WP Weekly 140 – More AI

AI overload is everywhere these days and WordPress ecosystem isn’t left out. A lot of AI goodies this week like Elementor with AI, WPTurbo with AI snippet generator, AI Buddy plugin, and BusinessEnglish AI for better English.


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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • AI Power… Elementor teased about a few AI powers in their Q2-2023 Roadmap video, exploring further are these videos – video by Ferdy Korpershoek and a video by Imran at Web Squadron. While WPTurbo has announced the release of the new AI WordPress Snippet Generator available to pro account users.
  • More AI Power… Rob Howard shared about the launch of another AI powered project called BusinessEnglish.AI that promises to transform your Slack, email and social media posts into flawless, professional English. Also, Stylemix Themes has released AI Buddy plugin for generating content and images, powered by OpenAI.
  • Big Updates… the team at Kadence has finally launched the Kadence Design Library powered by design patterns with dynamic capabilities. Also, the ability to register custom post types and taxonomies is now available in Advanced Custom Fields, ACF 6.1 release.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. Product Updates… the MemberPress plugin for courses and membership websites has added integration for OptinMonster lead generation and marketing tool. Also, Tutor LMS v2.1.9 has added the Social Login feature that allows website users to register and login through different social networks like Facebook and Google.
  2. Core WordPress… Josepha Haden Chomphosy shared about the preparations for the next women and nonbinary release squad. Gutenberg 15.5 (Apr 05, 2023) update brings experimental grid layout support and the ability to use patterns as template starters.
  3. Acquisition Train… LearnDash (StellarWP) has acquired Real Big Plugins collection of add-ons, including Gradebook for LearnDash, LearnDash Slack, LearnDash MailChimp, and LearnDash ConvertKit. Also, the team at WPExperts has acquired Payment Plans WC plugin that gives the feature of “Buy Now and Pay Later” payment option.
  4. WP Milestones… Syed Balkhi shared about the Awesome Motive now powering 25 million WordPress websites, impressive! While M Asif Rahman shared about the amazing achievement of 50 core contributors from Bangladesh in a single WordPress Release. Also, the nifty ‘Dynamic Month & Year into Posts’ plugin by Gaurav Tiwari has crossed 5,000+ active installs milestone.
  5. People of WordPress… Alain Schlesser is transitioning into a new role as XWP’s new Director of Technology and Innovation. While Jeff Chandler, the original founder of WPTavern is joining the StellarWP team as a Marketing Generalist – stellar for sure!

Quick Bits 👍

  • Creating Block Themes? Check this guide by James Koussertari.
  • Visual Bliss: Contribution Stats for the WordPress 6.2 release.
  • Jetpack with new VideoPress block and Cookie Consent block.
  • The call for speakers is now open for WordCamp Sylhet 2023.
  • A contest to build a WordPress Site in 15mins and win $1000!

More new stash for WordPress users!

Do you want to see a quick to-do list on logging into the WordPress dashboard of your website? Dash Todo plugin by Sharif Mohammad Eunus promises to help your productivity and task management endeavors.

Also, Brian Gardner shared about the availability (free download) of v1.0.0 of the Frost WordPress Theme that focuses on clean and minimal design.


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