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WordPress.org blog: WordPress 5.3 RC4

Wordpress Planet - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 23:56

The fourth release candidate for WordPress 5.3 is now available!

WordPress 5.3 is currently scheduled to be released on November 12 2019, but we need your help to get there—if you haven’t tried 5.3 yet, now is the time!

There are two ways to test the WordPress 5.3 release candidate:

For details about what to expect in WordPress 5.3, please see the first,  second and third release candidate posts.

Release Candidate 4 contains three bug fixes for the new default theme, Twenty Twenty (see #48450), and addresses the following:

  • The Twemoji library has been updated from 12.1.2 to 12.1.3 (see #48293).
  • Two regressions in the Media component (see #48451 and #48453).
  • One bug in the Upload component (see #48472)
  • Five bugs in the Block Editor component (see #48502)
Plugin and Theme Developers

Please test your plugins and themes against WordPress 5.3 and update the Tested up to version in the readme to 5.3. If you find compatibility problems, please be sure to post to the support forums so we can figure those out before the final release.

The WordPress 5.3 Field Guide has also been published, which details the major changes.

A new dev note has been published since the Field Guide was released, Use of the “wp_update_attachment_metadata” filter as “upload is complete” hook. Plugin and theme authors are asked to please read this note and make any necessary adjustments to continue working well in WordPress 5.3 or share any difficulties encountered on #48451.

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If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. We’d love to hear from you! If you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on WordPress Trac, where you can also find a list of known bugs.

WPTavern: State of the Word 2019 Recap: All Roads Lead to the Block Editor

Wordpress Planet - Mon, 11/04/2019 - 19:18

If there was one common theme in Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word address this year at WordCamp U.S., it was that all roads lead to the block editor. His speech was primarily about blocks, blocks, more blocks, and a dash of community. This doesn’t come as a surprise because we are closing in on the one year mark of the official merge of the Gutenberg plugin into the core WordPress code. It has been a year about blocks, and nothing is changing that course.

WordCamp U.S. 2019 was held in St. Louis, Missouri, over this past weekend. The event was planned and put together by 47 organizers and 122 volunteers. There were 90 speakers who held sessions across a range of topics in multiple rooms.

For people who were not able to attend or watch via the livestream, the sessions are available via YouTube. Eventually, the videos will also make their way over to WordPress.tv

Open: The Community Code

Mullenweg opened The State of the Word by showing a documentary named Open: The Community Code, which is a film that primarily focuses on the WordPress community.

The film explores why people are so passionate about a project that is essentially just code. What drives them to organize and attend events like WordCamps? Why do they volunteer their free time contributing to an industry that sees over $10 billion in profits? What makes the WordPress community different from other projects? The film team interviewed 37 people to get to the bottom of these questions.

The team behind the project is also providing the film and all of the raw footage as open source for others to use.

The Events of the Past Year

Mullenweg primarily focused on WordPress updates and changes within the community when recapping events of the past year. Since the release of WordPress 5.0 on December 6, 2018, WordPress has had two major releases. A third major release, WordPress 5.3, is scheduled to launch on November 12.

During 2019, most heavy work went into the Gutenberg plugin, which was ported back into core WordPress. The number of contributors to Gutenberg more than doubled since WordPress 5.0 launch, an increase from 200 to 480 individuals.

The release of WordPress 5.1 introduced the first iteration of the site health page, new cron features, and a site meta table for multisite installations.

“WordPress is all about empowering users and we wanted to put the information and the tools in the hands of users as well to keep the site running in tip-top shape as we power an ever-increasing percentage of the web,” said Mullenweg of the site health feature. He further explained that it is WordPress’ responsibility to make sure users are up to date and running the latest versions of software.

Building on top of the site health introduction, WordPress 5.2 launched with a PHP fatal error protection and recovery mode. The release also bumped the minimum PHP version to 5.6 and ported all widgets to blocks.

