16 episodes

A podcast from the developers at Blackbird Digital about WordPress and the web. We discuss agency life, tools of the trade, and also interview members of the WordPress community.

We recommend starting with the most recent episode, or find a recent topic or interview that intrigues you!

Send your questions and fan mail to podcast@blackbird.digital, follow us on Twitter as @InTheLoop_WP, and visit https://blackbird.digital for our marketing, design, and development services.

In the Loop: A WordPress Podcast by Blackbird Digital Blackbird Digital

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

A podcast from the developers at Blackbird Digital about WordPress and the web. We discuss agency life, tools of the trade, and also interview members of the WordPress community.

We recommend starting with the most recent episode, or find a recent topic or interview that intrigues you!

Send your questions and fan mail to podcast@blackbird.digital, follow us on Twitter as @InTheLoop_WP, and visit https://blackbird.digital for our marketing, design, and development services.

    16: Just Build It with Aurooba Ahmed

    16: Just Build It with Aurooba Ahmed

    Cory and Phil interview Aurooba Ahmed of Aurooba Makes, a full-stack WordPress developer, WordCamp speaker, and serial plugin, tool, and course author.

    We talk about developing for Gutenberg, goings on with ACF and whether it’s still a must-use plugin (pardon the pun), the myriad of free plugins and tools that Aurooba has built for the good of all, and a teaser of some resources about React for WordPress that she’ll be releasing soon.

    If you have questions about WordPress website development, contributing, or anything else web-related that you’d like to hear us discuss, send an email to podcast@blackbird.digital. You can also find us on Twitter as @InTheLoop_WP.



    ## Links

    Aurooba’s website: https://aurooba.com

    Auroobas Twitter: https://twitter.com/aurooba

    (09:53) WPEngine acquires ACF: https://wpengine.com/blog/wp-engine-acquires-delicious-brains-plugins-including-advanced-custom-fields/

    (14:30) ACF blocks dev preview: https://github.com/AdvancedCustomFields/acf/issues/654

    (17:15) Aurooba’s CPT composer package: https://github.com/aurooba/cpt

    (24:05) Super List Block plugin: https://wordpress.org/plugins/superlist-block/

    (29:51) Replacing core block styles: https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/issues/35848#issuecomment-1017606735

    (31:16) QuickPost plugin: https://wordpress.org/plugins/quickpost/

    (43:46) QuickPost plagiarized twitter thread: https://twitter.com/aurooba/status/1524113112110026752

    (47:26) Plagiarism resolution twitter thread: https://twitter.com/aurooba/status/1521564150211629056



    ## Upcoming WP Events

    WordCamp US 2022, Sept 9–11: https://us.wordcamp.org/2022/

    • 1 hr 9 min
    15: Number Goes Up

    15: Number Goes Up

    Cory and Phil are back for a Dev Chat discussing the impending WordPress 6.0 release, version numbers, market share, and full site editing in the wild.

    If you have questions about WordPress website development, contributing, or anything else web-related that you’d like to hear us discuss, find us on Twitter as @InTheLoop_WP or send an email to podcast@blackbird.digital.



    ## Links

    (3:04) WordPress Version Numbers: https://make.wordpress.org/core/handbook/about/release-cycle/version-numbering/

    (8:52) 6.0 Field Guide: https://make.wordpress.org/core/2022/05/03/wordpress-6-0-field-guide/

    (42:54) WordPress Market Share is Shrinking: https://joost.blog/wordpress-market-share-shrinking/

    (50:54) Google Trends “WordPress”: https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=all&geo=US&q=WordPress

    (59:34) Fragnum Opus FSE: https://fragnumopus.com



    ## Upcoming WP Events

    WordSesh, May 16-20, 2022: https://wordsesh.com/

    • 1 hr 7 min
    14: All the Web's a Stage with Allie Nimmons

    14: All the Web's a Stage with Allie Nimmons

    Cory and Phil interview Allie Nimmons, founder of Beedia Productions, a LinkedIn learning instructor for WordPress, cohost of the Underrepresented in Tech podcast, and frequent WordCamp speaker.

    We talk about Allie’s path through WordPress and how her background in theater complemented those skills, as well as the thrills and challenges of creating educational content for a rapidly-developing software like Gutenberg.

    If you have questions about WordPress website development, contributing, or anything else web-related that you’d like to hear us discuss, send an email to podcast@blackbird.digital. You can also find us on Twitter as @InTheLoop_WP.



