This Week in WordPress: WordCamp Europe and Core Dev Announcements

This Week in WordPress: WordCamp Europe and Core Dev Announcements

This week’s round-up of WordPress news, views, and reviews summarized in our daily email newsletter, The WhiP.

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Friday, January 30

Hola Sevilla!

Seville in Spain will host this year’s WordCamp Europe from June 26-28. Tickets go on sale in February. More than 800 people went along to last year’s WordCamp in Sofia, Bulgaria.BuddyPress 2.2 Release Candidate 2 is available for testing. The upcoming version features member types, which will allow developers to register different types of users, and post type activities for connecting custom post types to activity stream items.

The latest episode of DradCast features Jake Goldman, the president and founder of 10up, a digital agency that has worked with TechCrunch and ESPN.

The WordPress Theme Review team wants YOU. The team is always on the lookout for new volunteers. ThemeShaper offers up some compelling reasons why you should help out.

Woolly Mammoth

On the WPMU DEV Blog, we’ve put together a mammoth article about best practices for managing your WordPress site. It really is huge. Have you used Jetpack Comments? Jeff Chandler at WP Tavern doesn’t recommend it.

There’s no doubting WooCommerce’s dominance, but how do other eCommerce plugins stack up? Sell with WP offers a bird’s-eye view of WordPress eCommerce marketshare.

How well do you understand the GPL licensing of WordPress? Here’s a lawyer’s perspective on how it all works.

While the presentations at the Pressnomics conference weren’t recorded, Chris Lema took along his own video gear and has put his talk about managing time and energy on YouTube.

Do you have a routine when putting together a new WordPress site?iThemes has published a great pre-launch checklist. Over at WebDevStudios there’s a great article on what you should consider when creating a multilingual site.

Mercury Rising

Herbert is a new open-source framework for building WordPress plugins, which is designed to provide an organized way for multiple team members to work on plugins. On the Pagely blog, Joe Fylan reviews WP Product Review, a plugin that allows you to publish good-looking reviews on your site.

Webloggerz has put together a handy collection of donations plugins, which even includes an old-fashioned thermometer.

Mastering WordPress

20+ WordPress Plugins For Improved User Login And Registration (WPMU DEV).

Hosting a WordPress Website on Google App Engine (tuts+).

How to Use Google Webmaster Tools to Improve Your Website (Elegant Themes).

Using Grunt to Automate Redundant Tasks in WordPress Development (Torque).

Getting Started

Even the CIA needs help with WordPress sometimes…
“You should have reliable transportation, a modern smartphone, and the ability to lift things up to 40 pounds or so.” Matt Mullenweg is looking for a personal and executive assistant.

All the best for a fantastic Friday and a fun weekend.

Monday, February 2

Getting Started

Drew Jaynes, who is leading the development of WordPress 4.2 is working to improve the features as plugins first model. WP Tavern’s Jeff Chandler criticized the model last month, calling it a “mess.” has announced its Press Publish conference will be held on March 28 in Portland, OR and April 18 in Phoenix, AZ. The one-day event will feature presentations from popular WordPress bloggers.

Security site Sucuri pulls apart the bogus Mobile-Shortcuts plugin to show how it injects SEO spam into WordPress sites.

Torque interviews WebDevStudios’ Brad Williams in a promo piece about the upcoming third edition of his book Professional WordPress.

On the Cloudways blog is an insightful interview with Caava Design developer Brandon Lavigne who talks about his work and others in the WordPress community who have inspired him.

Can of Worms

Matt Mullenweg opened a can of worms at Pressnomics when he suggested the future success of WordPress is tied to Jetpack. Chris Lema from Crowd Favorite compares WordPress to Microsoft in his take on the matter.

WordPress is a breeding ground for cobblers, according to Matt Medeiros, who says they commit to fixing one problem at a time for one client at a time. Confused? His post does make sense, trust me.

“All open source communities, including WordPress, have to be vigilant against this. Sometimes we have to throw out what worked before to create what will work tomorrow.” Matt Mullenweg makes a point about how we don’t need to become too attached to old rules.

