WP Weekly 85 – New Path

Does Elementor’s launch of the cloud website plan pave a new path for making money with WordPress and offering a more packaged solution to the WordPress users? Also included in this issue: a new podcast, new plugins, and a lot of product feature updates in the ecosystem.

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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • New Launches… if you use the block editor for writing post content (like me), then the quick post plugin by Aurooba should come real handy as it adds a button to create a new post within the block editor. Also, there is a new podcast in the WordPress ecosystem, checkout The Kadence Beat podcast hosted by Ben Ritner, Hannah Ritner, and Kathy Zant – two episodes are already there.
  • Definitely Got Noticed… going firm on its own path, Elementor has formally launched the clould website plan that gives you Elementor Pro plugin along with managed hosting powered by Google platform for $99 per year. While many have tried this hosted route before, Elementor seems better placed for such an offering. Here is a detailed video review by Imran over at Web Squadron.
  • Product Updates… WP Swift Control plugin that allows easier access to functions within the dashboard has rebranded into Better Admin Bar – definitely a more meaningful name for what this plugin does. Also, Groundhogg 2.6 update has introduced all new user interface for the new contact record screen which is API powered and hence changes take effect instantly.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. WP in Discussion… the topic of ‘diversity’ in the WordPress ecosystem is finally getting attention. As Allie Nimmons pointed – we all can start somewhere on the path of being a stronger community builders. Also, Matias Ventura and Birgit Pauli-Hack, Gutenberg focussed at Automatic shared about the challenges and the roadmap to WordPress 6.0 – in conversation with Rob Cairns.
  2. Core Updates… it is time to update your websites to the WordPress 5.9.1 version, a short-cycle maintenance release that fixes 82 bugs in both the core and the block editor. Also, global community sponsors for 2022 have been announced featuring WooCommerce, Jetpack, Bluehost, Nexcess, Weglot, and WordPress(dot)com.
  3. Blocks Life… check new block based theme called Wabi by Rich Tabor ideal for writers and publishers with a focus on simple design and beautiful typography. While Brain Gardner has released Avant-Garde block based theme with focus on simplicity. Also, Advanced Custom Fields version 5.12 has added compatibility of full site editing features that were introduced in WordPress 5.9 release.
  4. More Updates… Unlimited Elements is adding a new pricing widget for Elementor users that has a cool vertical tabbed interface, besides looking good – it is practical for conversions. WP Money team has started working on a widget creator plugin for Bricks users, here is a preview video of this upcoming plugin.

Quick Bits 👍

  • New plugin for comprehensive reports for LeardDash courses.
  • Project Huddle 4.3.0 now with the Slack actions integration.
  • WPFusion added integration for the SliceWP affiliate plugin.
  • Object Cache Pro now free for Convesio hosting customers.
  • WP2Static plugin has been acquired by Strattic web hosting.

Hoping for Peace, WordPress users…

War in the current times is scarier than ever! Follow these folks from the WordPress ecosystem to get the latest updates and better-vetted resources for your contributions: Ihor Vorotnov, Sabrina Zeidan, Andrey Savchenko.

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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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