Matt Mullenweg recently announced that he would be personally running Tumblr for a while. Tumblr lost their CEO and Matt is making this his top priority within Automattic for the immediate future. Keep an eye open for improvements in the community.
The plugins that are available right now are for WooCommerce subscribers with a Business or eCommerce plan. Keep an eye out for more paid plugins appearing in 2022.
Josepha Haden Chomphosy on make.wordpress.org shared the potential release timing for 2022 of WordPress. This release looks like this right now:
6.0 – Late May
6.1 – Mid October
If you have project management skills or can lend a hand on these next major releases, contact the release team.
The Preliminary Roadmap for Gutenberg 6.0 has also been published by Matias Ventura on make.wordpress.org. There are four phases outlining the long-term roadmap.
The schedule of WordCamps is published over on WordCamp central. Many are in the early stages of planning and don’t have a date yet. WordCamp US has been scheduled September 9-11, 2022 in San Diego, CA.
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To celebrate Black History Month Underrepresented in Tech will tweet about a black tech innovator/inventor every day in February.
Google is burying FLoC (Federated Learning of Cohorts) in its sea of abandoned experiments. Sarah Gooding over at the WPTavern writes that Google’s FLoC ran in limited markets and received overwhelmingly negative feedback from the tech industry that left Google with an uphill battle to get enough buy-in to proceed. So now Google is proposing topics. Stay tuned for the feedback on this new proposal.
Squarespace rolled out an expansion of their Member Areas program. This allows publishers to earn money selling instructional and other kinds of content online through private members-only sections of their Squarespace website.
Would you like to see block standardization across the web? Joel Spolsky has an interesting blog post asking what if blocks were interchangeable and reusable across the web? He suggests a non-proprietary, block protocol that will be open and free. His article is an interesting one to read.
The WPMinute Contributor spotlight is on Aurooba Ahmed this week. She has created a new plugin called the superlist block for WordPress. This is Aurooba’s first publicly released plugin on WordPress.org. The plugin lets you add other blocks within the list items essentially making it supercharged.
Listen to Joe Casabona’s Creator Toolkit on Creator Clock Minute
Hey everybody, Joe Casabona here and you are on the Creator Clock. Over the last few weeks, I’ve spent a bunch of time putting together what I call creator toolkits. This is based on a podcast I had several years ago, but it’s all about tools that you can use to build specific WordPress sites.
For example, I have a toolkit for creating online courses or creating a podcast website. So how did I come up with these recommendations? Well, I’ve been using WordPress for a very long time. I’ve tried a bunch of tools and I’ve picked my favorite. So I want to highlight one of these toolkits and it is the creating online courses toolkit. I would recommend Nexcess’ managed WordPress hosting for this because you’re going to be accepting payments.
The Kadence theme with Kadence Pro is a fantastic theme for this. For the LMS plugin, I recommend LearnDash. LearnDash and Kadence work very well together. For list-building, I recommend ConvertKit, and to tie it all together to everything you use outside of WordPress, I would recommend, Uncanny Automator as the automation plugin.
Thanks to our new member Svilena Peneva from NitroPack.
Thanks to all of the members who shared these links today:
- Birgit Pauli-Haack
- Michelle Frechette
- Daniel Schutzsmith
- Davinder Singh Kainth
- Joe Casabona
- Jeff Chandler
Thanks to you, dear listener, for tuning in to your favorite 5-minutes of WordPress news every Wednesday.