WP Weekly 110 – Flurry

This week has seen a flurry of new releases like Spectra, Dollie, Flux Checkout, and a new Elementor Course. Also, new feature additions for the Formindable Forms, FluentCRM, WPFunnels, and Visual Composer. And, not to miss – sticky points on WordPress leadership and distractions from WPDrama!

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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • Big Releases… the upcoming block editor addon Spectra 2.0 version has been released with the Flexbox powered new container layout system, and the pro version dynamic content feature will launch soon. While ‘Dollie’, the Cloud Platform Builder for WordPress has announced Dollie 2.0, focusing on blueprints with real-time customizer, staging sites, and client management.
  • What’s New… learn to build custom websites with Elementor builder through the new Elementor 101 Course by Dave Foy over at the WP101 website. Also, make your WooCommerce store checkout distraction-free, clean, and super easy for users with the newly launched modern Flux Checkout interface theme layout.
  • Forms & Funnels… Formidable Forms now has an in-built feature to automatically generate a PDF file from the submitted form entries. Also, WPFunnels now allow funnel for email leads capturing independently without the need for WooCommerce with beautiful conversion optimized funnel templates.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. Free & Paid Models… Lesley has decided to close the free version of the Newsletter Glue plugin, and moving forward will only focus on the paid-only version. Check this Twitter thread for a few insights behind this decision. While Jon Christopher is close to launching the paid version of OrganizeWP is thinking of a pricing model of a one-time payment for one major version release.
  2. WP Ecosystem… now that the new design of the WordPress org homepage is live (and controversy around it is forgotten), Jamie tried to create the same homepage design in 20mins – did he succeed? Also, WP Engine has announced new contributor days for their employees to contribute to the WordPress core.
  3. Product Updates… Visual Composer 45.0v release has introduced a blank page wizard feature allowing you to quickly start page creation by selecting either theme default layout, blank page layout, or custom layout. Also, FluentCRM 2.5.95v release with improved automation features for split testing, wait action, and more.
  4. WP Perspective… does WordPress leadership have a public relations problem? Brian Coords gives a low down and how this affects our ability to solve real problems of WordPress. And on a positive note, Eric Karkovack highlighted why we ‘freelancers’ should not get consumed by WP Drama (those viral talking points).
  5. WordCamps Action… WordCamp US will be a collective effort of 40 organizers from North America (United States, Canada, and Mexico); here is the 2022 Organizers Map to see where organizers are from. Also, the call for speakers for WordCamp Asia 2023 is open till Sept 15, 2022 – submit your application!

Quick Bits 👍

Fresh WordPress Plugins for this week!

This plugin is a ‘work in progress’ that lists which template or template parts are being used when you are in the FSE (Full Site Editing) world. While Marcus Burnette has released a Classroom Library plugin that catalog books and create a check-in/out system for students.

Also, noticed these two utility plugins: Simple PHP Info plugin by Josh Mckibbin allows you to view the phpinfo table in a dashboard widget. While Large Images Uploader helps you upload big file size images irrespective of size limits set on your hosting server.

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Upcoming Events 💬

Feb 11, 2023: WordCamp Cebu at Mandarin Plaza Hotel, Cebu City.
Feb 17, 2023: WordCamp Asia at Bangkok, Thailand.
Feb 20, 2023: Page Builder Summit online event.

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