This Week: WP Engine Acquires Delicious Brains Plugins, Kinsta Launches Online Academy, WordCamp Europe 2022 Talks, and More in Our Weekly Spotlight of links on WordPress.
WP Engine purchases Delicious Brains plugins. WP Engine, one of the companies dedicated to offering WordPress services, announced that it will acquire five of the most popular developer-focused tools for WordPress from Delicious Brains, strengthening the company’s offerings for traditional applications and headless managed WordPress. The plugins have a total installed base of approximately 4 million users and are widely adopted by WP Engine customers. Purchased software includes Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), WP Migrate , WP Offload Media , WP Offload SES and Better Search Replace.
Kinsta launches an online learning academy. This week, Kinsta launched Kinsta Academy, a free online learning platform that offers video courses and certifications. The first courses on the platform have been created by two renowned WordPress: How to Speed Up Your WordPress Website by Joe Casabona and How to Optimize Your WooCommerce Store by Allie Nimmons.’s VP of Marketing Kinsta Andrea Zoellneralso created a course on keeping client sites at scale. Casabona and Nimmons are also LinkedIn Learning.
The Challenges of WordPress’s Massive Market Share. Not everything is rosy in the WordPress ecosystem. In this Specky Bly article, they consider that as a market leader, WordPress faces a unique set of challenges. Part of this is due to the sheer number of users and use cases. But the fact that it’s a free, open-source app that relies on volunteers also plays a role. Put these factors together, and it seems that WordPress occupies a position unlike any we’ve seen on the web. Being all of these things while continually improving and pushing the web forward is a monumental task. Check out the biggest challenges facing WordPress here, plus how their size affects efforts to address them. Interesting reflections.
WordCamp Europe 2023. The next host of WordCamp Europe was announced at the end of the one that just concluded in Porto. In 2023 this important event will be held in Athens (Greece). Here’s a family photo from WordCamp 2022.
Roadmap to WordPress 6.1. Matias Ventura gave us a preview of the roadmap towards version 6.1: «The tone of the release will be to refine the experiences introduced in 5.9 and 6.0, weave the various flows into more coherent and satisfying experiences for users, maintainers and extenders, and close some gaps in functionality as we start to look towards Phase 3 of the Gutenberg roadmap.»
The Museum of Block Art is open to contributions. Anne McCarthy announced that The Museum of Block art is now open for showings. I’m fascinated by the idea behind the Museum of Block Art. Being able to create art with just native WordPress editor blocks is just wonderful. In fact, I was one of the first lucky ones to see his creation in the MOBA. Anne McCarthy noticed my work, Rare Optics One, and suggested I include it. Here’s more information: Turn your WordPress into a block art museum (how to implement a grid with blocks). To contribute click here.
Update the Dowlonad Manager plugin. On May 30, 2022, security researcher Rafie Muhammad reported a reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability that they discovered in Download Manager, a WordPress plugin installed on more than 100,000 sites. All Wordfence users are protected against attacks targeting this vulnerability thanks to Wordfence Firewall’s built-in Cross-Site Scripting protection. But while Wordfence provides protection against this vulnerability, it is recommended to ensure that your site has been updated to the latest patched version of Download Manager, which is version 3.2.43 at the time of this release.
WordPress Vulnerability Report – June 8, 2022. Vulnerable plugins and themes are the main reason WordPress websites get hacked. The weekly WordPress vulnerability report powered by WPScan covers the top vulnerabilities, recent WordPress theme and plugins, and what to do if you run one of the vulnerable plugins or themes on your website.