? This is the March 2020 edition of “This Month in WordPress with CodeinWP.”
Hey WordPress fans, welcome back to our monthly roundup of news from our community. You’ll hear about lots of happenings; some you will enjoy and some you will probably not agree with. But that’s life, isn’t it?
In brief, let’s say farewell to the featured themes in the repository, embrace new awesome features that will soon be part of the WordPress core, accept the nasty things we can’t really control (e.g. the cancellation of WordCamp Asia 2020), and treat trouble with a positive mindset (as in the case of Duplicator plugin attacks that affected one million sites).
It’s always the same, going in a loop, the good and the bad. Read on to learn more about all these interesting changes in WordPress.
March 2020 WordPress News with CodeinWP
Goodbye Featured Themes, For Now
After announcing in November that the Featured Themes section on WordPress.org will provide recommendations carefully curated by the Theme Review Team (TRT), suddenly all the enthusiasm is gone.
After a first attempt to update that section with unique themes, TRT just removed the Featured tab completely from the directory. Even though they stated that it’s only a temporary decision, the guys mentioned that it was getting hard to pick themes that would meet all the special requirements they wanted. Let alone the fact that it was also hard to avoid biased choices.
“We did not hold any meetings with votes because there were concerns that people would only root for their own theme, their friends’ themes, or even get paid to suggest themes.” – Carolina Nymark from TRT.
For what it’s worth, you can still find the featured themes in your WordPress dashboard, but there are only a few entries added during the first (and last) attempt to keep the section alive.
Lazy-Loading Images in WordPress Core
This article was written by Adelina Tuca and originally published on CodeinWP.