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    WPTavern: WordCamp Orange County Plugin-A-Palooza First Place Prize is $3,000
    WordCamp Orange County, CA, 2018 will take place June 9-10. In addition to the regular WordCamp format of speakers sharing their knowledge, there is also a mini-event called Plugin-A-Palooza. This year marks the fourth contest where plugin authors will compete for one of three prizes. First Place – $3,000 cash and 1 Sucuri Business (VIP) license Second Place […]

    Dev Blog: WordCamp Incubator 2.0
    WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by a team of local WordPress users who have a passion for growing their communities. They are born out of active WordPress meetup groups that meet regularly and are able to host an annual WordCamp event. This has worked very well in many communities, with over 120 WordCamps being hosted […]

    HeroPress: How To Build A Company With WordPress
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    Matt: Commuting Time Saved
    On Automattic's internal BuddyPress-powered company directory, we allow people to fill out a field saying how far their previous daily commute was. 509 people have filled that out so far, and they are saving 12,324 kilometers of travel every work day. Wow!

    Akismet: Version 4.0.3 of the Akismet WordPress Plugin Is Now Available
    Version 4.0.3 of the Akismet plugin for WordPress is now available. 4.0.3 contains a few helpful changes: Adds a new scheduled task to clear out old Akismet entries in the wp_commentmeta table that no longer have corresponding comments in wp_comments.  This should help reduce Akismet’s database usage for some users. Adds a new akismet_batch_delete_count acti […]

    Mark Jaquith: Handling old WordPress and PHP versions in your plugin
    New versions of WordPress are released about three times a year, and WordPress itself supports PHP versions all the way back to 5.2.4. What does this mean for you as a plugin developer? Honestly, many plugin developers spend too much time supporting old versions of WordPress and really old versions of PHP. It doesn’t have to be this way. You don’t need to su […]

    Post Status: How WebDevStudios is serving different market segments — Draft podcast
    Welcome to the Post Status Draft podcast, which you can find on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and via RSS for your favorite podcatcher. Post Status Draft is hosted by Brian Krogsgard and co-host Brian Richards. In this episode, Lisa Sabin-Wilson shares about the entangled history of WebDevStudios and eWebscapes and how she and team are targeting every level […]

    Matt: No Office Workstyle
    Reed Albergotti has a great article titled Latest Amenity for Startups: No Office. You can put in your email to read I believe but it's behind a paywall otherwise. The Information is a pretty excellent site that alongside (former Automattician) Ben Thompson's Stratechery I recommend subscribing to. Here are some quotes from the parts of the article […]

    Matt: Kinsey Joins Automattic
    Kinsey Wilson is joining Automattic to run WordPress.com. Poynter covers the news and has a great interview with Kinsey.

    WPTavern: WPWeekly Episode 305 – 10up, JavaScript for WordPress Conference, and Jetpack 5.8
    In this episode, John James Jacoby and I discuss the news of the week. We also chat about the Winter Olympics, crypto mining in order to access content on the web, and the joys of taking care of a puppy. Last but not least, we talk about Elasticsearch in Jetpack 5.8 and whether or not improving WordPress’ native search functionality through a service is the […]

    WPTavern: 10up Turns Seven
    10up, a web development agency founded by Jake Goldman in 2011, has turned seven years old. In a blog post celebrating the occasion, Goldman reviews the previous year and highlights some notable events for the company. “We welcomed more than 30 new clients to our portfolio in another record sales year,” Goldman said. “We launched new websites along with web […]

    HeroPress: My WordPress Anniversaries
    I never remember dates. I know the birthday of more or less five people. I insist on saying that my son was born on May 11. Incorrect, I was born on May 11, he on May 17. But for some reason, my WordPress dates are permanently etched into my brain. I think it’s because meeting the global WordPress community and helping restart the Italian community are very […]

    WPTavern: Free Virtual WordPress for JavaScript Conference June 29th
    Zac Gordon, who launched his Gutenberg development course earlier this year, is organizing a virtual conference called JavaScript for WordPress. The conference will take place June 29th and is free to watch. “Making the event free and online was really important for me so we could have as few barriers to entry for folks wanting to learn,” Gordon said. “I hav […]

