WP Weekly 176 – Goodbye

Goodbye to 2023; visit archives to see all the WordPress coverage of 2023 here at The WP Weekly. We end this year looking at the recently concluded The State of Word 2023 event. Also included in this issue: Updates from WPForms, BuddyBoss, Fluent Support, WP Umbrella, and Thrive Suite.


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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • New Releases… Brian Gardner’s Powder Studio Theme is now live in the official theme directory for free download and use. WPForms has launched the ConvertKit addon, allowing automatic sending of contacts collected via WPForms to specific ConvertKit email list(s).
  • New Integrations… BuddyBoss has added TutorLMS integration to bring LMS features into the community setup powered by BuddyBoss. EDD (Easy Digital Downloads) has added support for the InstaWP custom staging environment. Also, Fluent Support 1.7.7v now has FluentCRM automations available as actions under Fluent Supports WorkFlows.
  • New Features… WP Umbrella has added new bulk deletion capabilities for deleting plugins & themes and also added a website notes feature. Fluent Booking 1.2.4v has added an option for manual redirect URL option once a booking is completed.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. Product Updates… Thrive Suite with new features, Thrive Apprentice with the option to force students to watch video before making lesson complete, and Thrive Architect with the multi-select option to edit properties. Eventin free 3.3.45v has added an import export option for event, schedule, speaker, attendee information in CSV format, and Eventin PRO 3.3.38v with Stripe order export in CSV-JSON format.
  2. Closing & Partnership… Brian Jackson has shared about phasing out active development of the WP Coupons plugin as a result of shifting focus on other plugins. GoDadday managed WordPress has announced a partnership with Zend by Perforce for supporting WordPress sites that are using End of Life (EOL) PHP versions by adding security and bug fixes into custom PHP builds.
  3. Let’s Learn… Misha Rudrastyh wrote about creating custom WP-CLI commands with subcommands, arguments, and flags. Also, Joost de Valk shared more about creating WordPress Plugin demos with the WordPress playground.
  4. WordCamps Action… the first round of speakers have been announced for WordCamp Asia 2024 including: Adam Silverstein, Hannah Swain Løvik, Hidetaka Okamoto, Jeanne Tan, Luke Carbis, Miriam Schwab, and Paolo Belcastro.
  5. WP Milestone… Kadence Blocks and Theme’s Youtube channel has reached the one million views milestone. Also, Tutor LMS has reached the 80,000+ users milestone. While the WPTurbo code generator tool has reached 2000+ users this week.

Quick Bits 👍

State of The Word 2023 & Goodbye!

Matt Mullenweg answered various WordPress questions submitted by users at the State of The Word 2023 event; check this video for his answers. Check more coverage by Matt Medeiros at The WP Minute website and also from the GoDaddy team going into more details.

Goodbye to 2023 and see you again with WordPress goodness at The WP Weekly newsletter in the middle of January 2024. This has been an amazing year for The WP Weekly with many more subscribers, support from various sponsors, and another hugely successful The WP Awards 2023 edition. Many Thanks to everyone, and I wish you all more success with and beyond WordPress – Happy Holidays!

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