It’s time for my weekly roundup again. This week of WordPress news has been an interesting one. So, let’s dive right in.

The focus of last week was mostly on the release date WordPress 5.0 with the inclusion of Gutenberg as a primary goal. As you can imagine, there was a lot of discussion on the various blogs about the suggested release dates. As soon as there’s something new to be mentioned about those release dates, we’ll let you know here. But for now, let’s dive right in!

WordCamp Nordic

An interesting new WordCamp was announced this week by lead organizer Marco Martins: WordCamp Nordic. As you can probably gather by its name, it focuses on the Nordic, or Scandinavian, countries in Europe. The first edition will take place in Helsinki, Finland and will include a Contributor Day and a Community Day additional to the event day itself. And yes, there will be saunas. How can you not when you’re in Finland, right?

If you’d like to know more about it, you can read WP Tavern’s interview with the organizers or head straight to the site of WordCamp Nordic.

I’m glad WordCamp Nordic is finally happening after two years of talking about it. I’m also excited to see other kinds of regional WordCamps happening outside of WordCamp Europe and WordCamp US.

WooSesh

WooSesh, an online conference about WooCommerce will host its first edition on October 18 and 19. If you build WooCommerce stores in any way, this all-new virtual conference for WooCommerce is for you. They have a very interesting line up of speakers and to top it all off, attendance is for free. Check out their website for more information.

Core Privacy Component Roadmap

Heather Burns, who led the introduction of the privacy component in WordPress 4.9.6 has suggested a roadmap. If you’d like to stay updated and/or help out, now would be a great time to get involved.

Gutenberg Release Candidate 1

The last versions of a software before go live are called Release Candidates. The Gutenberg project has released the first Release Candidate this week. If you’d like to know more about what exactly is in Gutenberg RC1, Mattias Ventura explains all in his introduction post. By the way, if you’re curious what’s planned for Gutenberg after it’s been included in WordPress Core, phase 2 and its focus was announced as well last week.

SiteGround WordPress Ambassadors

One of our WordPress hosting partners, SiteGround, announced they’ve started sponsoring, what they’re calling, SiteGround WordPress Ambassadors. So, much like our Yoast Diversity Fund, they’re helping out people being able to speak at WordCamps who otherwise might not be able to. I think this is a great example of contributing back to the WordPress Project and I’d love to see more companies in the WordPress ecosphere doing things like this.

That’s it for me for this week. Enjoy your weekend!

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Welcome to the first of my weekly Remkus’ Roundup post. This is the beginning of a series where I’ll share what’s happening in the WordPress community. Let’s start with this week!

The road to WordPress 5.0

The most important news of this week revolves around two blog posts over at the Make WordPress Core blog. The first one is from Matt Mullenweg in which he explains his plan for WordPress 5.0.

In case you’ve missed it, WordPress 5.0 is considered a major release with the inclusion of a completely new editor experience named Gutenberg. We’re very excited about the possibilities that Gutenberg adds to WordPress. So much so, that if you’ve activated the Gutenberg plugin on your site, we’ve added two blocks to the editor already.

Matt Mullenweg explains in his post what the road towards 5.0 is going to look like. He also explains how the Core team is going to make sure all angles are covered via various focused teams. One of those teams, the JavaScript Packages team, will be led by our CTO: Omar Reiss. Omar will focus on integrating JavaScript packages on NPM.

Following Mullenweg’s post, the second post I’d like to highlight is Gary Pendergast’s post on the same blog. It’s about the Proposed WordPress 5.0 scope and schedule. In it, he outlines a proposed schedule that looks like this:

  • Beta 1: October 19, 2018
  • RC 1: October 30, 2018
  • Release: November 19, 2018

Meaning, that if all goes well, WordPress 5.0 will be available before the end the year. I myself, couldn’t be more excited about this!

Bonus blog post: Gary Pendergast’s call to action post on his own blog about to get involved with the integration of Gutenberg into WordPress 5.0 is worth a read as well.

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The next edition of WordCamp Europe will take place in Berlin next year. WordCamp Europe holds a special place in my heart, as I’m one of the co-founders. For that reason, I’m pretty excited about what the seventh edition will look like. If you’ve never been there, I highly recommend you take a look at what we did for this year’s edition. Without a doubt, we’ll do our best to make next year’s edition even better!

Tickets are being released in batches, so get them while they’re hot :) . See you in Berlin?

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