WPWeekly Episode 323 – Recap of WordCamp Grand Rapids and A Gutenberg Road Map

WPWeekly Episode 319 – The Gutenberg Plugin Turns 30

In this episode, John James Jacoby recaps his trip to WordCamp Grand Rapids and shares his experience. WordCamp Grand Rapids had a strong focus on tools, plugins, and themes and by all accounts, was a successful event.

We discussed Matt Mullenweg’s Summertime update, the roadmap for merging Gutenberg into core, and what comes after Gutenberg. We shared our thoughts on Automattic’s new board member, General Ann Dunwoody and speculated on Automattic’s vision.

We wrap up the show by talking about generational divides in WordPress.

Stories Discussed:

WordPress 4.9.7 Security and Maintenance Release
Update on Gutenberg
What’s New in Gutenberg? (6th July)
Automattic’s First New Board Member: General Ann Dunwoody
Block Unit Test Plugin Helps WordPress Theme Developers Prepare for Gutenberg
Generational divides in WordPress

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Doc Pop News Drop: WordPress 4.9.8 and the upcoming “Try Gutenberg” button

Doc Pop News Drop: Automattic Acquires The Atavist

Doc’s WordPress News Drop is a weekly report on the most pressing WordPress news. When the news drops, I will pick it up and deliver it right to you.

We now know the schedule for the next WordPress release, version 4.9.8, which features a big push for users to help beta-test Gutenberg. In this week’s video, Doc talks about what to expect from 4.9.8 and when to expect it.

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We now know the schedule of WordPress version 4.9.8, which includes a massive release of the “try Gutenberg” button.

The release was initially scheduled as 4.9.7, but then a surprise security release came out a few days later, which bumped the release number up by 0.0.1.

The main focus of WP 4.9.8 will be a “Try Gutenberg” call prominantly displayed in the WordPress dashboard with a link to the Gutenberg beta plugin. In other words, the main focus of this release is to encourage all WordPress users to start testing out Gutenberg.

That may not sound like a big deal, but it’s a huge step for the Gutenberg team. Basically it means that Gutenberg is stable enough for major testing and that a code freeze on any new features will occur. As Matt Mullenweg said at WordCamp Europe, the goal is to have at least 100,000 Gutenberg users and 250,000 posts before WordPress 5.0 is released, which could be as early as August.

The current timeline for 4.9.8 is a beta release on July 17th, and the official release on July 31st.

Along with this release, there are a few specific goals for Gutenberg itself. In July, WordPress.com will begin making Gutenberg the default editor, and requiring users who want the classic editor to “opt-out” of Gutenberg. The team will begin collecting information on how many users opt-out and why.

A code freeze will be put into place and the Gutenberg team will focus on fixing bugs and getting any code-blockers down to zero before the official release in 5.0.

Also in July, Gutenberg phase two will begine, which explores integrating Gutenberg features into the theme Customizer and other areas of WordPress other than the post editor.

In August, all critical Gutenberg issues should be resolved and there should be full integration for Calypso users as well.

As I mentioned earlier, we may see WordPress 5.0 released in August with Gutenberg made as the default editor for all new WordPress sites. Anyone who wants to use the classic WordPress editor will have to install the Classic Editor Plugin to restore the previous functionality.

So yeah. We may actually see Gutenberg released before season 8 of Game of Thrones. Wow.

Doctor Popular is an artist and musician living in San Francisco. As a full disclaimer, he is neither a doctor nor popular.

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Doc Pop News Drop: Automattic Acquires The Atavist

Doc Pop News Drop: Automattic Acquires The Atavist

Doc’s WordPress News Drop is a weekly report on the most pressing WordPress news. When the news drops, I will pick it up and deliver it right to you.

Are subscription based services the future for online publications? Automattic seems to think so, in fact they recently acquired Atavist, makers of a subscription based CMS software. In this week’s News Drop video we talk about that acquisition and what it means for The Atavist Magazine. We also talk about some WordPress plugin alternatives that offer membership levels.

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In area of competing with Facebook and a decline in online advertising, publishers are looking for alternative ways of funding their work. Many, like myself, have tried using subscription based platforms like Patreon to directly ask our audience to help fund our work. It’s not a perfect system, but it seems to be one of the ways publishers can stay relevant.

