Welcome to 2022, let’s begin another year of WordPress goodness. First, many thanks to everyone who read and share this newsletter, we together – make it happen! The first issue of 2022 is packed with a lot of useful stuff like new courses, community, new plugins, new conditional funnel features, 2021 yearly reviews, and of course a little 2021 spillover of acquisitions.
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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖
- Stepping into 2022… join the new WordPress Community on LinkedIn by Courtney Robertson and Rob Cairns with over 8000+ members (already!). Learn WordPress in an easy way with this free WordPress introduction course by Ryan Hudson. Beyond WP, looking to become a better blogger? Chris Lema got a new course for you! Finally, Jeff Starr has released a new ebook SQL Recipes for WordPress with over 300 SQL recipes for WP users.
- Next Level Blocks… take your simple block templates to the next level of fine tuned customization to display any content at any place with Elements Templates from Kadence for dynamic content templating with no-code! Also, wireframing using Gutenberg made super easy with the newly launched collection of 30 wireframes from the Stackable team (and its Free).
- New Plugins… let the content flow from one column to the next just like a newspaper with the Newspaper Columns block by Phil Webster. For Oxygen builder users, make the Oxygen editor load faster without conflicts with other plugin with the Editor Cleanup for Oxygen addon of Freesoul Deactivate Plugins.
Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥
- Core Updates… from WordPress 5.9 onwards the login screen will come with a language switcher dropdown box that will display all the languages that are currently installed, handy for sure! Gutenberg 12.2 has been released with focus on compatibility improvements for the upcoming WP 5.9 and block themes with finer changes to border controls, color picker, and block styles preview.
- Acquisition Train… Brian Gardner’s block based theme venture Frost has been acquired by WPEngine, where Brian works as of now. Post acquisition – WPEngine has made Frost open source, meaning free and the existing paid customers will get full refund. While Starboard has purchased 6.5% stake worth $800 million in GoDaddy Inc.
- Conditionals Power… Carflows had a big update with features like dynamic offers for upsells and order bumps along with preview of the upcoming visual way of building funnels called the ‘canvas mode’. Also, Uncanny Automator added conditional actions feature for executing actions only when they meet some or all conditions.
- Video Watch… here is Davinder (that’s me) and Rob doing analysis of The WP Awards 2021 winners. Is the concept of lifetime deals and pricing not adding up in the WordPress world? Here is Paul from WPTuts explaining a side of the story that might interest you. Also, Matt Mullenweg appeared on CNBC focussing over future of the internet. Finally, Kevin Powell with results of the state of CSS 2021.
- Product Updates… the new builder mode in the Bricks 1.3.7 will allow color scheme customization of the builder with colors of your choice. InstaWP has added export to LocalWP option for WordPress installs that you spin up using the InstaWP service. Also, now you can add and manage external CSS & JS with WPCodeBox 1.3.0v.
Quick Bits 👍
- Elementor bug bounty program – better for all & money.
- Mic Drop: why choose WP plugins business over SaaS!
- How to nurture community that works for everyone?
- David McCan’s three WordPress predictions for 2022.
- Milestone: YayMail now powering 10,000 Woo stores.
- Save the Internet, Matt & WordPress – interesting read!
- WordCamp Europe 2022, the call for speakers is open.
Looking Back at 2021: Review Time!
A year-old product, FluentCRM highlighted big things achieved in this short span. The chronological round-up by rtCamp was interesting, matching WordPress changes with their work. The team at Paid Memberships Pro closed more than 10K support tickets and achieved 15% YoY growth.
Awsm’s 2021 review highlighted their 5 years of the journey along with client projects and WordPress content for the community. Finally, WP Tavern published a 2021 review highlighting their favorite plugin and theme along with overall website statistics. Watch out for more in the next issue!
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