WP Weekly 12 – Guten Fortunes

At the launch, Gutenberg plugin got a lot of negative reviews but now things are different. More and more people are showing love for Gutenberg as it has made a solid integration within WordPress. With the next major release in Dec 2020, blocks editor should become richer. Changing fortunes and perceptions, right?

What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • Plugin Focus… Easy Plugin Demo plugin automates the process of creating a sandbox for your themes, plugins, and content (requires multisite). Daniel Post is launching social image generator plugin, which looks interesting and could be a real time-saver.
  • Dev Focus… DebugPress is a new free plugin for debugging WordPress powered websites. Also, check insights into the best setup for development on a local WordPress environment.
  • WordPress Report… “on average, plugins receive twice as many reviews as themes” and “Gutenberg plugin represents about 5% of all negative plugin review”. Read it all this and more interesting insights in State of WordPress 2020 Themes & Plugins report.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. New Owners… Godaddy has acquired another WordPress company, this time it is SkyVerge popular for their WooCommerce plugins and eCommerce email marketing platform called Jilt.
  2. WP Agency Summit… is brewing with diverse voices from the world of WordPress. Get your free virtual ticket to catch all the goodness along with live hangout sessions (yep, notice me?).
  3. Block Life… Kadence or Qubely, which one is for you? David McCan has published an exhaustive comparison. Plus, Gutenberg 9.0 version teases posts query block and navigation screen.
  4. WordPress vs Jamstack… is getting a bit of attention. So, Matt Mullenweg is not a fan of Jamstack and then came open letter about what folks get wrong about Jamstack. And, here is another perspective on this from Matt Medeiros.

Quick Bits 👍

  • WooCommerce Builder added for Elementor & PowerPack users.
  • New Elementor Templates Pack from Templately collection.
  • Free templates like footer, content & more for Elementor.
  • New dynamic text feature makes ‘Thrive’ pages more personal.
  • RankMath SEO plugin hit half-million installs (& Pro coming soon).
  • Now Spotlight plugin lets you link Instagram posts & articles.
  • What’s new in 3.4.0 release of WooCommerce Blocks Plugin.
  • Reducing colors in the core (and WordPress Dashboard).

[Watch Out] FB & Insta Embeds 💥

If you have been embedding Facebook or Instagram posts in the WordPress posts, like by directly adding their URLs. Well, time to re-visit them as the default oEmbed for Facebook and Instagram won’t work from Oct 24, 2020 on WordPress.

Upcoming Events 💬

May 16, 2022: GenerateWay, with Tom Usborne of GenerateBlocks.
Jun 20, 2022: 4th edition of the Page Builder Summit is here.

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