The Minute+ News Roundtable podcast discussed Sarah Gooding leaving Tavern, the future of WordPress page builders, WooCommerce’s rebranding, and the overall state of WordPress. The guests highlighted the importance of Tavern in promoting WordPress innovation and discussed the implications of page builders like Elementor raising prices. They also debated the potential control of the WooCommerce ecosystem by WordPress.com and Automattic. While there are positive signs for WordPress, there are concerns about rising costs, complexity for newcomers, and potential fragmentation. Thoughtful leadership will be needed to maintain the balance in the WordPress community and ecosystem.
The author discusses the significance of the Twenty Twenty-Four theme and its potential impact on the page builder market. They mention the importance of continuous improvement and hope that the design team behind the theme will enhance its features. They also question whether the future enhancements to site editing and blocks will diminish the need for page builders. The author believes that a strong default WordPress experience can help retain users and position third-party plugins and page builders as options for more advanced users. They mention Automattic’s positioning with Jetpack and express their intention to critique the project in the context of WordPress’s future.
WordPress 6.4 was released with a bug that was quickly patched in version 6.4.1. The Twenty Twenty-Four theme has received positive reviews and is expected to be widely adopted. The episode covers the release of WordPress 6.4, and there is a discount on a cart and checkout plugin for WooCommerce. There are also updates on Brainstorm Force’s investment in an appointment booking plugin, possible changes at Tumblr, and tips on using Slack for WordPress business. Support for The WP Minute is also encouraged.
WooCommerce has rebranded to Woo and can be found at Woo.com. The announcement clarifies that Woo refers to the brand/company, while WooCommerce is the open-source ecommerce platform for WordPress. Some members of the community have expressed displeasure with the rebrand, believing it obscures their role as WooCommerce site builders. However, others, like Syed Balkhi, see the trend of hosting companies offering professional services as a growth channel for the WordPress platform.
WordPress 6.4 is out and there is anticipation surrounding the release of the Twenty Twenty-Four theme. However, there are concerns about the future of WordPress, including competition from other platforms and a decline in business for developers and agencies. The message also mentions the decline in WooCommerce business and the challenges faced by WordPress media. Despite these concerns, the author remains hopeful about the future of WordPress.
WordPress 6.4 is releasing with over 100 performance updates and minor changes. The update includes the new Twenty Twenty Four theme and the removal of attachment pages. Also discussed is the decrease in WooCommerce services and the trend of web hosts offering website building services. The message concludes with advice for freelancers to focus on enhancing their services and the potential for WordPress to evolve into a great platform. Links to helpful resources are also provided.
WordPress.org introduced 1-click plugin previews, allowing users to explore plugins before installing them. However, there were issues with the feature, leading to it being reverted. The Ollie theme is now available in the WordPress repository, but without its onboarding experience, which will be offered as a separate plugin. WordPress.org has launched its annual WordPress awards, and users are encouraged to vote. Meta (formerly Facebook) is promoting open source development, sparking a debate in the WordPress community. Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress, appeared in an interview discussing Automattic, the value of the WordPress ecosystem, and his role in the community.
Matt discusses the onboarding experience of the Ollie theme in WordPress and the debate over whether it should be included in the theme’s core functionality. They highlight the lack of communication between WordPress Core and the Theme Team, as well as the potential commercial interests of theme authors.
The most popular Gutenberg block for WordPress is discussed on the website gutenstats.blog, which provides insight into the usage of the Gutenberg block editor. It reveals that there are 81.7 million active installs, 273.4 million posts written, and 233 thousand posts written daily. For more information on the most popular blocks, visit the website.
At the time of this publication, thirty-thousand plus eyeballs have landed on John Blackbourn’s tweet that has sparked an event that goes well-beyond #WPDrama this week. It seems WordPress.com has publicly replicated the .org plugin pages. My peers at WP…
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