WP Builds Newsletter #53 – WordPress triage team, plugin updates and Google+ is no more

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 4th March 2019:

WordPress Core

Introducing the WordPress Triage Team
“As WordPress has grown, the volume of tickets in Trac has naturally increased. While the number of open tickets on its own should never be the sole metric of software health, a large number of open tickets can have many undesirable and frustrating consequences, such as tickets being lost or accidentally glossed over, and contributors not knowing where to focus their (often very limited) time and effort to have the largest impact…”

Global WordPress Translation Day Set for May 11, 2019
“One of the the most important factors in WordPress’ growth is the software’s availability in 186 languages. Its vibrant community of translation volunteers, known as the Polyglots team, continually update the translations to ensure access for millions of non-English speakers around the world. In 2016, the team began hosting their own events dedicated to educational sessions and topics that affect the translation community, along with coordinated translation sprints…”

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Behind the Scenes of ClassicPress – the WordPress Alternative
“WordPress 5.0 brought with it a lot of change and controversy. Most of the buzz surrounded the switch to a new block-based editor named Gutenberg. It seemed to have left a lot of people both frustrated and uncertain about the direction of their websites and even their careers. And for some, it prompted action…”

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Usage statistics and market share of WordPress for websites
“This report shows the usage statistics and market share data of WordPress on the web. See technologies overview for explanations on the methodologies used in the surveys. Our reports are updated daily.WordPress is used by 60.2% of all the websites whose content management system we know. This is 33.3% of all websites…”


Website Hack Trend Report 2018
“An analysis of the latest trends in malware and hacked websites at Sucuri.
This report is based on data collected and analyzed by the GoDaddy Security / Sucuri team, which includes the Incident Response Team (IRT) and the Malware Research Team (MRT). It analyzes over 25,168 cleanup requests…”

Web Security Blog from WebARX
Just a heads up that this security blog exists. It’s full of useful info.

Plugins and themes

Introducing the Ultimate Freehand Design Experience
“Elementor is yet again pioneering a change that will make WordPress web design far more flexible than ever before – Meet Flexible Layout! Flexible Layout includes a set of advanced positioning capabilities that help you fully customize your design and layout workflow…”

WP Offload Media 2.1 Released: Google Cloud Storage Now Supported
“You asked for it, and we’ve delivered! Today we’re very happy to announce the release of WP Offload Media 2.1 with support for Google Cloud Storage! Happily using WP Offload Media with Amazon S3 or DigitalOcean Spaces and don’t care about Google Cloud Storage? Never fear, there’s also some handy new features and of course bug fixes in this release too…”

Hub Client Reports for WordPress got a Hot New Analytics Update
“The Hub (all-in-one WordPress site manager) client reports now include analytics! As promised, we’ve integrated the WPMU DEV Dashboard white label analytic stats and graph into reports…”

Page Builder Framework 2.0 Beta
“We’re super excited to let you know that Page Builder Framework 2.0 is now in public Beta! Page Builder Framework 2.0 comes with major improvements, new features & lots of enhancements. With a little more than 3 months of development time, we’re close to release our biggest update yet…”

WP Builds

We know nothing about website pricing
“There are so many ways you can get paid for building WordPress websites, and if you’ve been in this industry for any length of time, then you’ve perhaps tried a few out? Do you charge on-off fees or use a model which judges the value that you add to the client’s business? Perhaps you perfer to work on the basis that the website is an ongoing cost and the recurring revenue is really where you should be getting paid? We have no idea which is best, but it’s fun chatting it all though…”

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

WordPress Plugins Say Goodbye to Google+
“Google+ is closing April 2, 2019. No surprise to those of us still being spammed by memories from the ghost of Google+ Pages past. So why even bring it up? 4 Words – G+ WordPress Plugin Integrations (Or is that 5 words?)…”

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Nathan Wrigley
Nathan Wrigley

Nathan writes posts and creates audio about WordPress on WP Builds and WP Tavern. He can also be found in the WP Builds Facebook group, and on Mastodon at wpbuilds.social. Feel free to donate to WP Builds to keep the lights on as well!

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