August 2016 WordPress News – This Month in WordPress w/ CodeinWP

 This is the August 2016 edition of This Month in WordPress with CodeinWP. 
The summer seems to be ending with a set of (mildly) mixed feelings for the WordPress community. On the one hand, we have a new version of WordPress, a lot of growth for various products, brands, and even groups inside the WordPress community. But on the other, there’s also some controversy around the core leadership policy, Google’s new rules, and other things.

Let’s take a look into all that today. Here’s a list of the most interesting pieces of news related to WordPress in the newest edition of our “This Month in WordPress with CodeinWP” series. This is the August 2016 edition.

August 2016 in WordPress


WordPress 4.6 “Pepper”

The wait for WordPress 4.6 is over. The newest version was released just a couple of weeks ago. It is codename “Pepper” in honor of jazz baritone saxophonist Park Frederick “Pepper” Adams III. If you haven’t updated yet, you can do it right from the dashboard, or download the new version here.

The improvements added in 4.6:

  • Streamlined updates.
  • Native fonts.
  • Inline link checker.
  • Content recovery.
  • and as always, a lot of under-the-hood improvements.


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Google penalizing websites displaying popups on mobile

TL;DR: No more popup ads starting 2017 if you want your website to rank in Google (affecting WordPress and otherwise).

Google seems to be really displeased with any kind of popup advertising on mobile. So much so that they actually went ahead and announced that websites using this form of advertising will be in trouble very soon.

Here’s a short excerpt:

“Pages that show intrusive interstitials provide a poorer experience to users than other pages where content is immediately accessible. This can be problematic on mobile devices where screens are often smaller. To improve the mobile search experience, after January 10, 2017, pages where content is not easily accessible to a user on the transition from the mobile search results may not rank as highly.”

WordSesh 4 Reaches 816 Viewers Across 5 Continents

The fourth edition of WordSesh, the annual online WordPress conference, reached 816 viewers from across the world. The 24-hour long streaming session included talks from the likes of Matt Mullenweg, Noel Tock, Brian Krogsgard, Petya Raykovska, and Brent Shepherd.

The main presented topics were related to WooCommerce development, WordCamp Europe, global WordPress community, Matt Mullenweg session, etc.

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Polyglots Team Experiences Record Annual Growth, Expands WordPress’ Reach to Millions with New Translations

Polyglots team reached the record number of translation contributors. In August 2016, the total number grew to 10,059, with 1247 translation editors – 114% growth over the past year and a half.

WordPress 4.6, which was recently released, also comes with support for 50 translations at 100%. To understand how serious this translations thing has become, the latest WordPress version is also translated into Gujarati, an Indian language having around 65 million speakers worldwide.


US vs THEM

Is the WordPress core team seeding fear into the people in the community? Is the leadership becoming too rough for theme and plugin developers? Jeff Chandler brings up a number of interesting points on the topic, coming from his conversations with various developers working on WordPress products.

“A phrase I’ve often heard during these conversations is, (I just don’t want to get crucified by insert name of core developer here.)”

This has become a sensitive topic that generated lots of controversial and contradictory talks among WordPress contributors. It’s also one of those posts where the comments section is perhaps even more interesting than the post itself.

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That’s it for today. Anything we missed?
 

 
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Writer and WordPress blogger at ThemeIsle, CodeinWP, and Revive Social. You can find me writing on my personal blog too. When I'm not creating content, I'm either trekking, having fun at metal concerts, reading a book, or watching/playing tennis.
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