WP Weekly 173 – Features

Yes, the Black Friday Deals season is still going strong – but that does not stop WordPress product makers on new feature releases. Tracking new features in Groundhogg, The SEO Framework, Kadence Blocks, Elementor, Blocksy, and more.

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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • Big Updates… Groundhogg 3.0v gets an all-new Dynamic Posts Block that displays the list of the latest posts in emails, among other features like block inspector and socials block. Also, with seven months under development, The SEO Framework 5.0.0v (Apex) is a big update with a new breadcrumb shortcode, Schema org graph generator, meta tag generator, new caching, and codebase.
  • Brand New Plugins… the team behind HappyAddons, Leevio, has released the Happy Media plugin promising easy media management in the WP dashboard. The team at Uncanny Automator has released Restrict Content Addon for easy membership type content access restrictions by role, level, or profile field.
  • Website Redesign… Tomzur shared about the new look of Kinsta Docs website; this will be followed by a bigger makeover of the whole Kinsta website. Also, the website of the Bricks Builder plugin got a design makeover, and it looks good for sure!

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. New Stuff Noticed… Ryan Waterbury is excited about being able to use Woo Shipping & Tax independently now, without the need for the Jetpack plugin. While Ganga Kafle shared about the cleaned up look of WordPress org profile pages like here and here.
  2. Upcoming Features… Ben Ritner shared a preview of the upcoming Advanced Query Loop coming in Kadence Blocks Pro with finer control via query card, filters, and pagination. Also, the Elementor 3.18v developers update shared about the upcoming Elements Manager feature allowing easy customization of the work area and the ability to remove unused elements.
  3. Prominent Theme Updates… Blocksy 2.0v is out now with a lot of changes like performance improvements, a new dynamic data block, many Woo features, and new pricing. Also, the latest Woostify update has added Frequently Bought Together feature allowing you to manually select to display additional products with the current product for easy cross selling.
  4. Product Updates… Unlimited Elements for Elementor has a new Lordicon widget for displaying cool animated icons anywhere in your Elementor layouts. Also, the WSform has added the Omnisend integration for email marketing and email sending workflows.
  5. Core Updates… the preview button on plugin listing pages did not go well in the first go; it is being revisited with improvements via suggestions from the community members. Also, Luis Herranz shared about efforts in progress for the native support for modern JavaScript modules and import maps within the WP ecosystem.

Quick Bits 👍

  • New Theme: Anchor by WPZOOM for Woo stores supporting FSE.
  • Team at weDevs has revealed FlyWP Server Management service.
  • My New Fav: Devin Walker’s weekly WordPress News video series.
  • WordCamp EU: Call for Sponsors open – €1,000 to €85,000 options.
  • Your Say: Participate in Web Care Consultant Survey for 2023.
  • Firefox’s new right-click option ‘Copy Link Without Site Tracking’!

WordPress Talks and Career Moves!

Spencer’s Real Talks… Spencer Forman had a private conversation with Matt Mullenweg and in the last week followed up with a live streamed conversation related to the Future of WordPress. Next, he is prepping for a conversation with Syed Balki of Awesome Motive – watch out!

People of WordPress… James Kemp, the founder of IconicWP which was acquired by StellarWP (LiquidWeb) in 2021, is starting a new chapter of professional life at Automattic as a product lead for WooCommerce. While Sarah Gooding, who left WPTavern recently, is joining Socket .dev as the head of content marketing.


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