WordPress Slack went missing, blocks are expanding but need some taming, a popular source of free stock photos is changing, to a lot of new updates to various popular plugins in the ecosystem – all covered in this issue.
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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖
- Got Noticed… Expand 2021 is a free online event via Adam Warner at GoDaddy Pro. Grab your free ticket for this event with an interesting speaker line up. Also, the 10up team has relaunched their Eight Day Week plugin that helps you to manage web to print routine within WordPress dashboard, including export to Adobe InDesign.
- New Updates… check the detailed sneak peek and demo of all new editor in the Gravity Forms 2.5 version, which is based on the blocks editor interface. While SEOPress 4.5 plugin has added the option of multiple opening hours like morning and afternoon slots, and additional HTML sitemap improvements.
- Social Bump… a new social share widget is available to Elementor users of the Ultimate Addons plugin. Also, check new features in Novashare 1.1.7 social sharing plugin like floating bar mobile options, hide total share count, and inline content option for CTAs.
Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥
- Core Ecosystem… WordPress Slack went missing, and users shared about only seeing the message “wordpress.slack.com has been deleted”. Here is the backstory of what went wrong and how it was fixed. Also, here is more on the pre-planning of the upcoming WordPress 5.8 release with the notable full site editing feature.
- Blocks Life… Gutenberg 10.3 update added improvements to navigation block, inserter enhancements, more theme blocks, and performance changes. The block patterns directory is taking shape similar to the plugins directory. And, here is a new tutorial to make block patterns (and get them in the block library).
- Taming Blocks… don’t like block editor suggesting new blocks while creating posts? Well, you can turn off the block directory using this code snippet. Also, here is a new free plugin to disable full-screen mode in the blocks editor (in case you find it annoying).
- Dev Focus… Custom Post Type UI plugin version 1.9.0 now supports displaying Custom Post Types and Taxonomies in WPGraphQL. Understanding why the codebase for the GraphQL API for WordPress needs to be hosted on a monorepo. And, here is how to use Timber library for creating ACF Blocks (in ACF Pro).
- Let’s Learn… a new free workshop video for an introduction to developing Gutenberg blocks. Also, exploring a lot of ways you can duplicate page, post, and other content on your WordPress website. Finally, here is an easy to digest comparison table of advanced data display features in various popular page builders.
Quick Bits 👍
- FluentCRM 2.0 new feature of multipath conditional automation.
- Oxygen builder announced a new bundle plan and price hike.
- Jetpack is 10 years old accumulating millions & billions in stats.
- Should you create a free version of your plugin for the repository?
- Wpmudev team shared a detailed Q1 roundup & future path.
- The PHP security issue, what WordPress users need to know!
[Get Unstuck] Use Paid Stock Photos 💭
Well, ship stuck at the Suez canal wasn’t the only surprise. Unsplash, a popular source of free photos among WordPress users has been acquired by Getty Images. Personally, I prefer to use Deposit Photos as gives a downloadable license for every image used in website projects. Get unstuck, use paid stock photos!