WordPress Punts Locally Hosted Fonts for Legacy Default Themes to 6.2 Release

In June 2022, WordPress.org’s Themes Team began strongly urging theme authors to switch to locally hosted webfonts, following a German court case, which fined a website owner for violating the GDPR by using Google-hosted webfonts. For years, theme authors have been enqueuing Google Fonts from the Google CDN for better performance, but this method exposes visitors’… Continue reading WordPress Punts Locally Hosted Fonts for Legacy Default Themes to 6.2 Release

WooCommerce Blocks 8.6.0 Introduces Cross-Sells Products Block

WooCommerce Blocks 8.6.0 was released yesterday with support for a new block that displays cross-sells for products that are based on the current product in the customer’s cart. For example, if a customer is purchasing a new gardener’s kit, the store may cross-sell gardening gloves as a complementary product. This is a new feature is… Continue reading WooCommerce Blocks 8.6.0 Introduces Cross-Sells Products Block

WooSesh Publishes Schedule Ahead of Virtual Event October 11-13, 2022

WooSesh, a virtual conference for WooCommerce professionals and store builders, has published the schedule for the upcoming three-day event beginning on October 11. This year’s lineup includes 24 speakers from across the WooCommerce ecosystem, including engineers, product managers, sales directors, and WooCommerce core developers. Each day of the event has a theme with sessions running… Continue reading WooSesh Publishes Schedule Ahead of Virtual Event October 11-13, 2022

Molten: A Free WordPress Block Theme for Restaurants

Molten is a new block theme from first-time WordPress.org theme author Paul Truong, designed for chefs and restaurateurs to showcase their work. The theme puts the spotlight on food photography offset with bold typography featuring the Playfair Display font for headings and Source Sans Pro for paragraph text. Truong is working on setting up a… Continue reading Molten: A Free WordPress Block Theme for Restaurants

New Prototype Runs WordPress in the Browser with No PHP Server

Automattic-sponsored core contributor Adam Zielinski published a demo today of WordPress running in the browser with no PHP server. This is accomplished using WebAssembly (WASM), a format for a stack-based virtual machine that enables deployment on the web for client and server applications, and Emscripten, an open source compiler toolchain to WebAssembly. It’s not stable… Continue reading New Prototype Runs WordPress in the Browser with No PHP Server

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Twenty Twenty-Two Is the First Default Block Theme to Get Tagged as Accessibility-Ready

After a seven-month long effort across multiple contributor teams, the Twenty Twenty-Two (TT2) default theme will be tagged as “Accessibility-Ready” when WordPress 6.1 ships in November. It is the first block theme to meet the requirements for gaining this distinction. During its development the theme was also tested and found to meet WCAG AA level… Continue reading Twenty Twenty-Two Is the First Default Block Theme to Get Tagged as Accessibility-Ready

PublishPress Acquires MetaSlider Plugin and MetaSlider Lightbox

PublishPress, a company that develops free and commercial publishing and permissions plugins for WordPress, has acquired MetaSlider from Extendify. The plugin is used on more than 700,000 sites to build sliders, slideshows, carousels, and galleries. The company’s mission is to help publishers succeed, so this is a curious acquisition as sliders seem to have fallen… Continue reading PublishPress Acquires MetaSlider Plugin and MetaSlider Lightbox

ACF 6.0 Introduces Refreshed Admin UI and ACF Blocks Version 2

Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) has announced the availability of version 6.0, an update that applies to both the free and pro versions of the plugin. This release introduces a refreshed admin UI that ACF product manager Iain Poulson said users had been requesting since 2021. “We didn’t want this to be a huge change that… Continue reading ACF 6.0 Introduces Refreshed Admin UI and ACF Blocks Version 2

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WordPress 6.1 Beta 1 Released and Ready for Testing

WordPress 6.1 beta 1 was released today, and testing has begun with the general release expected in just under six weeks on November 1. Versions 13.1 – 14.1 of the Gutenberg plugin will be rolled into core for 6.1. This includes features like improved block placeholders, more design tools for blocks, fluid typography, improvements to… Continue reading WordPress 6.1 Beta 1 Released and Ready for Testing