FSE Themes on the Rise

Hendrik Luehrsen shares stats and notes about 100 FSE themes in the WordPress repo by 53 different contributors. He notes that, excluding the Twenty Twenty-Two theme, โ€œall remaining 99 FSE themes combined have about 30,000 active installs, rising fast!โ€ Hendrik encourages others to: โ€œBuild stuff with the FSE themes! Break stuff. Explore limits. Break those!…

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Contributing is Hard โ€” and Easier Than You Think

Brian Coords makes some good points about the difficulty of contributing to WordPress, which is a mark of privilege, as Josepha Haden Chomphosy has noted. Estela Rueda has some wonderful suggestions for how you can contribute to WordPress core teams with just a few hours a week. Her blog post, Is My Contribution to WordPress…

Counting Shadow Work: What does Five for the Future mean to you? (Part 1)

Allie Nimmons wrote a really good take on this question in last week’s issue of The Repository newsletter (scroll down), suggesting we should extend our idea of “what counts” as a 5FTF contribution, particularly for WordPress community-active people and volunteers who do a lot of “shadow work” (not this kind) that’s not counted currently: I…

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The scariest thing I’ve seen in a long time

Thomas Nachbar of the University of Virginia School of Law writes in “Why We Canโ€™t Disconnect Russia From the Internet” how he would really like to do so โ€” and more: In the heady early days of the internet, the U.S. approach to internet governance was privatization to encourage competition and to open the internet…

WP Engine, which took ownership of Localโ€ฆ

WP Engine, which took ownership of Local upon the acquisition of Flywheel in June 2019, has discontinued its own local development tool, DevKit, and incorporated its features into Local. Additionally, all of Localโ€™s tools and features are free now โ€” โ€œincluding those formerly only available with a paid Local Pro subscription.โ€ Addons such as Live…

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