WP Weekly 46 – Fickle

Things can be really fickle when your favourite tool changes suddenly, like the recent goof-up with the user avatars plugin. Staying constant and not fickle are new plugin releases, products updates, and more summits – all covered in this issue.

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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • Got Rebranded… Affiliate Royale plugin has been rebranded into Easy Affiliate with newfound direction. Besides the leader AffiliateWP, SliceWP is another plugin climbing steps fast in the affiliate plugins space. Also, see why Astra theme changed name of their product plans to essential and growth bundles!
  • Better on WordPress… love how easy it is to start a newsletter on Substack? Well, you can do the same on WordPress with Newsletter Glue with everything under your ‘control’. While the new Chili Search promises to be a better alternative to the default WordPress search by being a faster, more accurate, and reliable full-ajax search.
  • New Plugins… James Hunt has released a new plugin that optimises YouTube embeds in the WordPress Gutenberg block editor for core web vitals (GDPR compliant and privacy-focused). While Ivica Delić has released Widget Detector plugin for Elementor users to find all Elementor Widgets that are used or missing on pages and posts.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. Big Goofup… when single-purpose WP User Avatars plugin was repurposed into full membership plugin keeping users in the dark. Users have revolted by adding a lot of 1-star reviews on the plugin’s listing, as the owner tried to explain his side of the story. Fortunately, there are already alternatives in the form of plugins like simple local avatars, basic user avatars, and WP user avatars.
  2. WP Ecosystem… ownership change at Post Status is happening, as Brian Krogsgard has given full control of this project to much experienced Cory Miller, who is excited about the future direction. Also, check advice from 50 founders of various WordPress businesses beautifully summarized at WP Founders website.
  3. Web Summits… are still going strong and more coming. WPengine has announced Summit 2021 (June 24, 2021), an all-digital event for developers and marketers. Also, the second edition of the WordFest event is taking shape (July 23, 2021), the festival of WordPress.
  4. Blocks Life… Page Builder Framework theme has introduced its first Gutenberg block, Notice Block for displaying notices in your content and also added support for the popular Generate Blocks plugin.

Quick Bits 👍

  • New WooCommerce checkout for Ultimate Elementor users.
  • Toolset now integrates with Blocksy, Sydney, and Total themes.
  • WP Activity Log has announced new pricing plans for its plugin.
  • Elementor users now have their own forum community space.
  • WordPress 5.8 release to drop Internet Explorer 11 support.
  • Material You is the next stage of Material Design from Google.

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Upcoming Events 💬

Oct 03, 2022: Future of Contributing to WP, this event will feature Josepha Haden (WordPress Executive Director), Abha Thakor, and me (Davinder).
Oct 10, 2022: The WP Awards 2022 voting starts for all.
Oct 11, 2022: WooSesh virtual conference for WooCommerce user.
Nov 10, 2022: Agency Transformation Live, an in-person event in the UK.

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