WP Weekly 192 – WP Biz

The ‘business of WordPress’ is buzzing for sure, be it the acquisition of plugins or the massive Envato ownership change. Also, WordPress content brands getting merged or fresh branding moves to keep things relevant.


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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • Thumbnail Slider… Max Addons 1.8.0v update has added a Thumbnail Slider element for Bricks Builder users and a new element for WooCommerce product reviews. Supa Mike has released ThumbSlider, a free slider element for Breakdance builder users that allows you to create a responsive image slider and supports dynamic data ACF gallery.
  • New Beaver Stuff… the team at Beaver Builder has released Good Vibes starter website – a Restaurant Template that is built using the newly released Box Module. Also, to help Beaver users master this new Box Module and its many options – they have released free course for the Box Module.
  • Fastest Hosting… this topic can be very conflicting with so many web hosting players and performance parameters to account for. Karol Krol has published a comparison of 15 WordPress hosting providers done through 14,000 individual tests between 2021-2024. The Rocket .net hosting has topped this ranking.

New: Feed Forge, Cart Popup, Form Themes, CRM

Free for Gravity… Gravity Wiz has released a free Gravity Forms Feed Forge plugin that allows you to perform actions on Gravity Forms entries, like send form submissions to a spreadsheet or turn them into new users.

Woo Cart Popup… the Merchant plugin, all-in-one plugin for WooCommerce, has a new module of Added to Cart Popup that neatly triggers a popup when a product is added to the cart – thereby making the next user step quick, easy, and focused.

Form Themes… WPForms has introduced Form Themes collection which consists of over 40+ pre-made form styles that you can customize right from the Block Editor. Further you can customize and build own library of custom form templates.

CRM Integration… users of WPFunnels can now integrate to any CRM through the power of WP Fusion. The new WP Funnels integration allows you to send WPFunnels data to WP Fusion and then to your CRM.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. Price Changes… JetFormBuilder has done a minor $10 price hike for one website plan. The new yearly plans are: $49 for one website, $79 for five websites, and $129 for unlimited websites. This change is only for new users; old users will continue with old prices.
  2. Pinterest Image Share… Novashare 1.5.0v update enables you to control Image Pin Button Behavior with additional options to share like to pin image, post image or show the image grid.
  3. Frontend Moderation… Peepso 6.4.0.0v has update has introduced frontend content moderation feature. Traditionally, back-end of WordPress had to be used for content moderation, like deleting comments – well, no need for that now.
  4. Prepare for WooCommerce update… WooCommerce 8.9v is scheduled for release May 14, 2024. Check pre-release updates to take note of updates to product editor, cart, and checkout blocks.
  5. Official Page Designs… the new design of Plugins directory page is now live, looks neat and a welcome UI upgrade compared to the old one – what do you think? Also, the Block Pattern Directory is now using blocks – why not!
  6. WP Milestones… TasteWP has reached one million websites milestone and is celebrating with 30% off. Uncanny Automator crossed 40,000 active installs and has released third addon called User Lists Addon for segmentation. While SureCart has clocked 20K milestone, Adam shared (Links X) finer stats of 0 to 10,000 sites took 591 days and 10,000 to 20,000 sites took 130 days.

Quick Bits 👍

Business of WP: Merging Brands & Rebranding

Brands Merger… WordPress tutorials and resource websites, CodeinWP and WPShout, have been merged together and will be called WPShout moving forward as a hub for powerful WordPress content.

Another Brand Change… James Giroux has rebranded the TeamWP project and re-launched it as the Future of Team brand to serve WordPress ecosystem and beyond. Also, Remkus de Vries has joined this project as a co-founder.

Business of WP: Small to Massive Acquisitions

Selling KryptoniteWP… Florian Dee has sold KryptoniteWP brand, featuring a collection of WordPress Plugins, to focus on other projects like ClickWhale plugin.

Plugins Acquisition… The team at Caseproof, which is led by Blair Williams, has acquired both AccessAlly and PopupAlly WordPress plugins. It will be a part of Syed Balkhi’s WPBeginner Growth Fund.

Massive Acquisition… Popular among WordPress users for themes, plugins, and design elements, Envato (and its various brands) has been acquired by stock photos brand Shutterstock for USD$245 million price tag.


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