WP Weekly 129 – Step Up

It is that time of the year when everyone wants to step up and it is no different in the WordPress space. This issue features new niche projects like Gutenberg Market and Quickly Hire, important updates to Breakdance and GenerateBlocks builders, and new block-based theme releases.

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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • Got Noticed… the first WordPress marketplace, Gutenberg Market with the listing of premium block plugins and themes from independent developers, is getting a start now. While Brad Morrison, known for the GoWP service, has launched the new Quickly Hire platform featuring vetted freelancers for ongoing online work.
  • Page Builder Updates… Breakdance Builder (version 1.2) has added a design library featuring full website templates for a quick start to the website creation process. While the GenerateBlocks plugin (alpha update, free and pro) is bringing accordions, tabs, new block inspector controls and much more.
  • New Features… Propovoice invoice management plugin has introduced recurring subscription features supporting Paypal and Stripe for automatic payments. Also, adding more AI power to WordPress – check the WSForm connection with OpenAI for generating text and image content.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. WordPress Community… the ClassicPress project that started as WordPress without the Gutenberg editor, now plans to re-fork WordPress to stay updated. Also, now you can advertise on WordPress(.)com and Tumblr with the new Blaze tool.
  2. Dev Focus… the new 0.9 version of the GraphQL API for WordPress is now available after almost 16000 commits in over 1.5 years of the development period. Also, the new WooCommerce 7.3 version is out, featuring a new products block that allows the listing of products based on specific criteria(s).
  3. WordCamps Action… the first regional WordCamp in Kerela, India, has been announced – WordCamp Kerela is scheduled for March 25, 2023. While the WordCamp Lisboa will take place on May 19 – 20, 2023, in Lisbon, Portugal. Also, the call for speaker applications is open for WordCamp Europe 2023 till the first week of Feb 2023.

Quick Bits 👍

  • Super Thanks: WP Weekly got 2nd place in Monster’s Awards 2022.
  • Cool: Breakdance builder has a free version for creating WP sites.
  • WordPress 6.1: Overview of layout classes of container-type blocks.
  • Experts Say: Jamie asked what you would like to see in WP in 2023.
  • Bookmark-worthy 2022 list of top front-end tools for web creators.

New WordPress Themes & Plugins Releases

New Theme Releases… the team at WPZOOM has released the EduBlock PRO theme, a block theme for education niche websites featuring FSE, 20+ block patterns, and events integration. Also, for users of the GreenShift builder plugin – there is a new official Greenshift FSE companion theme to go with the builder.

New Plugins & Widgets... check the all-new Slim SEO Link Manager plugin from the SlimSEO team that lets you fix broken links, build internal links and see insightful reports. While the Liquid Poll plugin has added an Elementor widget to create and customize polls within the Elementor editor easily.

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Upcoming Events 💬

May 20, 2024: Page Builder Summit, an online WP event.
June 05, 2024: Strategies for WordPress Success with PersonalizeWP.
June 15, 2024: WordCamp Europe 2024 in Torino, Italy.
July 19, 2024: Stellar Spark free online events for WP people.
September 23, 2024: Digital Asset Congress 2024 in Iceland.

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