So it’s no surprise that Automattic, the owners of WordPress.com are looking into subscription services too. In fact, Automattic recently acquired Atavist, who make a subscription based software for blogs, including their own site The Atavist Magazine, which publishes fantastic long form stories that readers have access to for $25 a year.
It’s unclear what exactly Automattic will do with this technology, but I assume WordPress.com users will soon have the ability to easily offer subscriptions to their sites. While all of the staff will now be Automattic employees, it does sound like the Atavist Magazine will continue to operate a standalone magazine, which is great news.

If you are running a self hosted WordPress site but want to start offering subscription based articles, there are several membership plugins such as Restrict Content Pro out there already. I personally use Patreon to help fund my yo-yo videos on Youtube, but they also offer a well maintaned WordPress plugin which can be used to restrict access to articles and pages on your site to specific levels of monthly sponsors.

Are subscription based sites the future of online publishing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Thats it for this weeks news drop, be sure to check out our site TorqueMag.io, for daily articles on WordPress and open source web development. No subscription required!

Thanks for watching, we’ll see you next week.

Doctor Popular is an artist and musician living in San Francisco. As a full disclaimer, he is neither a doctor nor popular.

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WordPress Management: Ongoing Costs to Help You Budget

WordPress Management: Ongoing Costs to Help You Budget

While the WordPress software itself is free (thanks to the GNU General Public License), running and maintaining a WordPress website comes at a price. Technically, you can start a blog for free on WordPress.com and never pay a penny to keep it going. But in order to be truly effective, you need to treat your […]

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WPWeekly Episode 309 – All AMPed Up

WPCampus Scheduled for July 12-14 in St. Louis, MO

In this episode, I’m joined by Alberto Medina, Developer Advocate working with the Web Content Ecosystems Team at Google, and Weston Ruter, CTO of XWP. We have a candid conversation about Google’s AMP Project. We start by learning why the project was created, what its main goal is, and the technology behind it.

We also dive into some of the controversy surrounding the project by discussing whether or not AMP is a threat to the Open Web. Medina and Ruter provide insight into AMP’s transformation from focusing on the mobile web to providing a great user experience across the entire web. Last but not least, we learn about the relationship between Automattic, XWP, and the AMP team and how it’s helping to shape the future of the project.

Notable Links Mentioned:

AMP for WordPress Plugin
AMP for WordPress GitHub Repository
AMP GitHub Repository
Video presentation from AMP Conf 2018 showcasing the work that’s gone into the AMP for WordPress plugin
Official blog post outlining the future of the AMP Project

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WPWeekly Episode 306 – AMP, GDPR, and Brewing Beer At The Boss’ House

WPWeekly Episode 296 – Gutenberg, Telemetry, Calypso, and More With Matt Mullenweg

In this episode, John James Jacoby joins me live from Hutchinson, KS, to talk about the news of the week. We started off the show discussing the GDPR and the number of things that need to be considered surrounding the right to be forgotten.

We also have a lengthy conversation about AMP, the open web, and Automattic’s relationship with Google. Last but not least, we discussed Automattic’s recent hiring of Kinsey Wilson to be president of the company.

Stories Discussed:

Matt Cromwell Hosts Matt Mullenweg in Q&A Gutenberg Interview
New Team Forms to Facilitate GDPR Compliance in WordPress Core
For one-time NPR and NYT digital chief, a new adventure: WordPress

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WPWeekly Episode 296 – Gutenberg, Telemetry, Calypso, and More With Matt Mullenweg

WPWeekly Episode 296 – Gutenberg, Telemetry, Calypso, and More With Matt Mullenweg

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Matt Mullenweg, co-creator of the WordPress project and CEO of Automattic. We discussed a wide range of topics including, his role on the board of directors at GitLab, Telemetry or data-usage gathering in WordPress, and the WordPress Growth Council.

We learned what’s happening with the Mobile teams inside Automattic, the future of Calypso, and the role of Pressable as a testing bed. Last but not least, we find out how beneficial joining HackerOne has been for WordPress and why WordPress.com finally allowed the installation of third-party themes and plugins through its Business Plan.

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