WP Weekly 19 – Wait is Over

Over a period of time, Kadence Theme and Rank Math SEO plugin has built a good user base. Well, the wait is over for their users as Kadence theme’s free version makes debut, while Rank Math is finally launching the pro version. This and a lot of WordPress buzz, comparisons, and who bought whom in this issue.

What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • Making Waves… the pro version of RankMath SEO plugin launches on Nov 09, 2020. Besides the plugin, buyers also get access to exclusive discounts from their partners (which happens to be other popular WordPress products).
  • Good news… for Kadence theme users as the free theme version is now available in the official WordPress theme repository. It might soon rub shoulders with likes of Astra, OceanWP, GeneratePress on popular themes listing page.
  • Comparisons… Mike has updated the comparison of top page builder plugins by CSS & JS files sizes for 2020, Oxygen and Beaver Builder shine at the top. While Jack Arturo lists top membership plugins for the WP Fusion platform.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. Dev Focus… Project Huddle is now using refresh token rotation for cross-domain authentication. Also, noticed this – to spin up a WordPress install instance for free to taste WordPress easily!
  2. In the News… LearnDash website has a new colorful look, their new logo design did raise a few heads in FB communities (which they seem to have modified now). And, Uncanny Automator plugin joins the WPBeginner growth fund.
  3. More news… EIG (Endurance International Group) famous to acquire web hosting companies got acquired itself by Clearlake. Let’s see if this will disrupt web hosting space, again! And, a timely reminder about investing in the future of WordPress.
  4. Blocks Life… Automattic added over 100 beautiful block patterns for WordPress.com users. Generate Blocks plugin added fancy shape dividers and gradient overlay features. And here is an update where full website editing is going with Gutenberg 9.3 release.

Quick Bits 👍

  • EDD added auto-updates support for licensing extension.
  • MailPoet gets better with new form editor & other features.
  • LifterLMS free broke the 2,780 downloads a day milestone.
  • Oxygen 3.6 released with edit mode, custom units, & more.
  • A series to build an online booking website with Meta Box.
  • Joe Casabona launched a podcast for WP Year in a Review.
  • WordCamp Finland 2020 on Nov 12 for good online learning.
  • Clarity from Microsoft is here, a Google Analytics competitor.

[Fixing] Auto Updates in the next WordPress 👍

The new auto-update feature in WordPress got users thinking and with recent auto-update accidentally adding alpha version stuff, thinking gone deeper. Moving to address this, here is how the option to disable auto-updates will look in WordPress 5.6 version and the developer focussed discussion to hide it.

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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