What it All Boils Down To

On the WPMU DEV Blog, we check out some impressive and free themes for freelancers.

Auberge is a beautiful new restaurant theme that’s free (there’s not many of them in the WordPress Theme Repository). Sarah Gooding at WP Tavern takes a look at its features.

WP Squared lists some great theme options for travel agencies and tour operators.

The documentation for the WordPress Plugin Boilerplate will soon move to GitHub. Developer Tom McFarlin explains his thinking.

How Do You Set it Up?

How to Change JPEG Compression in WordPress (WPMU DEV).

How to Get Circular Avatar Images in WordPress (WPMU DEV).

Akismet: What Is It, and How Do You Set It Up? (Elegant Themes).

WordPress Hooks: Beginner’s Guide to Adding Your Own Hooks (CodeInWP).

Making Your WordPress Knowledge Base Live (tuts+).

A Look at More WooCommerce Product Settings (tuts+).

Tips For Creating Memorable Logos (Elegant Themes).

How to Look At Your Website

API. XKCD is spot on.

All the best for a brilliant Monday.

Tuesday, February 3

Best in Class

(WordPress News)

We’ve recently featured Richard Best in The WhiP, but in case you didn’t notice, this lawyer from New Zealand focuses on legal matters related to WordPress. Helpful stuff!

On the latest episode of the KitchenSinkWP podcast, host Adam Silver explains child themes, talks about upcoming WordCamps (including WordCamp Europe, plus his tools of the week.

New/Old Journalism


If you didn’t know WordPress is trademarked, you might want to bookmark this post. Lawyer Richard Best (mentioned above) examines the WordPress Foundation’s WordPress trademarks and key aspects of the foundation’s policy.

What do you expect when you go to a company’s blog? What do you post on your own blog? What we expect and what we do can be two different things. Chris Lema from Crowd Favourite explains why most company blogs suck.

“If I were Ev Williams or Matt Mullenweg, I’d be working on a way to be the next container for great, sustainable journalism.” Post Status’ Brian Krogsgard envisions a new publishing platform where independent journalists can build their own audience and brand and offer subscriptions to readers.

Bells and Whistles

(Themes and Plugins)

Get a new business site up and running in no time with these professional-looking themes on the WPMU DEV Blog.

WP Pusher is a new plugin that allows you to install and manage your GitHub or Bitbucket-hosted plugins in one central dashboard in the admin.

Sprig is a new Twig-based started theme for WordPress that incorporates the power and flexibility of Twig tempting to speed up development and make templates easier to edit.

CMB2 is a new metabox, custom fields, and forms library for WordPress, much like its predecessor Custom Metaboxes and Fields for WordPress (aka CMB), but with new bells and whistles.

Find and Replace

(Tutorials, Tips, and Tricks)

Optimizing Your Images for WordPress (Sitepoint).

Create a License Controlled Theme and Plugin Update System, Part 1: The License Manager Plugin (tuts+).

How to Backup Your WordPress Site with blogVault (WP Kube).

How to Build a Restaurant Website with WordPress (Elegant Themes).

How to Automatically Create Terms of Service and Privacy Policy Documents (WP Tavern).

Who Wants to Be a Billionaire

(Off-Topic, Random Stuff)

“@SlackHQ YOU COMPLETE ME.” Slack founder Stewart Butterfield gives some insight into the billion-dollar company’s launch strategy and why users love the team communication platform so much.

Is work [email protected]#? A UK writer is arguing we should replace work with “anti-work.”

All the best for an awesome Tuesday.

Wednesday, February 4

Developing Leads

(WordPress News)

Congratulations to Helen Hou-Sandí and Dion Hulse who are now lead developers of the WordPress project.

UK-based WordPress agency Human Made has bought out Australian-based agency Sennza. Jeff Chandler at WP Tavern says “we’re at the beginning stages of a consolidation period for agencies in the WordPress space.”

