For many, December was a frenzy of activity kicking off with WordCamp US (more in last month’s special edition roundup) and continuing from there, followed by a good chunk of quiet heading in to 2018. As the year turns, once again we share a look back at news and updates from across the enterprise WordPress ecosystem.
News and Releases
Updates from around VIP, our clients, and our agency and technical partners.
- There has been a flurry of Gutenberg-related activity across the community since the exciting updates and live demo at the State of the Word, including new resources, demos, and videos. WP Tavern has gathered many of them in one central post for easy discovery. Human Made published a white paper on Gutenberg with a wide range of contributors including Tammie Lister, Anna Harrison of TinyMCE, Greg Priday of SiteOrigin, and their own Ant Miller, Joe McGill, and Matthew Haines-Young. And 10up‘s Helen Hou-Sandi explored how Gutenberg could bring better integration between ads and content. Also, don’t miss our overview of what’s coming in the Gutenberg editor, and how to best prepare for the transition.
- You can now find full videos of the talks from December’s BigWP London meetup on VIP News: Tammie Lister on Gutenberg, Jason Agnew from Big Bite on the Liveblog project, Parker Ward from Capgemini on their migration from Drupal to WordPress and VIP, and Dan Drave from Sotic on their work with the Lions tour.
- Dekode‘s Magne Ilsaas published Modularity by Design, an essay on what modular design and development means at Dekode and how it informs their entire approach.
- Urban Airship released a WordPress integration for web notifications, developed with 10up.
- SailThru released version 3.1 of their plugin (VIP News, Lobby post), bringing finer controls for developers and users.
- Storify notified its users of its sunsetting timeline, with the service and web site going offline for good as of May 18, 2018. (Lobby post, Storify’s FAQ)
Media and Marketing Notes
Research and perspectives on the business of media and the practice of marketing.
“The good news: Of those who are not paying for online news now, younger Americans are more willing to pay in the future, possibly because they often already pay for other forms of digital media. The bad news: No more than 2 percent of people surveyed in any country said they are “very likely” to pay for news in the future.”
-Denise-Marie Ordway summarizing a University of Oxford study on paying for news online, in a roundup of the most important digital and social media research from 2017.
“ In addition to using the platform as a reporter’s notebook or to fact-check statements, some people used tweets to really explain the journalism they were doing in a really human way. The explanations were amazing, clear and necessary. But Twitter is the worst place for them.”
-Melody Kramer evaluates the value and limitations of journalistic tweetstorms as they became a much bigger part of the landscape in 2017.
With the year drawing to a close and a new one just beginning, this month we wanted to recognize all of the fantastic work done across the VIP family this year. We are proud to celebrate all of you, our clients, partners, colleagues, and community members. This post from the WordPress.com blog highlights some of this year’s moments and launches from across the Automattic family.
- O’Reilly’s OSCON, which takes place July 18-19 in Portland, OR, is accepting speaker submissions until January 30.
- LoopConf, an annual WordPress developer conference, is happening February 21-24 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Automatticians Mel Choyce and Dennis Snell will be presenting, along with Human Made’s John Blackbourn. Early bird tickets are still available.
- Recode’s Code Media, an immersive, two-day media and technology event hosted by Peter Kafka and Kara Swisher, will take place February 12-13 in Huntington Beach, CA.
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