WP Builds Newsletter #26 – Yoast and Gutenberg updates, WP growth fund and space news

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 13th August 2018:

Gutenberg 3.6 Adds New Icons for All Core Blocks
Gutenberg 3.6 was released today, featuring a design overhaul for the core icons in the block inserter. The blocks now use Material icons, which offer more options than the Dashicons. This update also improves the icons for the core embeds, which now display the corresponding icon for each embed service…"

Yoast SEO 8.0 adds Gutenberg Sidebar
"Please welcome the Yoast SEO Gutenberg sidebar! Update to Yoast SEO 8.0 and you’ll see our first steps to the – Gutenberg – future. If you’ve activated the Gutenberg plugin you’ll find a brand new version of the Yoast SEO meta box, in the sidebar! Not on Gutenberg yet? We’ve got good news for you too: we gave the existing Yoast SEO meta box a more intuitive design and a cleaner appearance so it’s easier to use for everyone…"

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Syed Balkhi Launches A WordPress-focused Growth Accelerator Fund
Syed Balkhi, founder of WPBeginner, has announced a growth accelerator fund aimed at helping companies focused on WordPress prosper. The fund will provide between $100K-500K to a small group of selected companies. In addition to the funding, selected companies will be able to take advantage of Awesome Motive’s media presence, network of business associates, and receive guidance…"

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WordPress for iOS 10.6 Adds A Detailed Site Activity Log
"In 10.6, the most recent version, the activity log is now available for free WordPress.com sites and those connected with Jetpack…"

Best Practices for WordPress Website Image Optimization
"Ensuring that your site moves quickly and supports speeds down to mobile 3G is vital in providing the best possible user experience (UX) to the largest percentage of your target demographic. The guiltiest speed hogs are network requests dedicated to fetching images and video media. One of the best ways to improve UX and guarantee site speed is to consistently practice techniques for WordPress website image optimization…"

PHP Deserialization Issue Left Unfixed in WordPress CMS
"WordPress CMS installations are vulnerable to a PHP bug related to data deserialization (also known as unserialization), a security researcher has revealed at the start of the month. The bug has been reported to the WordPress team on February 28, 2017, but has remained unfixed to this day, more than a year and a half after the first report…"
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The Complete Anatomy Of The Gutenberg WordPress Editor
An in-depth analysis of the new Gutenberg Editor and its impact on the WordPress web development. In this article, you’ll learn a few hands-on tricks that will prove useful especially if you are using Gutenberg for the first time…"

Mythic: Your new starting point for theme design
"Mythic is a starter theme. I wanted something that used modern PHP, CSS, and JS practices while not feeling too foreign to the way we do things in the WordPress world. I also wanted something that would prepare theme authors for the upcoming editing experience in WordPress 5.0 (Gutenberg)…"

WordPress news recap for July 2018
New month series in which write up the WordPress news in short form for the entire month! This me with opinions!!!

Non WordPress, but useful anyway…

A Complete Guide to Flexbox
Learn how to use Flexbox in this pretty amazing article.

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Earliest galaxies found 'on our cosmic doorstep'
You gotta' love space news!

Hottest of 'ultra-hot' planets is so hot its air contains vaporised metal
So here's another one!

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