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WordPress continues to work on core template changes to refine the creation experience. Many more options will be released with WordPress 6.1 that will continue to improve website building. You can explore the enhancements now in the Gutenberg plugin. 

Sarah Gooding over at WPTavern wrote an article about how the WP-Optimize plugin was being accused of cheating their page speed performance tool. Before the dust settled, there was a follow up article covering the details about WP-Optimize denying the cheating allegations. If you are interested in the specifics around the performance gathering and analyzing the techniques both articles are worth a read.

Sarah Gooding was writing a lot about performance last week. She had another article about how WordPress is placing WebP by default on hold for WordPress 6.1. There were many objections from lead developers and the image upload has been controversial since it was announced.

WooCommerce

If you are a WooCommerce user, there is a Store Editing Roadmap update for Q3. A lot of work has been going on for the last few months and you can quickly see what is coming Now, Next and Later.

Events

WordCamp US is right around the corner. Make sure you look for Raquel Landefeld who will be representing the WP Minute and don’t forget that you can sign up for the live stream if you are not attending in person.

The speaker call for WordCamp Buffalo is open. This WordCamp will be an in-person event and held October 22, 2022. Submissions must be in by September 11th, 2022 for speaker slots.

Next up! 

Michelle Frechette with the Community Minute – “Attending a post-covid WCUS”

Transcript

Hi, It’s Michelle Frechette with your WP Community Minute!

Let’s talk WordCamp US!

I think it’s safe to say even if you’re a WCUS veteran, you’ve never been to a WCUS like this one before!

Why? With only 650 attendees, it will basically be around the size of some of our previous super camps like WC Miami and WC Montreal.

Over the course of 2 days (3 if you attend contributor day), you will see the same faces more often. You will have better opportunities for conversations, networking, and learning about emerging technologies from WordPress companies.

And the lines for food will be shorter.

So here’s my best advice for attendees this year: lean into it.

Spend less time with the people from your own company, and more time meeting new people.

Spend time with old friends – but make new ones, too.

Sit with strangers at lunch.

Sit next to someone you don’t know at a talk.

Walk up to a sponsor table and ask about their services and products. Take their swag.

Take photos of badges of people you want to connect with later. (Reading a QR code will get lost in your phone tabs later – photos are there until you delete them.)

Make memories. Collect experiences. Give connection.

This could be your best WCUS yet.

I’ll be there. I hope you’ll find me and say hello.

Richard Tabor teases his upcoming WCUS talk: A New Era of WordPress Themes is Here: Block Themes

From Our Contributors and Producers

Sam Munoz shares that the WP Engine Builders have become a community that is unique and special. Go check them out on Twitter and become part of the builder team.

Tom Mcfarlin has written a post about using the block editor as a developer. It has not been the greatest experience. Most of the frustration comes from standards that are not in place and documentation that is scarce. This often happens with major changes and updates in WordPress. Take a few minutes to read his article. It is organized and steps you through what you will need to develop blocks and it has many great reference links.

Can we please stop saying “Gutenberg’ now? Fränk Klein’s post on the HumanMade website makes a good point of how Gutenberg is confusing. Is it a project? Is it a plugin? Is it an editor? Not for developers? Some kind of historic timeline in the multiverse that is human history? The bottom line is to be specific when referencing Gutenberg.

Abha Thakor tweeted “One of my favorite things to support has been this photography celebration with the new #WordPress Photo Directory. It will be so wonderful to enjoy views from across the world and discover where existing and new contributors are located.”

WP Minute members have continued the discussion of FSE, building websites, CSS, and how relevant WordPress will be in the near future. Brian Coords shared the article from Geoff Graham about not being sure how to WordPress anymore and Lesley Sim tweeted that WordPress is still very complicated and may be 3 to 5 years away from being seamless.

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

  • Michelle Frechette
  • Joe Casabona
  • Daniel Shutzsmith
  • Brian Coords
  • Sam Munoz
  • Lesley Sim

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