News and Research

WordPress 6.5.4 Update

WordPress 6.5.4 Update

WordPress 6.5.4 was released by the WordPress core team on June 5, 2024. This is a minor release with five core bug fixes. The Outcome Labs team has verified this update to the platform. It is being deployed to all client sites that are on a WordPress Care Plan.

Please Find My Blocks

The Find My Blocks plugin has been a part of our Outcome Labs toolset since just after Eddy Sims released it in December 2019. The "Find My Blocks" plugin helps you identify where WordPress blocks have been used on your site. We were very happy to hear Morgan Hvidt picked up support for the plugin earlier this year. He recently released a major rewrite that we are very impressed with.
WordPress 6.5.3 Maintenance Release

WordPress 6.5.3 Maintenance Release Deployed

WordPress 6.5.3 was released by the WordPress core team on May 7. 2024. The Outcome Labs team has verified this update to the platform. It has been deployed to our sites and all client sites that are on a WordPress Care Plan.
WordPress Options Clutter Cleanup

Cleaning the House

Checking out the new WordPress plugin, AAA Option Optimizer, from Joost de Valk, the founder of Yoast and one of the principals of Emilia Capital. It just released, but it looks like it will be a useful tool to clean out the "clutter" on your WordPress site.
Adding Drop Shadows to Blocks

Drop Shadow in WordPress 6.5

Drop shadow support has been added to the Block Editor UI in WordPress 6.5. This will make this capability available to a much wider group without requiring custom CSS or theme.json changes. This initial release of the Drop Shadow UI features is limited to the Image, Button, Column, and Columns blocks.
Block Themes

Thinking About Moving to a Block Theme?

Here is a short video where Jamie Marsland highlights some of the key capabilities that are available if you transition to a WordPress block theme. Jamie has his own YouTube channel focused on WordPress and has recently partnered with to create educational videos like the one here.

WordPress 6.5 Delayed

The WordPress core team announced a one week delay in the release of WordPress 6.5. WordPress 6.5 is the next major update to the WordPress platform. It was scheduled for release yesterday. Please contact us if you have questions.
Synced Pattern Overrides

Synced Pattern Overrides Preview

Here is a quick overview of a new in WordPress 6.5. that will enable synced pattern overrides. This means you will be able to create patterns for elements that share a common design layout, but can have unique content (headers, text, images, buttons) in each instance. This will make patterns much more useful.
WordPress 6.4.3 Maintenance and Security Release

WordPress 6.4.3 Deployed

We have deployed and verified WordPress 6.4.3. This is a security and maintenance release that the Core team announced on January 30, 2024. It includes five Core defect corrections, 16 defect corrections for the block editor, and two security fixes.