This Week in WordPress – August 19 to 25-ThemesReviewCentral

You know what time it is? It’s This Week in WordPress livestream time! Well, not this very second, but it will be soon! Today’s the day Nathan and I sit down, yak about WordPress, and get to know you better!

Starting today at 3:00pm Eastern (and every Friday at the same time), I will be sitting down with one of the Elegant Themes team or with a Divi Nation community member to discuss all the cool stuff that happened in, you guessed it, this week in WordPress. You will be able to watch the stream at our Facebook page as it happens, and you will also be able to find it on the Elegant Themes YouTube channel once the stream is over.

So buckle up, it’s time so see what happened this week in WordPress.

This year, the European Union passed a law called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that will go into effect in May 2018. What this means is that any EU citizens who visit your site (whether you are an EU citizen yourself or not) will be protected under much stricter data rules than currently apply. Shaumik Daityari did a fantastic write-up of how this applies to WordPress sites, and you should undoubtedly check it out. Otherwise, you may be subject to up to €20 million in fines. Yikes.

Whether you agree with him or not, it may be worth thinking about the point he makes here: Gutenberg really might fundamentally change how we work with WordPress. Food for thought.

I love React. It’s super cool. Admittedly, I am just learning how to use it and how to integrate it in with WordPress, but I can see why people have gone gaga over it recently. Unfortunately, the Apache Software Foundation disallowed React’s use because of Facebook’s patent license for the library, and that’s thrown a lot of the web development world into a tizzy. Calls and requests for FB to change their licensing have sprung up, and the official response came back a few days ago: nope.

It will definitely be interesting to see how this plays out in terms of WordPress because the Calypso admin interface, Gutenberg, and of course Divi’s frontend visual builder are all built with React. WP Tavern does say that Automattic is cool with the licensing for now. Keywords: for now.

Or they will, at least. WP is built on PHP, so it’s important to keep your versioning up to date (though, full disclosure, I literally only updated my servers to 7.1 from 5.6 yesterday because a plugin I was playing with needed it). The Core PHP Team had a meeting and are currently putting together guides and documentation to help folks out with the process, from docs detailing the importance of upgrading to third-party tutorials and how-tos. So keep an eye out for that, or you can head on over to the Github repo and start contributing to a worthy cause.

I think that’s some pretty neat stuff this week, if I do say so myself. One of my favorite things about the WP community is just how much info there is out there and how much goes on in any given week. There has to be a ton I’ve missed, so let me know what’s going on in your neck of the woods.

Either sound off in the comments, or throw some questions and topics at Nathan and me at 3:00pm Eastern time during our livestream on Facebook. #hinthint. If you can’t make it, don’t worry. The video will live on YouTube and Facebook after we’re finished.

Thanks for being awesome, y’all. Until next time, this has been your week in WordPress.