Today we have the WP news of the last two weeks for you: Matt Mullenweg answers questions at the WP Meetup in Orlando, the Servehappy project wants to get rid of outdated PHP versions, and the WordCamp Retreat Soltau is looking for volunteers. We also explain what the data compression "Brotli" is all about and show you the web design trends for 2018. By the way, we will keep the bi-weekly rhythm for the newsletter for the time being. But you can look forward to more OtB articles from us!
Anyone who deals with load time optimization will sooner or later come across the topic of data compression. After all, the lower the storage volume consumed, the faster the data transfer. The new compression standard "Brotli" outperforms previous techniques such as GZIP. We explain what Brotli has to do with the Swiss and when it really makes your WordPresssite faster.
The dos and don'ts of web design are changing rapidly. With over a billion websites worldwide, it's hard to stand out from the competition. Since our old site was starting to look dusty, we gave it a complete makeover. Our founder and CCO Torben shows you which four major design trends we have implemented.
Matt Mullenweg faces Gutenberg criticism
At the WordPress Meetup in Orlando, WP co-founder Matt Mullenweg faced critical questions from agencies, developers and WordPress users. The Q&A focused on the integration of the Gutenberg editor and the future of WordPress in general.
Put an end to outdated PHP versions
In July 2017, over 80 percent of all WP sites were still using outdated PHP versions. Although today it is only 32 percent, but even that is still too much. For this reason, the Core PHP team has launched the Servehappy project to educate users about the importance of up-to-date PHP versions and to further reduce the number of WordPress sites with old PHP versions.
The WordCamp Retreat needs helping hands
The first WordCamp in retreat format will take place in Soltau from 4 to 6 Mai . In order for the event to run smoothly, the organizers are looking for volunteers. Besides insights behind the scenes and a great time with the WP community, as a volunteer you will of course get a free ticket. The event is almost sold out. If you want to get your hands on a regular ticket at the end of January, be sure to sign up for the newsletter.
Frontenberg - the Gutenberg playground in your browser
You want to try the new Gutenberg editor that everyone has been talking about for weeks, without installing the Gutenberg-plugin on your site ? No problem, because exactly for this purpose Tom J Nowell - WordPress developer at Automattic - has developed Frontenberg.
All first-hand information about GDPR
With all the information about the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation, it's hard to keep track of everything. If you want to know exactly which regulations will apply to EU citizens and companies from 25. Mai 2018, you should take a look at the official information on GDPR from the European Commission.