WP Weekly 181 – Hosted

The WordPress hosting world has a new big player in the form of InstaWP Live hosting, Rocket .net keeps adding new features, and there is a cloud hosted version of Dokan, a WooCommerce multivendor solution. Also, tracking page builder(s) updates, commercial plugin review guidelines, and a few new plugins.

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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • New Plugins… Craig Gomes has released Currently Plugin that allows you to automatically display your current work status like working, away, or on vacation. Robert DeVore has released the Waitlist plugin for The Events Calendar users; it allows you to create and manage waiting lists for events created by The Events Calendar plugin.
  • New Launches… InstaWP has expanded with a big offering of InstaWP Live WordPress website hosting service that comes with many features out of the box. Nelson Miller has launched WP Inbox, which organizes and syncs data from the website and displays information about a person in the sidebar of your inbox app.
  • Being Resourceful… Lisa Sabin Wilson, COO at WebDevStudios, has released the 5th edition of WordPress All in One for Dummies guide, now available on Amazon. Are you planning to offer a lifetime deal on your product? Check insights from Anh Tran on deal finalization by calculating customer lifetime value based on churn rate.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. The Hosted World… Rocket .net has introduced the lock my site feature; when enabled – no files can be changed in your WordPress website folder, and the MySQL Database user is also stripped down to select privileges only. Dokan, WooCommerce powered multivendor marketplace solution, has launched the cloud version – Dokan Cloud (Beta), offering everything you need in one place.
  2. Page Builder Updates… Beaver Builder 2.8v with a new box module that comes with the power of Flexbox and CSS grid along with integrations for North Commerce and Popup Maker. Bricks 1.9.6v has added the much requested query sort, filter, and live search functionality as an experimental feature for now. Builderius shared about UI redesign and the reason for development delay.
  3. New Theme & Blocks Templates… Kim Coleman and Tammie Lister are working on a new block based CashFlow Theme, ideal for Paid Memberships Pro membership websites. Pedro at WP Alpha has released a collection of free WordPress Pattern Templates, which you can use easily by simple copy and paste into the Block Editor.
  4. New Integrations… Affiliate WP with Advanced Coupons plugin integration for creating one click links that apply discounts automatically to the cart. MasterStudy LMS with WPML translation plugin integration for translating courses into different languages. AFL UTM Tracker 2.14.7v has added support for Google Consent Mode through Google Tag Manager (GTM), enabling integration with any Cookie Consent Banner plugin.
  5. WP Milestones… Mark Zahra shared (Links X) about the Spotlight plugin reaching the one million downloads milestone. Imran Siddiq’s Web Squadron Youtube Channel has crossed 50K subscribers, impressive! The Kadence Theme in the WordPress directory has crossed the 300,000+ active installs milestone.
  6. WordCamps Action & Gutenberg Core… the team of WordCamp Europe 2024 has extended the call for media partners till 16 February 2024. Also, the upcoming WordPress 6.5 will have core editor improvements like the new List View shortcuts for the faster experience like while accessing the block setting menu.

Quick Bits 👍

Plugins & WordCamps Ecosystem in Focus!

Plugin Adoption & Commercial Plugins Guideline… Morgan Hvidt has adopted the Find My Blocks plugin on the WordPress repository from Eddy Sims for its future development and updates. Also, Steven Stern informed about the guideline change for the reviews of commercial or pro plugins, take note!

Single Block Plugins Proposal… there is a proposal for standalone block plugins directory section that can be maintained by core contributors in this repository, to allow use in themes and patterns in the directory with more certainty.

WordCamps & Events… Interesting insights in the 2023 Annual Report by the WordPress Foundation. There were 76 WordCamps in 2023 with 24,335 attendees, $565,970 ticket sales spread across 34 countries. There were 3,869 meetup events in 2023 with leading countries: USA, Spain, Germany, India, and Japan.

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