Varying Vagrant Vagrants has released version 2.0.0, and this official release post goes into some of the new bits. There's a new method for configuring VVV, including the ability to choose PHP 5.6, 7.0, or 7.1 for your project and let the VVV Custom Site Template repository provide “a flexible base for new projects.”
Mike Jolley has agreed to terms to sell WP Job Manager to Automattic. Mike is already joining Automattic after the WooThemes acquisition — under his role as WooCommerce lead developer — and the sale of WP Job Manager is in part due to Automattic’s rules for employee side projects.
Mark Gavalda at Kinsta released some numbers from their in-depth performance benchmarks to see how different versions of PHP stack up against each other while running WordPress, Drupal, etc. There’s a lot to unpack here, but something curious for most readers may be Kinsta’s discovery that in some instances WordPress 4.9.8 ran faster than WordPress…
I’ve had an opportunity to play with Barley for WordPress, an inline editor plugin. Barley is a two-sided product. Barley is a hosted, PHP based CMS, and Barley for WordPress is a WordPress plugin that extends the hosted Barley editing experience to WordPress publishers. My first thought when seeing Barley for WordPress was that it…
Chris Pearson and Matt Mullenweg have hardly communicated with one another in the last five years, but they are ideological enemies. They have very strong personalities and unshakable beliefs on business and software. This is a story of their dispute, their idealism, and the implications it will have on the WordPress project.
The Daily Post on WordPress.com has a post explaining more about the WordAds system on WordPress.com. WordAds is a managed ads system Automattic created for the platform, so bloggers can monetize their blogs. It’s relevant, as traditional advertisers like Google Ads are not allowed.
Accidents and unforseen setbacks happen — to open source projects and their maintainers. The “Bus Factor” has been felt a lot lately.