In Case You Missed It – Issue 21

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There’s a lot of great WordPress content published in the community but not all of it is featured on the Tavern. This post is an assortment of items related to WordPress that caught my eye but didn’t make it into a full post.

Bob Dunn and Patrick Rauland Host Lift Off Summit

Bob Dunn and Patrick Rauland have partnered up for Lift Off Summit. Between June 19-23, visitors will be able to watch 3-4 videos per day focused on getting more traffic, increasing social interactions, and keeping customers to their online stores. The virtual conference is free to watch.

The Evolution of WordPress Magazine Themes

Alex Denning takes a look back at the evolution of WordPress magazine themes over the last 10 years and offers insights into what might be next for the style.

WordPress magazine themes were a huge deal between 2009-2011. Brian Gardner was able to create a profitable business with a single magazine style theme called Revolution, one of the first themes to display content in ways different from the typical single column blog layout.

Magazine themes are a great chapter of WordPress’ history. Their popularity is why WordPress has featured images and automatic thumbnail generation in core.

Highlights From Season Four of ManageWP’s Ask Me Anything

ManageWP published highlights from season four of Ask Me Anything, a weekly event where members of the WordPress community voluntarily answer any questions submitted.

WordPress 4.8 Field Guide

Everything you need to know to prepare for WordPress 4.8, tentatively scheduled for release on June 8th, is in the field guide.

Take the WPCampus WordPress in Higher Education Survey

WPCampus is once again asking for those who work with WordPress in educational settings to fill out the following survey. This year, three randomly selected participants will receive a free ticket to attend WPCampus in Buffalo, NY, July 14-15.

The data will be used to create a series of reports on how WordPress is used in public schools and higher education. Last year’s survey indicated that misconceptions surrounding WordPress security and scalability are slowing its growth in higher education.

A Plugin for Monitoring Directory Sizes

David Bisset shared a dashboard widget that displays the sizes of directories.

Stop Signup Spam Integrates with GiveWP

Stop Signup Spam, a plugin we featured last month now integrates with GiveWP.

LED WordPress Badge

George Stephanis unveiled his wifi-enabled light up WordPress badge on Twitter. He ordered the parts and soldered them together himself. You’ll get to see it in person if you’re attending WordCamp Kyoto.

Wabster!

In what is a traditional part of this series, I end each issue by featuring a Wapuu design. For those who don’t know, Wapuu is the unofficial mascot of the WordPress project. This week’s edition features a variation of the Wapuu design. Wabster, created by Alison Knott, is the mascot of WordCamp Halifax.

Wabster

That’s it for issue twenty-one. If you recently discovered a cool resource or post related to WordPress, please share it with us in the comments.