This Month in WordPress: January 2016

This Month in WordPress: January 2016

In January, I’ve read over 150 articles on WordPress alone. (As a proud “article reader”, this number is about a quarter of my monthly article intake.) In this post in Fuel Themes, I’m going to share some of them with you, in case you’ve missed them.

Let’s get to it!

WordPress News Articles & Opinion Pieces

For starters, WordPress 4.4.1 was released in January 6 and version 4.5 development has started. Expected release date is mid-April.

What’s Next for WordPress? – An opinion piece by Brandon Yanofsky, about the future of WordPress from the eyes of different WordPress user personas.

5 Niche WordPress Conferences You Can’t Miss in 2016 – Want more than WordCamps? Check out these awesome conferences to attend to in 2016.

Who Owns WordPress and How Does WordPress Make Money? – A good article by WPBeginner that answers the question thousands of WordPress newcomers ask every day: “How does WordPress make money if it’s free?”

WordPress is Revamping Its Testimonials Page with #ilovewp Social Media Campaign – A story about WordPress’s new strategy on refreshing the Testimonials page… with a hashtag.

Giving Back To WordPress. What’s In It For Me? – Another opinion piece by Topher DeRosia that explains the pragmatic logic of contributing to WordPress.

WordPress Plugins & Themes

2015 in Review: 80 of The Best Free WordPress Theme Releases by Category – A big roundup of WordPress themes released in 2015 by Oliver Dale.

Useful Tips To Get Started With WordPress Hooks – A nice introduction to WordPress hooks (actions and filters) by Thomas Maier in Smashing Magazine.

Twenty Sixteen Theme Review: New Take on Old Favorite – Tom Ewer’s review of the latest default WordPress theme, Twenty Sixteen.

How to Implement Web Accessibility Guidelines in WordPress – A good, long read about the web accessibility guidelines and how to implement them with plugins.

The Ultimate Guide to Legally Protect Your GPL WordPress Plugin Business Against Trolls – When you license your WordPress product with GPL, “trolls” can try to sell your product and hurt your business. this article helps you understand the legal boundries of GPL licensing and how to combat with those “trolls”.

The Concept of “Plugin Territory” in WordPress – An article about the “plugin territory” by, ahem, yours truly.

The Pros and Cons of WordPress Page Builder Plugins – Do you use page builders in your theme? That’s great… or is it? Check out this article on the advantages and the disadvantages of page builders.

Deployer App Pushes Plugins from GitHub to – A sweet tool by Arūnas Liuiza that lets you update your plugin code and send it to GitHub, then automagically push the updates to

WordPress Tutorials

Introducing the WP REST API

How to Reset Your WordPress Website

How to Use Asynchronous PHP in WordPress

How to Disable JSON REST API in WordPress

Beginner’s Guide to Data Sanitization and Validation in WordPress

IFTTT and WordPress: Automating (Almost) Everything  You Do With Your Website

The Ultimate Guide to WordPress Permalinks

WordPress Development for Beginners: Learning PHP

The 20 Best WordPress Facebook Groups You Should Join

Fortifying Security in WordPress

Working With Responsive Images in WordPress Core


I hope you enjoyed this month’s recap–I know I did, while reading or skimming through all these within the month. If you believe there should have been another article or news story that needed to be shared here, don’t hesitate to add the post you’ve read (or written) in the Comments section below.

Thanks for reading!

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