WP Weekly 172 – Change

Change is often difficult, be it the WPTavern website bracing for a big change with Sarah Gooding saying goodbye (and the search begins for a new writer) or a specific Elementor pricing plan change getting all the attention. This week, also tracking updates from Astra, Breakdance, SEOPress, InstaWP, and Pressable.

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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • Bookmark Worthy… Tahor Graves has created an amazing new resource Menu Hover featuring a collection of CSS menu hover effects with code for Elementor, Oxygen, Bricks Builder, and more. Also, the team of the AIOSEO plugin has published a new SEO Trends page featuring case studies focusing on SEO success stories.
  • Interesting Moves… the upcoming Astra 4.5v will have its own website builder features with the ability to create custom layouts for header, footer, single post, search, and more. Also, Breakdance has launched an official marketplace allowing folks from the community to list and sell their Breakdance made website templates.
  • Features and More… Jack Arturo, over at WPFusion, has switched from ActiveCampaign to FluentCRM and was missing on the Event Tracking feature – so created FluentCRM Events for this use case. Also, The Events Calendar has a new Wallet Plus feature that allows event attendees to save their tickets to digital wallets, like Apple Wallet, PassWallet, and download PDF tickets.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. WordPress and AI… SEOPress 7.2v comes with GPT-4 Vision model integration for more efficient automatic generation of image alternative (ALT) text. Also, the WPBakery website builder has launched AI powered features (beta) for content creation, auto generation of custom CSS and JS code, and translations.
  2. New Integrations… Flowmattic has added integration for the LatePoint plugin like booking is created, updated, and canceled based on the selected trigger option. Also, AFL UTM Tracker 2.14.1v has introduced native integration with Borlabs Cookie, Cookiebot, and Complianz cookie consent plugins.
  3. WP Plugin Milestones… going strong, Kadence Blocks has achieved an impressive 400,000 active installs milestone. Equalize Digital’s Accessibility Checker plugin has crossed the 3,000+ active installs milestone; it went from 2K to 3K in less than 8 months.
  4. More WP Milestones… founded by Vova Feldman, Freemius is celebrating its 9th Freemiversary (anniversary) milestone. Also, Matt Medeiros’s WP Minute Youtube channel, featuring tutorials and new WordPress things has reached the 15,000 subscribers milestone.
  5. WordCamps Action… WordCamp Asia 2024 scheduled for March 07, 2024; the third batch of tickets will be available today (November 20, 2023) at 09:30 AM India time / 8.00 PM California, USA time. Also, the call for speakers is now open for the WordCamp Europe 2024 event scheduled for June 13, 2024, at Torino, Italy.

Quick Bits 👍

Elementor Changes + Sarah Leaves WPTavern

Pro Plan Changes.. Elementor has announced changes to the entry “Essential subscription plan”. From Dec 04, 2023, this plan will not get access to new advanced features, and all features will be available in the Pro, Advanced, Expert, and Agency plans. There are a lot of comments on the announcement post for specific clarifications about this upcoming change. Also, Matt Mullenweg referenced this and compared it to the Gutenberg based builders.

People of WordPress… Sarah Gooding, the face of WPTavern, is saying goodbye to the writing position at WPTavern. As a result, Matt Mullenweg has posted the call for applications for finding new writer(s) at WPTavern. Also, Alex Stine is the first-ever WPCC Fellow and officially begins the Accessibility Fellowship this month as a sponsored contributor with the WPCC.


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