WP Weekly 169 – AI & WP

This week, there are a lot of updates for AI powers in the world of WordPress. Also tracking updates for GiveWP, Breakdance, and Fluent Booking. Lastly, which product got acquired, and which websites got a fresh redesign?

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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • WordPress & AI… SEOPress 7.1v now allows you to automatically set the image ALT (alternative) text with AI power when an image is uploaded on your WordPress website. Also, Feedzy Pro 2.3v has introduced AI Powered Paraphrasing with ChatGPT/OpenAI, allowing automatic generation of alternative wording for the content.
  • More WP & AI… TaxoPress, a plugin to manage tags, categories, and taxonomies, has added integration with OpenAI and IBM Watson for AI powered suggestions for the best taxonomy terms for your content. Also, WPTurbo had an update promising 5 times faster experience as a result of the switch from PHP to NodeJS.
  • Product Updates… GiveWP 3.0v is a big update that introduces Visual Donation Form Builder and other changes like every donor is now automatically registered as a WordPress user, recurring only donation forms. Also, Coupon Affiliates 5.10.0v has introduced a performance bonuses feature for recognizing and rewarding high-performing affiliates.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. New Integrations… Honors WP’s Parent & Student Access for LearnDash plugin now integrates with WP Fusion that automatically links student contact records to parent contact records in your CRM or email marketing system. FluentBooking 1.0.6v has added Twilio integration for sending notifications via SMS and WhatsApp.
  2. Builder & More Updates… Breakdance 1.6v now has enhanced search for WooCommerce and combines search with Breakdance’s elements for WooCommerce filtering, among other changes. Also, Max Addons for Bricks Builder 1.5.0v has introduced advanced conditions and query loop facilitating dynamic content display.
  3. New Plugin & Core Updates… WordPress VIP has released a Block Governance plugin enabling you to restrict what kind of blocks can be inserted into the block editor. Abha Thakor has published the WordPress 6.4 Field Guide covering all essential changes in this version release.
  4. WP Milestones… the FluentSMTP (free plugin and will always remain free) has crossed 200K+ active installations. The dynamic data builder, CubeWP Framework has crossed the 10K+ total downloads milestone. Also, Katie Keith shared about plugins at Barn2 reaching $6 million in lifetime plugin revenue – congrats!
  5. WordCamps Action… WordCamp Lahore (Pakistan) 2023 is looking for speakers and sponsors for the event scheduled for December 10, 2023. Also, tickets are available for purchase for WordCamp Montreal 2023, scheduled for November 8, 2023 (online).

Quick Bits 👍

New Acquisitions + Website Redesign!

Acquisition Train… Cristian Raiber, plugin creator at WPChill, has acquired ImageSEO .io from Aurelio Volle of WP Umbrella. To make this reboot even better, Cristian bought the dot com domain (ImageSEO .com) for this product moving forward. Also, Automattic has acquired Texts app, a single dashboard for all your messages across platforms like WhatsApp, iMessage, Instagram, and more.

New Design… Check the redesigned ShopWP site along with the re-written features page and the about page with the plugin origin story. Also, the WP RSS Aggregator plugin website had a cool new makeover with a pleasing new website design.

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