This Week in WordPress: Automattic Scoops Up WooCommerce

This Week in WordPress: Automattic Scoops Up WooCommerce

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

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Crystal Ball – Newsletter #229

Joy to the World

(WordPress News)

BuddyPress 2.3.0 Beta 2 is now available. Just to recap, the upcoming version includes a new Attachments API, which will allow developers to more easily manage user-generated media. It’s also the long-awaited foundation for media-related BuddyPress components and features.

If you use cPanel’s one-click WordPress you may be using an outdated version of the CMS and missing out on important core update notifications.WP Tavern explains the situation and what cPanel is doing about it.

Developer Zoe Rooney talks about the joys of automating certain tasks in WordPress theme development in the latest edition of WP Engine’s Finely Tuned Consultant series.

Generation Z


Here’s why testimonials can generate more selling power than the best sales copy.

WordPress vs Drupal vs Joomla. Guess which CMS comes out on top?

CalderaWP owner Josh Pollock waxes lyrical about plugin distribution on in a “new generation of WordPress.”

When you start a new project, what tools can’t you live without? Developer tom McFarlin lists his must-haves.

Search and Rescue

(Themes and Plugins)

Here are some great options for improving search on your WordPress site.

Beer Directory is a plugin for brewers and beer aficionados.

Elegant Themes reviews iContact Right, an email marketing plugin.

Beginner’s Luck

(Tutorials, Tips and Tricks)

A Beginner’s Guide To WordPress Website Maintenance (WP Explorer).

How To Disable Comments In WordPress (Pagely).

Quick Tips to Boost Your WordPress Website’s Speed (tuts+).

BuddyPress: The Lowdown on Loop Filtering (WebDevStudios).

Crystal Ball

(Off-Topic, Random Stuff)

Here’s a fun color game that will confuse you.

Will I ever finish building this website? Will my husband ever shave off his beard? For some of life’s biggest questions, the answers must surely come an eight ball that predicts the future via the medium of emojii.

Those are our links for today. We’ll be back on Tuesday after a short break – the emoji eight-ball in all its wisdom showed me a running man and an iPhone when I asked what my future holds. Somewhat apt.

No REST For the Wicked – Newsletter #230

WordCrab Cakes

(WordPress News)

“WordCrab is another example of one of Japan’s unique WordPress meetups. Members from all over from Japan gather in the Fukui prefecture, where they combine WordPress sessions with a giant crab party where everyone feasts upon the region’s renowned crabs.” Sarah Gooding from WP Tavern explores how Japan is shaping WordPress history.

On this week’s KitchensinkWP podcast, host Adam Silver talks about how to export a blog post and keep its HTML formatting.

And on the latest episode of WPwatercooler, the discussion centers on how to build a music website using WordPress.

Are you looking for work? Great! WebDevStudios and Maintainn are looking for front and backend developers, and a project manager. Meanwhile, WP Engine needs DevOps engineers.

The Medium is the Message


Medium has made waves with the simplicity of its approach to content creation and the slickness of its execution. But what can WordPress learn from its example?

“Onboarding starts with education. The Drupal community puts an emphasis on training at just about every event while only a handful of WordCamps offer a Foundation Friday or some other local onboarding event.” Here’s GoDaddy’s evangelist Mendel Kurland’s take on DrupalCon LA and what WordPress can learn from the Drupal community.

DreamHost has launched DreamPress 2, a shiny new take on managed WordPress hosting. Here’s WinningWP’s first impressions.

No REST for the Wicked

(Themes and Plugins)

WP REST API versions 1.2.2 and 2.0 Beta 1.1 are now available. These are critical security releases that address an issue where authenticated users were able to escalate their privileges bypassing the expected capabilities check.

The WP Contributions plugin lets you display your contributions to the WordPress project.

The Lasso front-end editing plugin for WordPress is now available on GitHub. Check it out, it’s cool.

GeoTargeting Pro WordPress lets you display location-specific content on your site.

Chip Off the Old Block

(Tutorials, Tips and Tricks)

WordPress Menu Pages and “Cheatin’ Uh?” (Tom McFarlin).

How to Get Around Ad Blockers (Without Annoying Your Visitors (WPMU DEV).

A Walkthrough on Conditional Tags in WordPress: 1 to 13 (tuts+).

Moving WordPress: Moving a Site Into a Multisite Network (tuts+).

How to Add Conditional  Menus to WordPress (WPMU DEV).

10 Best Tips and Tricks for Beginner Genesis Framework Users (BeginWP).

Disable Emojicons Introduced In WordPress 4.2 (Paul Underwood).

Say My Name, Say My Name

(Off-Topic, Random Stuff)

“There is something odd about this fetishization of teen talent and how far venture capitalists will go to get it, as well as how skeptical they can be of anyone over 25, given the fact that most billion-dollar startups today — Uber, WhatsApp, Slack — were founded by seasoned adults.” The story behind the real teens of Silicon Valley.

Have you ever wondered how people’s names differ around the world and how these differences might impact the design of online forms and databases? Well, now you know.


