WP Weekly 89 – Learning

Let’s learn a bunch of new things in the WordPress space this week: be it creating a paid newsletter, custom Gutenberg block code deep dive, new product features for WooCommerce users, and the handling of a controversial plugin approval.


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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • Let’s Learn… a detailed guide on creating paid email newsletter on WordPress using Newsletter Glue and Paid Memberships Pro plugins. Plus, here is a code deep dive on how to create a Gutenberg block that displays an image from the UnSplash website. Also, Shawn Hesketh and Allie Nimmons are working together for all new 101 video series for WordPress(dot)com now available on Youtube.
  • For WooCommerce Users… now you can display variable WooCommerce products for upsell or downsell with the latest update of WPFunnels plugin. The Restaurant Ordering plugin from Barn2 has a new feature of adding opening time and displaying different text when a restaurant is open or closed. Also, FooEvents plugin has added the direct integration for Mailchimp users.
  • New Updates… Elementor users can look forward to the new business reviews widget introduced in the PowerPack for Elementor plugin. iThemes Security Pro version’s most popular website scan security feature is now available free in the latest (free) iThemes Security plugin 8.1 version. Page Builder Framework Theme version 2.9 update now allows you to style custom post types layout individually as per requirements from the customizer.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. WP Ecosystem… a pro-war plugin appeared on the WordPress plugin repository resulting in a lot of conversations and ofcourse removal. Here is more from Mark Jaquith and Heather Burns. Also, the Search Engine Journal website has reported on the duplicate sitemaps issue noticed in both Yoast SEO and RankMath SEO plugins, watch out for the next plugin(s) update addressing this issue.
  2. Matt on Mic… Matt Mullenweg made an appearance on the ‘Where It Happens’ podcast hosted by Sahil Bloom and Greg Isenberg. While Matt himself shared about his ‘How I Built This’ podcast appearance with Guy Raz talking about not selling Automattic, views on other players like Wix and Shopify.
  3. Conversion Focussed… Cartflows has introduced a new conversion focussed modern checkout experience that promises to surpass the default WooCommerce checkout in every aspect. While the AB Split Test plugin has added support for Oxygen Builder for on-page element testing and full page tests.

Quick Bits 👍

For WordPress Plugin Creators and Users…

Are you a WordPress plugin creator and your free plugin is listed at the WordPress repository? Well, here is an opportunity to submit your plugin for the upcoming ‘Glam that Plugin’ video podcast by Matt Cromwell and Lesley Sim. Also, an interesting launch for users, WP Wallet is a new service that allows you to manage plugin license keys and invoices in one single place for overall ease.


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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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