Welcome to our Weekly WordPress News section! There are many things happened since I wrote last weekly news updates. First of all, I was not able to write weekly news updates last week which is quite bad. I’ll try to write it on weekly basis from now on.
One of the important news last week for WordPress community was the donation of domain WP.org to WordPress foundation by Syed Bakhi – the founder of WPBeginner. It is a commendable decision. He said in his blog post:
For majority of you, this doesn’t mean anything and life goes on as usual. For those who’re more involved in the WordPress community, this is a huge deal because now you can type wp.org in your Tweets, Slack messages, Facebook statuses, etc without cursing at me or WPBeginner.
Another important news, I would like to share here, is the launch of mobile-friendly testing tool by Google. Since then the company has announced that there are mobile searches on mobile than on desktop, mobile websites optimization has become an objective of it.
Some of you may heard and used existing Google’s webmaster tools like PageSpeed Insights and Mobile Friendly Testing but these are not very popular among the developer community. The new tool is great with simple and intuitive design, offers some unique features. Test your WordPress website now and see where you rank in term of page speed score. You may want to get detailed report about your website ranking indicators from Google by entering your email address.
At the end, lets talk about what was going on WPPaid and in WordPress community in last two weeks:
News and Articles
- WordPress 4.6 to drop Open Sans in the admin panel – WordPress decided to drop Open Sans fonts from admin panel in favor of system fonts from 4.6 version. Learn more how it will affect the community.
- Syed Balkhi’s donation of WP.org to WordPress foundation – You won’t be redirected to WPBeginner.com when you will type wp.org in browser now.
- Google launched mobile-friendly testing tool – An analysis of Google’s new webmasters tool.
Tutorials and Guides
- 13 Best drag and drop WordPress page builder plugins – Our guide about best drag & drop WordPress page builder plugins in the market.
- 7 free WordPress plugins you must install – Learn how to speed up your WordPress blog or website by installing best FREE plugins.
Freebies and Resources
- SiteGround WordPress Hosting – A comprehensive analysis of why SiteGround is one of the best WordPress hosting.
- Xplorer WordPress theme for portfolio
- Furnace free WordPress theme
- Blogging GPL bundled WordPress theme
- Perfect Rent WordPress real estate theme
- Forge free drag and drop page builder for WordPress
- Web Design responsive WordPress theme
- Monstroid WordPress theme for your business
- TemplateMonster 10% off on all products
See you next week with more amazing WordPress news, tutorials and freebies links.