Remkus’ Ramblings – #040 ACF goodies & WordProof

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Another week, another newsletter! I’ve improved my editorial flow quite a bit making it easier to keep this up for you all. I know it was ambitious to do this weekly, but it seems to work so far. I’d appreciate if you’d share this newsletter among your peers and help me grow this newsletter 🙏🏻. Send your friends, your colleagues, your peers to this subscribe page!

WordPress News 🗞

WordPress 5.8 is well underway with the 5.8 Beta 1 being ready for testing. I’m especially excited about the Pattern Library finally being included! What’s your favorite new feature?

  • WooCommerce merchants can now list their products across Google. Any WooCommerce store owner now has the ability to easily integrate their product inventory across Google in just a few clicks, and for free. All you need is have you this WooCommerce add-on plugin installed and you’re good to go.
  • In my previous newsletter I mentioned ACF being acquired by Delicious Brains, but today I’d like to highlight a super sweet add-on to ACF called ACF Theme Code Pro. Just makes integrating ACF fields into your theme so much easier.
  • Another ACF related new item: ACF Extended saw a nice upgrade to their plugin which I’m a big fan of. Maybe you will be too?

Interesting finds 💡

  • The blockchain and its connected crypto coins intrigue me to bits. I’m excited with how that technology stands to solve a lot of problems we see in the world today. One wonderful example is WordProof which allows you to create a timestamp for any type of content you publish on your WordPress (and Drupal now!) site. Another example I saw this week was the ability to use the blockchain for Single Sign-On (SSO). It seems this is accidentally solved by Ethereum. “Sign-In with Ethereum” is, or could be the future of login for every app on the Internet, crypto-related or not. In fact, it’s already the norm for Web3! Check out this Twitter thread for more info.
  • Did you know you could apply custom styles to bullet points with CSS?

What I am reading 📖

I’d like to share an interesting essay I read this week (at least I think we can call this an essay) from my friend Caspar about sustainability. The title, “Sustainability isn’t someone else’s weather” perfectly captures the message and I encourage you to read it because it’s about a lot more than just what you connect to sustainability.

Bonus 🎁

Not one, but two bonus links for you today!

  1. This data about eating behaviour is interesting. It offers a lot of insight into food consumption at the national level. National being United States so that skewed in a particular direction, but interesting information nonetheless!
  2. A baby born in 1533 in Dillenburg Castle would become responsible for 90% of color contrast issues on Dutch websites.

That’s it for this week’s ramblings. Thanks for reading!


Remkus de Vries
WordPress veteran. Performance aficionado. Aspiring strongman.

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