WP Builds Newsletter #51 – WordPress 5.1 released, plugin updates and AI gets really scary




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This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 18th February 2018:

WordPress Core

WordPress 5.1 Improves Editor Performance, Encourages Users to Update Outdated PHP Versions
“WordPress 5.1 “Betty” was released today, honoring American jazz singer Betty Carter. This is the first major release since Gutenberg came into core. As part of WordPress’ 2019 “tighten up” theme, this release was focused on improving performance in the editor and helping users update outdated versions of PHP…”

Gutenberg 5.1 Released with All Core Widgets Now Ported to Blocks
“Gutenberg development continues ploughing ahead with new blocks and steady improvements to performance and accessibility. Version 5.1 was released this week with new Search, Calendar, and Tag Cloud blocks. All widgets have now been ported over to blocks, a major Phase 2 milestone. The next phase of that project will explore how the widgets screen will change in response to core widgets becoming blocks…”

Community

Where is the WordPress Community?
“The “WordPress Community.” Everyone talks about it. And it does exist, and is great. But where, as a person new to this whole WordPress world, should you look to find it? That’s our topic today, we’ll cover WordPress events, WordPress meetups, WordPress developer spaces, and whole lot more. Let’s get to answering: where is the WordPress community…”

Yoast CEO Responds to #YoastCon Twitter Controversy, Calls for Change in the SEO Industry
“Yoast CEO Marieke van de Rakt published a post yesterday, addressing the controversy that dominated the #YoastCon hashtag on Twitter in the days leading up the the event. Several parties from the SEO industry began circulating old tweets, along unsavory videos depicting Joost de Valk partying with promotional models. de Valk issued a public apology on Twitter before YoastCon officially kicked off…”

The State of CSS 2019 Survey is Now Open
“The makers of the annual State of JavaScript survey have launched a new survey for developers who work with CSS. In September 2018, Sacha Greif and his collaborators sent out the State of JS survey for the third year running but dropped the CSS libraries category in favor of keeping it from getting too long. The new State of CSS survey takes up this category and expands upon it…”

Security

Bootstrap Patches XSS Vulnerability in Versions 4.3.1 and 3.4.1
“Bootstrap has released versions 4.3.1 and 3.4.1 to patch an XSS vulnerability (CVE-2019-8331) that was reported to the Bootstrap Drupal project by a developer and then responsibly disclosed to the Bootstrap development team. The vulnerability specifically affects usage of the tooltip and popover features…”

WordPress 5.0.0 Remote Code Execution
“This blog post details how a combination of a Path Traversal and Local File Inclusion vulnerability lead to Remote Code Execution in the WordPress core. The vulnerability remained uncovered in the WordPress core for over 6 years…”

Plugins

Brizy – We’ve Added Gradients and Hover Effects on Containers
“Bring some pizzazz to your website with the brand new gradient color options and hover effects on columns, rows, and blocks. A couple of long time coming features that let you bring some cool nice touches to your website…”

Elementor – We Reached 2 Million Active Installs, A Mere 7 Months After the First Million
“Today, Elementor reached an astounding 2 million active installs, making it one of the most popular WordPress plugins ever…”

Toolset – Create your own sliders with thumbnails – it’s easy now
“Toolset is excited to introduce the WordPress slider with thumbnails which you can implement in minutes on your website. Compared with the average sliders, Toolset’s will help your website immediately stand out to your user…”

Smart Slider 3 – Introducing Reveal Animation
“Reveal animation is an elegant and modern effect which is perfect to reveal images and texts as well. What makes it special is that it animates a single colored box in front of the actual layer. For instance, this box moves from left to right, and reveals the layer as it disappears on the right side…”

Get Your White Label WordPress Branding Groove On With Branda 3.0
“Ultimate Branding, our white label plugin for completely rebranding WordPress just got a well-deserved superhero upgrade. Say hello to Branda! Simple stunning white label branding, maintenance mode and coming soon landing pages, all the rebranding WordPress can handle, and some it can’t…”

Introducing Conversational Forms by WPForms – Interactive Form Layout to Boost Form Completion
“Today, we’re making WPForms even better with our brand new solution: Conversational Forms. Conversational Forms by WPForms is the first true interactive form layout built exclusively for WordPress that is guaranteed to b


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WP Builds Newsletter #51 – WordPress 5.1 released, plugin updates and AI gets really scary

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