Archives: Podcast

  • #24 – Aki Hamano on Building Useful Blocks for Fun

    #24 – Aki Hamano on Building Useful Blocks for Fun

    On the podcast today we have Aki Hamano. He’s a fan of creating WordPress blocks and currently has five available in the repository. We talk about the WordPress community in his home country of Japan and then give deeply into what all of this blocks do, and why he’s been creating them. It’s an interesting discussion, and you never know, perhaps you’ll find yourself using Aki’s blocks at some point yourself.

  • #23 – Cate DeRosia Talks About Rethinking In-Person Events

    #23 – Cate DeRosia Talks About Rethinking In-Person Events

    On the podcast today we have Cate DeRosia. Cate is a familiar face in the WordPress community. Along with her husband, Topher, they run the HeroPress Network. She describes herself as a ‘serial volunteer in the community’. In early 2022 Cate was hired by Automattic to be a sponsored member of the Community Team, and it’s this role which finds her on the podcast today. We talk about her recent ‘blue sky thinking’ post, which is a forum for people to engage with her and her team, so that future WordPress events can be made different. What does the community of 2022 want from WordPress events? Are we happy with how things have always been done, or do we want something new, something different?

  • #22 – Daniel Schutzsmith on How He’s Prepared His Team To Use the Block Editor

    #22 – Daniel Schutzsmith on How He’s Prepared His Team To Use the Block Editor

    On the WP Tavern Jukebox podcast we’re talking about how the block editor is being used by Daniel Schutzsmith and his team. We learn about the transition that they underwent after they’d decided to use the block editor on their government websites. What procedures did they have to put in place to make the transition as smooth as possible and what learning materials were needed. We talk also about his thoughts on where WordPress and, more generally, the web is headed, which can be summed up by the words AI and automation.

  • #21 – Chris Coyier Talks About Why He Sold CSS-Tricks

    #21 – Chris Coyier Talks About Why He Sold CSS-Tricks

    On the podcast today we have Chris Coyier. Chris has been a user and educator in the WordPress and web development space for many years. He’s an author, podcaster, developer, but is perhaps best known for his website CSS-Tricks. CSS-Tricks has been a valuable source of information about CSS for over 15 years. Updated multiple times a week, the site has articles about every aspect of styling your website. It’s gone through several iterations over those years. A few weeks ago Chris decided it was time for CSS-Tricks to find a new home and it’s now owned and operated by Digital Ocean, a popular cloud computing service provider. This podcast is all about the journey that Chris has had running CSS-Tricks.

  • #20 – Oliver Sild on the State of WordPress Security

    #20 – Oliver Sild on the State of WordPress Security

    On the podcast today we have Oliver Sild from Patchstack. Patchstack is a product which is designed to help you identify plugin vulnerabilities in your WordPress sites. We talk about how, over the past couple of years, Patchstack has released an annual report concerning the state of WordPress security. What are the broad security trends which have emerged over the past 12 months in WordPress Core, plugins and themes. Listen now…

  • #19 – Evangelia Pappa & Bernhard Kau on Making WordCamp Europe Safe and Diverse

    #19 – Evangelia Pappa & Bernhard Kau on Making WordCamp Europe Safe and Diverse

    On the podcast today we have Evangelia Pappa & Bernhard Kau. They’re two of the WordCamp Europe 2022 organising team. They are here to talk about the upcoming event, happening during June, in Porto, Portugal. We talk about the measures that they’ve put in place to ensure that the event is as safe as possible. We also get into a discussion about the diversity of the organisation of the event, following a recent debate about whether or not more needed to be done in this area.