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Lastly, here’s a hand-picked selection of the best Slack groups for all you procrastinators out there.

Those are our links for today. We’ll be back tomorrow with more terrible puns after we finish eating our crabs and adding new channels to Slack.

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Woo-rdPress – Newsletter #231


(WordPress News)

Big news! Automattic has bought out WooCommerce. Did you see it coming? Matt Mullenweg and WooThemes announced the acquisition on their respective blogs last night, and Matt also talks about the move in the first YouTube video uploaded to Automattic’s YouTube account. WP Tavern is reporting the deal “was in the range of $30 million,” which some are saying is a little low for an e-commerce platform that powers roughly 30% of all online stores. The acquisition is Automattic’s largest to date. Here’s more on the deal from TechCrunch and Mashable.

In other news, the Make WordPress Community team has put out a short survey about how to improve the tools available to WordCamp organizers.

WordPress Cape Town will host its second annual charity hackaton in June.

And Cloudways’ latest Q&A features themes developer Adam Mills who shares some good advice for those who want to start their career in WordPress.

Little Shop Of Horrors


Shopify vs Magento vs WooCommerce vs Bigcommerce vs Wix – which eCommerce platform is the best? Unfortunately not WooCommerce, according to CodeInWP.

Here’s why blog comments still matter (perhaps) more than ever.

Elephant in the Boom

(Themes and Plugins)

BoomBar is a nifty plugin by the folks at iThemes that lets you to display targeted messages in notification bars at the top of your WordPress site.

Kanye Test

(Tutorials, Tips, and Tricks)

How to Test Your WordPress Website for Responsive Design (Elegant Themes).

Create an App for Your WordPress Membership Site (AppPresser).

The Finer Points of “Posts” and “Pages” in a WordPress Context (WPShout).

Go Forth and Doodle!

(Off-Topic, Random Stuff)

Do you like to doodle? Google is looking for a new doodler.

Slack has gone and made a new podcast. (Spoiler: Adnan didn’t do it)

Those are our links for today. We’ll be back tomorrow with more Woo-rdPress news, views, and reviews.

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Continental Drift – Newsletter #232

Continental Drift

(WordPress News)

A few familiar faces (if you keeps tabs on the goings on in the WordPress community) have been announced as new core committers for WordPress 4.3: Ella Van Dorpe, Konstantin Obenland and Weston Ruter. Konstantin is also leading the charge on the upcoming release, which is due out on August 18.

“In striving to become a full-fledged CMS for advanced developers and large publications, WordPress has let itself drift away from its core philosophy of democratizing publishing by adding the very level of complexity it originally aimed to remove.” WordPress trainer Morten Rand-Hendriksen, who has taught and maintained the WordPress Essential Training course on for the past five years, shares his common pain points, roadblocks and advice for new users.

The Make WordPress Translation team is testing international theme and plugins directories.

Happy Joe, a non-profit organization that helps US veterans with entrepreneurship and employment opportunities using WordPress, haspartnered with WebDevStudios and SiteGround.

If you’re a developer keen to learn more about the WP REST API, you won’t want to miss Rachel Baker’s upcoming live event for WPSessions. Rachel is a lead engineer at The Wirecutter and one of the lead developers on the WP API project.

Baby WordPress Plugin


So you want to build a career with WordPress, now what? Multisite expertRachel McCollin offers some advice based on her own experience.

“The phrase ‘It’s all in who you know’ usually means knowing powerful and influential people. In the WordPress community it usually means knowing as many people as possible. The larger your network of friends and associates, the more likely you are to get support.” So says HeroPress founder Topher DeRosia in his introduction to his site’s latest essay by Brazilian-based developer Rafael Ehlers.

The loneliness of the marketer or: how to promote a baby WordPress plugin.

Here’s a great guide to WordPress Squeeze pages.

And here’s a comprehensive guide to creating an ironclad WordPress development contract.

The folks at Codeable offer some tips on how to work effectively with WordPress experts.

Between You, Me and the Bed Post

(Themes and Plugins)

Postmatic, a plugin that “beautifully marries WordPress and Email together,” gets a thumbs up from The Matt Report’s, well, Matt.

Running on Empty

(Tutorials, Tips and Tricks)

How To Stop Saving Empty Values with the Settings API (Tom McFarlin).

Building An Advanced Notification System For WordPress (Smashing Magazine).

Using wp_remote_get() to parse JSON from remote APIs (Pippins Plugins).

How to Set Up GitHub (tuts+).

3 Simple WordPress Security Tips (Pagely).

Quick Guide to WordPress Custom Post Types Management and Filter Programming (Web Streaming).

Holier Than Thou

(Off-Topic, Random Stuff)

Silicon Valley is a big fat lie, apparently.

Here’s yet another podcast to add to your playlist: The folks at Wired talk about Mad Max and recap GoT in the first ep.

Those are all our links for today. We’ll be spending the rest of the day tending to baby plugins and will be back with more tomorrow.