WP Includes Initiative & Experiments #088

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Yes. You are, indeed, spotting a new and improved design of my Inside WordPress newsletter. My friend ​Ronald Huereca​ created a wonderful official logo for the newsletter for me. And that prompted me to change my template up a bit with some other things. A little bit tighter, but hopefully still easy to scan. Do let me know what you think!

Lot’s of news to cover this week. Hope you’re ready! Oh, btw, I’m going to reference a lot of friends in this Inside WordPress edition, but I promise you it’s not just name dropping. I just have a lot friends, m’kay?! 😅

Hope you enjoy it!

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🗞️ Inside WordPress News

Here’s what I saw happening this past week:

Bowe, my long time WordPress friend who switched the Dutch WordPress Community for the German (well, Berlin) WordPress Community years ago and ​seemed very pleased with it​.

  • The ​official 2023 Annual WordPress Survey is out​. Last year it gathered just 3,400 submissions. For 43% of the web, passiveness means that a handful of people set the direction for the leading CMS. It just needs your 5 minutes to change that!

We need more of these! If you’re still stuck on the (flawed) launch of project Gutenberg, it’s time to wake up and start playing with it!

Btw, did you know there’s a URL where you can ​keep track of everything happening with Gutenberg​?

  • My friend Joost just published ​a sweet little plugin​ that I will install on at least three client sites right after I’ve published this newsletter!

🚀 Performance

  • CSS Wizardry wrote ​a good reminder​ on why you want to optimize your Core Web Vitals for Search Engine Optimization. Never not good to refresh what you think you know on this topic.

And if you’re not exactly sure what the Core Web Vitals mean, we’ve written an overview of what they are and how to fix them over on ​the ScanFully blog​.

I’ve mentioned this before, but ​HPOS​ is a huge improvement in Woo’s performance that I urge you to get familiar with sooner rather than later.

My favorite performance optimizing tools in WordPress:

🔆 Inside WordPress Highlight

  • A couple of weeks ago, my friends Siobhan McKeown and Francesca Marano launched a mentorship scheme to increase the representation of women in WordPress companies’ leadership groups. It’s called ​WP Includes​. They are putting together the first cohort, which will start in October. So if you are a woman leader in the WordPress business ecosystem, then mentoring others to increase the number of women leaders is a wonderful way to give back. Don’t let imposter syndrome get in the way – they will support you on your mentor journey. Apply here!

Some of my favorite WordPress tools:

💡 Interesting Finds

I’ve been using them for ages, but I learned a couple of new things!

Katie had a lot of interesting bits of information to share in ​one of the Within WordPress podcasts​ I did with her recently.

📖 What I am reading

Lots of Cloudflare documentation! I’ll explain more about this in next week’s edition.

🎁 Bonus

My bonus for this week is going to be postponed for next week. I simply didn’t have enough time to publish a new podcast and none of the things I collected this week felt like a bonus. Not suggesting everyone agrees with me that my podcasts are a bonus, but hey… here we are 🤗

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