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12 Year-Anniversary of WordPress

On May 27,  WordPress celebrated it 12 Year Anniversary and WPTavern interview co-founder Matt Mullenweg for their podcast Grab a cup o’ joe and listen in.

WordPress Versions 4.2.2

The current version is 4.2.2 – if you haven’t updated yet, you should update as soon as possible as it was a security and Maintenance release and keeps your site safe.

New release Version 4.3

WordPress Version 4.3 is scheduled to be released on August 18, 2015. Feature updates are planned for Dashboard & Admin User Interface for single site as well as Network Admin (Multi-site) , the Menu & Widget Customizer, Better Passwords, Favicons. You can follow along the 4.3 discussion among contributors on the Make WordPress site.

Update 4.3 Taxonomy RoadMap
Updates always come with the caveat that there might be plugins that might not preform well after updates. For 4.3 that might be particularly true. Contributors will roll out changes how WordPress handles tags and shared taxonomies in the background.T he core team published a developer guide  with details on “Taxonomy splitting” and its ramification for plugin developers, including a list of identified plugins from the Top 100 list of most popular plugins on the WordPress.org that will be affected.

Automattic aquired WooCommerce

In May Automattic aquired 51% shares of WooCommerce. Matt Mullenweg, CEO of Automattic writes on his blog: “There’s long been demand for better ecommerce functionality, but it’s been outside the scope of what Automattic could do well.” Here is a short video by Matt Mullenweg where he talks about the acquisition of WooCommerce

Give: Free Donation Plugin for Nonprofits

“Democratizing Generosity”, is Give’s slogan. The free plugin allows nonprofit organization to collect donations from their WordPress website without a high cost of ownership. The plugin is published with the Freeium/Add-on model, and works out of the box with PayPal Standard. Add-ons for using Stripe or BrainTree or WeGive gateways cost $62 each for single site license. Test it for yourself or visit the demo site

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