WP Weekly 158 – AI Spread

Not just are WordPress products adding AI superpowers, like Divi AI being the latest entrant – there are AI + WP online events happening in the coming weeks to learn the practical use of AI in the WordPress world. Also included in this week’s issue: Spectra Pro pricing is out, UpdraftPlus made basic site migration feature free, and cool looking official pages for blocks and WP 6.3 release.

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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • New Launches… the much awaited pro version of Spectra block builder plugin is now available for individual purchase with $69 yearly and $349 lifetime plans for up to 1000 websites. Also, the team at Divi has launched a new Divi AI tool that works with AI powers to generate images and text for your Divi made websites.
  • Useful New Features… UpdraftPlus has released the free site migration feature between two websites with now only custom settings for migration in the pro or paid plans. Also, WSform has added deep integration with InstaWP through their API allowing you to quickly launch a WordPress instance with WSform in it.
  • Blocks Life Resources… Aurooba has created an online resource, Core Blocks Explorer – allowing you to easily explore WordPress core blocks and their properties. While Ross shared a little plugin, Reveal Post Data that display the raw post data associated with a post including taxonomy and custom field data.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. Builder Updates… Elementor 3.15v has added much awaited Taxonomy Filter along with an improved Accordion widget with nested items, a new apps page, and new Elementor AI Image tools. Also, Builderius 0.12v has added many enhancements like built-in GraphQL powered dynamic data and powerful interactive and dynamic modules, such as Accessible Menu, Loops & Facets, Conditions Builder, and Modal Builder.
  2. More Product Updates… WP Ultimo 2.1.3v has updated the plugin for WordPress 6.3 along with updates to addons like admin page creator, site exporter, and importer. Also, Fluid Checkout for WooCommerce has added new design templates and the ability to edit cart items at the checkout page.
  3. WP Core & Gutenberg Updates… here is more to the prep and evolution of the all new admin design of the WordPress dashboard. Also, check the experimental auto inserting blocks feature introduced in the Gutenberg 16.4 release.
  4. Custom Data Plugins… ACF 6.2v update has added UI for creating an options page instead of using manual code method and native support for bidirectional relationships. While Toolset 1.6.8v has been updated for WordPress 6.3 and for compatibility with block plugins like Stackable for image box, progress bar, and progress circle blocks and Kadence for the advanced buttons block.
  5. WP Ecosystem… more than 800 plugins are sitting in the plugin review queue – Josepha shared the plugins handbook for those interested in joining the review team and help clear the backlog. Also, Wordfence has published the mid-year Intelligence WordPress Vulnerability Review, using the ChatGPT power, tracking 2,471 individual vulnerability records in just 6 months, surpassing 2,395 recorded in the entire year of 2022.

Quick Bits 👍

Take Note: Upcoming WordPress Online Events

Upcoming AI+WP Events… the team at Crocoblock is organizing WordPress Web Agency AI Summit 2023 on September 28, 2023, to discover practical use cases of AI in development, marketing, and so on. Also, HumanMade did an “AI for WordPress” event back in May and is now getting ready for the 2nd edition with the “AI: the next chapter” event, now open for attendee registration and speaker applications.

More Online Events… the next edition of the Page Builder Summit has been announced and is scheduled for September 18, 2023 (online event). Also, speaker applications are now open for WP Career Summit till August 30, 2023.

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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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