The year is coming to an end, it’s time to look ahead. Besides guessing what the web design trends for 2024 are going to be, it also makes sense to see what we can expect from WordPress. Especially since Executive Director Josepha Haden Chomphosy recently published a proposed WordPress roadmap for 2024. In this post, we want to look at what it spells for the WordPress platform and community for the new year. We will examine the planned releases, features we can expect, issues still to be solved, and what it all means in the bigger context. That way, you […]
It’s that time of year again when we’re presented with a new default WordPress theme to sink our collective teeth into. Twenty Twenty-Four is now out and offers new features, customization options, and details worthy of a thorough theme review. In this post, we’ll look at everything the new default theme has to offer. We’ll examine what’s new, what’s carried over from Twenty Twenty-Three, as well as the theme’s pros and cons. That way, you can decide if it’s an option for a present or future website project. Concept and Design Philosophy Twenty Twenty-Four shipped with WordPress 6.4 and heralds […]
Welcome to a special “Word Around the Campfire” edition of the Press This podcast. This month we talk with Jeff Chandler, a Marketing Generalist at StellarWP, and Mike Davey, the Senior Editor of Delicious Brains. We talk about what is new in WordPress 6.4, the cURL issue that led to the 6.4.1 release, shake ups at Tumblr, and Sarah Gooding’s exit from WPTavern.
Join us on this episode of Press This as we sit down with Amber Hinds, CEO at Equalize Digital and founder of the WordPress Accessibility Meetup. We delve into the vital world of web accessibility, exploring its significance for WordPress users, the game-changing Accessibility Checker plugin, and the need for fostering a more inclusive online community.
BuddyPress is a classic plugin that turns any WordPress site into a community hub with message boards and users. It’s been around for 15 years and is active on over 100,000 sites. Even WordPress.org uses BuddyPress! On this week’s episode of Press This we talk with iMath and David Cavins about the new features coming to BuddyPress. These features are so big, it required a huge overhaul of how BuddyPress works. Listen to this episode to find out more about this version and what the future for BuddyPress holds. We even talked about the possibility of a BuddyVerse upgrade with the help of ActivityPub.
WordPress 6.4, “Shirley,” was released today, marking the third major WordPress release of 2023 and a significant leap forward for the world’s most popular content management system. Named for iconic jazz singer and pianist Shirley Horn, WordPress 6.4 has an impressive suite of enhancements and new features that further streamline the editor experience while offering greater creative flexibility. In the following sections, we’ll unpack some of the most transformative additions found in the 6.4 release, from new editor enhancements to the “Twenty Twenty-Four” theme and everything in between. Let’s get started! Note: In addition to testing 6.4 using a staging or […]
Have you ever had a hard time finding an article or item while searching on someone else’s WordPress site? Maybe the results weren’t what you were looking for, or maybe the results were being displayed in some bizarre order. Search on WordPress is a notoriously difficult problem, especially for older sites with years of content. In this episode of Press This, we talk with Jared Hutchinson and Luke Patterson, from WP Engine, about the new Smart Search plugin for WordPress. We’ll talk about how their plugin solves these problems and what they’ve learned about search in the process.
Is WordPress really safe? That’s probably a question on the minds of many new users, especially when they hear that it’s an open source project. So, are there any statistics about WordPress security that can provide an answer? As a matter of fact, there are, and in this post, we have tried to compile as many meaningful numbers on this topic as possible. Below, we’ll examine industry reports and statistics regarding the security of WordPress core, themes and plugins, login information, and hosting environments. In the end, we want you to not only have a good idea about the safety […]
On this episode of Press This, WP Engine Product Marketing Manager, Sr. Josh Dailey joins the show as we dive into WooSesh 2023 and its “State of the Woo” presentation. This year’s State of the Woo offered great insights into the current stats, new features, and big trends in WooCommerce. Over 4.4 million stores are powered by WooCommerce, so the growth has been tremendous, but now Woo is encouraging those users to start getting more active in the Woo community. Check out this episode to learn more about the push to get more Woo users involved in testing the product and providing feedback.
Despite being the most popular content management system in the world, myths about the security of the WordPress platform continue to circulate. Due to its open-source nature, inexperienced users might view it as less secure than a commercial product. Plus, they may be unnerved by reports of WordPress security problems in the news. Myth #1: Security is the Job of Your Hosting Provider As a beginner or first-time website owner, you might think that keeping your website secure is the domain of the people you pay to keep it online. And that is true in a way; your web hosting […]