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WordPress 5.1 Released

WordPress 5.1 has been released! This release introduces performance enhancements for the new block editor (formerly referred to as Gutenberg), along with a handy new feature that makes sure you aren’t running under an outdated version of PHP and that you won’t install any plugins which require a higher version of PHP than you currently have. This is a big deal, because while PHP is the programming language that powers WordPress, even finding out what version of PHP you’re running is often a mystery for many. Surfacing this in the Dashboard will go a long way to making more folks aware of their options.

561 volunteers contributed to this release, lead by Matt Mullenweg and Gary Pendergast. At the time of writing this, WordPress 5.1 has been out for about 2 hours, and has already been downloaded 301,045 times!

All users can safely update from Dashboard -> Updates or download and update manually, though you should probably backup first just in case, unless you’re already using VaultPress, which you really should be.

If you run into any problems, stop by the known issues first, and please let us know if it’s not covered there!

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Happy New Year! the 2019 edition

2019 begins today, so it’s a great time to start using some basic privacy toolsmake sure your browser is up to dateupdate all of your passwords, and setup two factor authentication wherever you can.

This site’s top five items last year were Cloudup: Free File Sharing from AutomatticModern Aircraft Accident Investigation Equipment and TechniquesFix for Stuck Health App (iOS 8), Custom Fonts Without Plugins for WordPress Themes, and Automattic Meetup 2018, so I guess those old items really do have some staying power. 🙂

We’ll need more people sharing their voices and experiences this year, so please considering launching your own site with WordPress (and Jetpack) or WordPress.com, or start posting again if you already have one!

Now, let’s all have a great 2019!

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Technology

Twenty Nineteen Tweaks

The Sorbet theme has served me well for a number of years, but it doesn’t have full support for everything that the new editor introduced in WordPress 5.0 offers, so I figured it was time to move on to the new Twenty Nineteen default theme.

Twenty Nineteen is a beautiful, simple, and clean theme, but there are a few things I didn’t like, so I figured I’d share how I handled them.

Accent Color

This site has used the same shade of blue as its accent color for the past 14 years. Twenty Nineteen has a built-in color slider to choose your accent color, but no way to specify a particular shade. This is because Twenty Nineteen’s color slider only includes shades that are easily visible against the white background and black text. This is definitely a worthy reason to finally change, so I just used the slider to pick the shade of blue that most closely matched my logo.

Square Logo

Speaking of my logo, I love it, it was designed by José Marques, and keeping it contained in Twenty Nineteen’s circular crop was absolutely not what I wanted, so I added the following via Customize > Additional CSS to remove that circle effect:

.site-logo .custom-logo-link {
    border-radius: 0;
}

Props to Kathryn Presner for reminding me how to do that since my CSS has gotten a bit rusty lately!

Menu Separator

Twenty Nineteen’s menu simply includes space between items, and that just didn’t look right to me. Was “About Categories” an About page, a Category page, or was it a page about categories? This quick addition via Customize > Additional CSS adds a simple separator between the menu items:

#menu-name li:not(:last-child):after {
content: "|";
padding-right: 5px;
color: #000;
}

.site-header.featured-image #menu-name li:not(:last-child):after {
	color: #fff;
}

You’ll need replace “name” with the name that you gave the menu. For example, if you called the menu “Main,” you would use “#menu-main” in the code above.

Props to Pascal Cescato for improving on the code that was originally here!

That’s all I’ve done to Twenty Nineteen so far, but I never stop messing with the themes I’m using, so I’m sure there will be more tweaks to share later on. 🙂

Update: I figured the search shortcut deserved its own post.

For further help with Twenty Nineteen, please visit the Twenty Nineteen support forum.

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WordPress 5.0 Released

WordPress 5.0 has been released! This release introduces an entirely new editor (commonly referred to as Gutenberg), along with the new Twenty Nineteen default theme!

423 volunteers contributed to this release, lead by Matt Mullenweg. At the time of writing this, WordPress 5.0 has been out for about 5 hours, and has already been downloaded 1,054,064 times!

All users can safely update from Dashboard -> Updates or download and update manually, though you should probably backup first just in case, unless you’re already using VaultPress, which you really should be.

If you run into any problems, stop by the known issues first, and please let us know if it’s not covered there!

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Automattic Meetup 2018

This year, Automattic went to Orlando, Florida for our annual Grand Meetup. We had almost 800 employees spanning the globe, suddenly just spanning 1 hotel for the week. It’s great to build things in person with people you usually only communicate with via text. Sure, it’s a little bit overwhelming, but I always walk away with a few new friends.

We built and learned quite a bit this week, and though there are no specific announcements yet, please watch the the Jetpack Blog, the WordPress.com Blog, and the WooCommerce Blog for exciting news. As for myself, I have a few photos to share:

In case you’re wondering, those last few photos are of our very talented band of Automatticians.

For more photos, stop by the a8cgm tag on WordPress.com and on Instagram too.

If any of this looks interesting to you, we’re always hiring!