Before you we dive in today, a quick word from Matt Mullenweg on whether there will be a State of the Word this year, “We’re exploring how to best recap this year and talk about possibilities for 2021 in a State of the Word like online event.” Cool!

This WordPress pop-up has driven me crazy for a while “There is an autosave of this post that is more recent than the version below.”, and while it still don’t understand why it pops up as often as it does this article goes a long way in clarifying a very basic feature in WordPress, PublishPress, Your Guide to the Autosave Feature for WordPress Posts: “If you write blog posts in your browser, you have probably had the gut-wrenching experience of losing content.”

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Gutenberg Block Patterns for Everyone to Find

It’s only a discussion, but from WP Tavern, WordPress Contributors Discuss Launching an Official Block Pattern Directory, “Shiels asked for feedback on several questions, such as how block patterns could be represented in search results and how previews could accurately reflect how a pattern might appear with different themes. One of the most important considerations he raised: Should the Block Pattern Directory be limited to patterns using only core blocks?” These days I love all things Gutenberg – technically loved it from the start but love coming across more of these discussions – and anything that makes it easier to understand and integrate these new technologies for WordPress makes me happy.

Omnichannel Alphabet Soup

How’s this for a bunch of letters, “BFCM SMS?” I’ll translate, Black Friday Cyber Monday Short Message Service (aka texting). I’m amazed by how powerful texting is in the sales process, Omnisend, SMS Reloaded for the Holidays: “SMS is a no B.S. way to drive more sales this holiday season. In fact, last Black Friday, SMS hit 7x higher conversions than email-only campaigns.”

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