Weekly WordPress Roundup #43

Hey, folks!

It’s Friday again (I hope you have a really nice weekend ahead of you) and it’s time to wrap up the latest news from the WordPress community, as happened during the past week.

It’s always full speed ahead in the WordPress sphere and as always there are tons of interesting articles published, new themes and plugins released, new great WP tips and tricks, and it’s something we all appreciate, right?

The journey towards WordPress 4.5 continues according to the plan and few days ago we could read that the first WordPress 4.5 Release Candidate was released. Which means that the version is ready and now it is to get as many people as possible to test the RC version to discover any bugs before the major release is released.

So why not grab a copy to help out the community with testing and should you find any bug, report it so it’s possible to fix the problem in time.

Check out WP Daily Themes Weekly WordPress Roundup #43 and let’s have a look what happened in the WordPress sphere the past week.

WordPress 4.5 Release Candidate

The release candidate for WordPress 4.5 is now available for testing purposes. There are 49 changes since releasing Beta 4 a week ago and you can also read in the release article – WordPress 4.5 Release Candidate:

“RC means we think we’re done, but with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, it’s possible we’ve missed something.”

If you haven’t tested 4.5 yet, now is the time! To test WordPress 4.5, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin. Think you’ve found a bug? Please post to the Alpha/Beta support forum. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.

WordPress Theme Review Team Moves Towards Automating Review Process

Getting a theme approved for the WordPress directory can be very time-consuming and sometimes it takes several months for approval. It all depends on the number of corrections required and reviewers available to handle the queue.

Now the WordPress Theme Review Team consider automating many of the time-consuming checks involved in reviewing submissions and updates. During the most recent meeting, the team approved a list of 13 requirements they are aiming to automate. Read the full story at WordPress Tavern.

WordPress Revolution with GraphQL

This is a very interesting article by Marc Gavalda from Kinsta. He begins with: The REST API is great, however it may already be too late for its release! A new kid on the block called GraphQL – especially the ideology behind it – may prove to be a superior way of working with WordPress.

GraphQL represents a new ideology that makes it possible for the client or consumer of the data to declaratively specify the data it needs for each element. This means that, for example, you can attach a GraphQL specification to a React component and tell the server what kind of data you’ll need and in which exact format, nothing more, nothing less. Read the full article – WordPress Revolution with GraphQL.

Skin – A Free Theme for the WordPress Community

Mohammed Kaludi & Ahmed Kaludi from Magazine3 are the creators behind Skin, which is a free WordPress theme specially dedicated to the WordPress community. It took 624 hours to complete this project with the aim to give something back to WordPress. This is a “giving back” that really stand out from the crowd. What a gift to the entire WordPress community.

Skin is a very flexible, lightweight and fast loading theme with an arsenal of great features which gives your great ability to modify and customize the theme to suit your needs. This is a free theme created in the spirit of giving back we all can benefit from and use freely on our websites.

WordPress Resources:

  • Hooked on WordPress! Introducing the new Hooks Generator
  • How to Pick the Perfect WordPress Theme
  • All in One SEO Pack vs Yoast SEO – The Two Top WordPress SEO Plugins Compared
  • Beginners Guide To Using The WordPress HTML Text Editor
  • How to Manage Multiple WordPress Sites with MainWP
  • Ask Sucuri: How Does Sucuri Clean a Website?
  • Theming Your WP Dashboard: Admin Tools That Should Be Added Into WordPress Core

Product Reviews:

  • Theme Review: Insight Into The World Of Total WordPress Theme
  • Create Effective WooCommerce Product Carousels with WooThumbs
  • Instagram Journal – A WordPress Plugin for Displaying Custom Instagram Feeds on your Site


  • This CEO runs a billion-dollar company with no offices or email
  • How to Build a WordPress Business – An Interview With Macho Themes
  • How to Develop a WordPress Plugin Business, Part 1: An Interview With CaptainForm

WordPress Giveaways:

  • Salon Booking WordPress Plugin Giveaway
  • Themify – Easter Master Club Giveaway
  • CSS Hero Easter 40% Discount and Giveaway


  • 3 Common WordPress Errors & How to Fix Them!
  • WPWeekly Episode 227 – The HeroPress Story with Topher DeRosia

Ending Notes:

That’s all folks for this week. Yet another awesome week in the awesome WordPress community. I hope you can make use of some the tips in the article. Please continue to send in WordPress tips to us so we can add them to our next roundup. Drive safe and have an amazing weekend! See you soon.