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Juliette Reinders Folmer published a proposal for WordPress to end support for old PHP versions on a set schedule. She wrote the proposal after Matt Mullenweg, WordPress co-founder and project leader, looked for solutions. This came after he closed a Trac ticket last week aimed at ditching support for PHP 5.6 and increasing the minimum version to 7.1. And this already for WordPress 5.6, which is expected in December.

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Over the weekend, Matt Mullenweg announced on Twitter that Apple was holding back updates to the official WordPress iOS app (operated by Automattic). The app includes external purchase methods that bypassed Apple's in-app purchases. However, Automattic does not sell anything for WordPress.com. On the outside, it seemed like Apple was forcing a free app to add in-app purchases and then share in the profits (currently 30%).

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Three days ago Juliette Reinders Folmer (@jrf) published a track ticket with the request to increase the minimum supported PHP version (from 5.6 to 7.1). This happened because the current release plan for WordPress 5.6 no longer contained any information stating that the minimum PHP version should be upgraded. As everyone knows, such changes are not set in stone. Still, it's annoying.

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Within just one week, the Enable jQuery Migrate Helper plugin has already had more than 10,000 active installations. As of today (end of November 2020) it already has 200,000 installations. The plugin was developed by the core WordPress team to mitigate jQuery-related issues that users might face after upgrading to 5.5. The problems seem to be so serious that there is already an article on them in the German blog. WordPress removed jQuery Migrate 1.4.1 with version 5.5. However, it literally "destroys" many themes and plugins because many of them use outdated jQuery functions.

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Node, React, Vue, ... Everything new. Only jQuery somehow got stuck in version 1.12.4. It's not as if there hasn't been any further development. It was simply forgotten to deliver the latest version. Blame? Probably also the development around Gutenberg. But that will now be made up for. There was a first change in WordPress 5.5.

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The release of WordPress 5.5 is planned for August 11, 2020. This version development focused on “speed, search and security”, including more than 1500 changes to the block editor interface, more than 150 improvements and functional requirements, and more than 300 bug fixes. In this post we report on the 20 most interesting new features in this version of WordPress.

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The WordPress themes team has removed the “Astra” theme from the official theme directory. The news came just weeks after becoming the first non-standard WordPress theme to cross a million active installs. The theme is now listed again. However, it no longer appears on the popular themes page at wordpress.org. Astra is not the first theme with such a suspension.

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Unsplash released its own WordPress plugin at the end of July. This should make it easy for users to easily integrate photos from the image platform.

Unsplash released its own plugin for WordPress at the end of July, which was developed together with the XWP team. The plugin connects the over 1 million free high-resolution images from Unsplash with the WordPress editor. Matt Mullenweg only awarded one star. This article explains why.

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Last week, the Automattic marketing team took a positive step towards curbing the perpetual confusion between WordPress.org and WordPress.com: The company's press page was updated with a notice for journalists writing about Automattic.

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WordCamp US 2020, which was originally scheduled for October 27-29, has been canceled. Organizers moved to planning it as a virtual event in April, but the ongoing tense situation with Covid-19 in the United States has resulted in the event being canceled entirely. The decision was announced on the WCUS website:

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The WordPress community team has officially updated its guidelines for WordCamps, which are slated to be online-only events for the rest of 2020. The six WordCamps scheduled by the end of the year had already planned to use an online format, but the guidelines also include local meetings.

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Last Thursday, Vova Feldman published an article asking that we stop blaming plugin authors for the plethora of admin messages that users are bombarded with every day. The real culprit? The lack of a proper notification mechanism in the WordPress core.

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It's a question one gets asked a lot: "How do you overcome your own weaker self?"

The answer is very simple and I couldn't put it more aptly than Gerald Hörhan in his last video: There is no weaker self when you see and have so many opportunities. The desire to just want to do something makes the bastard disappear.

Link: https://youtu.be/cPQpKo77w8o?t=30m40s

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Can you become a millionaire as a software developer? A participant in the live chat asked Mr Hörhan this question. The answer is yes, if you do it right and earn> € 120,000 per year. This is currently (2020) possible despite the corona crisis. However, it is better if you set up your own software house. https://youtu.be/YOXVFH53Ps4?t=48m20s

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“I have fairly simple investment strategies and good timing. Instead, tenacity and discipline. So almost boring or conservative. But that is something that leads to success. If you start at the right timing, repeat this over and over, and do it in a disciplined manner, you will eventually get rich. That is in the nature of things. ”Gerald Hörhan on YouTube: https://youtu.be/YOXVFH53Ps4?t=28m

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In my current mastermind, there were two suggestions:
1. The Facebook group: Jobs for digital nomads
2. The website: https://www.jobmensa.de/

The reason for “digital nomads” is that they have often already worked with the various tools (Asana, Zoom, etc.), which means that the training period is shorter.

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Gerald Hörhan said in his live chat today that it works quite well through paid events. The following applies here: the more expensive the event, the more interesting the people there are. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0RQ1cUZpak

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In times of Corona (or in general) you should always buy the entire market. This works best and easiest with ETFs. The MSCI World is always good. An ETF in the QQQ is currently also good (NASDAQ).
Accumulating and physically replicating from BlackRock and Validity are best.
Example: https://www.justetf.com/de/etf-profile.html?query=IE0032077012&groupField= index & from = search & isin = IE0032077012

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Advertising spending is generally falling because the economy is doing badly in times of Corona. This also makes the ad spaces in the major networks cheaper: Google, Facebook and Co.

This in turn ensures increasing income for entrepreneurs who work purely digitally / online.

Source: https://youtu.be/QUvzn-AVVBg?t=1563

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Anyone who has read my WordPress newsletter for a long time knows: I read a lot. Not as much as Stefan Merath, for example, who wrote in his book that there were times when he devoured 150 books a year. Now I've decided to make a complete list. Divided into categories. Have fun!

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It's quick to say: "I am an entrepreneur!" Every self-employed and freelancer will have called themselves that at some point. When you're an entrepreneur, you do something. And that's what self-employed people do, too, don't they? Here is a possible starting point for becoming an entrepreneur from a self-employed person:

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Yesterday I had a long, very inspiring conversation with Sven. That has now spurred me on to write something about the morning routine and why it is needed for personal development and success.

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Soon there will be something on the subject of asking questions.

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My WordPress newsletter has been around since the beginning of 2015 (you should register). I have always written my newsletters exclusively in WordPress. Back then with the “old” Classic Editor. Recently with Gutenberg. I think it's so good that I wrote a plugin that automatically sends me all contributions to Cleverreach. Here's how I did it.

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In this blog post I would like to describe how to set up PHP-FIG coding standards in PHP-Storm. It does not matter whether you want to use PSR1, PSR2 or the newer (currently not released) PSR12.

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In addition to the tutorial on how to set up the PHP-FIG coding standards in PHPStorm, I wrote this help page. It describes how to set up Composer in PHPStorm.

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For a long time I wanted to write down which tools and software I use. Here is a list:

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The last month has been rough. Normally one would think that August was the quietest month in the southern home sphere. Many are on vacation. But something crazy has happened in the WordPress world: someone “forked” WordPress. The fork is now called ClassicPress. What a fork is, why WordPress split up and what that ultimately means for all WordPress users, is in this article. Continue reading →

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Those who develop diligently also have to take a look at the PHP error file. It is best to keep the file open all the time. If that is too annoying for you, you can configure PHP-Storm in such a way that it outputs a message when the error file has been changed. Continue reading →