A Makeover for HelpHub — and you can help the Docs Team on Contributor Day

Pretty snazzy new looks coming the the WordPress documentation site! New design for HelpHub in WordPress.org You can help the Docs Team! Come to the first ever Documentation team Contributor Day on October 25th. This article was published at Post Status — the community for WordPress professionals.

WordPress 6.1 RC2 • 6.1 Sneak Peek with Nick Diego • WP-CLI 2.7.1 • Help Test Plugin Dependencies Feature Plugin

This Week at WordPress.org (October 17, 2022) Get a sneak peek at WordPress 6.1 with Nick Diego. Help test 6.1 Release Candidate 2 — and the Plugin Dependencies feature plugin. Be sure to browse the 6.1 DevNotes, Field Guides, and Team Updates. WP-CLI 2.7.1 is available now. WordPress 6.1 Release Candidate 2 WordPress 6.1 Release… Continue reading WordPress 6.1 RC2 • 6.1 Sneak Peek with Nick Diego • WP-CLI 2.7.1 • Help Test Plugin Dependencies Feature Plugin

Five takes on helpful plugin stats and insights

Good ideas for the future of data disclosed to plugin authors using the wordpress.org repository: Let’s take this discussion somewhere else! Identify surges of unhappy users reacting to a bad release. Use pageview analytics to estimate total potential user interest and conversion rates. Assess a plugin’s performance with the .org search algorithm, the quality of… Continue reading Five takes on helpful plugin stats and insights

November: Register to speak at WordFest Live — and come to WordPress Accessibility Day

Coming up on November 18, WordFest Live will once again “support and promote positive well-being and mental health within remote working communities.” REGISTER → And don’t forget WordPress Accessibility Day on November 2-3! REGISTER → Then on November 21, it’s Alicia St. Rose of WP With Heart giving a Meetup talk on Being an A11y… Continue reading November: Register to speak at WordFest Live — and come to WordPress Accessibility Day

Does WordPress.org Data Belong to the WordPress Community? Should It?

Today WP Watercooler sought Solutions to the Active Growth Problem. In a pointed but respectful conversation moderated but Sé Reed, the Watercooler crew got one new detail from Otto about the decision to remove the active install charts: it was made months ago. How should the data collected by WordPress.org be understood, as a basis… Continue reading Does WordPress.org Data Belong to the WordPress Community? Should It?

Over, Under, Around, and Through

WordPress Business News Roundup for the Week of October 3 This week Alex Denning (Ellipsis) draws on Iain Poulson‘s historical, high-level plugin data at WP Trends to offer some thoughtful, somewhat contrary, but practical and grounded perspectives on the value of Active Install Data. At the WP Watercooler and elsewhere, a realization seems to be… Continue reading Over, Under, Around, and Through

WordPress 6.1 RC1 • DevNotes • Field Guides • New LearnWP Course

This Week at WordPress.org (October 3, 2022) WordPress 6.1 RC 1 has shipped with a release date of November 1. It’s time to start testing! Check out the Developer Notes, Field Guide, and related team updates. WordPress 6.1 Release Candidate 1 WordPress 6.1 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) Now Available Help Test WordPress 6.1 WordPress 6.1… Continue reading WordPress 6.1 RC1 • DevNotes • Field Guides • New LearnWP Course

Active Install Data Story Update: Not a breach but abuse of an endpoint

At the WPwatercooler, JJJ clears up some of the mystery… There are two very simple and still live endpoints that have provided the obfuscated active install data at wordpress.org since 2017. They’re just PHP files, not endpoints that map to anything else. They access the database to give a JSON result to properly formed queries.… Continue reading Active Install Data Story Update: Not a breach but abuse of an endpoint

How Open Source is WordPress?

And how much weight does the community carry? Decision-by-committee is difficult enough, and decision-by-community is called an election. Surely there must be a way that we can gather information, keep the community informed, and move forward in a mutually-beneficial way. This week we’ve seen a lot of discussion around the Active Install Growth Chart in… Continue reading How Open Source is WordPress?

Trust Issues

Our WordPress Business News Roundup for the Week of October 3 Cory Miller asks, “What can we do to better support our plugin developers and product owners?” Katie Keith offers some clues with the story of her WordPress/WooCommerce agency and product shop, Barn2 Plugins. Dan Knauss and Nyasha Green talk about microaggressions, the Active Install… Continue reading Trust Issues