Monthly Roundup – May 2021

Hello!

We recently replatformed Dealertrack USA from Adobe Experience Manager to WordPress. With a truly WYSIWYG editor, tailor-made dashboard, and integration with Salesforce CRM, Dealertrack’s marketing and sales operations are more streamlined and faster than they ever were. Read more in the case study.

We published a whitepaper that lays out the business value in using an open source CMS over a proprietary one. What we’ve learned from over 12 years of advocating for open source and moving several brands to WordPress and open source stacks from proprietary solutions like AEM, all condensed into one document – The Business Case for Open Source.

Insights

WordPress VIP received FedRAMP authorization. FedRAMP is a US government program that oversees the security assessment & authorization of cloud products and services to be used by its federal agencies. Enterprises in high-risk industries and government agencies can now take advantage of VIP’s secure WordPress platform with even more peace of mind.

News from Around the Web

WordPress turned 18 years old on May 27. The WordPress.org team published a beautiful page that describes and celebrates the journey of how WordPress has grown from a little blogging tool to a software that now powers over 40% of the web.

WP-CLI was updated to include support for PHP 8, security patches, new commands for managing automatic updates and more. More info in the release notes for v2.5.0. Props to Dishit, Vaishali and Edi for their contributions!

WordPress will support WebP images natively from the next release – WordPress 5.8 – that’s coming in July. Websites currently rely on third-party plugins to take advantage of the WebP format which offers significantly small file sizes at minimal and even no loss in visual quality; so having this built into core is a very welcome addition.

WordPress is dropping support for Internet Explorer 11 starting with the 5.8 release. This means that any new features will no longer be tested or guaranteed to work properly on IE11.

Gutenberg 10.6 and 10.7 were released. These updates introduce some cool new features such as a persistent view for the blocks list in the post editor, and the ability to directly insert block patterns from the WordPress.org Pattern Directory. There are also new block design tools, updates to FSE, performance improvements, and more.

PeachPay, a one-click checkout plugin for WooCommerce, recently received investment from WooCommerce itself. PeachPay is completely free and aims to “democratize one-click checkout.” WooCommerce is the biggest eCommerce platform by market share, and widespread adoption here has the potential to pave the way for further adoption on other platforms and to make PeachPay platform-agnostic – which is already on their roadmap.

GiveWP has been acquired by Liquid Web along with its sister product WP Business Reviews. This is yet another addition to Liquid Web’s recent WordPress software acquisitions which include iThemes, The Events Calendar, Restrict Content Pro and KadenceWP. 

Water Cooler

Popular on our #watercooler Slack channel.

Events

WordSesh 2021 took place last month. The event featured over 20 talks and hands-on workshops by and for WordPress developers and professionals. Imran spoke about “Block Based Themes – The Future Of Full Site Editing In WordPress.” You can watch the recordings here.

WordCamp Europe is happening this month, from June 7 to 9. There will be several speaker sessions on topics surrounding business, accessibility, content, development, and more. Tickets are free.

That’s all for May, see you next month!


Links: Migrating Dealertrack from AEM to WordPress


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