Mullenweg then outlined the work done toward getting WordPress 5.3 ready for its November 12 launch date. The major changes include:

  • 150+ block editor improvements
  • Twenty Twenty default theme
  • Date/Time improvements and fixes
  • PHP 7.4 compatibility

As of now, 83% of all users on WordPress 5.2 or newer are running at least PHP 7. This means the WordPress project has done what it can from the user end. It is now time to start working with hosts to get sites updated to the latest version of PHP.

The block editor is now available on both Android and iOS devices. Mullenweg announced they were almost done with offline post support and that a dark mode is coming in weeks.

The community had a good year. In 2019, there were 141 WordCamp events, 34 of which were in new cities. There were 17 Kids Camps for younger contributors to get involved. There were also over 5,000 meetups and 16 do_action() charity hackathons.

The WordPress news page has been highlighting one story from HeroPress every month in the past year. HeroPress is a project that allows people to tell their stories of how they got involved with WordPress.

Mullenweg held a moment of silence for long-time community member Alex Mills (viper007bond) who passed away earlier this year after a long-fought battle with leukemia. Automattic is planning to finance a scholarship in his honor. The scholarship will go to a plugin developer to attend WordCamp U.S. who has not had an opportunity to attend.

2019: The Year of the Block Editor Slide with screenshots of Gutenberg criticism from users.

Mullenweg started focusing on the block editor after recapping the events of the past year. WordPress 5.0 was released one day before WordCamp U.S. 2018 in Nashville.

“We had people coordinating work from airplanes,” said Mullenweg. “There were impromptu groups of core developers, testing and packaging the release in the hallways. The polyglots, marketers, and support teams were just scrambling to get ready.”

He explained the reason for the biggest change to WordPress in its then 16-year history. “We came together and decided to make this big change cause we wanted to first disrupt ourselves. We wanted to empower more WordPress users to realize our mission of democratizing publishing, and wanted to make the web a more open and welcoming place.”

Not everyone was happy with the direction of WordPress and its new block editor. It was a rough year from a leadership perspective to have a vision and see it through, despite constant negative feedback. Mullenweg highlighted some of the comments that were critical of the block editor and explained that they had learned a lot from the process.

“I think that we also have a great opportunity when we make big changes in the future,” said Mullenweg. “Sort of build that trust in the conversations around testing, using GitHub for development, things like accessibility. So, I understand why we had a lot of this feedback. But, we did get through it together.”

Mullenweg highlighted that, according to Jetpack plugin stats, over 50 million posts have been written in the block editor. That amounts to around 270 thousand posts per day. It is important to note that this stat is on the lower end because it only accounts for users of the Jetpack plugin. Therefore, the number is likely much higher.

He covered the performance improvements to the editor, block motion when moving blocks, typewriter mode, block previews, and the social block. “These are like the Nascar stickers of the web,” he said of social icons. “They’re everywhere.”

The Next Steps for the Block Editor

In his address, Mullenweg covered the four phases of the Gutenberg project.

  1. Easier Editing
  2. Customization
  3. Collaboration
  4. Multilingual

The first phase was the initial launch and iteration of the block editor for content. The second stage, which we are in now, is about full site customization. This includes widgets and non-content areas, and will eventually cover areas like the site header and footer. It will be interesting to see how page-building plugins work with these upcoming changes. Some could use WordPress as the foundational, framework-type layer. Others may go their own way. Themes will also have to keep pace with the changes.

Phase three, collaboration, will introduce a feature that allows multiple authors to collaborate and co-edit posts on a site in real time. With any luck, WordPress will also build in a proper system for attributing posts to multiple authors.

The fourth and final phase cannot get here fast enough. As WordPress usage continues to grow around the world, it is past time that it offered a multilingual experience. “We’re going to tackle the Babel fish problem,” said Mullenweg.

Also on the roadmap is the concept of block patterns. Patterns would be a groups of blocks that follows common patterns seen across the web. The existing Media & Text block is an example of a common pattern, but new patterns would go far beyond something so basic. By providing patterns to users, they could simply insert a pattern and fill in their details, which should make it easy to rapidly create rich content.

