WP Weekly 166 – Ideas

New ideas are always cool but implementation is what matters, like the new preview button on WordPress plugin pages or the Font Library feature – both removed and/or delayed! Also featuring in this issue – the voting begins at The WP Awards 2023 and a look at new services for WordPress users.

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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • Brand New… the team behind FluentCRM and Fluent Forms has an upcoming Fluent Booking plugin (launching soon) promising to be an ultimate scheduling solution for webinars, appointments, events, and more. While the Themeum team has launched Droip Builder, promising a lot of features for visual website building.
  • New Services for WordPress… Eric Karkovack has launched WP Product Writeup, a new white label content service for WordPress product makers. While Patrick Posner has launched a new online tool Web to Zip that can download any dynamic website including WordPress site in a static version.
  • Builder Updates… Greenshift with the 6.8v release, has started transitioning from a set of blocks to a full page builder with the introduction of the class first system. Also, WPBakery 1.7v has added cross-site copy/paste functionality allowing users to copy and paste layouts from one WPBakery website to another.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. Got Noticed… Nelson Miller at Pee-Aye Creative has launched Divi Assistant with features and tools that promise to make website building with Divi easier. Also, brought to notice the Omnisome platform to collect reviews from your customers based on their satisfaction scores, and surveys can be integrated into any website, including WordPress websites.
  2. Core Updates & More… WordPress 6.4 Beta 2 version is now available for your testing. Also, check the latest updates on the core editor improvements like the new toolbar experience for the Navigation, List, and Quote blocks.
  3. Acquisition Train… Rymera Web Co, which already has eCommerce brands like Wholesale Suite, Advanced Coupons, and WC Vendors, has acquired Visser Labs, a brand that focuses on WooCommerce export import solutions. While the Awesome Motive group continues its expansion with the inclusion of Envira Gallery, NextGen Gallery, Photocrati Theme, and Soliloquy Slider products.
  4. WP Perspectives… Justin Ferriman wrote an open letter for WordPress product creators, is it about blaming others or changing yourself according to the ecosystem changes? William Bay published his thoughts with the title ‘Frustrating State of the Word’ focusing on WordPress leadership, community, the development process, and final product results.
  5. WP Milestones… Chris Badgett shared about LifterLMS celebrating 9-year anniversary this month; that’s a long and successful milestone. FluentCRM is celebrating 3 years of growth laden milestone. Mihai Iova shared about the SliceWP plugin going from 5K to 6K installs milestone in a period of 112 days. While WPForms is celebrating the 1000+ pre-made web form templates milestone.

Quick Bits 👍

WordPress Features: Removed & Delayed!

Cristian Raiber noticed a new live preview button feature on the plugin listing page at the WordPress .org plugins directory. While the idea is interesting, but in its current form it did not work and hence was soon removed – for a probable comeback later?

Also, the highlighted feature of the WordPress 6.4 release – the font library feature won’t be making the cut in the WP 6.4 release. Reasoning, major gaps in the Font APIs were found, and there isn’t enough time to resolve them before the scheduled release of the WP 6.4 version.

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Upcoming Events 💬

April 25, 2024: WordPress London Meetup #WPLDN
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June 15, 2024: WordCamp Europe 2024 in Torino, Italy.
July 19, 2024: Stellar Spark free online events for WP people.
September 23, 2024: Digital Asset Congress 2024 in Iceland.

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