The first release candidate for WordPress 5.6 was recently released. You can see the announcement here. WordPress 5.6 is slated for release on December 8, 2020. Here at Outcome Labs, we are currently testing it on the staging versions of our own sites and our client sites to identify any issues.
Because developing blocks requires using a different tools, there have been several initiatives introduced to simplify this. Justin Tadlock just did a review of one of the latest offerings, Genesis Custom Blocks.
One of the areas we are very focused on here at Outcome Labs is maintaining a reliable, repeatable workflow. One area we are focused on is what we will use to provide page-level layouts with the Wordpress Block Editor.
Recent discussion kicked off about adding a Block Patterns directory. Another piece of the puzzle for the evolving Wordpress ecosystem.
On October 23, 2020, The Wordfence Threat Intelligence team disclosed several vulnerabilities in Ultimate Member, a WordPress plugin installed on over 100,000 sites. The issue has been addressed and we recommend updating immediately.
Interesting proposal by Rich Tabor on improving block styles and transforms. Rich created a proposal for this on Github. Take a few minutes to review and consider.
Have you taken the 2020 Wordpress Survey yet? Please use the link in this post to review the 2019 survey and complete the 2020 survey.
Ok, so not the most stellar performance by the Wordpress core team this past week. First a short cycle security release introduces a new issue and then the auto-update system pushes an "alpha" update to live sites including ones without auto-updates enabled.
Every month the folks over at iThemes do a nice recap on Wordpress plugins that were added or updated in the past thirty days. For October, they highlighted three that we are researching as possible additions to our toolset here at Outcome Labs.