  • #18 – Leonardo Losoviz on the Block Protocol’s Efforts To Make Blocks Work Universally

    #18 – Leonardo Losoviz on the Block Protocol’s Efforts To Make Blocks Work Universally

    On the podcast today we have Leonardo Losoviz. He’s here today to talk about The Block Protocol. This is a new project which aims to make blocks all over the internet interoperable. This might lead to a situation in which WordPress blocks could communicate with blocks in other apps. We talk about how it might work, who stands to benefit and how likely it is to gain traction. Listen to the podcast…

  • #17 – Destiny Kanno and Joe Simpson on Why They Started BlackPress

    #17 – Destiny Kanno and Joe Simpson on Why They Started BlackPress

    On the podcast today we have Destiny Kanno and Joe Simpson. The goal of BlackPress is to bring more creators of Black African descent into the WordPress community, and also provide a community space for those already there to connect, learn from, and support each other. It’s still in the early stages and they are trying to grow with a dedicated Slack channel and regular Meetups. It’s intended to be a safe space for people who share their vision to work together and try to figure out what such a community might look like. It’s a really thought provoking discussion, and shines a light on a very important issue.

  • #16 – Jonathan Bossenger on Cleaning Up WordPress Notifications

    #16 – Jonathan Bossenger on Cleaning Up WordPress Notifications

    On the podcast today we have Jonathan Bossenger. He’s here to talk about WordPress notifications and how they are managed. He wants there to be a unified space in the WordPress admin which handles all notifications, so that users are in control of what they see and when. Go listen to the podcast.

  • #14 – Dave Smith, Isabel Brison and Joen Asmussen on the New Navigation Block

    #14 – Dave Smith, Isabel Brison and Joen Asmussen on the New Navigation Block

    On the podcast today we have three guests… Dave Smith, Isabel Brison and Joen Asmussen. They’re all employed by Automattic, and recently they’ve been working on the new Navigation Block. Find out what it is and how it’s going to alter the way that you create your WordPress menus.

  • #13 – Chris Lubkert and Rich Tabor on Building Sites With Extendify

    #13 – Chris Lubkert and Rich Tabor on Building Sites With Extendify

    On the podcast today we have Chris Lubkert and Rich Tabor, from Extendify. Extendify is a library of block patterns and full page layouts which you can use inside of the Block Editor. Chris and Rich, as you will hear, decided a few years ago that they were going to dedicate themselves to working with blocks. They each had their own projects, but Rich recently joined the team because his vision aligned well with Chris’. That vision is to provide designs which you can import directly into WordPress with just a few clicks. From there you can edit them in your own way. And that’s the thrust of the podcast today. What is Extendify? How does it work? What can you achieve with it? What do they plan to build in the future?

  • #12 – Amber Hinds on Why Accessibility Matters

    #12 – Amber Hinds on Why Accessibility Matters

    On the podcast today we have Amber Hinds. We talk about what online accessibility means, and how it ought to influence any website build. We consider the situations people who need an accessible website might find themselves in. What are they experiencing as they browse the web and what tools are they using? What tools can you use to help in this endeavour, and what tools you might want to avoid?

  • #11 – Vinny McKee on His Block Builder Plugin

    #11 – Vinny McKee on His Block Builder Plugin

    Blocks are the future of WordPress. They offer an easy way to create content and display it on your website in interesting ways. The only problem is that, although they are easy to use, blocks are hard to create. There’s a fairly high level of technical concepts and processes which you need to master if you’re going to start building your own blocks. Unless of course you can find a block builder plugin like the one that today’s guest, Vinny McKee, has created. In the podcast we learn about why Vinny built the plugin, as well as how it works. What problems does it overcome, and are there any limitations to what you can build?

  • #10 – What’s in WordPress 5.9, and What Is Openverse?

    #10 – What’s in WordPress 5.9, and What Is Openverse?

    On the podcast today we have something new. Until now I’ve interviewed one person at a time, but today there’s three people on the call, Birgit Pauli-Haack, Marcus Kazmierczak and Zack Krida. So WordPress 5.9 is just around the corner. Initially scheduled for release in December 2021, it has now been pushed back until January 2022. There’s a lot in this release, most notably Full Site Editing and we chat through the highlights. The we move on to talk about Openverse, which is a search engine for openly-licensed media. We get into how media is licensed and why this project is a good fit for WordPress, and we round off with some thoughts on how it will integrate with the Block Editor in the future.

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