WP Weekly 156 – Secrets

Are there any secrets to WordPress success? Well, it is mostly doing things, be it the Astra website using Microsoft Clarity for more views, adding features that users ask like Social Ninja with local Instagram photos, or making the first acquisition – as detailed by the Barn2 team.

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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • Tools for WordPress… Setary, a tool to bulk edit WooCommerce products, has added the ability to edit product attributes in bulk for products in your WooCommerce store. While, WPTurbo, an online tool for WP users, had an update with features like a file explorer to easily browse files and the ability to save all as projects.
  • Competitor and Acquisition… promising to be a powerful alternative to WooCommerce users, here is the Prodigy Commerce solution (Note: They handle transactions for your store). Also, the acquisition Train has restarted with Katie Keith sharing the process of acquiring the WooCommerce Product Tabs plugin from the WPConcern team.
  • Product Updates… Social Ninja Plugin 3.10v now allows you to save Instagram images locally on your website server and select specific image sizes to load them faster in the front-end. Also, Themify has added the Lottie feature to allow the use of animated illustrations and icons in your website layouts.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. Web of Optimization… check this case study on how the Astra Theme website used Microsoft Clarity for 10.34% more clicks and 12.17% more viewers on the website. Also, Altis v16 has introduced a new Afterburner PHP extension that promises to optimize WordPress performance at the enterprise scale.
  2. New Integrations… WP Fusion has updated the Enhanced Ecommerce v1.23 for Salesforce integration allowing automatic sync of orders and products to Salesforce from WooCommerce, EDD, MemberPress, GiveWP, LifterLMS, Gravity Forms and more. While SureTrigger has added monday (.)com and Xero integrations to automate repeating tasks.
  3. New Launches… AIOSEO has launched a free Google Chrome extension called All in One SEO Analyzer to see all internal links & keywords, analyze competitor’s SEO schema, and highlight Nofollow links. For a content heavy, multilingual WordPress website, the team at WPML has released WPML ElasticPress 2.0 which extends the features of ElasticPress allowing you to deliver fast and accurate search results to users in their chosen language.
  4. For Bricks Users… the creator of OxyProps, Cédric Bontems, has released a new Structeezy plugin for Bricks Builder users to save, reuse, and share structures across websites powered by Bricks Builder. Also, Bricks Builder v1.8.4 has added new WooCommerce reviews element, interaction trigger for animations, and element conditions API.
  5. WP Community & Core… in an effort to replace Slack with Matrix, the WordPress team has launched the Slack/Matrix Bridge. The call for volunteers is open for help in updating the content on Learn WordPress (.)org for the upcoming WordPress 6.3 release, expected on August 8th, 2023. Also, WordPress 6.3 Release Candidate 2 is now available for your testing.
  6. Web Hosting Milestones… the popular hosting brand Bluehost is celebrating its 20th birthday detailing the start of its journey in 2003, and its jump into WordPress in 2005. While Hostinger Hosting is celebrating the milestone of a 2+ Million client base in their worldwide operations.
  7. WordPress Milestones… the WPDataTables plugin, for creating tables and charts, has crossed the 1M downloads milestone. Also, WPTurbo, an online generator tool for WordPress users, has reached the 600 users milestone.

Quick Bits 👍

Success Secrets of Woo Plugins & Dev Survey Findings

Plugscore has published another insightful study trying to dig for the secrets of successful WooCommerce plugins. The leading plugins came from YITH and WebToffee, $67.4/year was the average plugin price, and popular plugins came from countries like India, Spain, Bangladesh, and USA.

Jonathan Bossenger has published the result of the state of WordPress developer tools survey. A few results may surprise like MacOS usage at 71.32% compared to Windows at 25.90%, probably due to this survey being dev focused (majority USA respondents?) and the survey sample being 253.


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