WP Builds Newsletter #30 – WordPress 4.9.9, Gutenberg updates and the world’s oldest cheese

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 10th September 2018:

WordPress 4.9.9 Release Focus Items Include Site Health Project and Gutenberg Preparation
"The WordPress 4.9.9 release leads published a roadmap for the release this week. The minor release will be led by Anthony Burchell and Alain Schlesser. It is targeted for November 5 with the first beta arriving near the end of October…"

WordPress Coding Standards 1.1.0 Released
"The WordPress Coding Standards version 1.1.0 has been released on GitHub. This release includes more stringent function call formatting checks which are explained in the handbook. There’s also stricter checks for overrides of WordPress global variables…"

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Marcel Bootsman is Walking 700km to WordCamp Europe to Raise Funds for DonateWC
"In May 2019, Marcel Bootsman will be lacing up a pair of hiking boots and walking 700km (435 miles) from his home in Rotterdam to WordCamp Europe in Berlin. Bootsman, a WordPress consultant and WordCamp organizer, is walking to raise funds and awareness for the DonateWC organization…"

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Wix vs. WordPress? The Data Doesn’t Lie
"Httparchive published the First Contentful Paint scores of top content management systems. It showed Wix dead last behind every CMS in the analysis for the fastest scores. However, Wix pulled ahead of WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal in other areas. The data reveals actionable trends…"

The WooCommerce App Lets You Run Your Store On The Go
"Your WooCommerce Store In Your Pocket. Manage orders, receive sales notifications, and view key metrics — wherever you are…"

Say Hello To Forminator – Powerful WordPress Forms Have Never Been Easier
"In 2017 we asked you what you’d like us to build for you, and you answered. We’ve already released one of those products (white label reports) and now, officially, it’s time to welcome one of the others. Please say g’day to your new favourite form builder plugin… Forminator Pro…"

Drupal Gutenberg Project Receives Enthusiastic Reception at Drupal Europe
"The Drupal Gutenberg project is gaining momentum after Per André Rønsen and Marco Fernandes gave a presentation at Drupal Europe this week titled “Introducing the Gutenberg content editor for Drupal 8.” Rønsen and Fernandes are representatives of Frontkom, a digital services agency based in Norway that has ported WordPress’ Gutenberg editor over to Drupal for use with client projects. They also created the Drupal Gutenberg project, which aims to bring this new publishing experience to Drupal core…"

Gutenberg is Slowly Rolling Out to WordPress.com Users
"As part of the roadmap unveiled at WordCamp EU earlier this year, WordPress.com has started rolling out Gutenberg to a subset of users…"

Gutenberg 3.8 Released, Adds Full Screen Mode
"Gutenberg 3.8 is available for download. This release features a full screen mode that hides both the admin bar and the menu. Unlike previous versions of Distraction-Free-Writing mode where things would fade in and out of view, these two items stay hidden until full-screen mode is disabled…"

Brizy Pro Preview Build 0.0.4: Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) and Brizy Pro Preview Build 0.0.5: The Popup Builder
Brizy can now be used with ACF and they have a new popup builder too! Nice!

Reminder: Popular Browsers To Distrust Symantec SSL/TLS Certificates Starting In October
"This is a final reminder that legacy TLS certificates issued by Symantec, including those issued by authorities like Thawte, Geotrust, and RapidSSL which used Symantec as a central authority, will be distrusted by both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox beginning in October. Apple products have partially distrusted these certificates and plan to also distrust the full set of certificates at some point in Fall 2018. Digicert has acquired the Certificate Authority (CA) and its infrastructure, and is issuing free replacement certificates for all affected customers. If you have already replaced your certificate, no action is needed…"

Take The Next Step In Your WordPress Career: Announcing the WPShout Pro Community
"Almost all WordPress developers and development learners feel these things far too often. The job draws on a huge body of knowledge, and it’s full of technical potholes where we can get stuck with no clue how to proceed. Being stuck is bewildering, draining, and discouraging. What can we do about it…"

Blocks Kit – Gutenberg Blocks for Freelancers
"Blocks Kit is a bunch of additional Gutenberg blocks for freelancers (to provide all possible options)…"

Gutenberg and Smart Slider 3: How to Add Sliders to WordPress
"Soon the Gutenberg editor will officially become part of WordPress core. What does this mean for sliders in WordPress? Well, it means a couple of things: Gutenberg sliders will be easier than ever to add to pages and posts, and you’ll be able to preview all your sliders in the Gutenberg editor…"

Non WordPress, but useful anyway…

A new CSS-based web attack will crash and restart your iPhone
"A security researcher has found a new way to crash and restart any iPhone — with just a few lines of code. Sabri Haddouche tweeted a proof-of-concept webpage with just 15 lines of code which, if visited, will crash and restart an iPhone or iPad. Those on macOS may also see Safari freeze when opening the link…"

Traces found of 'world's oldest cheese'
"Scientists have found traces of what they believe is the world's oldest cheese. It was made 7,000 years ago in what is now Croatia. An international team, including Heriot-Watt university researchers, say it led to the transformation of Europe. It is neither a sturdy cheddar nor a cheeky brie, rather some traces of fatty acids found on fragments of pottery from an archaeological site at Pokrovnik on the Dalmatian coast."

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