#WCEU Canceled, WordPress 5.4 Out, WooCommerce 4.0, Remote Work 🗞️ April 2020 WordPress News w/ CodeinWP

Call for Speakers Is Now Open

The WCUS organizers keep the optimistic mindset that, in October, WordPress people from around the world will be able to finally get together. Therefore, their call for speakers is now open until April 17th. Let’s just hope they’re right.

Virtual Meetups & Events

But hey, you can still attend meetups if you miss them. Here’s a list of all the WordPress events that went full digital instead of canceling. The nice part is that you can now attend any event no matter the continent it’s being held on. Also, check out these updates on the status of each local WordCamp.

Is Open Source recession-proof?

Given the context of a global economic crisis, when many industries and businesses are being closed and people are losing their jobs, is the open-source market bulletproof in this regard? Dries Buytaert, the founder of Drupal, says yes.

How to stay connected and still offer value to your event attendees

Nowadays, social distancing is the key. But that doesn’t mean we can’t use video conferencing for meetings and for official events. We still have this alternative. Here’s how to remain connected by hosting virtual social gatherings.

Free plugin for those helping with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic

A nice gesture from the folks at Barn2, who are offering free plugins to those struggling with the COVID-19 crisis. The company wants to help bring online those small businesses that didn’t sell products online before but could do so in order to provide supplies of any kind to the people isolated at their homes. Apply using the link above.

Strattic raises $6.5M to bring static WordPress to the masses

More investments in promising WordPress projects! Strattic, a company that aims to make WordPress sites static (aka database-free), has raised $6.5M this month at an auction led by SignalFire and TenOneTen Ventures. Strattic declared that they are planning to use the funding in developing the team and adding new features to the product.

ThemeForest vs. WordPress.org Theme Review Process

That’s an interesting comparison between how the theme review process is being handled on ThemeForest versus how it’s handled on WordPress.org. Are the rules harsher for premium themes or is it the opposite? Read more to find out.

Introducing Gutenberg Templates Library

No April 2020 WordPress news post would be complete without Gutenberg! The hub dedicated to the block editor launched a library of 100 block templates, that make the contents of 12 popular website sections. To use a template, just copy-paste it in the block editor and you’re ready to go.

BracketSpace Releases Library of Reusable Code for Plugin and Theme Development

Good news for developers! BracketSpace released Micropackage, a GitHub library where you can find reusable code to paste into your plugin and theme back-end. Have a look, maybe it’s a resource worth bookmarking.

Should maintained plugins be suspended from the WordPress repository when there is a security issue?

And here’s your up-to-debate topic that Robert Abela from WP WhiteSecurity is bringing to discussion on his blog. After experiencing plugin suspension problems on WordPress.org recently, he’s addressing this issue to the community. What do you think?

COVID-19 Awareness Icons

Font Awesome is supporting all the websites from around the world that want to raise awareness around coronavirus. In this regard, the team released a new set of icons that everyone can use for free, ranging from medical themes to hygiene practices, viruses, and social distancing.

17 Powerful Ways to Speed Up Your WooCommerce Store (2020 Ultimate Guide)

Since many businesses (and customers) went fully online this month, here’s how to speed up your WooCommerce store so it can handle more traffic and bring more sales/orders.

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