02 Feb 2023

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WPTavern: WordPress Training Team Seeks Feedback withย Individual Learner Survey

In 2020, WordPress began prioritizing education as critical to the project's future, launching Learn.WordPress to support beginners to advanced learners with free educational content. Over the past two years, WordPress' Training team has been instrumental in building and expanding this resource with synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities, as well as downloadable lesson plans for instructors to use in live environments.

In 2022, there were 12,000 people who took a course on Learn.WordPress.org. The course catalogue has grown to include everything from getting started with WordPress to building custom blocks, in addition to 140 shorter tutorials, and a nearly continuous stream of live online workshops.

WordPress' Training team has published an Individual Learner Survey as part of a needs analysis for the free resources available on Learn WordPress. It is the first phase in the project which aims to expand and improve the materials produced by contributors. It takes approximately five minutes to complete and will cover a few basic demographic questions, learning styles, and also gauges respondents' interest in the possibility of a WordPress certification program.

The survey is open to all who have used Learn WordPress resources as well as those who have not yet explored them. If you have a few minutes, take the survey and send some feedback to help make the resources more useful in the future.

02 Feb 2023 6:04pm GMT

WPTavern: WordPress.com Introduces Browse Mode, Style Book, and Push to Global Styles Features

WordPress.com users are getting early access to some of the major new features that are shipping with the upcoming WordPress 6.2 release. The platform rolled out Browse Mode today, describing it as "an easier way to navigate the Site Editor." This is one of the most impactful changes coming to customization, as it unifies the design and makes it less confusing to navigate than previous iterations.

The Gutenberg plugin shipped Browse Mode in version 14.8, released in December 2022, and the feature is on deck to be rolled into the upcoming WordPress release.

WordPress.com also introduced users to split block settings, along with the ability to preview style options with the Style Book and apply design changes sitewide with the "Apply Globally" feature. One thing the platform did well in this announcement was to answer the user question, "Why would I need this?" for each new feature:

When to use this feature: You're curious about switching up the colors or typography on your site, but you want to know what it'll look like, especially within specific blocks, before committing.

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WordPress.com launching these features to millions of users demonstrates high confidence in their readiness for use in production on the platform.

Self-hosted WordPress users will get this update in a couple months. Beta 1 is expected on February 7, with RC1 planned for a month later, and the official release scheduled for March 28, 2023. Those who want these features now can get them today by installing the Gutenberg plugin, where they have been tested for months by more than 300,000 users.

02 Feb 2023 3:36am GMT

01 Feb 2023

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Post Status: When Gutenberg Phases End โ€ข Priorities in Onboarding Contributors โ€ข Redesign Roll Outs

This Week at WordPress.org (January 30, 2023)

What happens when we reach the end of a phase in Gutenberg? Josepha shares what this means for additional features and requests in the WP Briefing. Josepha also posed a few questions at how we prioritize doing the work of contributing while onboarding new contributors and ways to simplify the experience new contributors have. Finally, get an early look at the design changes coming for Hosting, Jobs, About, and Dev Blog.

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01 Feb 2023 8:29pm GMT