WP Weekly 126 – Winners

With almost 2X votes compared to the 2021 edition, The WP Awards 2022 winners are finally here, as decided through 4164 Votes from the WordPress community members. The top five winners by the count of total votes are: ACF Pro, Gravity Forms, The Admin Bar, WordFence, and Elementor; view full results.

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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • Interesting Bits… ChatGPT is a rage these days, as Johnathon Williams discovered – it can even write code for a WordPress plugin – on the first try. While the team at WPMarmite has launched WordPress Advent Calendar for 2022 which shares a new WordPress resource to help readers to build better WordPress websites.
  • Product Updates… Themify has jumped directly from v5 to v7, with many new features like more columns control, responsive background images, and new modules like the table of contents, reading time, and more. While the team at Kadence shared their 2023 plans for the Kadence 3.0 release that would include a new block settings layout, use of Grid CSS for row layout, and more.
  • Being Resourceful… GoDaddy Pro Academy has 4 new courses for web creators, courses are: Discover your Niche, Lead Generation, Business Evaluation, and Creating your Tech Stacks. Also, Justin Tadlock shared on creating more performant themes by leveraging theme.json and per-block styles.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. More Updates… the team at WP Ultimo has redone the roadmap page using the self-hosted WordPress to make it simple and easy to maintain – instead of using online services, like previously using Trello and Feedbear. WP Toolkit v6.0 is out with the addition of Rest API support, the ability to customize labels, and the option for turning off WordPress email notifications.
  2. Acquisition Train… WP Tasty, a suite of WordPress plugins for the food blogger industry, has been acquired by Strategy11 (founded by Steve and Steph Wells), making this part of Syed Balkhi’s WPBeginner Growth Fund. They have also acquired the Nutrifox.com website, providing service for creating nutrition labels.
  3. WordPress + Woo… GoDaddy has now officially launched the Managed WooCommerce Stores service that provides one unified dashboard to sell across marketplaces and social channels like Google, Etsy, eBay, Walmart, and Amazon without additional plugins, email sending, abandoned cart recovery, and more.
  4. Hosting & Innovation… Siteground, following its early-adopter spirit, is the first hosting company have PHP 8.2 stable and available on their servers. While Kinsta has introduced Edge Caching free for all users, with cached pages served faster from 275 locations.
  5. Blocks Life… Anariel Design has released a new block-based FSE Yuna theme optimized for nonprofit and charity organizations. Also, the block editor is coming to support forums with the paragraph, list, quote, and code blocks to begin with.
  6. WP Milestones… Zubair Siddiq shared about WPExperts(.)io being recognized as a WordPressVIP Silver agency partner and WooExpert partner, the first in the MENAP region. While Elliot Sowersby shared about the Simple Cloudflare Turnstile plugin doubling active installs in just 3 weeks to the 2000+ installs milestone. Also, Uncanny Automator has crossed the 20,000 active installs milestone along with new features in the latest release.

Quick Bits 👍

The WP Awards 2022: Results!

Gravity Forms is the new entrant in the top five winners list. Astra theme, Elementor, ACF Pro, Kadence Blocks, All-in-One Migration, Cloudways – these remained dominant from the 2021 to 2022 edition. For the curious, you can analyze further by comparing the 2021 results and 2022 results of The WP Awards.

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