State of the Word 2016

From wptavern.com:

Philadelphia welcomed 1,923 attendees to WordCamp US this weekend with an additional 2,028 enthusiasts watching via live stream. Matt Mullenweg delivered his 11th annual State of the Word address to a rapt audience ready to celebrate WordPress’ progress over the past year and hear the project leader’s vision for 2017.

He began by thanking sponsors and volunteers who made the event possible by covering the bulk of the $516 actual cost per person. Mullenweg said sponsors cover roughly 85-95% of the cost of WordCamps worldwide. In 2016, the events sold a total 36,000 tickets, with costs subsidized by more than 1,000 sponsors.

Mullenweg said meetups are the leading indicator for WordCamps and these events have had the fastest growth the community has seen in five or six years. More than 62,566 people attended a local meetup in 58 countries and roughly one third of those were new members.

WordPress Foundation to Create WordPress Community Support Subsidiary

In order to better accommodate the extraordinary growth of the global community, the WordPress Foundation will be restructuring its management of WordCamps. In 2016 the Foundation took in an estimated $4.3 million, up from $2.8 million in 2015, with 99.9% of those funds related to WordCamps. Mullenweg announced that the 501c nonprofit will move WordCamps to its own company, WordPress Community Support, forming a PBC (Public Benefit Corporation) that is fully owned by the Foundation.

He explained that if certain things happened at WordCamps it could endanger the overall Foundation, so WordCamps will now be managed under their own entity where the events will have a little more flexibility in how they do things. The Foundation plans to support some like-minded nonprofits that are aligned with the overall education mission of the organization, including Hack the Hood, Internet Archive, and Black Girls Code. In 2017 the Foundation will also begin promoting hackathons to help nonprofits and NGO’s.

WordPress 4.7 released, with full REST API

From wordpress.org:

Version 4.7 of WordPress, named “Vaughan” in honor of legendary jazz vocalist Sarah “Sassy” Vaughan, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.7 help you get your site set up the way you want it.

Presenting Twenty Seventeen

A brand new default theme brings your site to life with immersive featured images and video headers.

Twenty Seventeen focuses on business sites and features a customizable front page with multiple sections. Personalize it with widgets, navigation, social menus, a logo, custom colors, and more. Our default theme for 2017 works great in many languages, on any device, and for a wide range of users.

Your Site, Your Way

WordPress 4.7 adds new features to the customizer to help take you through the initial setup of a theme, with non-destructive live previews of all your changes in one uninterrupted workflow.

To help give you a solid base to build from, individual themes can provide starter content that appears when you go to customize your brand new site. This can range from placing a business information widget in the best location to providing a sample menu with social icon links to a static front page complete with beautiful images. Don’t worry – nothing new will appear on the live site until you’re ready to save and publish your initial theme setup.

Read the rest here.

AppPresser 3 Released!

This release is not just an update, it is a whole new product. We made huge improvements in how you build apps, and how the apps themselves perform.

We’ve been working on this behind the scenes for many months, and I can tell you it’s incredible. Apps are way faster, they feel more native, and they include tons of new features that weren’t possible before.

What’s New? Everything.

This is a whole new platform for building apps with WordPress. You still get all the great WordPress integrations we’ve always had, along with much much more.

The best part is that this is all included in our current pricing, and anyone with an active license gets to use it.

My AppPresser: Your Online App Dashboard

Purchasing AppPresser now includes access to myapppresser.com, which is an online dashboard to create and customize your apps. The My AppPresser dashboard makes it easy to create, customize, and maintain each of your app projects.

You still get our plugins and theme to go on your WordPress site, which help you display your site in the app. The My AppPresser dashboard just makes it easier to create and customize your apps.

A New Visual App Builder

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AppPresser 3 includes a brand new visual app builder that makes putting your apps together easier than ever before. It’s easier to customize and add features to your apps, and get instant visual feedback on how it looks.

Faster Performance (by a lot)

We completely rewrote the app files from the ground up, giving you better app performance in every way. Apps load way faster, and pages load quickly with smooth page transitions.

Better Offline Support

AppPresser 2 introduced offline mode, and we perfected it in version 3. Your app loads quickly even when offline, content is cached better, and you can create offline pages more easily.

Custom Pages

Creating non-WordPress pages or offline pages was difficult before, not anymore! Create them easily in the app builder and add them to your app in a few clicks.

Free Push Notifications

Push notifications are easier to setup and more flexible, and now they are included for free! No more visiting a third party provider and paying them a monthly fee.

Partial Feature List

Current and new customers get all these features with AppPresser 3:

  • Access to the My AppPresser dashboard and app builder
  • Free push notifications
  • Unlimited customization
  • Integration with all extensions you purchased like AppBuddy, AppWoo, AppPush, etc. (except AppAnalytics, we are still working on that)
  • New AP3 Ion Theme designed just for AppPresser 3
  • Easier organization of multiple app projects
  • Get your app onto your device easier with PhoneGap Build integration
  • Less messing with code
  • Ionic 2 integration for faster, more native apps
  • Access to build files for custom coding

There are a lot more details on what’s new, but it’s too much for one post. We’ll be writing articles on each major feature in the coming weeks, check back soon for those.