    Mark Jaquith: Updating plugins using Git and WP-CLI
    Now that you know how I deploy WordPress sites and how I configure WordPress environments, what about the maintenance of keeping a WordPress site’s plugins up-to-date? Since I’m using Git, I cannot use WordPress built-in plugin updater on the live site (and I wouldn’t want to — if a plugin update goes wrong, my live site could be in trouble!) The simple way […]

    Post Status: WordPress market opportunities: Upmarket edition — Draft podcast
    Welcome to the Post Status Draft podcast, which you can find on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and via RSS for your favorite podcatcher. Post Status Draft is hosted by Brian Krogsgard and co-host Brian Richards. In this episode, Brian and Brian continue their discussion on WordPress market opportunities with a focus on the upper-market and enterprise clients […]

    WPTavern: Jetpack 5.8 Adds Lazy Loading for Images Module
    Jetpack 5.8 is available for download and includes a handful of new features for Professional, Premium, and Personal plan users. In October of last year, Jetpack 5.4 began beta testing a new search module based on Elasticsearch. Jetpack 5.8 concludes the beta and the new search service is available to Professional plan customers. The new search module replac […]

    Matt: The Laity
    In the last analysis, every profession is a conspiracy against the laity.The Sir Patrick Cullen character in George Bernard Shaw’s play The Doctor’s Dilemma

    WPTavern: WPWeekly Episode 304 – DesktopServer, Life, and Health with Marc Benzakein
    In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Marc Benzakein, Operations Manager for ServerPress, LLC. We discussed recent updates to DesktopServer and received a progress report on 4.0. Marc also shared some of the struggles the team encountered throughout 2017. We learned what’s new with WP SiteSync and what customers can look forward too later th […]

    HeroPress: Becoming a Better Designer Through WordPress
    The early years I’ve always been an art kid. One of my first school memories is of drawing a clown and my art teacher being so enamored with it, she hung it up on her door for the whole year. The first time in my educational life I didn’t take an art class was my first year of college. By the end of the year, my fingers were itching and I was ready to scream […]

    WPTavern: WooCommerce 3.3.1 Released, Addresses Template Conflicts
    WooCommerce 3.3.1 is available and fixes template conflicts discovered in a handful of WordPress themes that forced the team to revert WooCommerce 3.3. The team reviewed handful of the most common themes running WooCommerce and tested them for compatibility with 3.3.1. WooCommerce developers recommend that theme authors use hooks instead of template override […]

    WPTavern: WordPress 4.9.4 Fixes Critical Auto Update Bug in 4.9.3
    Hours after WordPress 4.9.3 was released, the WordPress development team followed it up with 4.9.4 to fix a critical bug with the auto update process. The bug generates a fatal PHP error when WordPress attempts to update itself. This error requires WordPress site owners and administrators to manually update to WordPress 4.9.4 by visiting your Dashboard and c […]

    Dev Blog: WordPress 4.9.4 Maintenance Release
    WordPress 4.9.4 is now available. This maintenance release fixes a severe bug in 4.9.3, which will cause sites that support automatic background updates to fail to update automatically, and will require action from you (or your host) for it to be updated to 4.9.4. Four years ago with WordPress 3.7 “Basie”, we added the ability for WordPress to self-update, k […]

    WPTavern: WordPress 4.9.3 Released, Fixes 34 Bugs
    WordPress 4.9.3 is available and fixes 34 bugs. Customizer changesets, the visual editor, widgets, and compatibility for PHP 7.2 highlight this release. You can view all of the changes via the changelog or trac tickets. Most sites will update automatically. However, if you want to trigger the update ahead of time or manually update, visit your Dashboard, cli […]

    WPTavern: Liquid Web Acquires iThemes in Multi-Million Dollar Deal
    Liquid Web, a managed hosting service founded in 1997, has acquired iThemes. iThemes recently celebrated its 10th year in business. PostStatus reports that it was an all cash deal and sources confirmed to the Tavern that it was a multi-million dollar acquisition. iThemes will continue to operate as an independent unit within Liquid Web. Cory Miller will rema […]

    Dev Blog: WordPress 4.9.3 Maintenance Release
    WordPress 4.9.3 is now available. This maintenance release fixes 34 bugs in 4.9, including fixes for Customizer changesets, widgets, visual editor, and PHP 7.2 compatibility. For a full list of changes, consult the list of tickets and the changelog. Download WordPress 4.9.3 or visit Dashboard → Updates and click “Update Now.” Sites that support automatic bac […]