On Becoming a WordPress Core Contributor 🎉

I have made my first WordPress core contribution. This has been a long time coming. I am super excited — I think Ahmad & I — we are the first couple to have contributed to the same WordPress release! Isn’t that amazing! 🎉

June 8, 2017

Life

I’d probably never jump off the bridge, but when all the cool WordPressers are doing something (including my soulmate Ahmad Awais), it’s usually worth at least considering. That said, after thoroughly enjoying a couple of the core contribution posts that have circulated around the WordPress community, I decided to pull off one for myself. The last 6 months has been great so far but I have an incredible news to share with your guys.

📣 WordPress 4.8 “Evans” just got released and I made my first ever contribution to the WordPress core. 🎉

🙌 How I Did It?

Throughout these years, Ahmad has consistently been encouraging me to step up my game as a developer. He tells me how awesome it feels while contributing to an open source software and then getting a credit on such a big scale. Now that I’ve achieved this milestone — which is certainly like a dream come true —TBH I feel that I should have done this sooner.

Despite the fact, that it’s my first ever contribution, and a very small one, (I am just so happy) — there are so many things about WordPress 4.8 that makes me happy? Let’s now go through them.

👉 WordPress 4.8 “Evans” is Here

Named in honor of a jazz pianist, WordPress 4.8 is all set to be downloaded and updated in your dashboards. It is a major release with not so many significant changes in it. Its cherry on the top features are:

  • Link improvements.
  • An updated text widget that supports visual editing.
  • Three new media widgets covering images, audio, and video.
  • And an upgraded news section showcasing all the recent news.

🔗 Link Boundaries

Of all these new features, link boundaries are the key highlight for me. I know first-hand how frustrating it can get while you’re working around adding and editing links. Why? Because, most of the time, your new text ends up linked. So, as the core team calls it:

With link boundaries, a great new feature, the process is streamlined and your links will work well. You’ll be happier. We promise.

Yes! I am very happy about it and here’s the video for more detail.

⚙️ Widget Updates

I’ve mentioned shortly that three new media widgets have been a part of WordPress 4.8. These are for images, videos, audio, and text.

  • Image Widget: Adding an image to a widget has been quite accessible even if you do not know how to code. Just insert your image right from the widget settings.
  • Video Widget: A featured video is an integral part of your marketing strategy and WordPress 4.8 has eased off things here as well. With this all new video widget, you can now add a video from the Media Library to any sidebar of your website.
  • Audio Widget: Using an audio file in a widget is now a simple task that is achievable with 4.8. Just upload your audio file to the Media Library. Then go to the widget settings, select your file, and your job is done.
  • Text Widget: The text widget has become even richer. You can add and format any type of text widget where ever you want — and that too in very little time.

🗞 What’s More With the News?

The news section has got a major update and is now focusing on drawing your attention to the events. This means WordPress is now looking forward to thriving better with community meetups and gatherings. Now you can get the news of all the upcoming WordCamps and official WordPress Meetups right from your dashboard.

What’s Your Take on WordPress 4.8?

Like I’ve said earlier I’m super excited about it because this release is not only special but I’ll also cherish it. So, what are your views about it? I’d love to hear your feedback. Drop in your comments or reach out to me via Twitter. For more details, you can follow these links.

Cheers!

MaedahBatool

I’m a WordPress Journalist cum Researcher who can turn the torrent of words into something of acceptable length. Currently, I'm a part of WPTie and offering my services as the Creative Director. I've been reviewing several plugins, themes and frameworks.

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