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WordPress 4.2 Beta 1 Now Available for Testing

WordPress 4.2 beta 1 is now available for early testers to download. It’s “pencils down” time for core contributors as far as new feature requests are concerned. This is the point in the release cycle where contributors are focusing their efforts on bug fixes and inline documentation. Drew Jaynes, the (more…)

WordPress Publishes Security White Paper

As WordPress currently powers 23% of the web, the platform’s security is constantly under scrutiny. WordPress has long been a favorite target of hackers and spammers who want to get the most return on their efforts. Since the the platform powers millions of websites, a critical vulnerability with a popular (more…)

WordPress Plugin Directory Launches New Design

The WordPress.org Meta team is on a roll this month. Following the successful launch of the new theme directory, the plugin directory is getting the same treatment with a fresh coat of paint and a set of brand new features. Browsing the official plugin directory is now similar to searching (more…)

WordCamp San Francisco 2014 By Sheri Bigelow

WordPress 4.1.1 is available and fixes 21 bugs. According to Andrew Nacin who published the announcement, 4.1 was a smooth-sailing release and has been downloaded over 14 million times within the last two months. One of the bugs fixed is an issue where a tag and a category with the (more…)

Customizer Theme Switcher Approved for Merge Into WordPress 4.2

The Customizer Theme Switcher feature plugin was approved for merge today during the regularly scheduled WordPress core development meeting. Lead developers and contributors in attendance agreed that there are no major blocking issues. The Customizer Theme Switcher in WordPress 4.2 will make it possible for users to browse through themes (more…)

WordPress 4.2 on Track to Expand Core Support for Emoji

Emoji characters were born in Japan in the late 90’s but took nearly a decade to break into global usage. They entered popular culture full force when select emoji character sets were incorporated into Unicode in 2010. Since that time, emoji popularity has grown, and there’s no denying that they (more…)

Rest API Primer Featured Image

In the past two years, there’s been a lot of discussion surrounding the WordPress REST API project. If you’re not familiar with it, Brian Krogsgard published a great article that explains what it is, how to get involved, and the possibilities it opens up to developers. Krogsgard believes the REST (more…)

A Look Back at 16 Automattic Acquisitions Since 2007

Since Automattic was founded in 2005, it has acquired several businesses, services, products, and people. In August, the company will be 10 years old and I thought it would be interesting to see if the acquisitions the company has made are still around. The list is organized from earliest to (more…)

Customizer Theme Switcher Officially Proposed for WordPress 4.2

This week, Nick Halsey officially proposed the Customizer Theme Switcher feature plugin for merge into WordPress 4.2. Halsey summarizes the goal of bringing theme switching into the customizer: “By integrating themes directly into the Customizer, live-previewing workflows are greatly simplified, and the relationship between themes and theme/site options is clarified (more…)