WP Weekly 94 – Builders

Website builders are at the core of WordPress and we can look forward to cool new tools like the upcoming block addon Spectra, new starter templates, and a builder app for patterns. Also included in this issue are a few new services in the ecosystem along with three plugins that are looking for a new owner.

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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • Brand New… I spent some time playing with the all-new Spectra plugin (rebrand of Ultimate Addons for Gutenberg). I won’t be surprised if this plugin soon becomes one of the main players within the 3rd party blocks addon ecosystem. Also, a new type of WhatsApp Contact Form that sends your website leads directly to your WhatsApp account, is an interesting solution!
  • Themes Bliss… check the all-new CookBook Theme specific for food bloggers that support multiple authors, Elementor integration, recipe index, and custom recipe details. Also, making it super easy, Brizy Starter Templates have been added to the Brizy plugin for WordPress with an option to keep or delete existing content.
  • Performance in Focus… the latest BuddyBoss update promises a massive performance increase of up to 181% with a reduction in page load time and database requests per page along with object caching improvements. Also, the new Visual Composer 44.0 update is now officially loading 0 Kb of CSS and JS on the pages and posts where Visual Composer is not in use.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. WP Talkies… triggering a lot of discussions this week was MemberPress plugin locking out users from its setting panel in the WordPress dashboard on license expiration. This change shakes up the ‘normal’ state of affairs in the WordPress space, maybe it’s time for the shake-up or define The WordPress Way as explained profoundly by Jason Coleman.
  2. Product Updates… Ultimate Dashboard 3.6 has added the Placeholder Tags feature to display dynamic information like first name, user name, site url, and more. For Divi users, check the Divi Dynamic Helper Plugin that allows displaying the dynamic content with custom fields in the existing Divi modules.
  3. Free For… The Events Calendar plugin users, check the free Members Only Tickets extension that allows you to limit access to view or purchase tickets by membership level defined in either of membership plugins like Restrict Content Pro, Paid Memberships Pro, WooCommerce Memberships, and MemberPress.
  4. WP Milestones… Syed Balkhi shared about Awesome Motive company’s products now powering over 20 million websites, congrats! While the Custom Post Type UI is celebrating 1,000,000 active installations and the pro version ‘CPTUI Extended’ now includes a block.
  5. Blocks Life… Munir Kamal at Gutenberg Hub has launched an online builder app to quickly use patterns for various types like buttons, text, header, and more. While Gutenberg 13.1 update comes with a new border design component.

Quick Bits 👍

  • Are you interested in acquiring Kirki development tool?
  • Amber Hinds shared two plugins looking for a new home!
  • Learn: Differences between Memberships & Subscriptions.
  • The Plus Addons is the winner at the Plugin Madness 2022.
  • WordPress 6.0 Beta 3 is now available for your testing.
  • WordCamp US venue is, Town & Country Resort San Diego.

This week connected with new WordPress things!

This week, I was hanging around at the Atarim Summit connecting with new people in the space. I came across the Taste WP service to quickly spin up WordPress install for testing new plugins or just to build a website. Also, discovered the WP Stream service that allows you to stream videos on your WordPress website without adding any load on your hosting server – they have been around for 5 years!

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MemberPress is an online business-building powerhouse that combines SaaS-like speed and simplicity with self-hosted WordPress portability and independence.

Visual Composer is an intuitive website builder for designing high-performing and SEO-friendly websites for yourself and your clients. Work smarter not harder.

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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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