It is so cool to see various popular WordPress products on the path of refinement by adding new features based on user feedback. Be it sales funnel in Thrive Apprentice, video uploading in BuddyBoss, new payment gateways in Fluent Forms, and even a host of new creative Gutenberg block plugins to do more.
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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖
- Member Solutions… Thrive Apprentice is getting a big update promising to be the most powerful WordPress LMS with features of sales funnel building, course list element, finer customizations, and design tab dashboard. While, BuddyBoss has added two much-requested features of on-screen notifications and the ability to allow members to upload videos for more interactivity.
- Forms Ecosystem… Fluent Forms 4.1.0 has added a host of new features including support for RazorPay and Mollie payment gateways, and the option to use invisible ReCaptcha V3 instead of visible ReCaptcha v2, and Meta Box integration. Tripetto, known for stylish conversational forms is making a big focus shift towards WordPress users along with new Pro plans for more features access.
- Got Noticed… this new browser extension called Turbo Admin gives you fast, keyboard-activated access to your WP dashboard menu items in Chrome, Firefox, and Edge browsers (there is a WordPress plugin version also). A completely free 2 hours long course to learn Elementor without any sign-ups or login by Barna Buxbaum.
Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥
- WP Ecosystem… Castos podcast hosting is going big towards the private podcasting market buoyed by investments by Automattic, Yoast SEO, and individual investors. Also, this is how good old widgets user interface will look in the blocks based environment in the upcoming WordPress 5.8 release.
- Product Updates… The next big Beaver Builder 2.5 update called ‘Contra’ will add a lot of new enhancements like an outline panel for easier navigation, and a duplicate option for BB posts. RankMath SEO plugin v2.11.0 with new code improvements is even faster (or the fastest?), in addition to video schema workflow changes.
- WP 5.8 Dev Focus… listing of various developer focussed changes like support, actions, and filters coming in WordPress 5.8 release. Also, only loading styles for used blocks with block styles loading enhancements and the upcoming Rest API changes in the WordPress 5.8 release.
Quick Bits 👍
- Cool Infographic: 5% of all websites are built with Elementor!
- Security Fix: Astra Theme users must update to v3.5.2 release.
- PatchStack has launched WordPress Bug Hunt 2021 contest.
- WordPress 5.8 release candidate is now available for testing.
- Sponsorships open for the upcoming 2021 WPMRR summit.
- Kinsta added New Delhi (India) location for the data centre.
- FYI… WordPress is now 42% of all websites on the internet.
[Cool New Blocks] to do more in block layouts!
Here are two newly released cool new block plugins to do more with your block layouts. Now you can draw in the blocks editor with the new Sketch block plugin released by Automattic, as a part of the company’s Block experiments project. Also, adding markdown comments to WordPress posts is now super easy with the new markdown comment block by Rich Tabor.