WordPress 5.8.2 Release schedule

WordPress 5.8.2 is right around the corner, tentatively planned for a release candidate on October 5, 2021, and a final release on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. I am looking forward to testing out the new upcoming version, but I don’t expect any groundbreaking new features for a point release.

Enable Jetpack Development Mode

To avoid, that the Jetpack plugin wants to create a connection to your wordpress.com account, you can enable the Jetpack development mode. When using the development mode, many features are disabled, but some important features (markdown, widget visibility) are available. To enable the debug mode, add this line to your wp-config.php: If you want to enable the …

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Acquisitions left and right…

It’s a strange time for the WordPress community, as it seems that on a weekly and sometimes a daily basis there is an acquisition being announced. StellarWP has been on a roll picking up WordPress plugins left and right, and more recently Sandhills Development was just picked up by Awesome Motive. This seems to be …

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Automattic invests $30 million in email startup

Automattic has invested $30 million in Titan, a startup based out of India that wants to reinvent email for small businesses. The company was founded just two years ago by entrepreneur Bhavin Turakhia, Bloomberg reports, the Series A funding values the company at $300 million. This investment brings a whole new player to the table when it comes to business email. …

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Friends in tech: Courtney Robertson

Company Courtney A Robertson Industry WordPress Time in this Industry 11+ Years Origin Story I began using WordPress with 2.3, roughly in 2007. I needed a learning management system and a blog, so I began my open source journey with Moodle and Joomla. Soon after, I found WordPress.  I attended my first WordCamp in 2009 before …

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WordCamp US is set to return on October 1st

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After the cancelation of WordCamp US, it is set to return again on October 1st! According to the organizers, it’ll be a free one-day event with everything that you would expect from WordCamp US such as networking opportunities, speaker sessions, workshops, and more. WordCamp US will be a virtual event this time around too!

Friends in tech: Brian Jackson

Company forgemedia LLC Industry WordPress Time in this Industry 11+ Years Origin Story My background is in IT support. If you’ve got a computer problem, I can probably fix it. But after a decade into that career, I knew I didn’t want to do that for the rest of my life. Waking up at midnight …

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Friends in tech: Kimberly Lipari

Company Valet Industry WordPress Time in this Industry 8-10 years Favorite Plugins or Themes Being an agency that has seen a countless variety of unique setups and tons of technical debt I can say that we have a longer list of ‘don’t go there’ plugins and themes than we do ‘go to’. We like lightweight, …

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Friends in tech: Brian Li

Company Kinsta Industry Sales and Marketing Time in this Industry 3-4 Years Origin Story I started using WordPress back in high school, and built up a bunch of related skills over the years – some coding, server maintenance, SSH, customizing plugins, etc. After college, I actually worked in the entertainment industry for a while. I spent …

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Friends in tech: Nathan Bliss

Company Kinsta Industry Sales and Marketing Time in this Industry 11+ Years Origin Story I’m a data-driven sales and marketing leader with more than 13 years of experience in multiple revenue roles and environments. My expertise spans multiple verticals (eCommerce, payments, and telecommunications), but my deepest base of knowledge is in SaaS tools for small …

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