Developer Blog Editorial Meeting – 01 June 2023

A complete transcript of the meeting can be found in the #core-dev-blog channel in Making WordPress SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at

Attendees: @greenshady (facilitator), @marybaum, @milana_cap, @ndiego, @webcommsat, @mburridge


  • Site updates and new posts
  • Project Board
    • In the works
    • Reviews needed
    • To be approved
    • new discussions on topics
  • Open Floor

Site updates and new posts

The “What’s new for developers? (May 2023)” post was tweeted about from the official WordPress social media accounts. Attendees were encouraged to re-share to their networks.

Project Board

In the works

New Posts published since the last meeting:

Topics that are currently in progress:

It should be noted that Adding custom color options for blocks has had a change of direction from what was previously approved, but this change has been approved by @greenshady and @bph.

The following posts have previously been approved and are on the to-do list. Some of them already have authors;

Reviews needed

Currently only one post is in need of review:

To be approved

The following topics were approved:

These will be converted to issues and the discussions closed. Prospective authors who would like to contribute to the Developer Blogblog (versus network, site) are invited to select one of these to work on, that hasn’t already been assigned an author.

New discussions on topics

Two topics are under discussion and have not yet been approved:

Regarding the first of these, it was considered that the topic is not yet defined enough. It also mentions using a third-party theme and a third-party pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party which prompted a discussion on whether third-party themes and plugins should be promoted in the Developer Blog. The consensus on this was that they should not be promoted in this way.

With regards to the second topic that was discussed, it was considered that the remit is too broad but that there may be some good ideas for individual posts contained within it.

Open Floor

@greenshady asked whether it might be best to allow linking/mentioning to only coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.-owned plugins/themes (i.e., official products), retaining a policy of not linking to third-party plugins/themes?

There was some disagreement on this but eventually the consensus was that only mention of made plugins/themes should be allowed.

@greenshady also suggested that it might be possible to draw a hard line on this, but allow the editorial group to decide when an edge case pops up.

A distinction was made between personal repos used for demo code in a post, and “products” such as themes and plugins in the WordPress repository.

A ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. will be opened to continue this discussion.

Also briefly discussed at the end of the meeting was updating the guidelines to make the review process clear.

Props to @greenshady for reviewing this post.

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