    ## Links

    WordPress 5 Essentials LinkedIn course: https://www.linkedin.com/learning/wordpress-5-essential-training

    (28:44) Learn WordPress: https://learn.wordpress.org/

    (37:30) Beedia Productions: https://www.beediaproductions.com/

    (38:16) The Open Source Economist Podcast: https://christiechirinos.com/podcast/

    (39:26) Hysteria Podcast: https://hysteriapod.com/

    (42:03) Allie’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC39T0DQR6LNnLUbw9bTI9CA

    (47:17) Allie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/allie_nimmons

    (47:26) Allie’s Website: https://allienimmons.com/



    ## Upcoming WP Events

    WP Career Summit, April 8 (Allie’s session): https://wp-career-summit.heysummit.com/talks/the-importance-of-culture-fit/

    WordCamp US 2022, September 9–11: https://us.wordcamp.org/2022/

    • 49 min
    13: Accessibility by Default with Bet Hannon

    13: Accessibility by Default with Bet Hannon

    Cory and Blackbird senior designer Jack Watson interview Bet Hannon, web accessibility advocate and founder/CEO of BH Business Websites, an agency that designs, builds and maintains accessible sites. Bet was a speaker at WordCamp US 2021 and is a co-organizer of the Bend, Oregon WordPress Meetup.

    We discuss why and how to do accessible WordPress sites, the good and (mostly) bad of accessibility overlays, some sound business advice about working accessibility into your contracts, and how to impress upon clients that accessibility is their responsibility, too.

    If you have questions about WordPress website development, agency life, or anything else web-related, send an email to podcast@blackbird.digital. You can also find us on Twitter @InTheLoop_WP.



    ## Links

    Bet Hannon Business Websites: https://bhmbizsites.com/

    Twitter @bethannon: https://twitter.com/bethannon

    (13:47) How To Write Alt Text, The Complete Guide: https://bhmbizsites.com/how-to-write-alt-text-the-complete-guide/

    (20:02) Equalize Digital Accessibility Checker Plugin: https://equalizedigital.com/accessibility-checker/

    (33:56) Overlay Fact Sheet: https://overlayfactsheet.com/

    (40:50) Release of Liability Template: https://bhmbizsites.com/release-liability-template/



    ## Upcoming WP Events

    WordPress Accessibility Day, Nov 2-3, 2022: https://wpaccessibilityday.org/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    12: Pajamas & Burnout

    12: Pajamas & Burnout

    Welcome back to a new season of In The Loop! We have some excellent guests lined up this year, but we start off 2022 with a Dev Chat between Cory Hughart and Phil Hoyt about the recently released WordPress 5.9 and Full Site Editing, open source compensation, video games, and Valentine’s Day.

    On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2022, take some time to show your most beloved plugins some love and leave a review!

    If you have questions about WordPress website development, contributing, or anything else web-related that you’d like to hear us discuss, find us on Twitter as @InTheLoop_WP or send an email to podcast@blackbird.digital.



    ## Links

    https://blackbird.digital/podcast/

    (08:49) Crock of Time, Cory’s fermentation logbook: https://crockoftime.com

    (10:27) WPPodcasts: https://wppodcasts.com

    (14:57) Tendo, a block theme by Phil: https://wordpress.org/themes/tendo/

    (18:08) Block locking: https://make.wordpress.org/core/2022/01/08/locking-blocks-in-wordpress-5-9/

    (18:46) WordPress 5.9 field guide: https://make.wordpress.org/core/2022/01/10/wordpress-5-9-field-guide/

    (20:17) 5.8 block style loading: https://make.wordpress.org/core/2021/07/01/block-styles-loading-enhancements-in-wordpress-5-8/

    (23:46) Carolina Nymark on no-code themes: https://twitter.com/carolinapoena/status/1484174134284365826?s=20

    (49:08) White House Open Source Security Summit: https://www.bankinfosecurity.com/white-house-hosts-open-source-security-summit-big-tech-a-18304

    (52:42) #WPTalks Twitter space, “Get Contributors Paid & Attract People to Grow WordPress”: https://twitter.com/i/spaces/1djxXPkkWVoxZ

    (1:01:01) XKCD Dependency: https://xkcd.com/2347/

    (1:04:21) Hacktoberfest drama: https://joel.net/how-one-guy-ruined-hacktoberfest2020-drama



    ## Upcoming WP Events

    WordFest Live March 4, 2022: https://www.wordfest.live/2022/march/

    • 1 hr 14 min
    11: Season 1 Highlights

    11: Season 1 Highlights

    Our final episode of 2021 is here, closing out Season 1 of In The Loop! Today we’re taking a look back at the first 10 episodes with some highlights, so if you have only listened to one or two this should give you a taste of what the other episodes have to offer. There’s a secret tape I found full of holiday spirit and an important announcement near the end.

    If you have questions about WordPress website development, contributing, or anything else web-related that you’d like to hear us discuss, find us on Twitter as @InTheLoop_WP or send an email to podcast@blackbird.digital.



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