The blocks pattern directory is now flowing with cool layouts made with core blocks (that’s for the future). For the current client websites, check a bunch of new templates released for Elementor, Divi, and more. Also, new things like implementing custom cursor, WP news Chrome extension, and big updates to LifterLMS and iThemes Security plugins.
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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖
- Templates Stash… Astra has added 10 new starter templates for specific website niches of a food blogger, fashion influencer, and travel blogger for Elementor users. While, DiviWP has added 10 nice-looking Divi builder landing page templates for email sign up, sales, and lead generation. Finally, a super neat IT solutions template for Qubely addon for Gutenberg block editor users.
- A Nice Surprise… as Local from Flywheel, a tool for local WordPress website development is making all Pro features free from Jun 29, 2021. Is that the result of the popularity spread of the new and fully free DevKinsta tool? Does not matter, and now WordPress users have two free solid tools for developing WP websites locally.
- New Features… PowerPack for Elementor added two new cool features of custom cursor when hovering over a specific section and wrapper link to hyperlink whole column, section, or widget. After Elementor and Divi, WooFunnels has added deep integration of their product for the Oxygen builder with 70+ pre-built Oxygen templates.
Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥
- Big Updates… one of the top choice for building courses on WordPress, LifterLMS version 5.0 has new student information forms building with blocks like interface and dynamic data shortcodes. Also, the new iThemes Security Pro 7.0 has added a lot of enhancements including new onboarding, security templates, more user control when using on client websites.
- Plugin Updates… the developer edition of Elementor builder now has custom breakpoints for responsive adjustments for up to 7 devices and the option to scale control for zooming in or out is coming soon. Also, an honest backstory of how recurring events feature in The Events Calendar plugin is going to be so much better.
- WP Ecosystem… the official WordPressDOTcom app by Automattic is now available on Microsoft Store, with surprisingly ‘mature’ ratings. GroundHogg has launched a new financial assistance program, whereby any registered nonprofit can get 50% off of Groundhogg CRM and 75% off MailHawk costs.
- Dev Focus… a new theme.json mechanism for better style controls globally and for the block editor in future WordPress releases. Also, here is a deeper look into block API enhancements in the upcoming WordPress 5.8 release.
Quick Bits 👍
- From July, Ultimate Dashboard’s Lifetime option is going away.
- Novashare 1.1.9 for excluding specific images from Pinterest.
- New DailyWP Chrome extension for WordPress news in browser.
- WP Buffs has launched a new community space for WP users.
- WordFest 2021 schedule is live now, mark your calendar!
- WordPress 5.8 Beta 4 is now available for your testing.
[For Block Users] Pattern Directory 🌟
Blocks pattern directory is shaping up nicely with 80+ patterns already listed there. A good place to get some layouts inspiration and direct pattern usage in your block layouts. Also, you can contribute to this official pattern directory by submitting your own patterns by following a few suggestions shared here.