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I am proud to have been a mentor in the Second Cohort (2024 Q1) WordPress Contributor Mentorship, a six-week program that strengthens the contributor process for WordPress. I was one of 28 mentors who supported 52 mentees in extensive learning and contribution to WordPress Core and the latest 6.5 release in real-time.

Director of Open Source Initiatives Jeff Paul also served as a part of the WordPress Contributor Working Group, which manages the program.

If you’re interested in learning more about 10up’s leadership in the WordPress community, and how our expertise can help your organization reach its digital goals, get in touch.

Fourteen 10uppers Contribute to WordPress 6.5

Earlier this month, WordPress released version 6.5, “Regina”, bringing significant editorial experience improvements, including the much-anticipated Font Library. Fourteen 10uppers contributed to Regina, a reflection of 10up’s commitment to giving back to the open web.

WordPress 6.5 empowers site and content managers with several editorial experience enhancements, including:

  • A brand new Font Library, enabling typography management directly in the Site Editor.
  • A smoother, more controlled drag & drop experience when rearranging blocks in the list view.
  • The introduction of Data Views to better organize data in pages, templates, patterns, and template parts — editors can choose between a table or grid view, and easily make bulk changes.
  • A more in-depth revisions feature, providing editor names, time stamps, and short descriptions of work done on all content.

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Seventeen 10uppers Contribute to WordPress 6.3

Earlier this month, WordPress released its 6.3 update, “Lionel”, bringing with it significant advancements to the Block Editor, notable performance improvements, and other core updates such as accessibility and internationalization enhancements. Seventeen 10uppers made contributions to the release, making a total of 290 contributions to improve the world’s most popular CMS.

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10up continues to integrate AI into WordPress with ClassifAI

The latest 2.1 and 2.2 releases of ClassifAI incorporate new applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) within WordPress, adding new simplifications and enhancements to common editorial workflows.

ClassifAI can now offer SEO-friendly title suggestions generated by OpenAI’s ChatGPT, by analyzing post content and identifying clear words and phrases best suited to boost SEO. This feature offers editors three title suggestions, which can be edited directly in the suggestions interface before making a selection.

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WordPress VIP has named 10up its Top Gold Agency Partner for Q2 of 2023. 10up’s partnership with WordPress VIP continues to create success for our shared clients and drive innovation for the CMS that powers 40% of the web: WordPress. Thank you, WordPress VIP for partnering with us to make a better web.

If you’re interested in learning more about how we work alongside partners like WordPress VIP to build finely crafted websites and tools on open source platforms like WordPress, get in touch.

Introducing HeadstartWP: An Open Source, Nimble Framework for Headless WordPress Sites

Drawing from lessons learned building and supporting dozens of headless sites for our clients, 10up architected HeadstartWP: a jumping-off point for decoupled builds, powered by WordPress and Next.js. HeadstartWP delivers premium 10up craftsmanship with time-saving efficiencies for developers. In keeping with our commitment to giving back to the open web ecosystem, HeadstartWP is now available as a free and open source framework.

A light-weight, highly flexible, and extensible toolkit, HeadstartWP is everything a developer needs to start building a decoupled site using modern, broadly adopted technologies.

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Nineteen 10uppers Contribute to WordPress 6.2 Release

On March 29, WordPress released its first major update of 2023, WordPress 6.2 (“Dolphy”), with major improvements to the site editor experience. “Dolphy” also marks a shift in WordPress’ trajectory, with future releases emphasizing authoring workflows and collaborative experiences instead of theme-level customization.

Some major updates to the site editor experience and workflow include:

  • A new sidebar experience that makes editing site navigation more efficient.
  • Block Settings are now split into settings and styles to make the UI easier to understand.
  • Add new blocks easier with drag and drop capabilities for media and a split view option so you can swiftly navigate categories and previews.
  • Search for free-use images on Openverse directly in the editor.
  • Write completely distraction-free by hiding panels and controls.
  • Copy and paste complete styles from one block to another.
  • Easily push style updates of a block to apply globally.

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