📆 This is the October 2020 edition of “This Month in WordPress with CodeinWP.”
Hello! We are back after witnessing another month of interesting stories from our WordPress community.
What we want to present to you today contains several cool news items that will shape your future as a WordPress user.
Robert, our summer intern, helped with research and content for this roundup, the same way he did for the previous one.
So let’s find out more about the WordPress 5.5 release that broke a few sites, the new WordPress theme directory rule for mild violations, the changes in the WordPress support forums, Matt Mullenweg and his latest dispute, and a lot more important stories.
Enjoy the read!
October 2020 WordPress News with CodeinWP
Some of the impacted themes are Astra, Storefront, Hestia, Neve, ColorMag, and a lot more. On the plugin side, SiteOrigins Widgets Bundle, Advanced Custom Fields, AMP for WP, WooCommerce Services, Ocean Extra, and Rank Math SEO were some of the big ones that were broken by the change.
If you want to avoid complaints from your users, you should update your tool right away. Joost de Valk posted a list of the affected extensions in WordPress 5.5, which you can consult for your users’ safety.
If you rolled back to an older WordPress version after seeing the errors, you should update to WordPress 5.5.1 because this is the release that is meant to help you fix all the issues.
By the way, if you have any general feedback regarding the latest major WordPress release, fill out the form in this post.
Astra’s recent suspension from the official repository pushed the Themes Team to deliberate over a universal rule to apply to all themes if similar incidents take place again.
When Astra creators violated the guidelines by using affiliate links in the back-end, the Themes Team and the entire community were caught by surprise because there were no standing penalties for this exact mistake. Which burst into confusion and controversy. More details here.
A month later, the Themes Team came out with an official response. From now on, similar violations will result in the delisting of the respective theme, which means that the theme will be temporarily hidden from search but, at the same time, will be available for updates and will still exist in the repo.
This kind of punishment only applies to mild violations like honest mistakes or stuff that’s not stated in black and white in the official guidelines for theme authors. As in ‘miscellaneous’.
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That sums up our October 2020 WordPress news roundup. Anything we missed?
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