WP Weekly 146 – Huge

This week has a huge list of updates to track from various types of products with AI super powers, automation, LMS platforms, website management solutions, and new integrations. Also, tracking the WordPress 6.2.1 release and the follow-up 6.2.2 update to fix the broken shortcode block issue.

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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • AI Powers… AB Split Test plugin has introduced AI content feedback and suggestions features to help you optimize your website content. Also, the GetGenie AI powered content writing tool is now available in the web editor version – so, no need for WordPress setup to use GetGenie AI powers for writing content.
  • Got Noticed… the team at WP Tasty has released a new Tasty Pins plugin that allows you to optimize blog post images for Pinterest and SEO. Also, Elementor 3.13 version release has added useful features like CSS Grid Containers along with the new styling and customization options in the menu widget.
  • Automation Updates… FlowMattic 3.0 update has added the FlowMattic Connects feature that allows your WordPress website to interact with your favorite apps and platforms. While GroundHogg CRM (2.7.10) has added a new Task Management feature to the core free plugin that allows you to create and manage tasks for contacts and use task automation in funnels.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. Websites Management… Dollie, a WordPress website management solution, has updated the Dollie Control HQ platform with a more user-friendly dashboard and is also included in the free plan. While MainWP has updated the Google Analytics Extension with Google Analytics 4 (GA4) support with more features, data, and graphs.
  2. LMS Updates… LifterLMS has a new private site addon that hides your full LMS website from the public except for the login screen. While MasterStudy LMS 3.0 has released a new course builder that comes with significant changes to the design and templates.
  3. New Integrations… the recently launched Timetics plugin for online bookings has added new integrations for iCal, FluentCRM, and Outlook Calendar. While the AFL UTM Tracker plugin (2.10.0) has started to add support for Ninja Forms plugin.
  4. WordPress 6.2.1 & 6.3… remember to update your websites to the new version 6.2.1 as it fixes a bunch of security vulnerabilities. This update broke the shortcode block in templates and was fixed in the follow up WordPress 6.2.2 update. Also, check the planning roundup for the WordPress 6.3 release scheduled for Aug 08, 2023.
  5. Core WordPress… there is a proposal to retire old default WordPress themes – absolutely and save on resources needed to maintain all these old themes. Also, check the early prototype of a command center implementation as an experiment in the Gutenberg plugin.
  6. WP Milestones… the Crocoblock team is celebrating 5 years milestone with a look back at their history, evolution, and innovations. Also, we (Chandigarh WordPress Community) celebrated the 20th WordPress Anniversary, a few pics here.

Quick Bits 👍

New WordPress Developer Plugins & Resources

Wibowo Sulistio has released the Variable Inspector plugin that allows you to easily inspect PHP $variables in a visually clean manner at a central dashboard in WP admin. The pro version is also available at a 50% OFF launch discount.

Dave Bloom has launched the Mobius Plugin, which promises to address the most common issues with accessing and managing CSS in WordPress.

While Kinsta has launched GitLab and Bitbucket integrations allowing you to easily connect your accounts (or your GitHub account) and deploy.

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