WP Weekly 194 – Cool Things

Many cool things to focus this week: Hooks Resource Page, another cool Free Theme, ebook on Partnerships, and a really cool to-do app powered by Interactivity API. Also, featuring new product updates from BuddyBoss, WP Gridbuilder, Elementor, WS Form, MaxiBlocks, and more.


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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • Explore WordPress Hooks… Tiffany B. Brown has created WordPress Hooks resource page listing all WordPress actions and filters on one page. Also, check free Captain Hooks plugin to view available hooks.
  • Free Cool Theme… Roman Fink has created very neat looking and ‘Bento .me’ inspired Kandinsky Theme for personal websites. It is a block based WordPress theme available for a free download.
  • WordPress Partnerships 101… Lana Miro is celebrating 6 years as a Partnerships Manager and has released free eBook, WordPress Partnerships: Basics, featuring many WordPress people (and me).
  • Cool To-do App… Ryan Welcher shared (Links X) the final version of Interactivity API To-do app, see demo of this simple app and you can also access code for this and explore further.

New: Schedule, Redesign, Block Styles, Quick View

Schedule Posts… BuddyBoss 2.5.20v has introduced schedule posts feature, allowing administrators and moderators prepare posts ahead of time and schedule them for more control over engagement and content sharing.

Admin Redesign… WP Gridbuilder 2.0.0v has revamped the dashboard admin design based on React, resembling the Block Editor interface. It has also reworked the card editor based on Gutenberg.

Block Styles… Perfmatters 2.2.8v has added the option to separate block styles that load the WordPress core block styles in the global stylesheet only when rendered, rather than all the time – which is the default behavior.

Woo Quick View… the team at QODE Interactive has released QODE Quick View for WooCommerce plugin allowing handy pop-up product previews for store visitors. The free version of this plugin is also available.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. How to Acquire Plugins… Ionut Neagu shared quick tips for acquisitions for fair deals and smooth transitions while acquiring products in the WordPress space.
  2. Approved 600+ Plugins… is one of many achievements of Francisco Torres being on the plugin review team of a year. Also, in that period – sent 6572 emails, made 345 commits, and actively participated in WordCamps.
  3. The Blueprint Gallery… a new community initiative that would enable WordPress developers and extenders to share their WordPress setups as blueprints with others on GitHub – for easier access, sharing, and exploring.
  4. Page Builder Perspectives… is there life (options to choose from) after page builders? Anne Mieke Bovelett has moved to embrace full site editing for web presence. The beauty of using WordPress is multiple options – be it your traditional page builder or newer block based builder, what’s yours?
  5. WordPress 6.6 release squad… information is now available with Release Lead: Matt Mullenweg, Release Coordinator: Meher Bala, Core Tech Lead: Jb Audras, Test Lead: Anne McCarthy, Design Lead: Rich Tabor, and others.
  6. WP Milestones… Devin Walker shared about WP Rollback plugin which was initially developed as part of a WordCamp plugin development contest, has crossed 300K+ active installs milestone, now with new branding and website.
  7. Events This Week & More… schedule some time this week to catch the Page Builder Summit which starts today, May 20, 2024, featuring cool WordPress folks (and me). Also, the upcoming WordCamp Europe 2024 event has been granted a prestigious Patronage from the European Parliament.

Quick Bits 👍

Updates: ACPT Fields, Accessibility, PHP 8.3

Forms & Custom Fields… WS Form has added integration for ACPT plugin, allowing you to setup form that can create and update a WordPress post that contains ACPT configured custom fields.

Accessibility in MaxiBlocks… ARIA Label feature has been introduced in MaxiBlocks allowing you to add ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) labels to any foundation block, thereby enhancing accessibility.

PHP 8.3 Support… WPCloudDeploy 5.8.0v has added support for running websites on PHP 8.3 under NGINX. It has also introduced an experimental Support for Ubuntu 24.04 OS.

New Free Plugins in the WordPress Directory

From the team at ShortPixel, their new WordPress caching and accelerator plugin, FastPixel Caching is now available in the directory. Also, from the Fingers Crossed team – check their new AI Image SEO Toolkit plugin, which generates image ALT text in the free version with AI powers.

Upcoming Events 💬

July 11, 2024: WordCamp Canada 2024 in Ottawa, ON Canada.
July 19, 2024: Stellar Spark free online event for WP people.
September 17, 2024: WordCamp US 2024 in Portland, Oregon.
September 23, 2024: Digital Asset Congress 2024 in Iceland.
October 09, 2024: WordPress Accessibility Day 2024, online event.

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