“If you solve the 84th problem, the first 83 will resolve themselves.”
Today I am reserving the featured space for Gutenberg. Gutenberg is starting to be a reality on production sites this month, and I have so many links that I though I can put them all together on the top so if you do not care about that, you can just skip it and keep reading.
The rest of the month bring some nice design posts, on business news we have another sell, Slack bought Hipchat (to compete with Microsoft maybe), also a nice post on how sometimes is better not to grow your startup as crazy. I have some nice code posts too for the developers out there.
I hope you enjoy it, remember you can contact with me just replying to the email. See you next month!
First we had the announcement that 4.9.8 was bringing Gutenberg to the public with a huge ad on the top of the dashboard (to every user, event the ones that cannot install it). Then we have the reaction of the people, creating plugins that disable that, then the core team updated their “Classic Editor Plugin” (aka Gutenberg official disable plugin) so it removes the notification. After that, the latest 4.9.8RC3 changes so it will only show the link to the admins. Still if you want to make sure nobody try it, you can also use this plugin to prevent Gutenberg, and this one to be able to select where to use Gutenberg. Even if you have followed this crazy paragraph until here you might think that WordPress is going nuts with all this, and you are not alone. Some top developers are giving up on WordPress because of this and others shared their opinions on this post. WordPress
It was about time. WooCommerce is separating the product tables on the database, and this is bringing a 30% more speed to the websites. They are using a plugin for development and testing but it will be merge with the core as soon as is ready to launch. This is expecting early next year, with a new major version upgrade (4.0?). WooCommerce WordPress
WebMentions are the evolution of the pingbacks but this time looks like is going to end up as a standard. This article explains how they work, why you should use them and how to enable them on your WordPress website or on any other platforms. Web
Facebook is investing a lot of time and effort on their Creators platform. It is a way to compete with YouTube, Twitch and other platforms. You can learn what is new on this post. Facebook
The idea behind this is to be able to have an online ID that can be used in real world too. It works directly from the Telegram mobile apps, so it is attached to them. Not sure if this will work in the future but it is interesting to see how it evolves. Mobile
If you are using Cpanel, or if your hosting is, make sure that you are using the latest version (Cpanel 72.0.10 & Greater and WHM 70.0.53 & Greater). Security
Do not miss this one. A great and extended post on how Wistia decided not to give their investors what they want and make it fair for them at the same time. This is a great example on how you can do things different from the rest of the world and be fine. Startups
Another big sell/buy this month. Slack has make the move and now Hipchat is no longer an alternative. Their idea is to disable completely the service so they can focus on fighting the new Teams from Microsoft, which is getting a lot of attention these days. WebApp
Enrique Dans explains how the case of Whim (an app that unifies the public transportation on a city) on Helsinki will be exported to other places and why everyone needs to look into it. Apps
A really common question I get and I have not solved completely myself yet. This is a nice post with some tips and ideas that can help you with this problem that most freelances and small agencies face. Freelancer
Sure that not enough, because it is not your job to do that. You have better things to do for your businesses, but a website needs to be updated and supported. So you could try WPHercules: a maintenance service for WordPress businesses. Service WordPress
It looks like that most people got this wrong in 2018. Devices have evolved, screens resolutions changed, and the internet has not cached up with this. We need bigger body fonts, so take this into account on your next design. It seems we are doing just right here with 20px. Text
I was not sure how to introduce this tool, so I will just describe it. It is a free online tool that generates custom duotones, as the creator, Rick Metzger, explains here. I leave you with the github link too in case you want to wonder around the code. Tools
A fantastic 11 minutes read guide on how you can work with SVG icons on your designs. It includes SVG inline, icon components, SVG image Sprites, SVG symbols and icon fonts. Guide
If you are thinking to become a developer or maybe to improve your skills, you cannot miss this one. Four roadmaps (Frontend, React, Backend and Vue.js) with the tips and technology you might need to become a true professional. Choose one and follow it, and then, you might need… Learn
And of course if you wan´t to follow the roadmaps, what could be best that have a free online education to help you in the process. Dhawal Shah has curated this list manually, and it looks huge. Without the roadmap, it could be too much, but if you know what you are looking for, doing a search on the page will give you some links to start. Some courses are not free and others do not exist, but there are 500, so I am sure you will be able to find something useful. Courses
Not much to say here. This is a great sheet to have printed and close to you when you are using GIT. And if you do not use GIT, you should, so use it to learn and practice. GIT
It is out, you can download the 1.0.0 release from their github project and start using it. WordPress is working hard to improve the quality of the developments and this is a great step on that direction. If you develop (or if you are going to) plugins or themes for WordPress, make sure you read it and apply it to your projects. WordPress
A great post by Alain Schlesser that explains how you can contribute to WP-CLI, even if you are not a developer. This post could also work for any other project you want to contribute and some developers should read it to understand how they can get some help from other people on many different ways. Nice to read. OpenSource
I loved this story the first time I read it. Somehow I forgot the number (and store it as 99 in my head) so I was not able to find the link on the internet. When I found the post linked on the title, I decided that I needed to find the story of the 84th problems to share it with you. Both posts might change the way we think about the problems and how we face them. Think
Or it was the other way around. A really nice post with 3 other links to follow up about how blogs, social media and the publications have changed the website on the past few years. Nice Read
This month we do not have any sponsored jobs, so I am posting this web page instead. This is a nonprofit that is helping other non profits to have a WordPress website. They need volunteers to complete the websites, so if you are interested on helping others and want to learn about WordPress at the same time, contact them!
Tweet of the month:
— Andreas Storm (@st8rmi) July 27, 2018