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This week in WordPress

WordPress 5.9: All proposed features approved

"Well folks, full site editing is a go for WordPress 5.9 ✅" tweets Extendify Head of Product Rich Tabor, following Héctor Prieto's announcement this week that WordPress 5.9's core leadership team has greenlit all proposed features.

Reporting on the WordPress 5.9 Go/No Go meeting, Sarah Gooding at WPTavern says features in the upcoming release will include block themes, template and template part editing flows, the new default Twenty-Twenty Two block theme, the Styles interface, design tools, the Navigation Block, all manner of UI improvements, and pattern insertion directly from the WordPress Block Pattern Directory.

Prieto, who is the Gutenberg project's technical project manager, and is assisting with technical project management for WordPress 5.9, has shared a recording of the team's meeting together with a transcript. He notes that not all of the features are currently ready, but there is some level of confidence that they can be by the time of 5.9." He says with less than four weeks remaining until the release's feature freeze, Gutenberg 11.9 will be the last version to make the cut.

WordPress 5.9 Beta 1 is expected on November 16 and the official release is scheduled for December 14.

"WordPress 5.9 is a go! We need your help to make this the best, most de-bugged version of WordPress to date—hope over and see what's on deck!" tweets WordPress Executive Director Josepha Haden Chomphosy.

TechCrunch: How doing everything wrong turned Automattic into a multibillion dollar media powerhouse

TechCrunch has published "Probably the most comprehensive look at Automattic's business published so far. Worth a subscription to read."

That's Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg's take on writer Chris Morrison's four-part Automattic TC-1 series (paywall) exploring the company's origin story, open source development, acquisitions and future strategy, and remote work culture.

“I know, I know. I'm signal boosting something about my employer. But honestly, this is so well researched and written. Check it out if you're into thinking about how companies can do right by the open web, and prioritise resilience over exponential growth," tweets Phillip Jackson, a JavaScript engineer at Automattic.

"Sixteen years in and now valued at $7.5 billion…" quotes Post Status's David Bisset from the series. Jeff Chandler at WP Mainline muses "Did you know that 'The current world population is 7.9 billion as of October 2021 according to the most recent United Nations estimates elaborated by Worldometer' which means Automattic's valuation is almost at the point where they can pay everyone in the world a dollar lol."

And… "A possible future reality. Automattic sells for $Billions. Ex CEO becomes the ban hammer of GPL with endless funds to fight GPL loopholes and misuse controlling the scope of the premium WordPress ecosystem 🤔🙃" tweets WordPress expert Paul Lacey.

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Heavyweights leave Elementor and WPMU DEV

"Hey guys, this might be a bit of a shocker. I wanted to let you know that I will be leaving Elementor at the end of this month. While I still strongly believe in the vision and future of Elementor, I decided it was the right time to move on to my next adventure in the world." And with that tweet, Ben Pines announced he's stepping down from his role as Chief Marketing Officer at Elementor (click to read the full thread).

As Pines describes in his profile at Semrush, "We started 5 people with a dream, and then things went crazy…" Elementor launched in 2016 and there are now more than 9 million active installs of the page building plugin.

Amongst all the well wishes, King Grizzly founder Brian Erickson tweets "Well done Ben. Thanks for all of your hard work. Your solutions have helped me leave the day job and build an independent business which translates to more time with my family (the end goal)."

And another shocker: "Sooo, it is kinda an emotional day. My last with Edublogs, CampusPress, and WPMU DEV. Monday I start at @automattic helping to grow @senseilms. I really can't wait, but also really hard to leave my team," tweets Ronnie Burt, whose career shift comes after 11 years at parent company Incsub, where he most recently served as Chief Business Officer.

"Congrats Ronnie, it's been a great pleasure working with you all these years. Your calm demeanor and voice of balance and wisdom have been such an asset and will serve you well. You'll be missed for sure!" tweets Incsub CTO Aaron Edwards.

Editor: For those outside EdTech or who don't know Burt, he is an ever-humble force to be reckoned with (and no doubt made Incsub CEO James Farmer cry when he resigned!). Well played, Automattic. Wishing you all the best, Ronnie!

HeroPress Network launches new WordPress resource

Imagine a list of every WordPress resource in the world. That's Topher and Cate DeRosia's ambitious new project, FindItWP.com, in a nutshell. Announcing A New HeroPress Family Member, Topher says "Cate came up with the idea of a site that lists every single WordPress resource in the entire world." In A New WordPress Resource Archive: Find It WP, Cate describes it as "… a cooperative resource archive that creates a new way to search WordPress resources."

At WPTavern, Sarah Gooding talks to Cate about how Find It WP will serve the WordPress community, and how the project needs help gathering resources.

