Big news - Google is going to start penalizing mobile sites with obnoxious popups. Sure, it's not WordPress specific, but it will affect a lot of WordPress sites.
There's also a new plugin that will help you automatically add relevant alt text by using Microsoft's Computer Vision API.
I also included an article with some cool WooCommerce stats and some great tutorials.
And finally, congrats to Cosmin Tataru, David Smith, Paddy Maher, and Chris Jones . They're the four winners of our Orange Themes giveaway.
Let's get to all of this week's news...
WORDPRESS NEWS AND ARTICLES
- Google Plans to Punish Popups, Balkhi and Van Kooten are Not Concerned - not WordPress-specific, but anyone using SumoMe, OptinMonster, or similar plugins might want to pay attention.
- New Plugin Uses Microsoft’s Computer Vision API to Automatically Fill in Alt Text for Images - really cool idea! Filling in alt-text can definitely get frustrating.
- Why stores running on WordPress are winning - did you know that 39% of eCommerce stores run on WooCommerce? I didn't!
- Tackling Spam in the Comments - Misses the "weekly" cut off by about a day, but big enough news to share. Disqus will support Akismet.
- A Minority Amongst Minorities - an interesting story from Uriahs Victor about getting into WordPress development.
- WordPress for Publishers and the REST API with Rachel Baker - Matt interviews Rachel Baker.
- WordPress 4.7 Development Kicks Off This Week - WordPress 4.6 just came out, but that doesn't mean the team isn't still working.
TUTORIALS AND HOW-TOS
- A Complete Guide on HTTP Status Codes - do you know what 200 and 404 mean? If not, you should check out this guide.
- Archiving Old WordPress Sites as Static HTML - a guide to archiving old WordPress sites as static HTML.
- How To Clear Cron Jobs in WordPress - good performance tip from Jim.
- How to Track Almost Anything with Google Tag Manager and WordPress - it's good to know about Google Tag Manager.
- How to Speed up WordPress Comments - how to speed up your comments section.
- Categories and Tags in WordPress? How to Use Them - basic, but good for beginners.
RESOURCES & FREEBIES
- Ecwid Review: A Free eCommerce Solution for Your WordPress Website - our review of a WooCommerce alternative.
- ZPLUS Theme Review – Lots of Customization at an Affordable Price - ZPLUS is a new premium theme from ZoloThemes.
- Best Notification Bar Plugins to Promote and Inform Users - notification bars are a great way to communicate with your visitors. Here are some of the best plugins to help you implement them.
- 10+ Best Free Photography WordPress Themes - 10 best photography themes as collected by CodeInWP
- Akshat Choudhary Interview - He Keeps Your WordPress Backed Up - cool interview with Akshat, the guy behind BlogVault.
Ps. I know I'm late this week, sorry for that. I was building sandcastles at the beach with my daughter...