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 🔥
- 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.
- 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?).
- 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.
- 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.