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WPWeekly Episode 322 – WP Engine Acquires StudioPress

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I spend the first half of the show discussing WP Engine’s acquisition of StudioPress. We share reactions from social media, debate on whether it’s a good or bad thing for the WordPress ecosystem, and webhosts being at the top of the food chain. We also talk about a recent security vulnerability that was ...

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Drop It Plugin Brings Gifs and Unsplash Photos to Gutenberg

If you’re writing all your posts in the new Gutenberg editor but don’t want to give up convenient access to your fancy gifs and stock images, the new Drop It plugin has you covered. Riad Benguella , one of the engineers who is working on Gutenberg, created the plugin to offer one-click image insertion/upload from Unsplash.com . Drop It adds ...

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WP Engine Acquires StudioPress

StudioPress , founded by Brian Gardner in 2007, has been acquired by managed WordPress hosting company WP Engine , for an undisclosed amount. In 2007, Gardner created the Revolution theme which took the WordPress world by storm. According to some people, it ignited the WordPress Premium theme market. Revolution Church Theme In the midst of a GPL debate regarding themes ...

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Gutenberg 3.1 Introduces Tips Interface to Guide New Users

Gutenberg 3.1 added a tips interface that supports and guides new users who are learning to navigate the editor’s blocks and settings. The tips appear when a new user opens Gutenberg, highlighting useful items on the page. Although the tips may seem cluttered and intrusive to users who already know what they are doing, they are a necessary evil for ...

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Interview with Matías Ventura on Building the Vision for Gutenberg

At WordCamp Europe I had the opportunity to sit down with Matías Ventura , the technical lead for Gutenberg. Ventura, who has been responsible for building the vision for Gutenberg (in addition to building the actual product), shared a few things the team might have done differently in the earlier days to improve its reception in the community. “I think ...

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