WP Weekly 190 – UnHappy

Jetpack Stats users expressed their unhappiness with a flurry of 1-star reviews. Ari Stathopoulos shared on giving up on contributing to the Gutenberg project. On a happy note – many new updates and features this week, to look forward.

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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • Bye to Jetpack Stats… is what many users are posting as review with one star rating on the plugin listing page. Jetpack has made the stats feature premium, which I discovered from replies to my post (Links X) on Twitter. Replying to this conversation, Rogier Lankhorst shared (Links X) about the sudden surge in Burst Statistics sales.
  • Clean WordPress option… Joost de Valk has created a new plugin that promises to fix the WordPress option clutter. It displays autoloaded options being used on a page and you can remove selectively – be careful, it is a power tool.
  • Page Designs & New Theme… the latest Rockbase 1.1.0v update has added 8 new full page patterns including: about, features, reviews, and pricing page layouts. Anders Norén has released new free theme called Vermeer in the theme directory.

New: Bricks Checkout, BNPL, Amelia Panel

For Bricks Users… Bricks Ultimate has added Checkout Builder for WooCommerce users that enables a customizable Shopify type of checkout page on your WooCommece shop site without the need of manual code.

Buy Now Pay Later… FunnelKit has added support for Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) options for your WooCommerce stores through BNPL payment gateways like Affirm, Klarna, and Afterpay.

Amelia 7.5v has introduced all new redesigned customer panel giving customers the capability to manage their personal information and preferences, without the need to access the WordPress back-end.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. Refund Requests on Renewals… Katie Keith from Barn2 shared about a big increase in refund requests for annual plugin renewals. Refunds for new sales have grown 22% in line with sales, but renewals are up 73%. Check the insightful conversation (links X) on this topic with many informed replies.
  2. Register Blocks with block .json… Meta Box Builder allows registering of Blocks with PHP or visually. The latest update now allow registering of Blocks using the block.json file making it more developer friendly.
  3. Acquisitions Train… AdTribes, known for the Product Feed Pro plugin for WooCommerce stores, is joining Rymera Web Co family of WooCommerce solutions ecosystem. More such coverage in the Business of WordPress database.
  4. Page Builder Summit… one of the best online event for WordPress users (based on my experience), Page Builder Summit is back and is scheduled for May 20, 2024. I am back as a speaker in this edition of the summit, exploring content creation in the Block Editor in simple and cool ways.
  5. More WordPress Events… StellarWP is organizing the Stellar Spark Conference, a free online WordPress event scheduled for July 19, 2024, is looking for speakers. Also, the WordPress London Meetup #WPLDN is looking for speakers for their future events in the format of Long-form talks (25-30 minutes) and Lightning talks (10 minutes).
  6. WP Milestones… WPCodeBox is celebrating 3rd anniversary and is going strong with the recent release of WPCodeBox 2 1.1.0v that added new features and improvements. Mihai Iova’s SliceWP plugin for setting up affiliates system on WordPress has crossed 8000+ active installs on the WordPress plugin repository.

Quick Bits 👍

Core WordPress Features: Yes, No, or Maybe!

Onboarding & Plugins… Andrew Palmer has highlighted changes in the WordPress core that affect users and onboarding plugins through this video (Links X). Many users agree that this is an issue to look into moving forward!

Native Custom Post Types… should WordPress have a native feature to directly register custom post types and custom fields? Daniel Bachhuber explores this possibility as a part of CloudFest Hackathon report.

Plugin Auto Updates… Andy Fragen shared about the proposal to merge the changes required to perform rollbacks when fatal errors occur during attempted plugin auto-updates by default.

WordPress + AI Powers: Websites and Layouts

Custom Website with AI… ZipWP has a new custom website builder feature with AI powers that allows you to build full website blueprint along with specific pages.

AI Layout Generator… this feature is now available for Divi builder users. With the Divi Layouts AI users can create entire pages from scratch using a simple prompt (text description of type of page you want).

Presto Player is the ultimate video player plugin for WordPress. Its lightning-fast loading, sleek design, and powerful features boost conversions effortlessly.

CryptoPay is all in one cryptocurrency payments for WordPress with Woo support to receive crypto payments from blockchain networks: Bitcoin, Solana, Tron.

mySites .guru is the Ultimate Toolkit for managing multiple WordPress sites with the award winning Site Audit, Backup, Update, Secure, Monitor, & Alerting features.

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Upcoming Events 💬

May 20, 2024: Page Builder Summit, an online WP event.
June 05, 2024: Strategies for WordPress Success with PersonalizeWP.
June 15, 2024: WordCamp Europe 2024 in Torino, Italy.
July 19, 2024: Stellar Spark free online events for WP people.
September 23, 2024: Digital Asset Congress 2024 in Iceland.

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