WPTavern: Open Sourcing Mental Illness Surpasses $50K Fundraising Goal

Open Sourcing Mental Illness (OSMI), a non-profit organization that raises mental health awareness in the tech community, has surpassed its $50K fundraising goal for 2017. Ed Finkler, who founded OSMI in 2013, left his position as CTO of Graph Story to work full-time on speaking, educating, and providing resources to support mental wellness in the tech and open source communities. As of today, the campaign has raised more than $58,000.

In addition to donations from individuals, OSMI has added several corporate sponsors, including CakeDC, Github, Digital Ocean, and Laravel. CakeDC has designated $1,000/month for 12 months to support Finkler’s salary. Finkler works together with a board of directors and a team of volunteers who also speak at conferences about mental health in tech. Several WordPress companies have also been involved in raising support for OSMI, including WebDevStudios and WP Elevation.

OSMI conducts an annual Mental Health in Tech survey as part of ongoing research. Last year’s survey received more than 1,500 responses and the results underscore the great need for removing the stigma surrounding mental illness in the tech industry. A few examples Finkler highlighted include:

  • Respondents believe it’s 6 times more likely that discussing a mental health issue with their employer would have a negative consequence, vs a physical health issue.
  • Respondents are 3.5 times less likely to bring up a mental health issue in an interview than a physical health issue.
  • 87% believe being identified as a person with a mental health issue would hurt their career.
  • Only 30% of respondents’ employers provide information about mental health and how to seek help.

OSMI offers all of the resources it creates for free. The funds raised in the campaign will help to create more tools, documents, videos, and other educational resources. Finkler is working towards engaging with more HR departments and educating more executive teams. He also plans to use the funds to do more research and employ additional experts to reach more people.

For more information about OSMI’s efforts to improve mental health in the tech industry, check out Jeff Chandler’s recent interview with Finkler on the WP Weekly podcast.

Source: planet

WPTavern: In Case You Missed It – Issue 21

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There’s a lot of great WordPress content published in the community but not all of it is featured on the Tavern. This post is an assortment of items related to WordPress that caught my eye but didn’t make it into a full post.

Bob Dunn and Patrick Rauland Host Lift Off Summit

Bob Dunn and Patrick Rauland have partnered up for Lift Off Summit. Between June 19-23, visitors will be able to watch 3-4 videos per day focused on getting more traffic, increasing social interactions, and keeping customers to their online stores. The virtual conference is free to watch.

The Evolution of WordPress Magazine Themes

Alex Denning takes a look back at the evolution of WordPress magazine themes over the last 10 years and offers insights into what might be next for the style.

WordPress magazine themes were a huge deal between 2009-2011. Brian Gardner was able to create a profitable business with a single magazine style theme called Revolution, one of the first themes to display content in ways different from the typical single column blog layout.

Magazine themes are a great chapter of WordPress’ history. Their popularity is why WordPress has featured images and automatic thumbnail generation in core.

Highlights From Season Four of ManageWP’s Ask Me Anything

ManageWP published highlights from season four of Ask Me Anything, a weekly event where members of the WordPress community voluntarily answer any questions submitted.

WordPress 4.8 Field Guide

Everything you need to know to prepare for WordPress 4.8, tentatively scheduled for release on June 8th, is in the field guide.

Take the WPCampus WordPress in Higher Education Survey

WPCampus is once again asking for those who work with WordPress in educational settings to fill out the following survey. This year, three randomly selected participants will receive a free ticket to attend WPCampus in Buffalo, NY, July 14-15.

The data will be used to create a series of reports on how WordPress is used in public schools and higher education. Last year’s survey indicated that misconceptions surrounding WordPress security and scalability are slowing its growth in higher education.

A Plugin for Monitoring Directory Sizes

David Bisset shared a dashboard widget that displays the sizes of directories.

Stop Signup Spam Integrates with GiveWP

Stop Signup Spam, a plugin we featured last month now integrates with GiveWP.