"Well folks, we're VERY excited to launch FindItWP.com today. It's been MONTHS in the making. This is the latest launch in The HeroPress Network. But it needs your help! Please enter ALL THE THINGS!" tweet the HeroPress team.

Meanwhile, on the HeroPress Network blog, Topher writes about how overwhelming it can be getting started with WordPress. Ultimately, he says, engaging with the community and volunteering can help get your foot in the door.


This week, what's inspiring Josh Dailey, co-founder of Infinite Uploads and Web3 WP, and the newest addition to the marketing team at WP Engine as of Monday.
A podcast worth listening to: If I could only have one podcast in my feed it would be Heavyweight (not a WordPress podcast). It's hard to understand how a podcast can consistently – in every episode – make me laugh, cry, and feel hopeful. The topic of restoration is near to my heart.

A concept worth understanding: Your brand's reputation is more valuable than your product. Deliver on your promises. Trust is a precious commodity — don’t take it for granted.

A Twitter account worth following: I stop scrolling every time I see a tweet from @josephahaden or @codemonkey_jack.

An article worth reading: Not a single article, but I am shocked at how few website owners, freelancers, and developers know about the content on web.dev/fast. All the performance and speed articles are actionable and a must for website optimization.

A habit worth forming: Click publish and make incremental improvements. You will never arrive at perfect, solutions change, and your understanding will evolve with healthy feedback.

How to migrate from Shopify to WooCommerce

Shopify is a great starting point for many eCommerce businesses. However, as companies expand, the platform's limitations can hamper growth. This leads many businesses to seek out new platforms. A good amount of them will look to migrate from Shopify to WooCommerce for better control and flexibility.

It doesn't have to be a daunting task if you know what you are doing. This post will teach you what you need to know before making the transition from Shopify to WooCommerce.

Steps to migrate from Shopify to WooCommerce

1. Set up your new hosting environment
Before you begin migrating your store from Shopify to WooCommerce, you will need to configure your new hosting environment. As stated, one of the biggest differences between WooCommerce and Shopify is the former being self-hosted while the latter is hosted. Because Shopify is a hosted platform, you did not need to configure any of the hosting setups when first creating your store.

2. Export data from Shopify
With your new web hosting in place, you now want to export the data from Shopify that you want to add to WooCommerce. Let's start with your products.

Go to Shopify > Products.

Read more: WooCommerce Wednesdays: How to migrate from Shopify to WooCommerce

In other WordPress news...

  • The WordCamp Europe organizing team has reopened its call for organizers for WCEU 2022. In an announcement this week, the team says despite the ongoing uncertainty due to the Covid-19 pandemic, "… we are optimistic that WCEU will be in Porto 2022, and we need more hands to join the planning team!" The event is scheduled to run from June 2-4 in Porto, Portugal. The team tweets, "Apply now and help us to bring you back all the hugs and warm feelings!" The New York Times reports that In Portugal, There Is Virtually No One Left to Vaccinate, with the country among the most highly vaccinated countries in the world.
  • WooCommerce 5.8 has been released. As Matt Medeiros notes at The WP Minute, the REST API nows supports modified_before and modified_after fields. It also fixes usability problems with the dropdown field and several bugs.
  • Richard Best, a tech lawyer known for WP and Legal Stuff, has launched Online Courses and Legal Stuff, a new resource that focuses on legal issues associated with the creation of online courses. Best has shared more about the project and its modules in a recent post and has started an Online Courses and Legal Issues Facebook group.
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  • For casual users, information on new WordPress features can be hard to find, writes Eric Karkovack at speckyboy. He looks at what's at stake and some ways to potentially close the information gap. "Why is it so hard to keep up with changes to #WordPress? It's because information is scattered all over the place," he tweets.
  • WordPress's reusable blocks may soon be getting re-named, as the feature's distinct capabilities are less recognizable from its name following the introduction of patterns, reports Sarah Gooding at WPTavern. Gutenberg lead architect Matías Ventura has published a proposal to rename "reusable blocks" to "synced blocks" that's started a discussion on GitHub. "As the author of the Reusable Blocks Extended plugin and as a fervent user of reusable blocks and patterns, I can tell this sounds like a good change," says Jb Audras, WHODUNITss CTO and a WordPress Core Team rep.
  • Birgit Pauli-Haack, the curator behind Gutenberg Times, co-host of the Gutenberg Changelog podcast, and a developer advocate at Automattic, shares her WordPress career journey to date with writer Todd Jones in a Q&A on the MainWP blog. "Over time I have found her to be a rock in the WordPress space with lots of expertise, credibility, and a great human being," says Jones.
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