WordPress Newsletter #45

WP News: Massive WordCamp Cologne Swag & the first victim of the Gutenberg editor

Last week, after an exciting and educational WordCamp Cologne, it was time to relax a bit 😉 In our WCCGN recap, we looked back on the weekend and the Kölle-Swag. Plus, a great new WordCamp in retreat format is in the starting blocks. And the upcoming integration of the Gutenberg-Editor into WP-Core causes the withdrawal of the first Page Builder Plugin.

WP News: Massive WordCamp Cologne Swag & the first victim of the Gutenberg editor

WordCamp Kölle Recap - Turn the SWAG on!
After the busy preparations for our presentations and three exciting WordCamp days in the beautiful city of Cologne, we're back to a bit of peace and quiet. A perfect time to look back on the whole event. Our clear conclusion: We were really enthusiastic about the super organization, the BarCamp style, the instructive sessions and the great conversations. And our first Contributor Day was also a real highlight for us. Because: This gave us even more of a feeling of not just being there, but really being in the thick of things. Of course, we are not the only ones who went home with a smile: Our colleagues from KittPress, Blog Marketing Factory and Gartentechnik are already looking forward to the next WordCamp. And the most important thing: Lead organizer Marc Nilius also draws a positive conclusion in the PressWerk podcast - despite "cake faux pas" and loss of votes 😉.


What will e-commerce look like in the Gutenbergera?
With the next major WordPress 5.0 update, the new Gutenberg editor will be integrated into the core. The long term goal is to implement the block system not only on post level but also on page level. Many plugin and theme providers will therefore have to adapt to changes. For example, the WooCommerce blog states: "One thing that isn't yet 100% clear is how complex plugins like WooCommerce will work with Gutenberg". However, there are already initial ideas about what online stores could look like in the Gutenberg era.

Linking, sharing and embedding content - am I allowed to do that at all?
Linking and sharing content that we did not create ourselves is now almost part of our natural online behavior. However, very few people know which actions can lead to copyright infringement, whether there is a legal difference between embedding and sharing, and when it is a private link or one with the intention of making a profit. Attorney Dr. Thomas Schwenke not only has the answers to these questions, but also a practical checklist.


"GDPR for WordPress" arms developers for the GDPR
The "GDPR for WordPress" project has received positive feedback from the developer community. The goal of the initiative: to provide developers with tools and standards to validate that their plugins are compliant with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (
GDPR). This comes into force on 25. Mai 2018. The project was launched by WordCamp Denmark organizer Kåre Mulvad Steffensen and Peter Suhm from WP-Pusher.

The 60 best articles, guides and experts for WP security
There is no quick and universal answer to many questions in the field of WordPress security. There is a lot of information about security topics like hiding the WP admin area, plugin- and theme-vulnerabilities, HTTPS and Co. - but it is not an easy task to filter out the most reliable sources. To bring some light into the darkness, the colleagues of WPMU DEV have made the effort and collected the 60 most helpful sources on the topic of WP-Security.


The first WordCamp in retreat format
Under the motto "Experience your WordPress community like never before", the first WordCamp Retreat will take place from 4 to 6 Mai 2018 in the beautiful Lüneburger Heide. The special thing about the retreat format: it combines WordCamp, workshops, joint leisure activities, food, relaxation and overnight stay - all in one location. The event is limited to 250 participants, as it is initially intended to be a test in a local setting. Those who want to travel from further away are of course also welcome. Tickets went on sale last night - if you're interested, you should probably grab them quickly.

Gutenberg claims its first victim
The team of the page builder plugin "Tailor" has announced that the project will not be continued. The reason for the decision is Gutenberg's approaching integration with WordPress and the strong competition from bigger page builders: "The main reason for us to discontinue Tailor is due to finance which Tailor needs to keep on its development & marketing to compete with all the big players and especially Gutenberg". The Tailor team advises current users of their plugin to switch to Elementor, Beaver Builder or Divi.

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