WP Weekly 195 – 10M Installs

Which are the four WordPress plugins with a 10 million active installs milestone? On the business side, WP Engine got a makeover, and a hosting company was acquired. Also, visual grid layouts in Gutenberg should be interesting!


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What’s Buzzing in WordPress 💖

  • Scripts Resource… Scot Birchfield has launched a resource website WP Scriptly to share various code snippets like for CSS style changes, shortcodes, or custom code for direct use in your functions file.
  • New Pro Blocks Launch… the free version of GutenKit blocks and templates has been available for some time now. With enhanced features and the launch lifetime offer, the team at Wpmet is launching GutenKit Pro version on May 27, 2024.
  • Fancy Buttons for Breakdance… Phil Clerkin has released a new free Fancy Buttons plugin for the Breakdance Builder users featuring over 21 cool button hover effects for use in Breakdance layouts.
  • 10 Million Plugin Installs… is the new maximum count, raised from 5 million for plugins in the repository. As a result, popular plugins section now displays a 10 million active installs count for four plugins: Elementor, Contact Form 7, Yoast SEO, and Classic Editor.

New: Content Board, Translations, & Optimization

Content Planning Board… Steve Burge has introduced content board feature for one quick view and management of content under different categories like draft, pending review, published, and scheduled.

Automatic WP Translations… powered by WordPress AI Translator, the newly launched TranslatePress AI allows you to translate WordPress website content into a different language including SEO metadata.

WP Rocket 3.16v… is now available which focus on optimizing LCP and images above the fold on your WordPress websites. Also, cache tab has been removed and new File Optimization tab has been added.

Uncanny Automator 5.8v… has added integration for SureMembers, AWeber, and Code Snippets. Also updated for an easier import / export of recipes and for the newly introduced changes to Google Sheets.

Extended WordPress Buzz 🔥

  1. New Branding… WP Engine has introduced a new brand identity with a new Look website and also shared the behind the scenes of this brand refresh. Themeum has re-introduced TutorLMS now with own dedicated website and distinct branding, moving forward.
  2. Hosting Acquisition… the team at group .one has signed an agreement to acquire Webglobe web hosting and cloud services, prominent in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region, from the founder, Igor Strečko, and Sandberg Capital.
  3. LMS & Membership Integrations… Peepso 6.4.1.0v has added integration for MasterStudy LMS bringing LMS features within the Peepso community setup. Also, FlowMattic has added integration for membership features of the Paid Memberships Pro plugin.
  4. WP Cron Tasks… Kuba Mikita at Bracketspace has published a tutorial on how to easily schedule WordPress Cron tasks for specific times and days. You can achieve this via code or plugin method.
  5. Scheduled Updates… websites hosted on WordPress .com with the new scheduled updates feature will allow you to set the exact time and day for plugin updates. This feature is available to users of the Creator and Entrepreneur plans.
  6. WooCommerce 9.0 Coming… WooCommerce 9.0 is scheduled for release on June 11, 2024. Check for new things coming in this release like UI improvements for checkout blocks, product collection blocks, and renaming of classic block templates.

Quick Bits 👍

WordPress Buzz: Core, Community, & Contributions

Auto-Redirect Restore & WP 6.5.4… maintenance release, WordPress 6.5.4 will be available on June 05, 2024, with release candidate on May 30, 2024. This update will restore auto-redirect for the after plugin activation routine.

Visual Grid Layouts… which allows you to make grid adjustments through drag drop is now available in the Gutenberg 18.4v update. Also, now you can group selected blocks using a keyboard shortcut (Command/Ctrl + G).

Project Health Hangouts… four hangouts sessions between May 28 to 30 across various time zones are available for you to participate, focusing on efforts to ensure the sustainability and health of the WordPress project.

Five for the Future Program… Naoko Takano has published the latest stats for WordPress contributions through Five for the Future program. There are 897 confirmed contributors and a total of 7,926 hours have been pledged.

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September 23, 2024: Digital Asset Congress 2024 in Iceland.
October 09, 2024: WordPress Accessibility Day 2024, online event.

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