James Kemp Acquires ReplyBox

James Kemp, a WooCommerce developer and founder of Iconic, has acquired ReplyBox, a privacy-focused comment system. Originally built by Ashley Rich and Lewis Warren and launched in 2018, ReplyBox has struggled to gain a strong foothold in the WordPress ecosystem as a commercial product with no free version, but it has continued growing at a slow rate. “It’s… Continue reading James Kemp Acquires ReplyBox

Gutenberg Hub Launches an Online Page Builder App Using WordPress Patterns

I have been raving about the power of patterns for what feels like forever at this point. And, just when I start wondering what this feature will look like next, someone surprises me with a new idea. Often that person is Munir Kamal. He mentioned that he would share a “little” page-generation app that ties… Continue reading Gutenberg Hub Launches an Online Page Builder App Using WordPress Patterns

SpinupWP Launches CLI Tool and External Database Support

SpinupWP, the cloud-based WordPress server control panel from the folks at Delicious Brains, turns four this year. They celebrated by launching one of the most frequently requested features, a command-line interface to manage servers and sites from the terminal. Other recent updates include external database support, the site log viewer which allows you to view… Continue reading SpinupWP Launches CLI Tool and External Database Support

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Gutenberg 13.1 Ships a Batch of Improvements and Implements a New Border Design Component

Gutenberg 13.1 landed in the WordPress plugin directory earlier today. Not quite as heavy on the feature list as its predecessor, the update focuses more on improvements and bug fixes. The highlight of the release is the overhauled border design component. One notable bug that theme authors should watch out for is missing styles in… Continue reading Gutenberg 13.1 Ships a Batch of Improvements and Implements a New Border Design Component

Coming in Gutenberg 13.2: Users’ Editor Preferences Will Be Stored in the Database, Improving Persistence Across Sessions

“Welcome to the Block Editor!” Once you have dismissed this notice, why does it keep coming back? For years users have complained about this and the fact that their settings in the editor do not seem to save across sessions. They have taken to the official support forums and Reddit to find out how to… Continue reading Coming in Gutenberg 13.2: Users’ Editor Preferences Will Be Stored in the Database, Improving Persistence Across Sessions

#24 – Aki Hamano on Building Useful Blocks for Fun

On the podcast today we have Aki Hamano. Aki is a freelance developer from Japan. He builds websites for clients and enjoys setting himself difficult problems to solve. He came to my attention when Justin Tadlock wrote an article about a playful block that he’s created. After a little further exploration, it turns out that… Continue reading #24 – Aki Hamano on Building Useful Blocks for Fun

MemberPress Plugin Is Locking Users Out After Support License Expires

The WordPress subreddit lit up this week with reports of MemberPress locking users out of the plugin’s admin if they do not renew their subscriptions. MemberPress is a popular membership plugin for WordPress. It is a commercial-only plugin starting at $179/year for one site, and there is no free version. Reddit user @hamsternose opened the… Continue reading MemberPress Plugin Is Locking Users Out After Support License Expires

Local Launches Atlas Add-on for Sandboxing Headless WordPress Sites

Local, a popular WordPress development tool maintained by WP Engine, has launched a new add-on for quickly spinning up headless WordPress sites on its new Atlas platform. The company has been working to capture the headless WordPress hosting market over the past few years, investing in a new team dedicated to building out its headless… Continue reading Local Launches Atlas Add-on for Sandboxing Headless WordPress Sites

A Look at Twenty Twenty-Two’s Upcoming Global Style Variations

It is no secret that I have been excited about global style variations. The upcoming feature will allow theme designers to bundle multiple design presets. In turn, end-users can cycle through them, selecting their preferred look without changing their active theme. I have been writing about the feature since November 2021, holding out some hope… Continue reading A Look at Twenty Twenty-Two’s Upcoming Global Style Variations