LED WordPress Badge

George Stephanis unveiled his wifi-enabled light up WordPress badge on Twitter. He ordered the parts and soldered them together himself. You’ll get to see it in person if you’re attending WordCamp Kyoto.


In what is a traditional part of this series, I end each issue by featuring a Wapuu design. For those who don’t know, Wapuu is the unofficial mascot of the WordPress project. This week’s edition features a variation of the Wapuu design. Wabster, created by Alison Knott, is the mascot of WordCamp Halifax.

That’s it for issue twenty-one. If you recently discovered a cool resource or post related to WordPress, please share it with us in the comments.

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WPTavern: Chassis Desktop Application for Local WordPress Development Now in Beta

Human Made has released its first public beta of Chassis Desktop, an application for local WordPress development. Chassis is a Vagrant-based virtual server and a community project that Human Made has commercially supported since 2012. The new desktop app is in early beta at version 0.2.0 with version 1.0.0 coming soon.

Chassis Desktop was designed with a user-friendly interface suitable for beginners and experts alike. It was built by Bronson Quick and Ryan McCue using Electron and contains code from the create-react-app project.

On first launch the app makes sure that Vagrant and Virtual Box are installed and then guides the user to create a new box. Setting up a new Chassis install or adding Chassis to an existing install is fast and easy with the simple UI. The app also includes keyboard navigation and a built-in terminal for quick access to more control over your box.

Over the years Chassis contributors have created an ecosystem of extensions for things like MailHog, Photon, Memcache, debugging, and other software. These add-ons allow users to tailor their systems to their needs.

Chassis Desktop aims to make it easy for users to manager their Chassis development environments without having to touch the command line. As it is currently in pre-release status, early adopters may discover some bugs. Beta testers are encouraged to log any issues on GitHub.

Source: planet

Dev Blog: WordPress 4.8 Release Candidate 2

The second release candidate for WordPress 4.8 is now available.

To test WordPress 4.8, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin or you can download the release candidate here (zip).

We’ve made a handful of changes since releasing RC 1 last week. For more details about what’s new in version 4.8, check out the Beta 1, Beta 2, and RC1 blog posts.

Think you’ve found a bug? Please post to the Alpha/Beta support forum. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.

Happy testing!

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WPTavern: Inpsyde Open Sources Wonolog, a Monolog-based Logging Package for WordPress

Inpsyde, a WordPress agency and WordPress.com VIP partner based in Germany, has open sourced Wonolog, a package that integrates Monolog for sophisticated WordPress data logging. Monolog is the most widely used PHP logging library with more than 57 million downloads to date.

Wonolog automatically creates logs that target specific WordPress requests and can be customized with action and filter hooks. Here are a few examples of WordPress data it can log:

  • Log any failed logins
  • Keep track of all WordPress cron requests
  • Intercept the WordPress-specific exit function, wp_die(), and log any (direct or indirect) usage
  • PHP core notices, warnings and (fatal) errors, uncaught exceptions (as well as PHP 7+ Throwable)
  • WordPress core errors such as database errors, HTTP API errors, wp_mail() errors, and 404 errors

Wonolog is available as a Composer package and its creators recommend installing at the website level. Inpsyde has been using it successfully in production with different projects for several months. Wonolog requires PHP 5.6 or higher and WordPress 4.6+. A documentation site is available to help new users get started and the project can be found on GitHub.

Source: planet

Matt: WordPress 14

Today is 14 years from the very first release of WordPress. The interface I’m using to write this (Calypso) is completely unrecognizable from what WordPress looked and worked like even a few years ago. Fourteen years in, I’m waking up every day excited about what’s coming next for us. The progress of the editor and CLI so far this year is awesome, and I’m looking forward to that flowing into improvements for customization and the REST API. Thanks as always to Mike for kicking off this crazy journey, all the people chipping in to make WordPress better, and Konstantin and Erick for surprising me with the cool cake above.

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WPTavern: In Case You Missed It – Issue 20

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There’s a lot of great WordPress content published in the community but not all of it is featured on the Tavern. This post is an assortment of items related to WordPress that caught my eye but didn’t make it into a full post.

