After the three-week break, we have all the more news for you today: WordPress 5.3 is out, Matt Mullenweg gives his annual SOTW address, and WordCamp Stuttgart is making strides in diversity and sustainability. Plus, we take a closer look at the job outlook for web designers and explain how GDPR fines are calculated. And we have a new RB feature in store that many WPML users have been waiting for a long time.✌️
Will Web Designers Still be Needed in the Future?
Which web designer doesn't know the sinking, slightly helpless feeling when you stumble across ads á la Your own website - do it yourself for free and fast! It's easy to ask yourself "Is my profession dying out?" or "Will I even be needed in the future?" Sonja Hoffmann - a web and UX designer herself - got to the bottom of these questions. She describes her findings in this article.
It is generally known that GDPR violations can result in fines of up to 10 million euros or two percent of the annual turnover achieved worldwide. In the case of more serious violations, the penalty can be double that amount. Until now, it was unclear how high the fines would be in reality. Now the Data Protection Conference (DSK) has published a concept for the calculation of fines. Attorney Mario Steinberg explains how this calculation is made up in our blog.
The WordCamp Stuttgart 2019 was a complete success: With great sessions, goal-oriented discussions and a sustainable agenda. This makes the #WCSTG a real pioneer in terms of "green" camp. Raidboxes was there as a gold sponsor on all conference days. Our personal impression of the camp with the topics WordPress, support, legal security and social responsibility we reveal in our recap.
WordPress 5.3 aka "Kirk" is here
Since November 12 there is a new major WP update. Among other things, WordPress 5.3 is dedicated to accessibility, improves the design options in the block editor and brings the new "Twenty Twenty" theme . As with all major updates, we roll out WP 5.3 automatically after 14 days on all Boxes (without fixed WP version). Of course, you can manually update to the latest version right now.
Mullenweg's "State of the Word 2019"
If you make your living with WordPress, you should know roughly what's being worked on with the software right now and what big changes are planned for the future. An ideal resource to find out is the annual "State of the Word" keynote by WP co-founder Matt Mullenweg. You can find a video of the entire speech here.
Hello, BERT! What does the new Google update change?
With the words that it is the biggest update in the last five years and will affect every tenth search, Google has announced "BERT". BERT is what is known as a Natural Language Processing (NLP) model. The update is intended to help Google better understand language to produce more relevant search results. More info on this can be found here.
Being human in times of digital dehumanization
"Marketing is a newer word for propaganda. So how can I make sure that in this insanely fast-paced, digital age, I'm not 'accidentally' propagandizing for things that go against everything I believe in?" - Caspar Hübinger addresses this question and more in his WordCamp talk, which is quite thought-provoking.
WPML Multidomain: Bye bye language tag!
In our latest feature we have jumped on the topic of "internationalization" and finally integrated WPML-Multidomain. In just a few steps you can now turn your BOX into a multidomainBOX and assign each language of your site its own domain.
Requirements for international online trade
In e-commerce, special tax guidelines and obligations apply to cross-border shipments. So if you sell goods to (EU) countries with your online store, you should know and comply with these requirements. We show you what you need to be aware of and what will change in this regard in the future.
WooCommerce Themes: 7 tips for more sales & usability
A good web design is enormously important for WooCommerce . It decides whether your visitors stay in the online store. And whether they actually complete the purchase. What should you look for when choosing your WooCommerce theme? And what are the most important themes? Our guide has the answers for you.