WP Weekly 104 – Begins

Like the last year, the action for The WP Awards 2022 edition begins very soon. The notable buzz this week: new page templates in LiveCanvas, TasteWP now with a premium plan, useful checklists collection for agency owners, a form plugin got acquired, and do we need toxic scorekeeping in the WordPress ecosystem?

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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • New Launches… TasteWP, a service to set up WordPress installs for testing and development, has launched a premium option at $3.98 per month per website (yearly), where WP install does not expire and comes with 20 GB space instead of the regular 1 GB. Also, Jeff Starr has released an all-new Simple Ajax Chat Pro plugin for adding unlimited chat forms on a WordPress website.
  • Product Updates… LiveCanvas v3 got a big update with the addition of readymade page templates featuring a collection of 60+ Bootstrap 5 based original and lightweight HTML starter designs. Fluent Forms 4.3.9 update added two useful features: hCaptcha field support in the conversational forms and the ability to change column width with a simple drag and drop routine.
  • Cool Resources… a very useful collection of free checklists for website agency owners for sales, care plans, and more, under the “additional resources” section at the GoDaddy Pro Academy. Also, check this visual WP Admin Reference resource to quickly reference elements from wp-admin and use them in your plugins.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. Acquisition Train… Themeisle’s Pirate Forms plugin has been acquired by WPForms and is closing. The existing Pirate Forms users will see the automation migration tool to the WPForms plugin in their WordPress dashboard. Also, the existing pro users of the Pirate Forms plugin will get a one-year license of the WPForms Pro plugin.
  2. New Integrations… now you send an email newsletter or one-off emails to MemberPress members from within WordPress Dashboard with the new MailOptin integration feature. Also, selling courses and products using Studiocart now support various triggers like new order, lead captured via the free Thrive Automator plugin.
  3. Dev Focus… here is in-depth information by Ross Wintle on managing WordPress websites with Git and Composer. As a part of the initiative to open-sourcing theme designs, now WordPress theme designs are available on Figma for everyone. Also, Brian Gardner shared about the big update to the Frost theme project.
  4. Devs using Pods… the Pods 2.9 Beta 2 is here with the much-requested repeatable fields feature for various field types; here is a demo video of how they look and work. Also, Pods addon ‘Page Builder Toolkit’ has added support for the free and paid versions of Elementor, Beaver Builder, and Generate Blocks.
  5. WP Perspective… James Giroux highlighted why we need more recognition in the WordPress ecosystem, insightful for sure! While Rob Howard wrote about the pressure, focus, and toxic scorekeeping behind the ‘five for the future’ project endeavor in the WordPress ecosystem.

Quick Bits 👍

  • New combo of Yoast SEO and Bertha AI writing goodness!
  • Check the cool new look of the Restrict Content Pro website.
  • A Shit Show a new podcast by Bob Dunn and Nathan Wrigley.
  • New Gutenberg 13.6 changes like create more template types.
  • WordPress 6.0.1 RC 1 version is now available for your testing.
  • WordCamp Europe 2022 session videos now at WordPress TV.

The WP Awards 2022: Begins!

After the successful, The WP Awards 2021 edition, here begins the action for the 2022 edition. A total of 2138 votes were submitted the last year with a lot of social sharing, nominations, and buzz. Since the last year, email list and social reach have doubled – so expect things to multiply in The WP Awards 2022 edition.

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