Here’s a recap of the latest developments in the WordPress ecosystem, from WordPress core updates and Gutenberg news to more plugin and SEO news.
Happy Sweet 16, WordPress!
- On May 27, 2019, WordPress turns sixteen years old. It all started with a blog post, The Blogging Software Dilemma … and a comment. The rest is history.
- WordPress is now the world’s most popular content management system and dominates other markets (like eCommerce) so it’s not just for blogging anymore. As of today, according to W3techs usage statistics and market share of WordPress:
“WordPress powers 60.8% of all the websites whose content management system we know. This is 34.1% of all websites.”
News from WordPress Core
- WordPress 5.2.2 Released June 19
- Mostly bug fixes
- Some improvements to the Site Health feature added in 5.2
- Follow the Make WordPress Core Blog.
- Yoast + Google Propose Adding XML Sitemaps to Core
- Historically handled by plugins
- Would add a sitemap in core, and a reference to the sitemap in the robots.txt file
- Would provide an API for developers to extend the core sitemap
- By default, would include pages, posts, custom post types, taxonomies, users.
- Would require developers to change existing plugins
- Read the XML Sitemaps Feature Project Proposal
- Major WordPress.com Outage on June 11
- Additions in Gutenberg 5.8
- Released May 29
- 30+ enhancements and bug fixes
- Ability to change heading color
- Reorder gallery images
- Adds a new widgets screen (very beta)
- Additions in Gutenberg 5.9
- Released June 12
- 20+ bug fixes and enhancements
- Improves block grouping and nested blocks
- “Snackbar” notices provide brief status updates
- Read more:
- Read more: What’s new in Gutenberg (12th June)
- Notable New Gutenberg Plugins
- Gutenberg Full Site Editing
- Automattic is working on a plugin that works toward using the Block Editor for full site editing
- Utilizes Gutenberg for editing page templates,blog post templates, etc.
- Currently being developed for WordPress.com
- May be coming to Jetpack
- This has been the plan for Gutenberg all along
WordPress Security News
- New monthly WordPress Security Roundup series on iThemes blog by Michael Moore:
- Recent plugin vulnerabilities all patched in the latest release:
- WP Statistics
- Paid Memberships Pro
- Crelly Slider
- Easy Digital Downloads
- WP Download Manager
- Affiliate Manager
- Related YT Videos
- WP Google Maps
- Other Security Issues on the Web
- Evernote Web Clipper fror Chrome (patched June 4)
News from iThemes
- Modern WordPress Developer Course
- June 25, 26 & 27 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (CT)
- Tickets are $199 (free for iThemes Toolkit Members
- Replays and resources provided
- Learn more about the Modern WordPress Developer Course
- A New Monthly iThemes Training membership is coming!
- Back by popular demand…
- Still plenty of free training events
- Members will receive…
- Access to all premium events
- Weekly live help desk
- and more!
- Details are coming, so stay tuned!
WordPress Plugin News
- Automattic Adopts Alex Mills’ Plugins
- Alex (Viper007Bond) was a prolific developer of plugins and core
- He lost his battle with leukemia in February
- His most popular plugins are Regenerate Thumbnails and jQuery Lightbox for Native Galleries.
- All his plugins will be cared for by the Automattic team going forward.
- Read more: Taking Care of Alex’s Plugins
- Google Releases New Rich Results Testing Tool
- Google Mobile-First Indexing Default for New Domains
- Any new properties added will be indexed mobile-first
- Existing properties are being slowly converted to mobile first (you’ve probably gotten emails)
- Making sure your content is friendly to mobile devices is more important than ever
- Be sure you’ve looked at Google’s guide to mobile-first indexing. Read more: Mobile-First Indexing by default for new domains
- Read more: Prepare for mobile-first indexing
- Some Interesting Miscellany
- Upcoming WordCamps
- June 21-22: WordCamp EU, Berlin
- June 28-29: Kansas City, Missouri
- June 29-30: Jacksonville, Florida
- July 6: Davao, Philippines
- July 13: Grand Rapids, Michigan
- July 13-14: Ottawa, Ontario
- July 20-21: Boston, Massachusetts
- July 27-28: Denver, Colorado
- See the full schedule: WordCamp Central Schedule
Watch the Webinar: WordPress News Roundup – June 2019
This post is from the recent WordPress News Roundup – June 2019 webinar hosted by Nathan Ingram. In this webinar, Nathan walks through each of these news items in more depth. Register for the next WordPress News Roundup webinar here.