📆 This is the August 2020 edition of “This Month in WordPress with CodeinWP.”
Hello WordPress-ers! Welcome back to another roundup of news from our community. Starting with this edition, we’re changing the format of the post a little bit but you’ll still be getting the same amount of information as before.
A lot of important things happened in the past month and we’re happy to present them to you. To give you a sneak peek, ManageWP.org is out of business (the content aggregator, not the site management dashboard), the Astra theme hits 1 million active installs, WCEU 2021 will not take place in person, WordCamp US 2020 is 100% canceled, Unsplash launched its own WordPress plugin, while a vulnerability in All In One SEO Pack puts its users at risk.
But this is just a preview. We have more interesting headlines that you shouldn’t miss, so read further to get your monthly dose of WordPress stories.
August 2020 WordPress News with CodeinWP
If you’ve been in the WordPress business for a long time, you’ve probably posted your content on ManageWP.org before. At least for us, it was a tradition to promote our monthly news roundups on this platform. But all good things come to an end apparently because the project was closed.
Why did ManageWP.org shut down? It seems that, among other reasons, the team couldn’t maintain it and spend time to keep it up to date anymore. ManageWP, the company owned by GoDaddy still exists, it’s only the news-sharing platform that was discontinued.
And what good timing that was for WP Content, which Delicious Brains launched as an alternative to ManageWP.org. WP Content offers the same features and lets you share your latest stories with the community via its modern interface. So, while we’re sad to let ManageWP.org go, let’s welcome this new content-sharing opportunity for authors.
Astra becomes the first theme to ever reach one million active installs in the official repository, outside of the default WordPress themes. In the post above, Sujay Pawar, the co-founder of Brainstorm Force, published the timeline of Astra’s ascension, where you can see that it took the theme only three years to make one million users.
Astra stands out through its simple, basic, and flexible interface that, first of all, allows people who don’t have any technical background to create websites easily. Second of all, the theme also makes a great framework for all the developers out there to build websites for their clients. So it’s like a foundation that gives you all the right tools to elevate your own structure in a very intuitive way.
If we were to list the top five of the most popular non-default WordPress themes in the directory by active installs, Astra is followed by OceanWP (600,000), GeneratePress (300,000), Hello Elementor (300,000), and Storefront (200,000).
We dug into some of these popular options in our Astra vs Neve vs OceanWP vs GeneratePress comparison.
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Unsplash, probably the most known provider of free images for the web, launched its own WordPress plugin this month. The tool brings over one million images into your dashboard that you can use freely in your posts and pages. You can simply import them via the block editor with one click, without having to leave your dashboard and download the files separately. Just search within the library and choose the image you want to add to your content. Unsplash can also help you deliver them via its own content delivery network (CDN).
But the joy of releasing the official plugin for WordPress didn’t last long because a few voices in the community – Matt Mullenweg included – started to question Unsplash’s terms and image licensing. They say that there’s no clarity regarding the restrictions and the rights of reusing certain pictures (this leads back to 2017 when Unsplash made its libraries incompatible with GPL and with WordPress themes and plugins).
Luke Chesser, the co-founder of Unsplash, responded: “As you know, themes have a requirement that themes and their content be GPL compatible. Outside of themes, WordPress’s application of GPL doesn’t apply to content in plugins. That’s why you can have a YouTube plugin, a Getty Images plugin, a Giphy plugin, etc. — none of this content is licensed under GPL. In most cases, plugins serve content that has a very narrow usage license, much, much more restrictive than the Unsplash License.”
Sarah Gooding at WP Tavern also has some good follow-up reporting on the whole kerfuffle.
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That sums up our August 2020 WordPress news roundup. Anything we missed?
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