WPWeekly Episode 224 – Preview of WordPress 4.5

In our first episode in more than a month, Marcus Couch and I discuss the latest WordPress news, including a preview of WordPress 4.5. I share my experience taking a month off away from WordPress and the lessons learned in doing so. This show is a little rough around the edges but we’ll be back to our normal selves starting next week.

Stories Discussed:

WordPress 4.5 Beta 1 Released
WordPress 4.5 to Introduce Native Support for a Theme Logo
Poetica Acquired by Condé Nast, Open Source WordPress Plugin Will Be Discontinued
Stripe Payment Gateway for WooCommerce Is Now Available for Free
Automattic Adds AMP Support to WordPress.com, Releases Plugin for Self-Hosted Sites

Plugins Picked By Marcus:

Migrate Ninja Forms to Gravity Forms is a plugin that does exactly what it’s name implies. It migrates content from Ninja Forms to Gravity Forms.

AMP Analytics extends Google’s AMP to allow you to add analytics to your Accelerated Mobile Pages.

PageLines Platform 5 is a complete drag-and-drop editing system. It works with any standard WordPress theme.

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8 Comments


  1. Welcome back.

    Just to add to your comments on AMP. Even though the WordPress plugin is great and makes the process easier, you can still fail validation for a lot of reasons such as plugins.

    There is another plugin that helps in this regard. You can find it at https://wordpress.org/plugins/pagefrog/. This plugin helped to fix all but 1 of my issues. It does allow some basic styling options.

    The last problem I had was caused by the Scrapeshield feature of Cloudflare. I turned it off and my pages became AMP compliant.

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  2. For device preview, I’ll note that once post previews (and post writing/editing) are in the customizer, you’ll be able to leverage device preview there. In the meantime, you can preview any published page on a site in the customizer. The feature is designed to give a general sense of responsive behavior, but explicitly avoids representing specific devices.

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    1. @Nick: Actually, you can also preview non-published pages today, including drafts.

      @Marcus @Jeff: Here is a demo showing how you can use the Customizer to preview mobile resolution for a draft post today, to check how the title wraps:

      https://youtu.be/13JAgu6udAE

      As Nick notes, with post writing/editing in the Customizer, you’d be able to preview those changes live. But, in fact, the Customize Posts feature plugin (under development) can do this now:

      https://youtu.be/sXu2pA42J88

      Note that an open issue for the plugin is to change the “Preview” button in the post edit screen with a “Customize & Preview” button so that you wouldn’t have to go to the extra step of clicking the Customize link after having clicked the Preview button for a draft post.

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      1. @Jeff @Marcus the latest version of Customize Posts (0.4.0) includes integration with the Preview from the Post Edit screen, so you can easily preview your changes in the various device form factors and make additional changes in the Customizer before publishing the post. See video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q62nav1k4gY

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  3. Welcome back Jeff! My version of the proverb “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” is “All work and no play will drive you insane”.

    We all need breaks, otherwise our lives become unbalanced and for me personally I get kind of neurotic if I do not force myself to take breaks. ;)

    I’ve also found that I need breaks from my personal life as well (ie personal and family member issues/problems) and watch things like Rupert Spira and Dr Eben Alexander on YouTube to get myself recentered and to put things back into perspective. We all get to choose how we want to feel/think about anything all of the time. ;)

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  4. Thanks for the shout out for my NF->GF migration plugin!

    Just to clarify on the back and forth between myself and James Laws, there’s no hate there. Just myself being myself. In fact, I had several great conversations with that crew. Thankfully, they don’t take my tweets too seriously ;)

    Most of the credit goes to Travis on that plugin as well. He took the lead on it and did a killer job.

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