WP Weekly 161 – Cool Stuff

A lot of cool stuff from the WordPress world to track this week – like CSScrafter, SurelyWP addons, Performant Translations plugin. Also, focus on learning to make block columns fully responsive and exploring block variations.

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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • New Cool Stuff… Gobinda Tarafdar has launched the CSS Crafter project featuring ready to use CSS effects made for the block editor users. Also, Taylor Drayson has created GeneratePress colour generator tool that enables the export of color palettes from tools like Figma, Coolors and import them into the GeneratePress theme.
  • New Releases… Nelson Miller has launched the SurelyWP project featuring addons for the SureCart; as of now features two addons: User Switching and Wishlist. Also, the WordPress Performance Team has released the Performant Translations plugin that makes the website load faster with the implementation of a new approach to handling translation files in WordPress.
  • Product Updates… Breakdance 1.5v update allows static and alternating content in the post loop builder along with god mode that allows any custom field data type output. Also, Tutor LMS 2.2.4v has added a new option to restrict students from completing video lessons until finishing a certain length and also the ability to hide video branding (YouTube) in Tutor LMS Player.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. Plugin Updates… Brian Jackson shared preview of Perfmatters 2.1.5v that adds a new AJAX backend/UI to save data and perform plugin actions that do not require page reloads. Also, the team at 10up has updated the Safe SVG plugin 2.2.0v with the new settings that give the ability to select which user roles can upload SVG files.
  2. More Updates… the Hestia Theme from Themeisle has been updated 3.1.0v with new page patterns and Header customization options like display menu On mobile, customize cart icon, and transparent Header support for other pages. Also, Henrik Liebel has updated the BlockStudio 5.2.0v now with the ability to edit your blocks directly from Gutenberg and see changes in the real time.
  3. Let’s Learn… check this in-depth tutorial by Nick Diego to learn block variations and how you can use them in your workflows. Also, Anton Plauche has published a detailed tutorial for responsive design implementation by extending the core columns block.
  4. Core Updates… WordPress 6.3.1 maintenance release update is now available with 4 bug fixes in Core and 6 bug fixes for the block editor. While Steve Burge shared the preview of the upcoming new design for WooCommerce products.

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Updates: Web Hosting and WordPress

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