WP Weekly 05 / The New Jazz

Who does not like new stuff? A lot of new jazz appeared in the WordPress ecosystem this week, from templates to plugins to a marketplace. Plus, the talking heads to decide if auto-updates should be kept enabled or disabled for bigger websites after the upcoming WordPress 5.5. release.

New Launches 💡

  • Elementor Templates Library added to the PowerPack Elements plugin. In the initial launch, 150+ creative section design blocks have been made available for quick layout building.
  • Gijo Varghese has launched a new speed optimization plugin called Flying Press. Another competitor for WP Rocket plugin, one the most popular in the WordPress website optimization space.
  • Elegant Themes has launched the official Divi Marketplace for 3rd party addons & themes. A good move for the ecosystem of Divi users – wonder if Elementor would do the same?
  • Not new but new to me, a social sharing plugin called WP Socializer. Rajendra Zore shared this as “WP Socializer is a clear winner in Free Social Sharing Plugins”. For sure, looks good!

Extended WordPress Bits 🤠

  1. Elementor world… is buzzing as usual like the new official integration of Elementor with LearnDash (plugin for courses). David McCan took a deep dive exploring OoohBoi Steroids for Elementor.
  2. Blocks Life… here is an index resource to keep up with everything Gutenberg development related. While we wait for WP 5.5. release – here is a chance to share your ideas for WP 5.6 release.
  3. Big Google… no wonder41% of the first page of Google search results is taken up by Google products“. And, John Mueller of Google shared “… forget everything you read about link juice”.
  4. And the Unsplash saga… in the WordPress community continues. The latest is Matt Mullenweg adding a one-star review with a detailed comment on the Unsplash plugin listing – more splashes!

Quick Bits 👍

[The View] WP 5.5 & Auto Updates 💣

WordPress 5.5 release will extend auto-updates feature to plugins and theme(s) updates. This looks like a good decision for small WordPress websites using a limited number of plugins and not much custom code.

However, for large websites with a lot of plugins and custom code like membership, courses, e-commerce – leaving auto-updates enabled may not be the best way forward. Obviously, there are ways to disable auto-updates selectively. Which way are you leaning? Keep auto-updates enable or disable them?

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