WP Weekly 88 – Immerse

Time to spare some time to immerse yourself in the amazing world of WordPress goodies. This issue features a lot of new plugins and cool picks like the upcoming Page Builder Summit and background music for your agency life. Plus important feature updates for LMS and page builder plugins.

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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • New Blocks Addons… the team behind WooFunnels has launched free SlingBlocks addon that extended Gutenberg for page building capabilities. While the makers of Astra theme teased the upcoming (Facebook Group Link) Gutenberg plugin that will be powered by Flexbox CSS awesomeness. Also, Stackable has added the Table of Contents block and layout switcher in the latest update.
  • Cool Picks… I said it before and saying it again, Page Builder Summit is one of the best online hangout place for WordPress users. The doors to the 4th edition of Page Builder Summit have opened – join the VIP list for early access to your free ticket. Also, listen to cool music while you work on client websites or other tasks via the Agency Radio Community project launched by Andrew Palmer.
  • Grab it Before… the pricing of the SEOPress plugin is going up from April 18, 2022. The current SEOpress Pro unlimited websites plan goes up from $39 to $49 per year and SEOPress Bundle plan goes up from $118 to $128 per year. Also, all purchases before the price hike will renew at the original discounted price, so lock in at a lower price.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. Acquisitions Train… well, no one saw this coming – DigitalOcean has acquired the hugely popular CSS-Tricks website. Also, YITH (yithemes) known for its collection of useful WooCommerce plugins and themes has been acquired by Newfold Digital (who also acquired Yoast SEO business sometime back).
  2. Better Blocks Life… check this beginners guide on creating a custom Gutenberg block on your WordPress website, written by Munir Kamal. Also, here is a simple yet useful plugin released by Gobinda Tarafdar that allows you to remove unnecessary block suggestions in the block directory.
  3. LMS Updates… popular in the WordPress LMS space, LearnDash v4.0 is out featuring new additions like a new onboarding wizard, dynamic learning paths, and more block widgets for Gutenberg. Also, an emerging LMS solution, Tutor LMS v2.0 update promises to redefine the LMS experience with a new unified design system along with features like email templates, notification bar, and more.
  4. Page Builder Updates… Oxygen Builder’s Composite Elements library has four new elements including video playlist, image accordion, logo slider, and breadcrumb. Beaver Themer 1.4.1 update for power users added new display shortcodes and more ACF fields support. Also, v3.0.0 update for Zion Builder has added a lot of new features like custom CSS, new breakpoint devices, copy-paste element styles along with new user interface.

Quick Bits 👍

Got Noticed: A few new Plugins for a test drive!

Here are a few new plugins that caught my attention this week. As the name suggests, the Pretty Simple Popup Builder plugin lets you build responsive popups quickly. Interactive Cursor plugin for adding fanciness to the default cursor style. Also, a few WordPress plugins to tame things like Hide Color Options plugin that hides all color options on the profile page and Disable Global Style plugin that disables the global style inlined by WordPress since WP 5.9 version.

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Upcoming Events 💬

September 27, 2023: WordPress Accessibility Day 2023, Livestreaming Free.
September 28, 2023: WordPress Web Agency AI Summit 2023, by Crocoblock.
September 28, 2023: Best Practices for Email Marketing, BlueHost online event.

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