WordPress Turns 14 Years Old

WordPress turns 14 years old tomorrow. David Bisset celebrates the occasion and mentions four things he wants to see in the next year.

WordPress 4.8 Dev Notes

As the WordPress 4.8 release date draws near, component maintainers are publishing dev notes for the features they worked on. So far, the following dev notes have been published:

Keep an eye on Make WordPress Core for further dev notes.

HeroPress Announces Educational Scholarship Winners

HeroPress has announced the winners of the WPShout Up and Running educational scholarships. Birgit Olzem, in Gerolstein, Germany, was one of the winners chosen.

A WordPress Plugin That Renames Excerpt to TL;DR

The other day, I was thinking about how the TL;DR (Too long, didn’t read) summary of articles is similar to the way Excerpts work in WordPress. I browsed the plugin directory to see if anyone had created a plugin that renamed Excerpts to TL;DR.

I wasn’t surprised when I discovered TL;DR created by Ozh Richard. It hasn’t been updated in more than two years so it won’t show up in casual searches. It simply renames Excerpt to TL;DR using a filter to replace a string with custom text.

Human Made Shares Handbook

Human Made, a WordPress development agency based in the UK, has published its handbook that includes on boarding practices, health and safety policies, and their hiring process.

While it’s not a perfect fit for every one, it provides an in-depth look at the principles the company values. The company provides a number of great employee benefits. Take there bereavement policy for example.

What’s in Matt’s Backpack?

Matt Mullenweg provided an update on what he’s carrying around in his backpack. While it’s filled with technology, ear buds, and the like, the item that stands out to me is the fidget spinner.

If you don’t know what a fidget spinner is, this article by Live Science is a good primer.

Organizing WordCamps and Developing the Finnish Community

A great article that describes the Finnish WordPress community and what transpired after switching the name of WordCamp Finland to WordCamp Helsinki.

What’s in a name? Organizing WordCamps and developing the Finnish community

Five Things To Know about Video Headers

Deborah Edwards-Onoro, of Lireo Designs, shares five things you should know about video headers, a feature that was introduced in WordPress 4.7.

Marketing Tips and Experiences

Scott Bolinger, shares what has and hasn’t worked in his marketing efforts:

“I’ve had my nose stuck in product code on and off for 3 years now, but recently I’ve decided to shift my focus to marketing. This is something I’ve done before, and it seems to come in cycles, depending on what my business needs.

Over the years I’ve tried many different things related to marketing, most of them have fallen short. A few things have worked, I thought I’d share some of my journey up to this point.”

Women Who WordPress Wapuu!

In what is a traditional part of this series, I end each issue by featuring a Wapuu design. For those who don’t know, Wapuu is the unofficial mascot of the WordPress project.

The Women Who WP Wapuu represents the Women Who WP group. The group is dedicated to inspiring, connecting, challenging, and educating women throughout the WordPress community, through referrals, networking, workshops and mentorship focused on professional development and WordPress.

The Women Who WP Wapuu pin was a huge hit at WordCamp Chicago earlier this year. If you’d like to purchase one, Wapu.us has 11 available for $6 each.

Women Who WordPress Wapuu

That’s it for issue twenty. If you recently discovered a cool resource or post related to WordPress, please share it with us in the comments.

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WPTavern: WordPress Removes HHVM from Testing Infrastructure

Before the release of PHP 7 in 2015, many WordPress managed hosting companies looked to Facebook’s HHVM to provide better performance. Pagely, WP Engine, and SiteGround added HHVM hosting options in 2014 and early 2015. However, PHP 7 performance gains have been enough to preclude wider HHVM adoption.

WordPress core developer John Blackbourn announced yesterday that the project has removed HHVM support in the Travis test suite after April 2017 stats showed a mere several dozen WordPress websites running on HHVM. WordPress never officially supported HHVM but Scott Taylor made many improvements to core for better HHVM compatibility three years ago. Blackbourn clarified on Slack that WordPress is not removing this support but rather will no longer include HHVM in its testing infrastructure.

