WP News: WordPress 5.0 coming in November & 3 steps to becoming a WP Contributor

Leefke Krönke Last updated 10/23/2020
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Last updated 10/23/2020

The timetable for WordPress 5.0 has finally been set - but not everyone is happy about the chosen release date. And there is criticism about the accessibility of the Gutenberg editor from the accessibility team. In addition, the preparation for the Christmas business starts slowly and we show you how you can get involve WordPress d - without any programming knowledge - at .

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Contribute to WordPress: Becoming a WP Contributor in 3 Steps

Many - if not most - WordPress users do not even know that WordPress .org as an open source project is maintained and further developed by thousands of voluntary supporters (contributors) worldwide. Behind the regular WordPress updates, which e.g. close security gaps or integrate new features into the core, there is a lot of unpaid work. Since WordPress wouldn't exist without contributors, we'll show you how you can contribute to the WP community even without programming skills.


WordPress 5.0: Team and deadlines are set
Since last week the uncertainty is over: The team and the roadmap for WordPress 5.0 are fixed. The target release date is November 19th - plus up to eight days if necessary. Should it be too close, there is an alternative release date in January. The colleagues from Gutenberg Times have summarized the most important information.

Voices against Gutenberg release in November
In the reactions to the announcement of the roadmap for WordPress 5.0, there is a lot of criticism, especially from WordPress users in the USA, about the chosen release date. The reason for this is that November 19th is just before Thanksgiving and the Christmas season. The fact that an increased support volume is to be expected after the update is only one of the points of criticism.

How accessible is Gutenberg really?
Rian Rietveld - Lead of the WP Accessibility Team - has resigned from her position. Rietveld justifies her decision with the tedious and often unsuccessful attempts of her team to contribute to the accessibility of the Gutenberg editor: "The [testing] results indicated so many accessibility issues that most testers refused to look at Gutenberg again."

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Improve the UX with microinteractions
Microinteractions are small dynamic contents that are triggered by a certain action of your website visitors. The colleagues from ThemeIsle explain how the small animations improve the user experience and which simple tools you can use to integrate dynamic content into WordPress .

Do you need to know React for Gutenberg ?
With the upcoming Gutenberg merge, as a web designer you're probably wondering if you need to know the JavaScript framework "React". According to Josh Pollock, it's not mandatory: "None of this matters unless you want to make your own blocks. If you just want to use the blocks provided by core or plugins, you never need to make your own block types."


Attention shop owners: Christmas is 72 days away
October has just begun and you're already supposed to be thinking about the Christmas season? - Definitely! This is especially true if you run an online shop. Our colleagues from Yoast have some valuable content tips in store for you and tell you how to prepare for the Christmas season right now.

As Head of Content Marketing, Leefke always has the RAIDBOXES magazine "wp unboxed", the newsletter & the social media channels in her sights. That's why she always knows the latest developments in the WP community. Unfortunately she is rarely to be found in Münster nowadays. But Hamburg is said to be rather nice too.

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