Responsive Design Should Be Required for WordPress.org Themes, Says Matt Mullenweg

photo credit: Jeffrey Betts During Matt Mullenweg’s Q&A session at WordCamp Europe, an unidentified Google employee asked about making WordPress sites more mobile-friendly: I work at Google with search and we think the web and mobile are important, but one thing that we noticed is that 28% of the new sites that choose WordPress and come online (that we’ve discovered) …

WordPress 4.6 Beta 1 is Available For Testing

The WordPress development team has released WordPress 4.6 beta 1. This release includes a new process for installing, updating, and deleting plugins and themes, native fonts in the WordPress backend, and improvements to the post editor. It also contains a number of changes that developers should be aware of. WordPress 4.6 Beta 1 is still in development and should not be used in …

Automattic Pushes the Advanced WordPress Facebook Group Giveaway to More Than $70K in Prizes

Last week, we mentioned that the Advanced WordPress Facebook Group is giving away more than $40K worth of WordPress related prizes away to celebrate crossing the 20,000th member milestone. This past weekend, the prize value jumped to more than $70K after Automattic contributed 100 one-year long Jetpack Pro licenses to the prize pool. Jetpack Professional costs $299 per year and …

WordCamp US 2016 Speaker Applications Now Open

The wheels are already turning for WordCamp US 2016, which will be held in Philadelphia, PA, December 2-4. Tickets went on sale just days after the 2015 event concluded and today organizers opened speaker applications. Speakers should be prepared to present to a large audience. The inaugural WordCamp US sold 1,788 tickets and 865 people watched via live stream. This …

New Atom Editor Package Offers Code Snippets for WordPress Plugin and Theme Developers

Last week we featured Ahmad Awais’ WordPress package for Sublime Text that adds a snippet-based library for creating customizer options. Yesterday WordPress developer Chris Wilcoxson published a similar package for the free and open source Atom Text editor. Atom is developed by GitHub to be a “hackable text editor for the 21st Century,” thanks to its extensive package library (4,400+). …

WP-CLI 0.24 Will Deprecate wp-settings-cli.php in Favor of wp-settings.php

For the past three years, WP-CLI has loaded a modified copy of WordPress’ wp-settings.php. The reason behind this, according to Cristi Burcă, the project’s original maintainer, is that “WordPress does several things that don’t make sense in a CLI context.” Keeping that modified copy up-to-date was a small chore, but it offered WP-CLI far more control over how it interacts …