Today’s edition of my roundup consists of lots of little interesting bits and updates. It’s been a relatively quiet week, as far as news from the WordPress Community is concerned. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to share! Let’s talk some more about Gutenberg integrations and eCommerce solutions!
In my previous Roundup, I listed a couple of interesting Gutenberg related solutions, and quite a few people reached out to me privately that they’d like to see this more often.
So, with that in mind, I’d like to share Adam Silverstein’s MathML block for Gutenberg. This Gutenberg block uses MathJax to render MathML formulas in the editor and on the front end of a website. It’s a niche plugin, for sure, but a very cool one for those of us that need to display fancy math formulas on our sites.
You may think that Gutenberg isn’t quite ready yet for building full web pages, but Rich Tabor suggests otherwise. With more than a dozen custom blocks already available in his CoBlocks plugin, the addition of Row and Columns blocks takes things to the next level. You can now add one, two, three, or four column block areas and, with that, start crafting beautiful web pages within the block editor.
As you may have read in my previous Roundup, Joost took on a new role for the WordPress Project as Marketing & Communications Lead of WordPress. One of the first things he managed to get done in his new role is a much-needed update to the WordPress Roadmap. If you have never read it, now would be a good time, as it now clearly lists the 9 priorities for 2019.
Extending your WordPress site with an eCommerce plugin nowadays is quite easy to do. Especially with one of the two largest eCommerce solutions out there for WordPress: EDD and WooCommerce. And even though there’s very little you cannot do with either of those two plugins, there’s always room for more options. One of the companies seeing room for improvement is BigCommerce. They’ve been around for a while, but recent updates to their plugin make their solution more interesting. Check out their recent announcement post to see what makes them stand out.
There’s one more thing I’d like to share. I came across an interview with Ernst Pfauth that I’d like to share with you. Even though this only slightly touches WordPress, I do think you’ll find it interesting. Ernst is co-founder and CEO of The Correspondent. And no, that’s not built on WordPress, but Ernst did start using WordPress back in 2006. The interview, over at our friends from Post Status, has lots of great insights that I think are also relevant for our WordPress world.