-related software, the group wants as many WordPress websites as possible to be accessible to as many people as possible.
Here’s a glimpse of what’s going on in the world of design and development in the WordPress space this past week: WP Tests from the Abstract Agency, ACF 6.0, and Simple Social Images. Cool Tool of the week Warp goes into plaid.