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AMP Stories are now Web Stories… and they’re pretty cool

I know, right. I don’t say things like “pretty cool” but AMP stories are now called Web Stories, have a WordPress plugin, are officially supported by Google, and feature a simple drag-and-drop interface to allow you to create mobile friendly content which looks like this:

The above utilises a dedicated Gutenberg block to embed a web story in a post. Now, if you’re viewing this content on a mobile or tablet, click here to view the Web Story directly.

This actually is pretty cool.

Web Stories allow you to create “slideshow like” content, which mix (for example) animated gifs, videos, your own annotations, buttons, and etc.

Think of a web story as a standards-compliant slider, which works really well on a handheld device, and you’ll be close.

But think more than this – think of a slider, which ranks in search, directly, and can help you to tell… well, a story.

Heads up, marketers of WordPress, you just got a really solid new tool.

View web stories for WordPress on the dedicated website, here. Install the plugin here and have a play.

Leave a comment below if you like, dislike, or otherwise have something to say about Web Stories.

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Blog Posts

Backward Compatibility Vs Technical Debt

Here’s an interesting explanation of the “Eternal Struggle” between Technical Debt and Backward Compatibility (in a WordPress context) from WP CLI maintainer, Alain Schlesser.

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WordPress Governance Project to Launch 15 Jan 2019

Another one of those quick announcement posts, but this one is really important and an interesting step in the right direction for the Open Source WordPress community.

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The Twenty Nineteen Theme

Along with WordPress 5.0, came the Twenty Nineteen theme, and it seemed like something I should grab with both hands too, so, if you’re wondering what the Twenty Nineteen theme looks like… then wonder no more, you’re looking at it! 

Pretty cool.

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WordPress 5.0 is Here! (I’m running it, and it works!)

WordPress 5.0 is live and kicking, and brings with it a new editor experience, in the form of Gutenberg.