WP Weekly 82 – Real Now

Gutenberg blocks power is getting real now, be it themes and plugins leveraging the FSE (full site editing) feature or a page builder like Beaver Builder looking to add re-usable blocks support within builder layouts. Also, being real about which feature is missing in WordPress and the real-life burnout among us ‘the web people’.

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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • FSE Theme Power… Vikas Singhal teased the second upcoming free ‘Agency’ starter theme layout made with blocks and full site editing power. Also, Sensei LMS 4.0 has added a learning mode to fully customize lessons and quizzes with full site editing power and this does not affect the layout of the remaining website.
  • Being Resourceful… Igor Benić is offering his ‘Become a WordPress Developer’ course for free that focuses on learning AJAX, custom theme, and custom plugin development. Grab it, if you are looking to add to your technical WP knowledge! Also, Beaver Builder team has released 6 new courses that are free to learn website building, setup hosting, and using Beaver Builder products.
  • Got Noticed… nest blocks easily inside lists for quick grid content creation with the new Super List Block plugin by Aurooba Ahmed. For sure, a good addition for smart content rich layouts. Also, iThemes Security Pro 7.1 has restored import – export functionality and made it better with the ability to select what to include in the export file.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. WP Ecosystem… WordPress News page at WordPress.org/news is getting a cool makeover, here is a sneak peek of the new look. Also, the official WordPress photos directory has already crossed 1000+ photos in no time! This will become a very useful resource for all web users to access 100% free photos. You can use any photo from the directory without the need for attribution.
  2. Soon in Blocks… Beaver Builder will soon have the ability to use WordPress re-usable blocks in the Beaver layouts that will update automatically. Also, Gutenberg 12.5 update for query block allow selection of custom taxonomies and even filtration by multiple authors among other additions.
  3. We the Web People… have the up and down rollercoaster just like offline folks! Usually, social media is all about sharing smiling and happy adventurous – here is a welcome change with Cory Miller sharing about the burnout and the decision to step down as the CEO of PostStatus. Inspiring for all of us to be real!

Quick Bits 👍

  • What I (Davinder) think is the missing WordPress feature!
  • Nexcess has added integration for the Hubspot CRM.
  • CPT UI plugin crossed 1 Million active installs milestone!
  • Tumblr is going to be top priority of Matt Mullenweg.
  • Convesio raised $5M for its scalable WP Hosting Platform.

Insights: 2021 WordPress Vulnerability Report!

The annual 2021 WordPress Vulnerability Report clearly indicates there is a lot to be done with regard to website security as 30,000 websites are successfully hacked every day! The share of vulnerabilities found in plugins is staggering at 97.1% followed by Themes at 2.4% and WordPress core at 0.05%. Interestingly, the month of September has seen the maximum attack activity!

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Upcoming Events 💬

Oct 03, 2022: Future of Contributing to WP, this event will feature Josepha Haden (WordPress Executive Director), Abha Thakor, and me (Davinder).
Oct 10, 2022: The WP Awards 2022 voting starts for all.
Oct 11, 2022: WooSesh virtual conference for WooCommerce user.
Nov 10, 2022: Agency Transformation Live, an in-person event in the UK.

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