The WP Minute – Episode 132


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This is Malcolm Peralty here from PressTitan and this is The WP Minute, Episode 132

Sorry, I couldn’t get an episode out yesterday, my brother-in-law from England was visiting. But today is a new day, and we have lots of news to cover.

Tenon is an accessibility firm and it will be doing a Gutenberg accessibility audit. For more on this, I recommend reading WPTavern’s post that discusses it. I have to admit that paying over $30,000 for the audit of an open source project seems pretty hefty to me. Couldn’t the community self-organize an audit using the talents, skills and connections within the community? Also, checking accessibility on today’s Gutenberg is far different from the version that really sparked this issue. A lot of progress has been made and more probably will be made before the audit begins. It seems a bit like a waste to me.

I work from home. I don’t get out much. If you are anything like me, or just looking to expand your network of like-minded people, then you’ll want to go through Delicious Brains’ post on WordPress, JavaScript and PHP conferences that are going to happen in 2019. I don’t know if I’ll be able to go to any of them, but I would like to get to some local WordCamps if nothing else. Will you be going to any conferences in 2019? Let me know!

Google is working with Automattic to create a system for publishing local news called Newspack. Google wants it to be a low-cost system that makes it easier for journalists to publish content. Though according to the Newspack.blog website, it will be between one and two thousand dollars per month to run on the platform. No offence to Automattic or anyone else involved, but I know that some of the local news agencies here don’t spend that much on their content management system or hosting platform.

There are some big numbers being thrown around when it comes to funding this initiative with over two million dollars already contributed to the project with over one million of that coming from Google. Currently, news agencies need to apply to test the new solution and preference will be given to applicants already using WordPress.

If you want to speed up your WordPress powered website and don’t know where to start, please try out Chariot, our website that walks you through some of the steps that we go through at PressTitan to make a site load faster. You can find it at chariot.presstitan.com.

That’s it for today’s WP Minute, thank you all for watching.

Sources:
WPCampus Selects Tenon for Gutenber Accessibility Audit
PHP, JS and WordPress Conferences in 2019
Newspack Announcement
Newspack Website

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