Open Invitation To Contribute to the WordPress Block Pattern Directory – WordPress Tavern

The upcoming block pattern directory is launching alongside WordPress 5.8 in July. The goal is to make several high-quality designs available for users right off the bat. However, the official submission process will not open until the directory launches. In this chicken-and-egg scenario, the Design team is asking for early contributors to submit their pattern candidates via GitHub.

“The project needs a collection of high-quality, diverse, community-designed patterns to populate it with during development,” wrote Kjell Reigstad in the announcement post. “These patterns will…


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WordPress Turns 18, Drupal Adds to the Team, Joomla 3.9.27 Available & More News



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Last week WordPress turned eighteen, or roughly 6,575 days old. As of last year, the open source platform made its fortieth version release and currently powers forty percent of the web, according to recent data from W3 Tech. But that’s not WordPress’ sole accomplishment. According to the same statistics, the open source CMS powers 51% of the top thousand websites. Plus, its market share has been steadily increasing over the past decade. 

To celebrate its birthday and these recent gains, the WordPress community has had parties, shared data, and…


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WordPress 5.8 Will Be Faster with WebP Support

WordPress.org announced that it will support the advanced WebP image format. WordPress version 5.8 is scheduled for release in late July 2021 and will ship with full support of the (relatively) new image format.

WebP Image Format

WebP is a next generation image format that is suitable to replace images encoded in the JPG, PNG and GIF formats. WebP is able to produce superior image qualities at significantly smaller sizes.

WebP lossless images are images that retain the quality of the original image while maintaining a smaller size. WebP lossless images are 26% smaller than the original…


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New global study shows WordPress drove more than half a trillion dollars in revenue

WP Engine, the WordPress technology company, announced the results of a new, first-of-its-kind research study examining the combined global economy for WordPress, which was estimated at $596.7bn in 2020, and is expected to grow to $635bn by the end of 2021.

The study examined both the economic value of the WordPress ecosystem and the social impact of this ever-expanding community of open source developers, agencies and users.

To put the global WordPress economy in context, if WordPress were a country, its economy would rank 39th in the world according to an IMF list of countries by…


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WordPress Economy Drives More Than Half a Trillion in Revenue, New Global Study Shows

AUSTIN, Texas–()–WP Engine, the world’s most trusted WordPress technology company, announced the results of a new, first-of-its-kind research study examining the combined global economy for WordPress, which was estimated at $596.7 billion in 2020, and is expected to grow to $635.5 billion by the end of 2021. The study examined both the economic value of the WordPress ecosystem and the social impact of this ever-expanding community of open source developers, agencies and users.

To put the global WordPress economy in context, if WordPress were a country, its…


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Review Signal Publishes 2021 Hosting Performance Benchmarks on New WordPress-Powered Site – WordPress Tavern

Kevin Ohashi has published his 2021 WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks report. The annual report is broken down into six different hosting tiers, from the most economical <$25/month, to the $500+ enterprise level. This is the second year the stats include WooCommerce-specific hosts as a separate category.

After eight years of measuring peak performance and consistency for WordPress hosts, Review Signal has relaunched benchmarks on wphostingbenchmarks.com, a WordPress-powered site.

Review Signal started using sentiment analysis to capture consumer reviews of hosting…


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Spice Up Your Food or Recipe Blog With the Nutmeg WordPress Theme – WordPress Tavern

Last week, Dumitru Brînzan announced Nutmeg Plus. It is the latest commercial theme offering through his ILOVEWP brand. Earlier today, the free version of Nutmeg landed in the WordPress theme directory. The theme is built for food and recipe bloggers and is another solid example of building on the block system.

As is typical of his style, Nutmeg rests on a foundation of clean lines and readable typography. It pulls elements from some of Brînzan’s previous work, such as the featured pages section of Photozoom and the two-column intro from Endurance. Reusing code is one of the…


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IconicWP Joins the StellarWP Suite of WordPress Brands

LANSING, Mich., June 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — StellarWP, Liquid Web’s home for the most trusted commerce and non-profit plugins on WordPress, announced this week that it has attracted IconicWP to join its software portfolio. IconicWP provides plugins that add features and functionality to WooCommerce, the ecommerce platform that powers more than one-quarter of online stores across the web.

IconicWP has an impeccable reputation for making quality ecommerce products to boost sales and conversions, and their plugins are trusted by more than 16,000 WooCommerce businesses and online shops….


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12 WordPress Plugins to Sell Digital Downloads

WordPress is a versatile content management system with nearly 60,000 available plugins. If you are interested in selling videos, PDFs, photos, software, or other digital products, there are plenty of plugin tools to help.

Here is a list of WordPress plugins to sell digital downloads. There are tools to create simple download buttons and streamlined checkout pages. There are also advanced membership platforms to build digital-asset marketplaces, automate content distribution, and offer various payment options.

Easy Digital Downloads

Easy Digital Downloads

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Pro-democrat exile group claims pressure from Hong Kong police forced WordPress to censor website

A Hong Kong advocacy group made up of pro-democracy activists in self-imposed exile has claimed that a US-based web-hosting company has taken down their website because of a Hong Kong police request under the national security law.

Hong Kong Liberation Coalition’s website. Photo: screenshot.

The website of the US-based Hong Kong Liberation Coalition, co-founded by former lawmaker Baggio Leung, was taken down on Thursday, the group announced. Launched less than two weeks ago, the WordPress-hosted website hkliberationcoalition.com now displays a note saying it “has been…


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