Finding WordPress in the Post-Print News Era

For the first time in history, more Americans are working for online publications than for traditional print newspapers. In his report on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, NiemanLab’s Joseph Lichterman succinctly summarizes the slow death of the American newspaper: It’s safe to assume that newspaper jobs will (more…)

Critical Vulnerability Patched in EWWW Image Optimizer Plugin

Yesterday the security team at Wordfence disclosed a critical remote code execution vulnerability in the EWWW Image Optimizer to Shane Bishiop, the plugin’s author. Bishop acted quickly to patch the plugin and an update was pushed out to WordPress.org users this morning. According to Wordfence, the vulnerability affects multisite WordPress (more…)

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In this episode of WordPress Weekly, Marcus Couch and I discuss the news of the week including, Jetpack’s new developer code reference, shiny updates in WordPress 4.6, and Ukraine holding its first WordCamp. We also discuss whether or not WordCamp afterparties should be alcohol free and the circumstances surrounding the (more…)

WordCamp Belfast Set for October 2016, Tickets Now on Sale

Earlier this year the organizers of WordPress meetup groups in Belfast and Dublin started collaborating on hosting WordCamps with a shared leadership team. The inaugural WordCamp Belfast is now set for October 1-2, 2016, and an event in Dublin is tentatively scheduled for April 2017. The conference will be held (more…)

ButterBean Post Meta Box Framework Now in Beta

Justin Tadlock announced this week that his new ButterBean post meta box framework is now in beta. The framework is object-oriented and built on Backbone.js and Underscore.js. Although the WordPress development community has already produced several post meta frameworks, ButterBean was created for a very specific use case: custom post (more…)

New Plugin Adds Emoji Reactions to the BuddyPress Activity Stream

Three weeks ago, a discussion about the possibility of adding emoji reactions to BuddyPress core turned into a heated conversation in the #BuddyPress Slack channel. The topic was inspired by the new BP Reactions plugin, which recently landed on WordPress.org. This experimental plugin, created by BuddyPress core developer Mathieu Viet, (more…)

Crochet Your Own Wapuu with this Free Pattern

Just when you thought Wapuu had reached all corners of the globe, the friendly WordPress mascot has now invaded the world of handicrafts with a free crochet pattern for anyone up to the challenge. Siyana Raykovska, creator of Totally Hooked, a handmade toys e-commerce site, released the pattern on her (more…)