WP Weekly 119 – Learn

Learning in the WordPress space never stops. Here are a few new resources for enhanced learning in the form of a new project called Ollie and new courses for Spectra and building blocks. Also, understanding different views on the relevance of the freemium model for WordPress plugins and what is changing about iThemes.

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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • New Launches… Mike McAlister has announced a new project called Ollie, promising to be an educational hub for the next generation of WordPress creators. Also, Divi users can look forward to the new Divi Teams feature that allows invited members to access to Divi products, support, Divi Cloud, and more.
  • Got Noticed… automatic background removal from photos feature has been added to the free Enable Media Replace plugin by the team behind ShortPixel. This feature will be free of charge for reasonable usage. Also, GeneratePress site library has added two new beautiful themes named ‘Plumber’ and ‘Workout’, checkout!
  • Learning Resources… Dave Foy has released a new Spectra 101 course on WP 101 website covering how to use the Spectra block plugin for creating WordPress websites. Also, check out the free course for creating custom Gutenberg blocks by Carlo Daniele at the Kinsta Academy.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. Product Updates… the perfmatters plugin 2.0.0 with a new admin bar menu redesign with quick access to features and the option to hide it. Builderius Pro has added support for custom fields created with MetaBox plugin. Fluent Support 1.6.6 has added a new trigger for the ticket-closed workflow. Groundhogg CRM has added integration for the PostMark email service.
  2. Dev Focus… WebDevStudios has announced taking over the development and maintenance of the WP Search with Algolia plugin. Also, the Plugin Dependencies plugin is now available, which allows plugin authors to identify which other plugins must be installed so that their plugin functions as expected.
  3. Freemium Yes or No… Alex Denning concluded, WordPress(.)org platform is ineffective for plugin distribution in 2022 for free to premium plugin journey. On the contrary, Matt Cromwell feels the opposite is true and strongly believes in the freemium model and the power of the WordPress Plugin Directory. What works for you?
  4. WP Perspective… following up on the removal of the active install growth chart, Mark Zahra shared this decision was made in May in a private Slack and won’t be reversed. However, discussions for a possible alternative solution are ongoing. Also, making sense of the current state of the Gutenberg project, published by David McCan.
  5. WP Ecosystem… one of the oldest brands in the WordPress space, iThemes with popular plugins like BackupBuddy, iThemes Security – is going through a pivotal change for a stellar future with new roles for Kathy Zant and Taylor Waldon.

Quick Bits 👍

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