WP Weekly 81 – Base

The base for the next evolution of WordPress with the power of full site editing is here, with the WordPress 5.9 release. Also, tracking how big the WordPress ecosystem has progressed in money terms. Plus, shedding light on NFTs, removing plugins the right way, and increasing Gutenberg compatibility in WP themes.

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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • Money in WordPress… ecosystem is for sure is expanding fast with total valuations going beyond $600 Billion as indicated in the case study done by WPEngine. And, did you know, a new Elementor website is born every 3 seconds! Elementor is marching ahead with 10 million active installs milestone and now with an option of hosted Elementor website plan.
  • Thinking Heads… Can you sell NFTs with WordPress? Here is a detailed post by Brad Vincent to get brain cells moving in this ‘new’ direction. Also, we all know how to uninstall a WordPress plugin but many of us still don’t go deep enough to actually clean up files left by uninstalled plugins – here is a simple guide to connect dots.
  • Themes with Gutenberg… goodness is increasing, as indicated in the FSE case study done by WPMarmite team. Now, 62% of theme shops have Gutenberg compatibility as compared to 57% in May 2021. However, the custom Gutenberg blocks implementation is still low at 25% as against 17% in May 2021. For sure, these numbers are going to see a big uptick in 2022.
  • More Updates… Funnel Builder 2.0 version has added integration for TikTok and Snapchat along with other features like in-built A/B split testing, store wide pixel events, and new order bump skins. Also, WordFest Live 2022 sessions information is now available, time to block time for watching your favorite sessions!

WordPress 5.9 Buzz 🔥

  1. First Big WordPress… release of 2022 is here, WordPress 5.9 “Josephine” adds to the foundation of full site editing allowing full website control, much needed navigation block, and much requested more block control options. This has been made possible by 624 generous volunteer contributors and 370 tickets on Trac.
  2. Three Big Releases… per year could be the norm going forward. As indicated by this proposal, after WordPress 5.9 release, there will be two more big releases this year – 6.0 in late May and 6.1 in mid October. A good direction for sure!
  3. The Next WordPress… version 6.0 details are already here. Check the preliminary roadmap of the next WP 6.0 that will focus on making the editor experience better for template browsing, introduce page patterns for page creation, and improvement in design tools.

More… WordPress 5.9 Quick Bits! 👍

  • See top 20 features & improvements seen in WP 5.9 release.
  • After WP 5.9, what will happen to the customizer feature?
  • Useful performance improvements seen in WordPress 5.9v.
  • How WordPress 5.9 is a strong foundation for the WP future!
  • Toolset working on adding full site editing compatibility soon.
  • CoBlocks plugin updated for WP 5.9 for new enhancements.

Buy Plugins directly on WordPress COM!

Now you can buy certain plugins directly on the WordPress DOT com plugin page. As of now, plugins available for purchase include a few popular WooCommerce addons. This is a sign of how WordPress commerce is consolidating in different corners of the ecosystem. If this expands further, a good move for WordPress DOT com users and even for a few plugin sellers wanting additional revenue streams without breaking the bank on marketing plugins.

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