Watch the State of the Word

Mullenweg’s entire presentation was done from the block editor. He used the Slides plugin created by Ella van Durpe.

Community Questions and Answers

The Q&A sessions after Mullenweg’s address was more focused on community and policy.

Rian Kinney asked whether we would see official policies on accessibility, ethics, conflicts of interest, and diversity. She wanted to know how the community could make this happen over the next year.

While a privacy policy is in the footer of WordPress.org, Mullenweg expressed his desire to not make changes than lean too heavily on policy. “That is in spite of there being a policy or not, we’ve tried to enact bigger changes in WordPress in a policy-first way in the past,” he said. “To be honest, it felt nice but didn’t always make things actually change.” He said we usually do better by working with people to make changes rather than starting with the policy.

Olivia Bisset, a young WordCamp speaker behind Lemonade Code, asked Mullenweg how we could inspire kids who are currently in school to get involved with WordPress. The project has tough competition coming from more exciting technology sectors such as robotics and other industries that are swaying the next generation.

“This is going to be on YouTube later, and boys and girls, maybe of your generation, will see you here asking a question and being a speaker at WordCamp in front of a thousand adults,” said Mullenweg. “And, you know, it’s kind of beautiful.”

Mullenweg said that we need more stories from younger people on HeroPress and that Kids Camps will help. He said that WordPress should be easier and more accessible, which are things that the current generation is more aware of and care about. He also mentioned Automattic’s recent acquisition of Tumblr, which has a larger user base of young users, as a way to introduce them to WordPress.

View the Q&A portion of The State of the Word in the following video.

Post Status: Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word, 2019

Wordpress Planet - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 22:30

WordCamp US 2019 is taking place for the first time in St. Louis, Missouri, where more than 1,300 WordPress community members and leaders are gathered.

It's been the year of Gutenberg in 2019, and in his State of the Word, Matt Mullenweg highlighted what has been accomplished and what is coming next.

Matt kicked off the event with the premiere of Open: The Community Code, a film about the WordPress open source community.

Open was really well done and made a great introduction to Matt's review of the year's achievements. In the film, Matt says that $10 billion flows through the WordPress economy every year, but that doesn't define the community. WordPress is more than code, more than business. Matt says, “It's more than a tool.” It's more like a canvas that “anyone can paint on.”

Open is a film about WordPress and what WordPress really is — not just software, but people, a community, and a mission. Open is a documentary short produced by Andrew Rodriguez and directed by Sean Korbitz. ​Executive producers Mark Maunder and Kathy Zant of WordFence contributed to the production of Open as well, and they are submitting it to independent and documentary film festivals.

The WordPress Community

The community continues to evolve, thrive, and adapt to the changing environment.

WordCamp US 2020

The next WordCamp US will be hosted during the workweek and won't overlap with Halloween. This is something I'm personally thankful for, as it opens up the weekend for family. Many people, including me, got to the conference late this year due to spending the holiday trick-or-treating with family.

Volunteers Organizers, Speakers, and Sponsors

WCUS was made possible by 47 organizers, 122 volunteers, and 90 speakers. Bluehost, WooCommerce, Jetpack, and Google are this year's lead sponsors. Thank you to everyone!

Meetups, People, and Community Endeavors

There have been more than 5,000 WordCamp events and several do_action WordPress community events as well.

One HeroPress story per month is now being featured on the WordPress blog.

Matt honored Alex Mills, a prolific early and long-time contributor to WordPress who passed away in 2015.

WordCamps

There will be a total of 141 WordCamps in 2019, including 34 in brand new cities. There are also 17 KidsCamps happening in 2019.

This year there are at least four WordCamp US speakers under age 15, which makes them younger than WordPress itself.

In 2020, the first WordCamp Asia is happening in February, in Bangkok, Thailand. WordCamp Europe will convene in Porto, Portugal.

One year ago

WordPress 5.0 was released just before WCUS began in Nashville last year, a contentious decision on timing in itself. 2018 was what Matt calls a “controversial year,” where we wanted to “disrupt ourselves.” Gutenberg was included in core despite a lot of criticism in and outside of the community about this decision. Matt says we learned a lot from the process, and it was “really good practice for future changes we want to make.”