Security company Sucuri has warned for a dangerous “nonce” leak in UpdraftPlus. If you use the popular backup and restoration plugin, now’s the time to update.

Middle Management


“Overall, the WordPress community is one of the most women-friendly tech communities around. WordPress meetups and WordCamps are usually at least 30-40% women, and I’ve not found that to be the case at any other tech conference or meetup.” Does WordPress empower women? Suzette Franck interviews Natalie MacLees from Girl Develop It about encouraging more women to get involved in tech.

Is WordPress suffering from the innovator’s dilemma? Jeff Chandler reckons we need to look outside the box everyone now and again if we want to push for change in WordPress.

What works for some businesses doesn’t work for all, according to Matt Mullenweg, who isn’t a fan of middle management.

Looking for a job in WordPress? There are lots of jobs around if you know where to look, says Chris Lema (who’s also hiring for Crowd Favorite).

Lastly for this section, developer Thomas Maier writes about his journey towards the perfect ad management plugin.

Material Girl

(Themes and Plugins)

MaterialWP is a new WordPress theme inspired by Google’s Material Design and powered by Bootstrap.

The BuddyPress Cover plugin lets BuddyPress users personalize the cover image for their profile. WP Tavern puts the plugin through its paces.

Crowded House

(Tutorials, Tips, and Tricks)

Moving Multisite to a New Domain (Without Errors!) (WPMU DEV).

A Simple Snippet to Force SSL for Your Whole Site (DoItWithWP).

Optimize Your Images With Pre-Defined Image Sizes [WordPress Tip] (Hongkiat).

How a Crowdsourced Code Snippet Library Can Boost Your Open Source Project (WP Tavern).

Map My Word

(Off-Topic, Random Stuff)

Word Map puts into context the relationship between language and geographical space. Very cool!

And here’s a small JavaScript library for hiding things like cats on your site.

All the best for a wacky Wednesday.

Thursday, February 5

Fancy Pants

(WordPress News)

Long-time WordPress contributors Ryan Boren and Peter Westwood are stepping down from their roles as lead developers of the project. Ryan will spearhead UX for WordPress this year, while Peter will move into a dormant/inactive/emeritus status.

BuddyPress 2.2 Spumoni has been released. It features a basic Member Type API and custom post type support has been added to the activity stream. Find out more at WP Tavern.

Sucuri is warning of a malware outbreak affecting WordPress websites using the FancyBox for WordPress plugin.

On the latest episode of The Matt Report, Matt Medeiros talks to Nathan Wright of Theme of The Crop about reverse engineering your competition.

WooThemes is retiring its Twitter support because it just makes sense. has announced Google Analytics is now available for its customers on the business tier.

To App or Not to App?


Shared or managed WordPress hosting? Developer Daniel Pataki offers some advice on choosing the right web hosting service.

A mobile app or a mobile website? AppPresser looks at the pros and cons of both.

Lost in Translation

(Themes and Plugins)

WPML is great, but it’s not the only translation plugin available. WP Mayor checks out some alternative options.

Over at WinningWP, there’s a great list of the best email subscription pop-up plugins for WordPress, including our own WordPress PopUp plugin.

Honey, I’m Home

(Tutorials, Tips, and Tricks)

Creating a Welcome Screen For Your WordPress Plugin (WPMU DEV).

Automating WordPress Plugin Updates and Releases with Grunt (Torque).

Migrating WordPress (and Multisite!) To A New Server (WPMU DEV).

Working with HTTP APIs in WordPress (WPShout).

How to Create a WordPress Social Feed (Elegant Themes).

Comprised Of

(Off-Topic, Random Stuff)

“I don’t think he wakes up in the morning and says, ‘I’m gonna serve widows in Africa with the sum of all human knowledge.’” He begins shaking his hands in mock frustration. “He wakes up and says, ‘Those fuckers — they messed it up again!’” One man’s quest to rid Wikipedia of just one grammatical mistake. magically turns your code into a poster.

All the best for a lovely Thursday.