WordPress 4.6 is knocking on the door. The release candidate is ready and the team hopes to ship it on August 16th.
There were also some interesting discussions on user experience and minimalism as they relate to WordPress.
And if you're interested in some neat statistics on WordPress contributors, you can check that out, too!
Let's get to all of this week's news...
WORDPRESS NEWS AND ARTICLES
- WordPress 4.6 Release Candidate - WordPress 4.6 is almost here! August 16th is the target date.
- Improving the WordPress User Experience - Ryan has an interesting article on WordPress and UX.
- WordPress for Android: Version 5.6 - includes customizable sound notifications and some other minor features.
- Minimalism in WordPress – enduring classic or passing trend? - interesting discussion on minimalism by Kendra at Codeable.
- WordPress contributor continuity and other stats - short article, but the stats are cool to see!
- WordPress to Bump Recommended PHP Version From 5.6 to 7.0 By The Middle of 2017 - it's a long way off, but it looks like it's happening.
TUTORIALS AND HOW-TOS
- WordPress HTTP2 - the only guide you need to setup a faster WP - David gives you lots of information on HTTP2 and then shows you how to set it up for WordPress.
- How to Write an Awesome “About” Page for Your WordPress Site - learn what your "About" page should include and how it should be structured.
- Make WordPress Faster – Redirect Best Practices - great article at Kinsta on redirect best practices.
- Getting Started With Contact Form Plugins for WordPress - more for beginners - but a good guide, nonetheless.
- Beginner’s guide: Child themes - not sure what child themes are? Check this out.
RESOURCES & FREEBIES
- The WPLift Roundup of the Best Free WordPress Themes July 2016 - our roundup of the best new free themes of July.
- MotoPress Summer Sale: Get Any Product Half Off! - there's a big sale at MotoPress until August 15th.
- SendinBlue Review - SendinBlue aims to simplify email marketing and marketing automation for WordPress users with the release of the newest version of their Subscribe Form and WP SMTP plugin.
- 50+ Gorgeous Free and Premium WordPress Themes Killing It in 2016 - a big list of some newer themes.
- Gateway Plus Theme Review - we haven taken a closer look at this great theme of Rescue Themes
- IncludeWP is the new home for WordPress frameworks - devs will want to check this resource out.
- 34SP.com Review – Fast, Secure and Managed WordPress Hosting - check out our review of 34SP hosting.
- Top 10 WordPress Competition Plugins - Competitions are a great way to promote your website, drive traffic and increase sales. So we did a list on the best plugins out there.
- Create Feature-Rich Tables - You’ll find a good deal of choices in the WordPress repository when it comes to finding a WordPress table plugin. But choosing the best out of the lot is the real challenge. We'll give you a hand.