“Support for HHVM itself hasn’t been dropped, but support for testing WordPress on HHVM has been dropped,” Blackbourn said. “HHVM usage is so minuscule (literally in the dozens according to update stats) that we can’t warrant the time needed to ensure the test infrastructure works.”

The change isn’t likely to affect too many developers, but it’s an important milestone that signifies how well PHP 7 has been performing for sites that have switched. Blackbourn suggests those running WordPress on HHVM should consider switching to PHP 7+, as it is “far more widely supported and tested, and offers all of the memory and performance benefits that HHVM pushed forward.”

The open source MongoDB project also announced yesterday that it will no longer be supporting its HHVM driver, saying it no longer makes good use of contributors’ engineering time.

“At the start of 2015 we began work on an HHVM driver for MongoDB, as part of our project to renew our PHP driver,” Derick Rethans, MongoDB engineer and author of Xdebug, said. “Back then, HHVM was in its ascendancy and outperforming PHP 5.6 two to one. With such a huge performance difference it was reasonable to assume that many users would be switching over…With PHP 7 released, we saw very little use of the HHVM driver for MongoDB.”

These announcements may be the start of more open source projects giving HHVM compatibility a lower priority. On the ticket for removing HHVM from the test matrix on Travis, John Blackbourn thanked HHVM for its importance in helping move PHP forward.

“The PHP world owes a lot to HHVM for helping it push it forward,” Blackbourn said. “Without HHVM, maybe we wouldn’t have seen such incredible performance gains in PHP 7.”

Source: planet

WPTavern: Rainmaker Digital to Partner with Nimble Worldwide

Rainmaker Digital, formerly known as Copyblogger Media, has entered into a letter of intent to partner with Nimble Worldwide, a marketing agency based in Dallas, TX. Assets from both companies will be combined into a new entity with Rainmaker Digital being the majority owner. Brian Clark, CEO of Rainmaker Digital, says the partnership enables them to transform from a Software as a Service provider to Software and Services.

“People need sophisticated marketing technology, yes — but they also need done-for-them services such as design, content, and lead generation strategy,” Clark said.

“In that last year, we’ve explored several viable ways to do more for our customers and prospects as a hybrid technology and digital marketing service provider. After careful deliberation, we’ve come up with a path that allows us to expertly provide anything that a Rainmaker user needs.”

This isn’t the first time both companies have worked together. Prior to RainMail, Rainmaker’s in-house email marketing service, the company used Nimble Worldwide as its email marketing provider. Although the partnership brings in a number of new employees under Rainmaker Digital, Clark admits that they had to let some employees go.

“This deal provides instant access to an experienced team of digital marketing professionals and a network of talented contractors that ensures our service solutions are expertly crafted and delivered,” Clark said. “This grows the Rainmaker team significantly, without the pain and uncertainty of building an agency from scratch.”

“The change in business model unfortunately left four of our existing employees without positions, along with the loss of some of our own contractors. That was certainly no fun, and our operations leadership preserved every job possible despite the significant reorganization.”

Before the end of June, customers will no longer be able to purchase services à la carte. Instead, sales of the platform will be more hands on, bundled with services, and prices will significantly increase. Customers who start a free trial before the end of June will be able to use the platform at a cheaper rate and without the bundled service components.

Genesis Framework Remains a Priority

StudioPress, Synthesis, Copyblogger, Authority, and DCI are not part of the deal and remain separate entities. Clark says StudioPress sales are going strong and the Genesis Framework is still a priority.

“Our Synthesis managed WordPress hosting line will be folded into the StudioPress brand at some point, which shows how much we value StudioPress going forward,” he said.

“Genesis is still in the hands of Nathan Rice, and he’s moving it forward at a faster pace than in years past when he had to divide time to work on Rainmaker. Now that he’s free from that, I’m excited to see where he takes the framework, which will continue to be a part of Rainmaker as well.”

Source: planet