In this edition:

  • New Newspack features and blocks coming Tuesday
  • Campaigns get a little harder to dismiss
  • Get our meetings on your calendar

WordPress 6.0 changes arrive Tuesday

If you missed this week’s publisher’s call, you can still catch the recording of a terrific presentation by Adam Borowski, who leads our development efforts. He ran through the new features coming in the next major release of WordPress, which of course underpins Newspack.

The 6.0 update comes out Tuesday.

Please watch the recording here, starting at 9:40 to see the new goodies on the way.

They include:

  • the ability to highlight and cut, copy or paste just portions of paragraphs, rather than the entire block. This is more intuitive and familiar.
  • selecting and transforming several blocks into a Row block, distributing them horizontally. This is in addition to the existing ability to simply group them in their orignal shape.
  • insertion of quick links by adding [[ to the text, which brings up a search function for any post on your site. It adds the title of the post as a link.
  • locking blocks in place to prevent movement, though content could still be changed.

Small but important change coming to campaigns

In the coming week or two, we’ll be eliminating the language that appears at the bottom of a prompt that allows a reader to permanently dismiss it.

We recently added that option for inline prompts, but this will apply to both inline and pop-up prompts.

Evolving reader use and best practices for conversions are leading to this change.

So this language, which could be set by the publisher, and the settings panel called Dismiss Button Settings will be gone.

We’re developing other options for frequency, too, other than Once and Once a Day, based on our research and work with partners. Of course, the Until Dismissed frequency option will be a thing of the past soon because there won’t be a way to dismiss the inline prompts, which don’t have an X to close them.

Derrick Koo of our development team gave a presentation during this week’s call that covers the change, starting at 6:30 in this video.


Get our regularly scheduled meetings on your calendar with a couple of clicks

We have a meeting every other Tuesday at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. This is for publishers and developers to get together, but it is by no means mandatory. Most of the meeting is turned over to guest speakers for professional development, or to one of our team members to highlight a major change to the Newspack platform. We use this meeting to update you on business and product developments, as well.

The next meeting is May 17.

And here’s a handy way to get them all on your calendar:

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We also hold a 30-minute How To session each Friday at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. We offer a quick look at one topic, block, feature or other useful maneuver. You can see how these work by going here for or small-but-growing library of videos. The password is ilovenews

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