WP Builds Newsletter #47 – WordPress 5.1, Gutenberg and Page Builder updates and new Google Search Console features

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 21st January 2019:

WordPress 5.1 Beta 2
“WordPress 5.1 is slated for release on February 21, and we need your help to get there! Over 110 tickets have been closed since beta 1, many of which are documentation and testing suite improvements. Here are the major changes and bug fixes…”

Gutenberg Phase 2 to Update Core Widgets to Blocks, Classic Widget in Development
“Gutenberg phase 2 development is underway and one of the first orders of business is porting all existing core widgets to blocks. This task is one of the nine projects that Matt Mullenweg outlined for 2019, along with upgrading the widgets-editing areas in wp-admin/widgets.php and adding support for blocks in the Customizer…”
and this…
Gutenberg Phase 2 Friday Design Update #2

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WordPress Names Josepha Haden New Executive Director, Joost de Valk Marketing and Communications Lead
“During the 2018 State of the Word address, Matt Mullenweg acknowledged lessons learned in the process of releasing WordPress 5.0. One of those was the need for various teams across the project to work together better. The friction during the 5.0 development cycle was beneficial in that it surfaced areas where the project can grow and sparked conversations that are already leading to improvements…”
and this…
Stepping “down” at Yoast

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WooCommerce Launches New Mobile Apps for iOS and Android
“This week marks the first public release of WooCommerce’s new mobile app for Android and the improved version for iOS. WooCommerce began beta testing the Android app late last year and the original iOS app has been updated to offer the same features…”

WPML Alleges Former Employee Breached Website and Took Customer Emails
“Over the weekend, many WPML customers received an unauthorized email from someone who claimed to have hacked the company’s website and gained access to customer emails. WPML founder Amir Helzer suspects that the attacker is a former employee…”

Analyzing a Week of Blocked Attacks
“For today’s post we analyzed all of the blocked attacks on Defiant.com for a week. In order to see them in Live Traffic, I simply selected “Blocked by Firewall” from the “filter traffic” drop-down above the data table…”

WordPress Sites Compromised via Zero-Day Vulnerabilities in Total Donations Plugin
“The Wordfence Threat Intelligence team recently identified multiple critical vulnerabilities in the commercial Total Donations plugin for WordPress. These vulnerabilities, present in all known versions of the plugin up to and including 2.0.5, are being exploited by malicious actors to gain administrative access to affected WordPress sites. We have reserved CVE-2019-6703 to track and reference these vulnerabilities collectively…”

Tickets for WordCamp London 2019 go on sale
“WordCamp London 2019 will be held at the London Metropolitan University on 5 – 7 April 2019. With tickets now on sale, here’s a guide to what’s included in the ticket price…”

How to do SEO right with Phil Singleton
“Phil Singleton is one of those guys who seems to do 15 things all at once, and doing them really well. His background, like many of us is not web design and development. He started in finance and insurance and hated it. Now he’s an SEO specialist with a projects under his belt. We chat about the fact that SEO has changed over the years and what strategies you can employ with your WordPress website clients to ensure that their sites rank well, as well as being able to pitch SEO as one of your services…”

Brizy – We’ve Added Live Thumbs for Blocks and Anchor Links Control
“I’m super excited to let you know that we’ve added two long-awaited quality of life features in Brizy that will drastically improve the ease of use on Blocks and Anchors. I’m talking about a live thumb feature for blocks and the ability to rename anchor links. Continue reading to find out more about these cool features. ..”
and this…
The First Batch of Integrations are Here

Elementor – Introducing Popup Builder
“Just like the Theme Builder, Popup Builder offers a new and better way to build and manage popups. We tried to create an intuitive process that would be entirely handled in one single and familiar editor – Elementor…”

Introducing Form Pages for WPForms – “Distraction Free” Form Landing Pages to Boost Conversions
“You spend a lot of time and money to bring people to your business website, but you feel that not enough people are filling out your forms. You realize that you’re leaving money on the table, and it’s frustrating the heck out of you … but you’re not sure what to do…”

WP Offload SES: Announcing A New WordPress Plugin For Amazon SES
“If you’ve been following along on the blog, you might have been aware of the new plugin we’ve been working on. The long-awaited release day is finally upon us…”

WPMU DEV Product Roadmap
“We’ve got HUGE plans! Take a look at all the cool new stuff our developers are working on…”

Non WordPress, but useful anyway…

5 New Features Coming to Google Search Console (and 7 That Are Getting Removed)
“Google announced a series of updates are coming to Search Console in the next couple of months. Along with these updates, Google has also made a “hard decision” to drop some legacy features in Search Console. Here’s an overview of all the changes that are on the way…”

How to download your photos from Flickr
“Sometimes it seems as though all good things — well, all free things — must come to an end, at least as far as internet services are concerned. In this case, we’re talking about Flickr, one of the most popular free photo storage services. The service was purchased by professional photo hosting service SmugMug, and last November announced that free users will be limited to 1,000 photos rather than their previous 1TB of storage…”

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