Well, let’s start with a serious note. WordPress.org introduced a “Remembers” section. A beautiful gesture towards those influential WordPress Community members who are not with us anymore.
Beyond that, progress on the WordPress Project just keeps going with WordPress 6.3 just around the corner. Lots of non-6.3 related stuff to share with you this time, though. Hope you enjoy it!
WordPress & Media. It has to be the worst experience inside WordPress, but fortunately, there are solutions. This week’s sponsor is Wicked Folders and it solves a lot there by allowing you to organize your WordPress media library and content into folders.
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🗞️ Inside WordPress News
Here’s what I saw happening this past week:
- Tammie Lister started a blog about WordPress and elements. She’ll go into blocks, styling, patterns and all that good stuff.
- Sinan published an article about WordPress, 3D WebGL, and Three.js. It’s short and sweet, but gives you great examples on how to add to 3D to WordPress. Should you be curious.
- BuddyPress is to add my most favorite addition in YEARS. Sorry for shouting, but I am excited about this one. We’re finally going to have native fully private BuddyPress instances. Version 12.0.0 is going to be such a wonderful new version.
- Automattic via WordPress.com (which I rarely mention here 😅) is doubling down on its registrar role. WordPress.com offers 1 million free transfers for domains at Google Domains.
- Jonathan Bossenger announce the first Learn WordPress Course Cohort.
- After a short break, I published the next edition of my Within WordPress podcast. Episode 11 is with Carl Alexander and we talk about serverless, Ymir, WordCamps, and advanced WordPress development. Something for almost everyone!
- Lastly, WordPress.org wrote an open letter together with the three other top Open Source CMSes; Joomla, Drupal, Typo3. It raises concerns about how the current definitions and terms of the EU Cyber Resilience Act could impact open source projects and their contributors. Worth your time to read up on.
- Somewhat related to performance is this excellent write-up by Ars Technica on how they host everything in the cloud. Part 1 is also interesting!
Shoutout to Jean-Paul Horn for sharing this one with me!
- We published an overview of all the Web Core Vitals metrics with descriptive examples of how you can relate to them over on the ScanFully blog.
- I’ve talked about Back/Forward (bfcache) before here. In this context, an article over at Web.dev highlights how Back/forward cache helped Yahoo! JAPAN news increase revenue by 9% on Mobile. That’s huge!
My favorite performance optimizing tools in WordPress:
- Best Front-end optimization plugin
- Cleaning up WordPress + script manager
- Cloud based performance optimizations
🔆 Inside WordPress Highlight
- Mika Epstein has dedicated years of her life to the WordPress project. Especially in the WordPress Plugins team. She recently retired from that team. On her blog she shared a ridiculous story about some of her work and the idiots she had to interact with.
Highly recommend you check that out. It saddens me, but it also makes me very grateful for all the work she (and other volunteers) have put into the WordPress Project. Thank you, Mika 💙
Some of my favorite WordPress tools:
- The most versatile and accessible form solution for WordPress
- LocalWP, the easiest to use local dev solution
💡 Interesting Finds
- If you haven’t checked out TypingMind as a perfect wrapper around AI, you’re missing out. It makes so much stuff so much easier. I use it for all of my AI prompts and tasks now. Highly recommend as I’m using it daily now.
📖 What I am reading
DNS is tough nut to crack for most. The basics are straight forward, but there’s a lot more going on beyond the basic A, CNAME, MX, and TXT records. Julia Evans published an interesting article titled Why is DNS still hard to learn. Highly recommended!
I got two for you this week:
- Human Made are planning their second AI and WordPress conference: AI for WordPress 2: The Next Chapter
- Marcus Burnette just keeps pumping out great additions to The WP.world.
That’s it for this week’s edition of Inside WordPress. Thanks for reading!