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You know what it is, everything I mention here will be linked up in the newsletter and the blog post. Check out thewpminute.com for the links.

The News

Sarah Gooding at the WPTavern covered the go/no-go deadline for features in WordPress 5.9. The date was set for October 12th but got pushed back. Josepha Hayden from the core leadership team published the modified schedule and emphasized that many of the features are still in progress. The core team shared the recording of the go/no-go deadline and the new dates around the WordPress 5.9 release. Volunteers are still needed in the capacity of Triage Leads and Release Coordination. Head on over to make.Wordpress.org if you can help. 

Rank Math hit a 1+ million (or is it 1 million + ) installs in the WordPress Plugin Repository. Rank Math is another SEO tool to attract traffic to a website. Obviously, many people are using this on their sites and this plugin grabbed the best SEO designation in the plugin repository for SEO.

TechCrunch has an interesting set of articles this week in the rebranded TC-1 about Automattic and how they are still in the media game as an open-source company. There have been four articles that show how Automattic will be effective in the long run. You’ll need to set aside a good 30 minutes to enjoy these articles, but it is worth your time to understand the long game…and the last 18 years of it thus far.


Aaron Douglas tweeted about his team over @WooCommerce. The team released the in-person credit card payments. You can start accepting payments in person for orders placed online – perfect for products with curbside or local pickup options. 


The  Page Builder Summit is still happening this week. It has been a great lineup of speakers so far. There is still time to catch a presentation if you would like to participate.

From Our Contributors and Producers

Kirki 4,  a plugin to customize WordPress, is now in beta. You can install the plugin and test it with your Theme. During this month, the team will work closely together with the community on GitHub.

Ronnie Burt tweeted that he is moving to @automattic to help grow Sensei LMS. His last days with Edublogs have passed and he is looking forward to working with a new team.

Aaron Jorbin wrote about his return from Headless WordPress to a traditional WordPress website. His feeling was that it was an interesting experience moving to the Headless WordPress setup but it was a mistake. His article shares the experience and may save you from making some of the same mistakes he did. Well worth the read.

Rebekah Kohlhepp shares an article on why she moved her blog from WordPress.com to Wordpress.org. Her site went through a natural growth with followers and her article addresses the confusion and frustrations that new users of WordPress experience. 

The proposal to rename “reusable blocks” to “synched blocks” in Gutenberg on Github got a lively discussion going in our membership group. Be sure to sync up with that Github issue to learn more.

Thanks to all of the members who shared these links today: 

  • Paul Lacey
  • Kathy Zant
  • Daniel Schutzsmith
  • Jeff Chandler

Speaking of members, we welcome new members this week Nigel Bahadur and Spencer Forman who will offer a hand in sharing the news in the WordPress space. 

One Minute Segment – All About Gutenberg

Birgit Pauli-Haack, cohost on the Gutenberg Times Changelog Podcast shares the one-minute segment. If you want to know more about how to build block themes, there are now over 20 block themes in the WordPress.org repository which you can use to get up with the latest Gutenberg plugin to test the new way to edit a website called Full Site Editing. You can level up your knowledge by listening to theme builders and Anders Norwin, Ellen Bauer, and Caroline Nymark discuss how they went from building classic themes to building block themes on the recent Gutenberg Times live Q&A. Lot’s of resources are available on Gutenberg Times. For more details on current development subscribe to the Gutenberg Changelog podcast.

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