He also added, “I understand why we had a lot of this feedback,” and he expressed excitement for WordPress's future.

Ways to Get Involved with WordPress

Matt highlighted several ways to get involved in the WordPress community today:

  • Participate in WordCamp contributor days, including one at WCUS.
  • Install the Gutenberg plugin, which is now a testing ground for features. About 275,000 people are taking part in this effort.
  • Install Design Experiments, a new feature plugin to test user interface experiments.
  • Create blocks! Matt made a call for Gutenberg block creation to “expand the window for how people are creating WordPress sites today.” If it's JavaScript only it will be able to go easily into the new block directory.
  • Help teach others in the community.

When Matt says why we do all this, he says it's to “help the open web.” He says the open web is like a pendulum that can swing to being more closed or more open over time.

Five for the Future

There's now a dedicated landing page for Five for the Future to highlight people and organizations devoting 5% of their resources to WordPress development through this program.

Core WordPress Development

There have been two core releases in 2019. WordPress 5.1, “Betty,” brought the “Site Health” screen, along with other feature adjustments and bug fixes. It also included the Cron API and Site Meta for Multisite.

WordPress 5.2, “Jaco,” included live block previews, better block management, and the end of the WSOD (White Screen of Death).

WordPress 5.3 will be released on November 12th. It includes more than 150 block editor improvements. Also in 5.3 is the beautiful Twenty Twenty theme. And thanks to a new security feature, every six months or so, WordPress will send administrator email verifications to help ensure site admins are staying up to date.

The minimum PHP version requirement for WordPress is now 5.6.20, which ended support for 5.2 and 5.3. Compatibility is now up to PHP 7.4. More than 80% of all WordPress sites are now on PHP 7 or higher. Matt highlighted the still-urgent need to improve update mechanisms and strategies with webhosts and site owners.

We are currently at 1,122 total unique contributors to WordPress this year. WordPress 5.3 will have more than a hundred contributors than any release before.

Gutenberg

There have been more than 20 major Gutenberg releases, and the number of Gutenberg contributors is up to 480 from 200 a year ago. Matt says the number of sites using Gutenberg is up more than 2.7 times, and we just surpassed 50 million posts created in Gutenberg. Gutenberg-based posts are increasing at a rate of about 270,000 posts per day as tracked by Jetpack, so that's a conservative estimate.

In last year's State of the Word question and answer session, someone asked what percentage of Gutenberg was complete, and Matt answered “10%.” A year later he says he thinks it's about 20% complete. He also highlighted how it's an ongoing process that he expects to take a decade to bring to fruition everything he envisions.

Gutenberg Feature Improvements

There are a lot of improvements happening:

  • Gutenberg is now fully mobile compatible, and many of the core blocks are fully integrated. Offline support and dark mode are also nearly complete.
  • The average time to load Gutenberg has been cut in half, and time to type has been reduced from 170ms to 53ms.
  • There is now a smoother scrolling motion in Gutenberg.
  • Block previews allow you to see what a block looks like before you insert it, and it also allows you to see more information about what the block does.

Other Gutenberg features in the works:

  • Social icons that can be placed anywhere.
  • The navigation menu is going to be an inline Gutenberg block — a likely precursor to “customize all the things.”
  • Gradients will be more a part of the Gutenberg experience.
  • Core Gutenberg is getting a button block.

Matt recognizes that we'll have thousands of blocks created for Gutenberg, and there will be a block directory which will load inside the Gutenberg editor. Patterns will be collections of blocks that people can install in bulk.

Matt says he thinks people will be able to create just about any type of website layout in just a few clicks when Gutenberg is mature.

Several use cases of Gutenberg were highlighted in Matt's talk, from newsletter editors to WordCamps, newsrooms, Microsoft Word converters, and more.

The Four Phases of Gutenberg

Matt continues to highlight the four phases of Gutenberg development and where we are now.

