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When and When Not to Use Headless WordPress

Keanan Koppenhaver explains over at WP Mayor: When and When Not to Use Headless WordPress: If you have a strong frontend team that’s comfortable interfacing with APIs and is used to communicating changes and working with more distributed systems, then it might make sense for them to focus on the frontend of the site while…

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Copyright, Selfie Monkeys, and the Hand of God

The Open Source Initiative has produced a podcast series on AI and its implications for open source out of the concern that “the traditional view of open source code implementing AI algorithms may not be sufficient to guarantee inspectability and replicability of the AI systems. Algorithms are deciding who stays in jail or which customers…

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Why do designers quit their jobs?

Matej Latin did a survey of designers who quit their jobs and discovered: No career progression opportunities and unhappiness with the work they do were about equal, at about 20% each. Problems with company culture came next. A lack of UX maturity was third followed by salary, poor relationships with management, and misalignment with company…

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Is there a self-employment gap in WordPress event attendance?

Drawing on a gender gap at WCUS noticed by Women in WP, Rob Howard thinks there might be a “self-employment penalty” on conference attendance that disproportionately affects women. There’s a lot of speculation in this article, but it’s a subject worth deeper analysis. Whatever the cause, a 2:1 male-to-female ratio in WCUS attendees (or people…

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Fake Discount Pricing

Rob Howard took a look at the prevalence of fictitious “discount” pricing on WordPress plugins in light of US federal and some state laws that may regard this as a deceptive trade practice. Rob will have more to say about this in the future after further monitoring “to compare the different pricing and sale behaviors…

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New Features to Test in Gutenberg 14.1

A reminder from Anne McCarthy about the importance of your help testing Gutenberg 14.1 in advance of the WordPress 6.1 release: If you have the current Gutenberg (plugin) release installed, you can use block template parts without adopting everything that comes with block templates. For example, you can allow a user to edit and build…

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Making Events Accessible and Websites Under 1kB

From the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), Here’s a checklist “for meetings, conferences, training, and presentations that are remote/virtual, in-person, or hybrid.” And here’s a website with pages under 1kB from Brad Taunt who is maintaining a list of sites with a similar page weight called the 1kB Club. (Like the 1MB Club but smaller.)…

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What’s in a Name? HPOS for WooCommerce

Custom Order Tables in WooCommerce are now High Performance Order Storage (HPOS). It’s a technical kind of rebranding that’s a really good idea to express not only what custom database tables for orders are but what they do. According to the timeline for this key feature’s development, HPOS will be feature complete and released with…

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