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WordPress 4.8 Release Targeted for June 8 (wptavern.com) WordPress 4.8 kicked off in this week’s core developer meeting and the schedule for the upcoming release is now published. Beta 1 is scheduled for May 12 and the official release is targeted for June 8. This will be the first major release in 2017 and is focused on laying the foundation for the new Gutenberg editor.
Should Your Website Have Sidebars? What the Research Says (premium.wpmudev.org) There’s no doubt that sidebars have come in handy in the past. However, as minimalism and UX design gain more ore traction with each passing year, we’re starting to see sidebars fall by the wayside. So, that leaves me wondering whether sidebars are on their way out and, if so, what we’re supposed to do with all that “stuff” we’ve been storing there all this time.
Luckily for us, there are a number of experts who have weighed in on this question. Should we use sidebars? If we do use sidebars, which pages do they belong on?
Matt Mullenweg, Final #WCEU Speaker Announcement & Full Schedule Published (2017.europe.wordcamp.org) This year we have lots of news regarding schedule. After last year, where we had three tracks and many great talks, we decided to try a different approach this year. We will have two tracks: 26 long talks and 16 lighting talks. Talks cover a broad range of topics – from design and development to accessibility, business and community. Our content team has had a tough job choosing talks as they had to go through more than 300 talk submissions, with many good talks not making the cut.
In the end, we believe you will love the topics we have chosen.
Useful WordPress Plugins to Integrate Your Site with Google Services 2017 (www.getmotopress.com) Figuring out how to integrate your WordPress website with a couple of useful Google services? It should not be difficult! There are lots of reliable WordPress plugins that are ready to connect your site with popular Google services. In this post you’ll find SEO and Google Analytics tools for WordPress (which are useful for all WordPress sites no matter their niche ), popular advertising Google Adsense plugins, and some multifunctional tools to add useful Google functionality to your site.
Strategies for Handling Large WordPress Media Libraries in Dev and Staging Environments (deliciousbrains.com) One of the questions we get asked fairly often about WP Offload S3 is whether or not it is OK to use in development or staging environments. When done correctly, using WP Offload S3 can greatly reduce the amount of time it takes to replicate a new environment as well as the disk space needed to do so. There are plenty of ways to skin this cat though. While there is no canonical best way to do so, we’ll go over all of the strategies and outline their pros and cons. Let’s dive in, shall we?
Easy Digital Downloads Tutorial for WordPress (In-Depth) (kinsta.com) Easy Digital Downloads (EDD), created by Pippin Williamson, is a free WordPress e-commerce plugin that focuses purely on digital products. Its primary goal is to make selling digital products simple and complete. WooCommerce was actually originally created to handle physical products, although you can now use it for digital products as well. Find out more about the features of EDD here!