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Hey all, we're finding it increasingly tough to fit all of WP land into this email, so you'll also see links to the full weekly digests for Business, Tech, Career, and Community. Plus we've added a new ongoing section focused on WordPress Core. Read the full issue here. Get some rest and recharge this weekend (I hope to). See you next week! – Cory Miller
The WordPress Weather Report by Ellipsis

This week WP is up 0.02 to -0.02 under the baseline while Woo holds steady at +0.02. READ →

2022 Web Almanac CMS Report

According to the CMS chapter of the just-released 2022 Web Almanac from the HTTP Archive, sites using a CMS — and WordPress — are still steadily increasing globally, and 34% of all the sites with an identifiable CMS were using a page builder. WordPress comes in at the bottom of the pack, however, when it comes to non-mobile device performance as measured by Core Web Vitals.  READ→

What is WP Cloud? Who is it for? has been flying under the radar for a while. At the WP MinuteMatt Medeiros spoke with Jesse Friedman, Director of Innovation at Automattic, to learn more. WP Cloud is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) built on the hosting infrastructure that’s behind WordPress.comPressable, and WordPress VIP with GridPane soon to follow. In Post Status Slack, there's been a hearty discussion about where WP Cloud fits in the hosting industry and why you might want (or not want) to use it. READ→

WordPress Core Contributor Stats: 19.9% Sponsored for 6.0 Release

Chuck Grimmet, who is on Automattic‘s Special Projects team for, “did some data exploration around WordPress core contributors and the companies they work for.” Chuck breaks down the data in detail with several tables on his blog. The results point toward nearly 20% of contributors being sponsored for the 6.0 release, assuming they were sponsored by the same company during that entire time. READ→

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WP_Query Changes in 6.1

Jonathan Harris emphasized in Post Status Slack #development and on Twitter this week that WordPress 6.1 is bringing big changes to WP_Query — changes he's been working on for a long time: caching database queries in WP_Query.

Be advised this may affect any code that requires uncached database queries for something like a migration script. Thanks to XWP for sponsoring Jonathan!

Roger Monti at SEJ has a nice explainer on the massive improvements this will bring to WordPress performance with far fewer queries (in the billions) being run across the web.

Nav Block Changes in 6.1

Also in Post Status SlackDave Smith reminded theme developers to “check out how the Navigation Block is changing in WordPress 6.1. Especially in relation to fallbacks.” Learn more from Dave's video on the new Nav Block features. WATCH→

Accessibility-Ready Themes

Another important step in the evolution of the Theme Repository: along with filtering by Block Themes, now you can search for themes tagged “Accessibility Ready.

Twenty Twenty-Two was the first default theme shipped with WordPress core that meets the WCAG AA level accessibility requirementsCantan Group has a nice breakdown of its accessibility features and why this matters.

You can learn how to make your themes accessibility ready from the Theme Review Handbook and start with Joe Dolson‘s tips on How To Fix the Six Most Common Accessibility Errors on Your Websites. (WP Tavern Jukebox) A great accessibility concept is to Stop Using Grey Text, as Andrew Somers implores designers. READ→

Design Systems & Agency-Client Co-Creation

Jay Hoffman‘s History of The Web covers the way designers have shifted from designing interfaces to designing systemsClearLeft is part of the story, and their co-founder, Jeremy Keith, has a new article about it. He discusses why they've shifted from pattern portfolios to front-end style guides to pattern libraries to Fractal. READ→

Cool Tool

Each week we feature one cool tool that can help make your life easier as a WordPress builder.

WordPress WebAssembly

Adam Zielinski is blowing minds with the debut of Client-side WebAssembly WordPress with no server. (GitHub) On the Make WordPress Core blog, Adam breaks down the technical details and explains some much-needed and exciting use cases for the WordPress community: “The code examples in the WordPress handbook could become runeditable.” (Demo) With an in-browser IDE, new contributors could get started “without setting up a local development environment.” (Demo) It could also “become a primary teaching tool for new developers.” In essence, WP-WASM could play the role of Drupal Pod at Contributor Days, as Amy June Hineline described it on Post Status Excerpt.

Quick Links

  • rtCamp keeps improving WP Plugin Compare. Searching the whole plugin repository, you can find and compare up to four plugins by their attributes: author, keyword, number of active installs, review rating, support score, minimum WordPress version, tested WordPress version, and minimum PHP version. TRY→

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Gravity Forms

Gravity Forms is a powerful form builder for WordPress and the #1 choice for businesses and web professionals across the globe. Its vast array of features, intuitive drag-and-drop form editor, and extensive ecosystem of add-ons, ensure customers can design beautiful, intelligent, and accessible forms for any project requirement.

Check them out→

Walt Kania explains why you should craft your origin story over at the Freelancery. Walt has good advice, and most of it applies far beyond freelancing. READ→

Jussi Pakkanen has some pointed questions for developers to ask a prospective employer during a job interview. MORE→

Read the full Career digest→

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The Good, The Bad, The Problematic

This week has been one of high emotions in WordPress. Conversations about racism are emotional. And they should be. Serious topics should affect you in a visceral way. I won’t call it drama, because it isn’t. Especially when it affects real people, their livelihoods, their physical health, and their mental health.

To hashtag it as WP Drama would belittle a serious topic in our community. I also haven’t written a post about it. I could write a post about allyship, but Allie Nimmons already has. I could write a post about how hurtful racism in our community is, but Tom Finley did that well. I could write about unlearning racist talk, but Nyasha Green’s eloquent post did that for us. And Allie and I talk about how reverse racism isn’t real on the Underrepresented in Tech podcast this week.

Please read and listen to those and reflect on what you learn.

And sign up for Allie’s allyship workshop. I’ll be there. I hope to see you there, too. 
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WordPress 6.1 Beta 2 Is Now Available for Testing

Get the full WP Core roundup →

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