WP Mainline

A podcast that discusses all things WordPress, open-source, and technology in general

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17

November 01, 2021 00:50:22
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WP Mainline Episode 17 - Animated Plugin Icons, Plugin Machine, and OptinMonster

In this episode, Malcom Peralty and I were joined by Liam Dempsey to cover the news of the week. We shared our views on whether animated plugin icons should be allowed on the plugin directory or not. Spoiler: We all agreed that they shouldn’t. Josh Pollock is working on a new project and like many in the WordPress community, we’re excited to see it launch. Props to Josh for naming his product for exactly what it does. We then discussed Theme.json and the possibilities it opens up for theme developers. After encouraging folks to upgrade OptinMonster to the latest version to patch security vulnerabilities, we wrapped up the show by discussing WebDevStudios accepting Etherum as a form of payment for a client project. It worked for them but is accepting cryptocurrency the thing to do for every other agency? This Episode is Brought to You By GoDaddy Pro: Are you looking to increase your productivity? One tool that helps thousands of web developers and designers do more every day is GoDaddy Pro. Combining site, client, and project management, GoDaddy Pro is an all-in-one solution made by and for web professionals. Whether you’re new to web design or looking to grow your business, you’ll find free tools, products, guidance and support to help you deliver results for clients. Manage and monitor all your clients’ WordPress sites from a single place, no matter where they’re hosted. With a single click, perform bulk updates, backups, security checks and more to save time and free up your day. Stories Discussed: To Ban or Not Ban Animated Plugin Icons? ...

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October 25, 2021 00:45:17
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WP Mainline Episode 16 - Dealing With the Growing Pains of WordPress' Huge Transition

In this episode, Malcom Peralty and I start the show by discussing some weird things that have been happening in our sleep. I share my experience attending the WordCamp Philly meetup group. It was nice to be able to watch a presentation and casually hang out with others in a chatroom. We then discussed two recent blog posts that describe WordPress as not being an excellent writing tool. We dove into this topic and I think it has a lot to do with the major transition that’s going on with WordPress. We talk about Ben Pines stepping down from his role at Elementor and the impact he’s had on that ecosystem. We round out the show by sharing our ideas on what to rename “Reusable Blocks” to and how to make it easier for casual users to learn what’s new in WordPress. This Episode is Brought to You By GoDaddy Pro: GoDaddy Pro Are you looking to increase your productivity? One tool that helps thousands of web developers and designers do more every day is GoDaddy Pro. Combining site, client, and project management, GoDaddy Pro is an all-in-one solution made by and for web professionals. Whether you’re new to web design or looking to grow your business, you’ll find free tools, products, guidance and support to help you deliver results for clients. Manage and monitor all your clients’ WordPress sites from a single place, no matter where they’re hosted. With a single click, perform bulk updates, backups, security checks and ...

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15

October 16, 2021 00:54:48
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WP Mainline Episode 15 - WordPress 5.9 Proposed Features Are A Go for Launch

In this episode, Malcom Peralty and I confirm that the features proposed for WordPress 5.9 will be part of the release. We share our thoughts on the Twenty Twenty-two default theme that will ship with 5.9 and talk about what’s next for default themes. Will there be more than one released per year or will we see a new theme every other year? We then spent a good deal of time discussing the proposal to create a WordPress Performance Team. In my time of covering the WordPress project, I never would have guessed that performance could be a reason to slow down WordPress’ market share but as this comment from Mark Jaquith points out, it could happen, “It’s a huge problem, and fixing it is going to take a lot of effort, willpower and time. It’s worth doing. If WordPress frontend performance continues to decline, the project is going to cease to be a viable option for any site that cares about its SERPS.” We talked about GoDaddy’s new POS feature that enables WooCommerce store owners to have in-person sales as well as online sales, how being honest to readers is free but losing trust is expensive, and insight into the custom boxcar designs that have been rolling out. This Episode is Brought to You By GoDaddy Pro: Are you looking to increase your productivity? One tool that helps thousands of web developers and designers do more every day is GoDaddy Pro. Combining site, client, and project management, GoDaddy ...

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14

October 04, 2021 00:40:58
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WP Mainline Episode 14 - WPHunts, WP Podcasts, and Generational Knowledge Gaps

Better late than never, right? Things got kind of crazy at the end of last week and today was a bummer but here it is! In this episode, Malcolm Peralty and I talk about the stories that made headlines last week including our thoughts on a Product Hunt website but for WordPress things. We shared what we like about the new WP Podcasts site and are looking forward to seeing how the site progresses. We also discussed the subject of generational knowledge gaps with how people are saving and access files these days. At the end of the show, I shared some observations I’ve made with my entrance into the world of NFTs. Stories Discussed: HeroPress Launches WP Podcasts on International Podcast DayWPHunts – Providing Exposure to Small Fry WordPress CreatorsDetailed Chart Comparing Content Type and Custom Fields PluginsFile Structures, Generational Knowledge Gap, and the Media LibraryThe WP Mainline Wapuu Has Been Minted but Not by MeCasual Observations of NFTs Which Doesn’t Stand for No Freaking Time Click to View Transcript: Speaker 1 00:00:19 Welcome everybody to episode 14 of the WP mainline podcast for Thursday, September 30th, 2021. I am your host. Jeff Chandler joined, uh, my, my favorite Canadian Mountie friend, Malcolm. Pearlstein welcome. How you doing, sir? I’m doing well and yourself. Yeah, I’m tired today. I I’m, uh, I’ve actually had a very good week, both, uh, mental health anxiety wise and production wise. In fact, uh, if I can publish something tomorrow, it will be the first week. First of all, week that I’ve been able to publish something on your site. So anything, I don’t think ...

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