  • Easier editing: simply making the WordPress editing experience better has been the focus of the last year.
  • Customization: we are “in the thick” of the customization phase now, some of which is complete, and some (like full inline site editing) is still to come.
  • Collaboration: real-time editing collaboration is coming in the third phase, something I'm very excited about.
  • Multilingual: core WordPress and core Gutenberg will have complete multilingual support.
In conclusion

Matt's slides for the State of the Word were actually built with Gutenberg.

The code for the presentation is on Github for anyone to use.

It's been an interesting and challenging year for WordPress. With that observation, Matt opened up the question period.

Here's the complete video:

And the Q&A; session:

Photo of Matt by Brian Richards for Post Status. Thank you to David Bisset for live-tweeting the event while I wrote this.

WordPress.org blog: 2019 Annual Survey

Wordpress Planet - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 21:15

It’s time for our annual user and developer survey! If you’re a WordPress user or professional, we want your feedback.

It only takes a few minutes to fill out the survey, which will provide an overview of how people use WordPress. We’re excited to announce that this year, for the first time, the survey is also available in 5 additional languages: French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Many thanks to the community volunteers who helped with the translation effort!

Take the WordPress survey!

The survey will be open for 4 weeks, and results will be published on this blog. All data will be anonymized: no email addresses or IP addresses will be associated with published results. To learn more about WordPress.org’s privacy practices, check out the privacy policy.

WPTavern: BoldGrid Joins Forces with W3 Edge, Acquires W3 Total Cache Plugin

Wordpress Planet - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 14:01

BoldGrid, a WordPress product and services company, announced today that it has joined forces with W3 Edge, the parent company behind the popular W3 Total Cache (W3TC) plugin. BoldGrid acquired the W3TC plugin and retained its creator, Frederick Townes, along with its development and support staff. The two teams will operate as sister companies but jointly work on the plugin’s future roadmap.

“There are some things a larger team can accomplish for Total Cache that we are targeting right now,” said Brad Markle, development manager at BoldGrid. “After a few more releases of core Total Cache features, the TC team is slated to help accelerate our CRIO Theme Framework on the BoldGrid side.”

BoldGrid has a range of plugins, themes, and services for WordPress sites. The company offers plugins like its post and page builder, themes such as its “super theme” CRIO, and services like testing and performance coaching.

W3 Edge’s primary product is its W3TC plugin, which serves as the caching solution for over one million WordPress installs. It is one of the most-used caching plugins available in the official WordPress plugin directory.

Many competing caching plugins have been gaining considerable exposure in the past few years. Some of those are free. Others, such as WP Rocket, have captured large segments of the premium market. Managed WordPress hosts also generally offer built-in caching solutions as part of their strategy to build their customer numbers. The question is whether this move will provide growth for W3TC and any related products or services.

The Future of the W3TC Plugin Screenshot of a new Caching Statistics page for W3 Total Cache

The BoldGrid team has plans to continue developing the W3TC plugin. “Since joining with the awesome team at W3, we have been working to add in some slick new features like Caching Statistics and Lazy Loading,” said Harry Jackson, product manager at BoldGrid.

“We are also looking to partner with theme and plugin developers to ensure the widest range of compatibility for the product, and the WordPress Community,” said Jackson. It is unclear what such partnerships would entail and the type of compatibility needed from third-party developers. The BoldGrid team did not provide further details.

For some users, the W3TC interface and options can be overwhelming. “User Experience is at the top of the list of things we are working on,” said Sash Ghosh, BoldGrid’s marketing manager. “It can be challenging for some users to fully understand and utilize all the powerful features. We will soon be adding an on-boarding and configuration guide to the plugin that will hopefully make the plugin accessible to more users.”

Building Trust After a Rocky Past

Despite setbacks in 2016, the W3TC plugin has maintained over one million active installs over the past three years. In March of that year, there was concern that the plugin was abandoned after no activity for seven months. The plugin was not working for many users on the latest version of WordPress.

Much of the issue seemed to stem from not yet knowing how to scale such a popular product with a small team.

