WP Weekly 175 – 5859 Voted

Thanks to the votes of… 5859 amazing WordPress users – we have the Top 5 winners and vote number for the 2023 edition of ‘The WP Awards’. Also in this weekly, a little sneak peek into revenue figures during Black Friday, an ultimate resource page for Bricks users and AI in Kadence and Brizy.

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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • Being Resourceful… Sridhar Katakam has created an ultimate resource page for Bricks Builder users that can be accessed via BricksLinks.com which redirects to the start .me page. Also, are you not a developer and still want to contribute to WordPress? Eric Karkovack shares how to contribute to WordPress in a non-coding role.
  • New Launch & Plugin… after the release of the Crosswinds Blocks plugin, Jacob Martella has launched the entire Crosswinds Framework project, promising to ‘supercharge your website editing experience’. Also, Lax Mariappan has released a free env indicator plugin that displays the WP environment info on the admin bar.
  • WordPress and AI…. do more and faster with AI power when using the Kadence suite with Kadence AI launch, this pre-release requires new licensing and activation to get it enabled. Also, Brizy has a new AI Text Generation feature to create new content or improve existing with options of Extend, Shorten, Simplify, and Tone.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. Product Updates… Gravity Forms 2.8v has introduced the compact view feature to help find fields easily when creating lengthy forms with numerous fields. Also, Tutor LMS 2.5.0v has added new options to customize email templates and a few new trigger events.
  2. Black Friday Revenue… Xaver from Mailster shared about 230% MRR growth in two weeks compared to two weeks before with 5 emails sent to the list, read full thread on X. While Katie Keith from the Barn2 plugins shared about the best ever monthly revenue of $178k (previously $136k) and more details in this thread on X.
  3. Core & Cool Stuff… remember to update to WordPress 6.4.2, a maintenance and security release. Also, look at the WordPress 6.5 roadmap – which is scheduled to release on Mar 26, 2024. Pascal Birchler shared a project titled media experiments highlighting incredible things that can be done with media in the WordPress block editor.
  4. Security Ecosystem… Patchstack has become a member of OpenSSF (Open Source Security Foundation) giving push to its software security endeavors. Adding an extra layer of security, Freemius has added the two-factor authentication (links X) system to the developer dashboard.
  5. WordCamp Asia 2024… The WP Weekly is a proud media partner of the upcoming WordCamp Asia 2024 event scheduled for March 07, 2024, in Taiwan. Also, are you not sure how to convince your boss to send you to this event? Here is how you can.

Quick Bits 👍

  • Kinsta site has a new look dropping old colors and going all new!
  • Barn2 has launched a merch store with cool looking products.
  • Take Note: Phishing scams impersonating the WordPress team!
  • WordCamp Europe 2024: Call for Speakers and Sponsors is open.
  • Sign Up for WordPress for Enterprise online event on Jan 18, 2024.
  • Automattic shared about Time .com powered by WordPress VIP.

The WP Awards 2023: Winners & Votes!

The 2023 edition of ‘The WP Awards 2023’ has come to an end with the declaration of winners and vote counts. The Top 5 Winners are: ACF Pro, The Admin Bar, WordFence, RankMath SEO, and Elementor. You can see detailed results highlighting the Top 3 Winners in each category and the vote count for the Top 6. You can also compare these by checking the 2022 and 2021 award results. Devin Walker also covered awards in the latest WordPress video round-up news.

Many Thanks to everyone who voted (5859 of you!) and shared about the ‘The WP Awards’ event. Also, a big thanks to sponsors supporting this event; check ‘The WP Awards 2023’ sponsors… InMotion Hosting, 20i Hosting, Pressable, Unlimited WP, Meta Box, and Slim SEO. See you in 2024!

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