WP Weekly 113 – Money

The money flow continues with a new acquisition, which famous WordPress people invested in Atarim, and where did Automattic put its money now? Close on the heels, payments and managed WooCommerce space is also getting attention with new launches from GoDaddy and Bluehost

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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • AI WordPress Magic… here is a newly launched AI powered tool for content writing within WordPress Dashboard, GetGenie Ai promises SEO-optimized content writing and more. Also, the beta version of the AI powered text to image generator (imajinn) by Aaron Edwards is now available; looks impressive for sure!
  • New Newsletters… Ua Vandercar has launched a new email newsletter called Orbital Email for sharing news, tips, and tools from around the Gravity Forms plugin ecosystem. While Ben Townsend has re-launched the WP Deals email newsletter that sends hand-picked WordPress product deals to your email inbox.
  • New Features… the Page Builder Framework theme has introduced the related posts feature with various options in the pro addon. While Ninja Forms has added the ability for users to edit any entry or their submitted form entries. And, The Events Calendar 6.0 update gave a major overhaul for the creation and management of the recurring events feature.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. Managed WooCommerce… hosting is getting attention from many big names in the hosting space. GoDaddy is launching open access beta of managed WooCommerce service for US-based customers that comes with less expensive GoDaddy payments and more. While Bluehost has just launched its eCommerce solution where users get managed WooCommerce website hosting along with exclusive access to the Yoast SEO and YITH WooCommerce plugins.
  2. Acquisition & Money… Francisco Opazo has acquired a content scheduling, organizing, and publishing plugin called the Strive Calender for WordPress users. While Atarim has closed the first funding round from popular WordPress people like Joost de Valk, Marieke van de Rakt, Devin Walker, Andrew Palmer, and Matt Russell. Also, Automattic has made an investment in GridPane, a self-managed WordPress hosting platform.
  3. WordPress 6.1 release… here is an opportunity to join the WP 6.1 release squad members of WP 6.1 on Sep 13, 2022, as they will conduct an informal preview of the major features in this upcoming release. Also, check an exhaustive recap written by Carlo Daniele of all new features in the upcoming WordPress 6.1 release.
  4. WP Theme Updates… check a few selected style variations for possible inclusion in the upcoming official TT3 (Twenty Twenty-Three) theme. Also, Anders Norén has released the Björk theme, promising to be a fast block theme for blogs and personal websites.
  5. WordCamps Action… the second round of WordCamp Asia tickets sold out 200+ tickets within 20 minutes, and the third round of tickets will be available soon. For all the WordCamp US action that happened over this weekend, check this blog post for a live recap from the GoDaddy team. And, for more interesting threads and photos shared by attendees via the WCUS hashtag on Twitter.

Quick Bits 👍

Fresh WP Plugins Stash of this Week!

New Free Plugins… noticed this free slider plugin called Depicter with a visual drag and drop editor for creating fancy sliders on your WordPress website. While Ronald Huereca has released a free block plugin AlertsDLX for displaying alerts and notifications that use Bootstrap, Material UI, and Chakra UI.


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