Later in September of 2016, a high-risk XSS vulnerability was discovered with the plugin. The plugin developer patched the plugin quickly. However, the updated versions introduced new bugs and a poor experience for many users.

While things seem to have been running more smoothly in recent years, there is still some level of distrust within the inner WordPress community. When asked how they are prepared to address past issues and assure they are looking out for the best interests of users in the future, the BoldGrid team said that security is a top priority. They also expressed their openness to community feedback for improvement.

“As with all big plugins, there are challenges with functionality, features, and security,” said Jackson. “With a bigger team and additional Quality Assurance resources we feel that Total Cache will continue to improve in all the major areas. We have also introduced a public pull request process to facilitate additional feedback and bug fixes. Though you can’t ever guarantee security, our team is very committed and respects our responsibilities to our million-plus users.”

WordPress.org blog: The Month in WordPress: October 2019

Wordpress Planet - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 07:28

October has been a busy month with preparations for WordCamp US as well as the next major release of WordPress. Read on to find out about all that work and more.

WordPress 5.2.4

On October 14, WordPress 5.2.4 was released as a security release fixing 6 security issues. The fixes were backported to earlier versions of WordPress as well, so they’re available for sites not yet upgraded to 5.2.

This kind of release is only possible because people report security issues responsibly so that the Core team can address them. You can find out more specific information about the fixes on the release documentation page.

Want to get involved in building WordPress Core? Follow the Core team blog, and join the #core channel in the Making WordPress Slack group.

WordPress 5.3

WordPress 5.3 has seen active development over the past month, with a release date set for November 12. You can download and test the release candidate to get a taste of what to expect—this is largely what final release will look like.

This is a big release with a number of exciting and important updates. Among them are significant changes to the look of the admin interface, enhancements to the block editor that will affect developers of themes and plugins, large improvements to the way that Core processes images, updates to cater for some functions specific to PHP 7.4, improvements to the Site Health feature, and many more improvements that are all documented in the WordPress 5.3 Field Guide.

In addition to these Core updates, the upcoming major release will also include the new default theme, Twenty Twenty.

Want to get involved in building WordPress Core? You can contribute by testing the upcoming release, as well as follow the Core team blog, and join the #core channel in the Making WordPress Slack group.

New Core Committers

Three new committers have been added to the WordPress Core organizational structure. Core committers are individuals who have direct access to the Core development code repositories in order to publish updates to the software.

The new committers are Ian Belanger (@ianbelanger), Timothy Jacobs (@timothyblynjacobs), and Joe Dolson (@joedolson). While Ian’s commit access is specifically for Core themes, both Timothy and Joe have full access to Core. This type of access is only given to individuals who have proved themselves with high-quality contributions and a deep understanding of how the WordPress project works.

Further Reading:

Have a story that we should include in the next “Month in WordPress” post? Please submit it here.

Akismet: Version 4.1.3 of the Akismet WordPress Plugin is Now Available

Wordpress Planet - Thu, 10/31/2019 - 15:59

Version 4.1.3 of the Akismet plugin for WordPress is now available. It contains the following changes:

  • We’ve improved the activation and setup process.
  • We’ve fixed a bug that could have allowed an attacker to make you recheck your Pending comments for spam.

To upgrade, visit the Updates page of your WordPress dashboard and follow the instructions. If you need to download the plugin zip file directly, links to all versions are available in the WordPress plugins directory.

WPTavern: Jason Schuller Launches DSKO, a Discovery Network for Creators and Brands

Wordpress Planet - Wed, 10/30/2019 - 18:32

On October 23, Jason Schuller officially announced that his new side project built on WordPress was open to the public. The idea behind DSKO was to solve the issue of discoverability for creators and brands across various networks and websites by consolidating everything into a single space.

The website offers an easy signup process. DSKO currently features 220 profiles, but that number is sure to grow. For now, the site is purely about discovering creators and finding out how to contact or follow them through website or social media links.

