“This week in links” number 2

“This week in links” number 2

The experiment seems to work quite well as I have received a lot of very positive feedback on the first “edition” of “This week in links”.

And I am back at it, not exactly a week since, as I knew that today something important was going to happen.

Here we go for this week:

As the dreadful date of November 19 draws closer, there seem to be more and more articles published about the arrival of WP 5.0 and the new editor “experience”. Some quotes from a brilliant piece that is worth the read.

Enabling idiots one block at a time

WordPress is a top-notch professional product. And it must remain such. The concept of blocks, galleries and similar nonsense may appeal to clueless phone users, who will then blithely swipe this and that block of whatever here, add a drop-cap, use a colored background and similar nonsense.

This is a regression. A horrible regression to the 1999 era of GeoCites and alike, when people cobbled websites like they were some post-apocalyptic scavengers in a color-induced Mad Max nightmare. Gutenberg breaks the strict rigor and separation of style and content, and it makes the professional work of designing a website into a joke.

Kinsta comes this week with an interesting comparison of plugins that do incremental backups. Compared to the more traditional backups, doing the process in increments saves heaps of disk-space and can also be done much faster. Apart from this, the other main difference with the more traditional plugins is the price tag: none of these plugins are free to use.

A new initiative Protect My WP says to save your site from the carnage that WordPress 5.0 can cause. They offer various ways to protect your site including a private consultation for EUR 50 only! Definitely something to consider for people who only now are hearing the news that the new WP version is going to have some changes.

On Delicous Brains there is an article about the Advanced Custom Fields plugin and how priceless a plugin it has been and still is.

And last, but certainly not least and something we have been working very hard on since the end of August with a team of volunteers from around the world:

ClassicPress. The business-focused CMS. Powerful. Versatile. Predictable.

ClassicPress is a hard fork of WordPress 4.9.8 and today we released our very first alpha version, codenamed „Sunrise”, to the world for testing. We have made minimal changes to it, probably one of the more noticeable is that we increased the minimum PHP version to 5.6.
You will notice the use of “we”, that is because I am one of the Founding Committee Members of ClassicPress.

Although we do not encourage using this alpha version of ClassicPress on live sites, people with an eye for detail will notice that the WP Tips site is in fact doing just that and is doing so fine too :)

Who knows, in the future this site might be called CP Tips instead?