WP Weekly 14 – Beyond Websites

WordPress can easily go beyond regular brochure websites, which is reminded by a slew of new things that extends WordPress beautifully and usefully. Be it a CRM setup or conversion-focused features on WooCommerce store or external services that make WordPress websites faster.

What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • Going beyond… websites, WordPress gets a new CRM solution, called FluentCRM. The launch lifetime offer has email marketing features, and the founder plans to add other CRM components. Here is a quick overview of the email marketing part of FluentCRM offering.
  • New website optimization… feature APO (Automatic Platform Optimizations) from Cloudflare is here. Setup with this plugin to serve your entire WordPress website from their edge network for consistent and fast performance.
  • CommerceKit Plugin… released for WooCommerce Shoptimizer theme users. It adds conversion focussed features like ajax search, countdown timers, order bumps, stock meters, waitlists, and wishlists to your WooCommerce store.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. WordPress Summits… WP Agency Summit featuring 25+ world-class WP agency owners. Page Builder Summit focus on all page builder users be it Elementor, Beaver, or Divi. And, WooSesh virtual conference for WooCommerce store builders.
  2. Blocks Life… Gutenberg 9.1 comes with a lot of changes, like block patterns organized per category. Also, the blocks navigation plugin adds a sidebar for easy editing in Gutenberg blocks editor.
  3. Plugin Focus… MB Custom Post Types plugin to create custom post types and taxonomies has been rebuilt from scratch (UI powered by React). Now, it is an independent plugin and does not need the parent Metabox plugin to work.

Quick Bits 👍

  • WP101 celebrates 12 years, 20% off with 12YEARS code.
  • WPfusion has added support for FluentCRM integration.
  • Elementor 3.0 version, the official page is up & running.
  • Security: 49 vulnerable plugins & themes list for Sept 2020.
  • SEOPress 4.0 with new semi-automatic redirects option.
  • RankMath FB page teases upcoming PRO version features.
  • Yoast SEO 15.0 added table of contents block for pro users.
  • W3C fallout, was Gutenberg accessibility the deciding factor?
  • Publish blog posts as Twitter threads with Jetpack 9.0 release.
  • Easy to use local hosting of web fonts in WordPress Themes.
  • Places to buy or sell WordPress businesses or side gigs.

[Hey WP user] You are amazing ⭐

Hello Beautiful plugin by Michelle Frechette tells you “How amazing you are”, every time you login into WordPress dashboard. It will display a positive message just below “Hello, Your Name”, in the dashboard. Also, Mike Demo writes on making an impact & being a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

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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