The site allows profile creators to set up a bio, image, and even video, such as the one seen on the ArtSnacks profile. It will be interesting to see how people use this new WordPress-based site as a branding tool.

“I’ve been asked what the incentive is to re-visit DSKO after you’ve created a profile,” said Schuller in a Twitter update. “I have features (some nearly finished) in the works which will make that crystal clear.”

Schuller has been active within the WordPress community for over a decade. He originally launched Press75, a WordPress theme shop, in 2008 with a focus on video-centric themes. Like several others in the theme business at that time, he had the fortune of good timing. From 2008 through the next couple of years, theme companies enjoyed little competition and a wide-open market for exploration. However, business growth plateaued after a while.

“I quickly realized that my perception of how to properly launch and scale a project had been skewed by my experience with my WordPress theme business,” wrote Schuller in a history of his theme business. “With Press75, I just built it and they came — a strategy that surprisingly doesn’t work so well the majority of the time for new ventures.”

Unable to duplicate his early success and unhappiness with the direction of WordPress theming, he sold Press75 in 2014. Since then, he has moved onto new ventures such as Leeflets, a single-page website creator on top of WordPress.

“There seems to be growing interest in minimalist single-page website solutions for simple profiles (e.g. Carrd.co, Linktr.ee, etc),” said Schuller. “After building [Leeflets] last year, it occurred to me that while all of these options are great for creating an individual site/page, none of them enable the people and brands who are using them to be discovered beyond organic search via Google or sharing a URL across various other networks. My goal was to see if I could solve that by creating a discovery network for people and brands.”

The inspiration behind DSKO came from projects like existing single-page website builders. Schuller said the grid design and navigation were inspired by the image-sharing site Unsplash while Twitter inspired the profiles. “I wanted it to be extremely quick and easy to browse, find and consume profiles,” said Schuller.

While borrowing concepts from popular projects already in the wild, he wanted to put his spin on them. One interesting custom feature is the ability to connect profiles on the DSKO site to other profiles. For example, a person (creator) can connect his or her profile to a separate brand profile. This helps with the discoverability aspect by allowing visitors to browse connected profiles.

The Technology Running the Network

DSKO is a completely front-end interface built on top of WordPress and shows what can be done without sending users to the WordPress backend.

“Essentially, DSKO boils down to users, profiles, categories, and tags which makes WordPress the perfect framework,” said Schuller. “The functionality was there, I just needed to create a custom front-end experience to manage it all. Most of my recent projects have utilized WordPress this way, and every time I make something new, I borrow aspects from the previous project.” This allows Schuller to bring a project from the concept stage to production more quickly.

The only third-party plugin running on the site is Admin Columns Pro, which makes it easier for Schuller to manage users and content based on custom fields.

For those who create a profile on DSKO, one uncommon feature is that there is no password field. Instead, the site provides a “magic” login link. “Essentially, by removing the concept of a password, I’ve simplified the onboarding process and am validating a real email address (ensuring a real user) at the same time.”

The system generates a unique login token when the user creates a new account. The token is sent as a link to the user email address. The link is used to log into the site. When a session expires or a user logs out, users can get a new link by re-entering their email address.

Currently, the code behind the site is not available to the public. However, Schuller did say that he would consider opening up the platform in the future. Starting from a more mature codebase could help other developers in the WordPress space build interesting projects where similar features are needed.

Beyond DSKO: The Present and Future for Schuller

Schuller is currently on contract with 10up. He primarily works with them on the Microsoft In Culture project. “[It] has been an amazing project to be a part of,” said Schuller. Because the contract is only part-time work, it leaves him enough creative freedom to experiment with ideas like DSKO.

Another creative pursuit is an upcoming WordPress plugin that he’s building along with Phil Kurth. It will allow site owners to map custom domains to any post or page on a single WordPress install. The idea was inspired by his work with Leeflets. “It’s going to be the first WordPress product I’ve been a part of since I sold my theme business in 2014.”

Pagedesigner theme

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This theme allows to quickly test out the pagedesigner distribution. It inherits from the bootstrap_barrio theme.

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