Bucharest WordPress Meetup March 2016 News: Facebook’s WP plugin for Instant Articles; Poject Nami; CSS Variables; WP apps updates

  1. New updates for the WordPress mobile apps;
  2. Facebook’s WordPress plugin for Instant Articles;
  3. Platform 5;
  4. Project Nami: WordPress for Azure SQL Database/SQL Server;
  5. CSS variables are finally in Chrome.

New updates for the WordPress mobile apps

The latest update brings:

  • support for devices that have fingerprint scanners;
  • a better media library interface with a cleaner look;
  • a better interface for uploading multiple images and videos;
  • and of course other minor fixes and improvements.

 

Facebook’s WordPress plugin for Instant Articles

Together with the announcement that its Instant Articles program will be open to publishers, Facebook also announced a free plugin for WordPress who will allow creating Instant Articles directly from the platform. The plugin can be used out of the box for standard WordPress installs but it also supports extended outputs to cover custom templates. The plugin can be downloaded for free from GitHub.

 

Platform 5

Platform 5 is a plugin developed by PageLines offering a new experience for working with WordPress. Basically we’re talking about a drag and drop interface with a lot of components and a lot of options really easy to customize. Platform 5 is written in JavaScript and can be downloaded for free from the PageLines website. Obviously PageLines need to monetize somehow their Platform 5 so on their extensions page you’ll be able to find also a section dedicated to professional extensions which can be purchased.

 

Project Nami: WordPress for Azure SQL Database/SQL Server

For the developers who need the WordPress to work with the performant Azure SQL there are some great news: Project Nami is an open source WordPress deployment built specifically for Azure SQL Database. Designed and optimized to run on Azure SQL Database. You can read the entire article here.

 

CSS variables are finally in Chrome

Starting with Chrome 49 CSS variables are fully supported. Variables can now be declared by using double dashes, for example ‘–primary-color: #ccc‘ and then they can be called elsewhere using the var() function. The browsers who support CSS variables are only Chrome 49, Firefox 43+, Safari 9.1 and iOS 9.3 but, considering the popularity of Chrome, probably the remaining browsers will integrate them soon.

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