Hey, WordPress friends.
Two big bits of news this week. First off, WordPress 5.6 is officially out as of December 8th. It’s a major release, so there’s no pressing need to update right away. But once you have a moment to test things out, give it a run and see how you like it.
Automattic/WooCommerce made a big acquisition, picking up the popular MailPoet newsletter plugin, which has a number of WooCommerce-specific features.
This week I received a message from Johnny Nguyen from WPJohnny with the following message:
I’m trying to help raise funds for my close friend, work partner, and senior developer Walter Lopez. He’s a great person, loving father, kind soul. Now going through financial difficulties due to an expensive surgery for his son’s Cochlear implants. It’s an urgent health matter and tough for Walter to save up due to hurricanes in Honduras, forcing city evacuations and greatly affecting his working capacity (no electricity, no internet).
What does that mean? Walter Lopez (a fellow WordPress developer) needs to raise $75,000 for his (deaf) infant son’s Cochlear implants. The deadline is MAY 2021 (son’s 2-year old birthday), as recommended by specialists to prevent further loss of motor skill development.
As I’m a father of 3 kids this resonates with me. So after donating, I realized that we as a WordPress community might be able to help him out. At least I want to do my best to help him out. I would want the same help if I were in that position.
So let’s help him out and donate here: helpwalter.com – No amount is too big or small. Anything helps.
Let’s get to all of this week’s news…
WORDPRESS NEWS AND ARTICLES
- Help WordPress developer Walter Lopez – help raise funds for his son’s Cochlear implants.
- WordPress 5.6 “Simone” – the official release post for WordPress 5.6.
- Better Email Marketing: WooCommerce Welcomes MailPoet – WooCommerce’s post on the acquisition.
- Automattic Acquires MailPoet – WP Tavern’s post on the acquisition.
- WordPress 5.6 Introduces a New Risk to Your Site: What to Do – a Wordfence post on the new app passwords feature.
- State of the Word 2020 – the 2020 version will be live-streamed on December 17th.
- WordPress Vulnerability Roundup: December 2020, Part 1 – iThemes’ regular roundup.
TUTORIALS AND HOW-TOS
- How to Improve the Woocommerce Product Gallery (Step-By-Step Tutorial) – create a better product gallery on your store.
- How To Grow Your Email List Faster in WordPress – how to get more email subscribers.
- The Complete Guide: How To Hire Freelancers Online – need some help? Here’s how to hire freelancers.
- How we use PhpStorm for WordPress Development – for devs.
- How to Use the WordPress Screen Options to Your Advantage – digging into this native tool.
- How to Change WooCommerce Language: Every Situation Covered – how to change your store’s language.
- Divi 4.0 Review – A Powerful, Multipurpose Theme That Makes Your Life Easier – we updated our review of the popular Divi theme.
- Woorise AppSumo Deal – save on this popular tool for giveaways and contests.
- Software eats world; I eat software – a new episode of Matt Report.
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