WP Weekly 78 – Evolving

WordPress space is evolving for sure, be it Yoast stepping outside the WordPress space, a bigger force brewing in the form of block editor but page builders still holding their ground. Let’s roll with the 2nd issue of 2022!

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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • New Launches… Microsoft has launched IndexNow plugin for WordPress users to leverage IndexNow protocol that instantly informs search engines about the latest (real time) content changes on your website. Also, Munir Kamal has launched a more feature rich version of the WordPress theme directory at the GutenbergHub website with additional information for every theme like color scheme, typography, button styles, and more.
  • SEO Movements… Yoast has surprised everyone by stepping outside WordPress with the news of Yoast SEO for Shopify – interesting times! RankMath team shared the excitement of CSS Tricks website now using the RankMath SEO plugin. Also, RankMath has added an option to buy additional Content AI credits for every RankMath user. Finally, SEOPress also got a bunch of new features in 5.3v update.
  • Page Builders… are still around and going strong! Here is Sunny Trochaniak with his ranking of page builders as we step into 2022 and shake up our website building toolbox. Also, keeping with the tradition – Supa Mike has updated the excel sheet tracking the bloat levels in various page builders, take a look!

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. WP Ecosystem… popular block plugins like Editor Plus and EditorsKit are spinning out of the Extendify team for a more dedicated focus separately on plugins and Extendify services. Also, check the year in core 2021 recap with insights like 2572 people contributed and 305 people made their very first contribution to the WordPress Core.
  2. The Next WordPress… version 5.9 is going to be a big one and is scheduled to release on Jan 25, 2022. Here is a video overview of all the new features including FSE (full site editing), theme blocks, and more. And for more deep dive, here is an overview of block editor and front end performance in numbers.
  3. Dev Focus… take note of new hooks and functions added for posts, post types, and taxonomy in the next WordPress 5.9 release. Also, check the new capability queries making a debut in the WordPress 5.9 version. An example of the use case can be, “get all users with the capability to edit a certain post type”.

Quick Bits 👍

  • End of the Road: Bradley Kirby is closing Wallace Inline project.
  • Your Take: Video discussion, is WordPress scared of Webflow?
  • WordCamp Asia is preparing for 2023 (yep 2023, and not 2022).
  • PHP 7.2+ a must for WooCommerce 6.5 releasing in May 2022.

2021 Yearly Reviews Continue…

Picking up from the last week’s issue, here are more 2021 yearly reviews for and by the WordPress people. Syed Balki did an exhaustive 2021 review (as always) with a lot of photos and personal goals setting for the year 2022.

Iain Poulson summed up 2021 as both good and bad from personal and professional perspectives. Plus, this is his 10th year writing yearly reviews – isn’t that cool? Also, Delicious Brains was in the news for ACF acquisition – Brad Touesnard wrote a review with and without ACF numbers.

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