WPWeekly Episode 189 – Drew Jaynes on What it’s Like to Lead a WordPress Development Cycle

On this episode of WordPress Weekly, Marcus Couch and I were joined by Drew Jaynes, web engineer for 10up, and release lead for WordPress 4.2. Jaynes explains how a release lead is chosen, their responsibilities, and what their role is. Release leads are shepherds who work with multiple teams to keep development on track.

Jaynes also explained how people can contribute to WordPress core through Trac. We discussed new features in WordPress 4.2 and what the benefits are to selecting release leads ahead of time. Last but not least, Jaynes helped us cover the week’s news.

Stories Discussed:

XSS Vulnerability Affects More Than a Dozen Popular WordPress Plugins
XSS Vulnerability: What to do if You Buy or Sell Items on Themeforest and CodeCanyon
WordPress 4.1.2 is a Critical Security Release, Immediate Update Recommended
Facebook Has Abandoned Its Official WordPress Plugin

Plugins Picked By Marcus:

Comstick Star Rating conforms to the Google structured data algorithm. It allows you to capture customer reviews with a simple shortcode on any page. By inserting a single function into your theme’s header or footer, your rating will be displayed in Google search.

Employee Spotlight displays employees, team members, founders, or just a single person in a four column circle grid. It comes with two sidebar widgets that display featured and recent employees selected in the editor.

Web Push Notifications allows you to send push notifications to visitors who use Safari and Chrome.

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