Business Roundup Week Ending March 15

Site Editor Complaints? The Core Team is Listening

  • There is a growing feeling that the Gutenberg project is not prioritizing the needs of builders, developers, agencies, and freelancers.
  • As a result, many continue to use the Classic Editor or page builders instead.
  • Lead Architect Matias Ventura believes the Site Editor is ready for some use cases, but acknowledges that it still needs plugins to fill functionality gaps for others.
  • Automattic Product Wrangler Anne McCarthy has collected common complaints about the Site Editor in a post titled “Overlapping Problems”.
  • It is encouraging that core contributors are openly discussing the Site Editor’s weaknesses as it demonstrates willingness to collaborate on solutions that benefit everyone.
  • You can get involved and share feedback in the #outreach channel in Make WordPress Slack.
  • Are you involved in the shaping of the Site Editor? Core needs you!
  • Read this thoughtful summary from the Tavern.

Latest Google Algorithm Change Significantly Improves Search Results Quality

  • The latest Google helpful content update is now live, and leads to a big reduction in unhelpful content.
  • Elizabeth Tucker, Director of Google’s Search Product, says: “We expect that the combination of this update and our previous efforts will collectively reduce low- quality, unoriginal content in search results by 40%.”
  • This update is much more complex than usual with changes to multiple core systems.
  • Among the changes include more careful scrutiny of outgoing links for spammy intent or low-value content.
  • Also, repurposed expired domains are also analyzed to see if their content is contrary to their original purpose (like a former elementary school site now serving gambling content).
  • Have these changes impacted your rankings?
  • For a deeper dive into these latest Google changes, read these excellent articles in Search Engine Journal, and Search Engine Land.

The Sad Decline of CSS-Tricks

  • CSS-Tricks was once a vibrant resource for developers, a consistently fresh spring of tutorials and clever uses of CSS.
  • In March 2022, CSS-Tricks was sold to DigitalOcean. A year later DO fired the entire content team, stopped publishing new articles, and made changes to the site that many considered bizarre.
  • The Founder, Chris Coyier, offered to return to help right the ship and publish new content. But the offer was rejected by DO as too risky.
  • Many former readers have expressed disappointment at the wasting of a beloved community asset.
  • Read Chris Coyier’s take on what happened.

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