WordPress 4.9.4 is the first minor release of WordPress in over four years […] where not all users will be receiving an automatic update.

This isn’t by choice – a bug went undetected during the 4.9.3 development cycle, and was only discovered hours after 4.9.3’s release. The bug causes a PHP Fatal error to be triggered when WordPress attempts to update itself.

WordPress 4.9.4 Release – The technical details

A side effect of this is that now (at least in theory?) we have data on how many WordPress sites are currently maintained manually.

(Update: Or not.)

Building for people

You may have heard about “the next billion internet users”, however, I love how Tal Oppenheimer doesn’t focus on “next”, but includes all people on the internet in general when she talks about “Building for billions on the web”.
Here’s a short list extracted from her talk at Google I/O 2016. I’m posting this in early 2018, but it’s clearly just as relevant. WordPress, by the way, seems far, far behind on these goals.

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Go, speak!

During four years, I had a chance to speak at 10 or more WordCamps, including two speaking appearances at WordCamp Europe. For those who may be wrestling themselves about whether to apply for speaking or not, here’s a gentle reminder to just go, speak.

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The future of publishing is that different people can get different content depending on their behavior, demographics, interest and more.

And if that’s the case, you … have to put that content in a dynamic container that can appear anywhere.

And your engine no longer is about rendering pages or posts. Instead, it is focused on pulling together the right “blocks” for you.

In the future, people won’t create pages. They’ll create various kinds of content and allow an engine to dynamically display different views of that content at different points along the journey.

Chris Lema on Gutenberg, the new WordPress editor

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John Maeda on the future of e-commerce:

… I heard stories of developers’ customers as having prosperously selling on the major platforms like Amazon.com or eBay.com and with the majority of their revenue coming from them.
And then comes the one aberrant day where they fall down on customer service and get the 1-star rating, and then another. Even though they manage to recover, it’s too late and their store gets delisted.
The next month they need to file for bankruptcy because they were all-in on platforms that they didn’t own and control.

It got me to thinking about, “Who do the major selling platforms exclude?” And also, “What’s the most inclusive model of eCommerce out there?”

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The Future of eCommerce is Inclusion

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