WP Weekly 16 – Money & Direction

From big money numbers of WordPress plugins business to changing the direction of a product. This issue focus on SeedProd revamp, discovering the fastest WordPress theme, making sense of block patterns, Yoast getting SEMrush firepower, GitHub actions, and much more.

What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • Interesting revamp… for SeedProd plugin known for Coming Soon Page and Maintenance Mode functionality. It has relaunched as a landing page builder with all new drag and drop builder. Also, see how WPMU Dev transformed its business model from many plugins to a premium agency solutions provider!
  • Big numbers… selling $55k per month side project for $1m+ – Pippin Williamson from Sandhillsdev shares this and dig further into monthly recurring revenue numbers, inspiring insights for sure!
  • The fastest WordPress theme… can have a lot of contenders. What makes GeneratePress theme the fastest among the competition and how version 3.0 adds to this endeavour? No wonder we see reviews like 12 years and still going strong, by Brian Jackson.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. More Speed buzz… AVIF Image format support has been added to Autoptimize plugin. Also, keeping things snappy – Google Chrome is deploying HTTP/3, the latest version of the HTTP protocol.
  2. Plugin Focus… Beaver Builder free version is so much better now with the addition of new modules to the lite version. David Waumsley explains about this goodness. Also, for privacy conscious users, check this new plugin which serves Gravatar images locally.
  3. Blocks Life… are widgets ready for building with blocks in WordPress 5.6? Also, make sense of block patterns use and features with this detailed guide for block patterns. Finally, the first full website editing theme called Q theme is live in the WordPress repository.

Quick Bits 👍

  • Yoast 15.1 added SEMrush integration for keyphrases data.
  • Novashare with new styles, button labels, & column layouts.
  • Oct 2020 Vulnerability Roundup from iThemes & WebARX.
  • Insights: Switch to Windows for local WordPress development.
  • Here is how to publish a blog post into a Twitter thread!
  • Do follow Google rules when using Web Stories plugin.
  • Pre-configured Preset Workflows coming to AutomateWoo.
  • WP VIP shares security checklist for election time surge.
  • Jamstack vs WordPress, what happened in round two?
  • Using GitHub actions for automated testing routines.

[oEmbed Fix] for Facebook & Insta Posts 🤖

WordPress is ending support for Facebook and Instagram embeds. If you add Facebook post URL in the editor, it would auto-generate nice preview within post content – but this won’t work beyond Oct 24, 2020. To keep your embedded Facebook and Instagram posts working use these free plugins for Facebook and Instagram posts.

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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