WordPress now powers over 27% of the web

WP Tavern reports:

“WordPress now powers 27.1% of all websites on the internet, up from 25% last year. While it may seem that WordPress is neatly adding 2% of the internet every year, its percentage increase fluctuates from year to year and the climb is getting more arduous with more weight to haul.

In January 2015, Mullenweg said the next goal for WordPress was to achieve 50% market share (the majority of websites) and he identified Jetpack as a key factor in preventing WordPress’ decline, a controversial statement delivered at Pressnomics. At that time Automattic was secretly working on Calypso, WordPress.com’s JavaScript-powered interface, but did not unveil the project until November 2015.

It’s difficult to say what effect Calypso has had on WordPress’ market share, as the w3tech’s 27% stat covers mostly self-hosted sites. Following up with him a year later, Mullenweg estimates that less than 10% of those sites are hosted on WordPress.com.

“It does look like about a quarter of it is using Jetpack, though, and that has grown since Calypso was released,” he said. “Remember – Calypso is for Jetpack sites as well as WP.com.”

In a recent interview on WPWeekly, Mullenweg said he is also optimistic that the WooCommerce acquisition and Automattic’s sale and management of the .blog domain extension will contribute “another 5-10% each to that market share.” In fact, there is a team inside Automattic called Team 51 that works on strategies for getting the market share to 51%.

“For getting to 51% and beyond – it’s more than just blogs and more than just websites,” Mullenweg said. “We need to do stores well, we need to do wikis well, we need to do real estate sites well, we need to do restaurants well – all these things that may be outside what you normally think of as a core WP experience.”

GoDaddy Acquires ManageWP

A new report from Post Status:

“GoDaddy has acquired ManageWP, the popular website management service. The terms have not been officially disclosed, but it’s my understanding that the deal is structured based on a post-earn-out valuation that could change depending on performance. The deal closed on September 1st. GoDaddy declined to comment on the specifics of the financials.

ManageWP was founded in 2011, officially launched in January 2012, and has more than a quarter million websites on their service. Their team of nearly 30 people is headquartered in Serbia, but is capable for remote operations, and the entire team will join GoDaddy. Up to this point, ManageWP was fully self-funded. The company was founded my Vladimir Prelovac, who is coincidentally moving to the US, and will now work from GoDaddy’s Sunnyvale office; the company CEO is Ivan Bjelajac.

Speaking to Vladimir, he says the discussions with GoDaddy began several months ago, when they were seeking a potential partnership. The relationship grew from there and transitioned to potential acquisition talks. “We met with their team, and it really blew my mind; the product team, engineering, and leadership really have a fantastic vision.” They loved the thought of being able to put ManageWP — a product they strongly believe in — into the hands of millions of people.

Vladimir says that Orion, their recent rebuild of the product, went very well, and they have been profitable since inception. Their 2015 revenue was more than $1 million, and they anticipated new revenue growth with the launch of Orion — prior to the acquisition closing.”

Loopconf

Details

LoopConf is the WordPress developer conference. LoopConf came about as we heard technically-minded folks talk about wanting to get together and dive deep into advanced engineering and development topics. We’ve assembled an amazing group of speakers to get this inaugural event started off on the right foot, and we’re excited to share our excitement and passion for WordPress with all of you in an exciting three-day event. We hope that you join us to celebrate the software we love, enjoy each other’s company, and learn from one another.

WordPress 4.1.2 is out, update your sites

WordPress 4.1.2 has been released, to fix critical security vulnerabilities. This comes shortly after a security issue was announced in a common WordPress function (add/remove_query_arg), which affected many plugins.

All major plugins have already been patched, and no major attacks have been reported at this time. Don’t panic, just update your sites and plugins!

More information on WordPress 4.1.2: https://wordpress.org/news/2015/04/wordpress-4-1-2/

More information on add/remove_query_arg vulnerability: https://poststatus.com/coordinated-plugin-updates-to-address-security-vulnerability-in-many-popular-wordpress-plugins/

Slack announces security breach

Slack announced that they were hacked, and what their plans are to mitigate such attacks in the future.

We were recently able to confirm that there was unauthorized access to a Slack database storing user profile information. We have since blocked this unauthorized access and made additional changes to our technical infrastructure to prevent future incidents. We have also released two factor authentication and we strongly encourage all users to enable this security feature.

Read more about the incident on their blog.

Version 1.2 of the WordPress REST API is out

From the make.wordpress.org blog:

Today, I can finally announce the release of version 1.2 of the WP REST API.

A short nine months after our last release we have support for Cross-Origin Resource Sharing, full request hijacking, JSON encode/decode errors, and a swarm of bug fixes.

Rachel, Ryan and team plan to release version 2.0 next month, and the REST API is rumored to go into WordPress core later in the year.