WP Weekly 133 – Hi

Are you attending in-person the WordCamp Asia event this week? Let’s say Hi and connect; I will be there! Now, let’s say Hi to new things in WordPress this week with launches like Setary App, Mail Mint, TeamWP project, and Bertha AI Extension.

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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • New Launches… James Kemp has launched the Setary App that promises to make bulk editing of WooCommerce products easy and quick in a lightning-fast spreadsheet environment. Also, the team at WPFunnels has launched the Mail Mint plugin for email marketing automation within the WordPress dashboard – the Mail Mint Pro version is scheduled for launch on Feb 15, 2023.
  • Blocks Life… Stackable blocks got two new fancy additions in the form of a horizontal scroller block and a new countdown timer block. Also, the Neve Theme 3.5 “Peles” update now has the FSE option through the Neve FSE child theme, among other updates like font pairing, custom global colors, and blog post hover effects.
  • Product Updates… now you can organize and view advertising creatives by category with the new categories filter in the AffiliateWP plugin. While Bertha AI has launched the new Google Chrome extension for quicker access to the content creation AI assistant. Also, Rocket(.) hosting has launched the world’s first edge-first platform leveraging a global network for WordPress websites.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. New Integrations… WS Form post management add-on has added support for the MB Custom Tables extension of the MetaBox plugin. While iThemes Security and Security Pro plugins now integrate with the Patchstack platform to provide early warnings about potential vulnerabilities on your WordPress sites. Also, the Ultimate Dashboard PRO plugin has added support for Bricks Builder.
  2. WordPress Core… the end of phase 2 of the Gutenberg project is approaching soon. Matias Ventura highlighted refinements and features in this closing period to the block editor and more. Also, the WordPress 6.2 Beta 1 version is now available for your testing.
  3. WordPress 6.2 is… scheduled for release on March 28, 2023. Courtney Robertson has written in detail all the new things in WordPress 6.2 version. If you prefer an overview video, then check the video preview of the WordPress 6.2 site editor and Gutenberg enhancements by David McCan.
  4. WordCamps Action… the call for speakers is open for WordCamp Switzerland 2023 till Feb 10, 2023. While for WordCamp Sofia 2023 (Bulgaria), the call for speakers is open till Feb 26, 2023 – thanks, Nick Krastev. Also, WordCamp Asia 2023 is happening this week; it will have a physical job board connecting attendees and companies, and a live stream for this WordCamp event is also available.
  5. WP Milestones… in an important milestone change for the Openverse collection of images, and audio – it is moving to own Openverse(.)org domain – a good move, indeed! Also, Andy Feliciotti’s Lightweight Accordion plugin, which adds collapse elements to posts using a Gutenberg block or a shortcode has achieved the 7000+ active installs milestone.

Quick Bits 👍

  • New look: Type wp(.)new to spin up a new WP install via InstaWP.
  • Submit your say to make learn(.)WordPress(.)org more useful.
  • Jamie & AI: Building 3 WordPress plugins in just 10 minutes!
  • Note Worthy: Google’s AI journey starts with the Bard launch.
  • Also, Note: Switch to Google Analytics to GA4 before July 2023.

WordPress Community & Business Efforts!

James Giroux has beta launched the TeamWP project for conversations and interactions with the aim of contributing to the future of work in the WordPress ecosystem. While the WP Community Collective has selected its first accessibility fellow – Alex Stine, a long-time WordPress contributor.

Business of WP… Sujay Pawar, the co-founder of Astra theme and many other WordPress products, has announced joining forces with the automatic company as a co-investor and advisor – congrats! While Syed Balki shared about the M&A Program run by his parent Awesome Motive company for mergers and acquisitions of WordPress or SaaS founders looking for an exit or partnerships.

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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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