November was jam-pack with product updates, new plugins, acquisitions and even some drama. Of course highlight of every November in this industry is the Black Friday/Cyber Moday deals and discounts, which we already covered in one of our previous blog posts.
WordPress Performance Team kick off.
Ona by DeoThemes Just Raised the Bar for WordPress Block Theme Design.
Proposed Web Fonts API Not Coming to WordPress 5.9, Possibly Landing in Gutenberg First.
“Skins” Are Back in Style, Proposal for Themes To Bundle User-Selectable Design Variations.
State of the Word 2021 Will Be Broadcast Live from New York City on December 14.
Automattic Theme Team Releases a Plugin To Build Blockbase Child Themes.
WordPress 5.9 Delayed Until January 2022.
Automattic has joined a coalition of companies with vested interests in PHP to form the PHP Foundation, a new non-profit initiative to ensure the “long life and prosperity of the PHP language.”
WordPress: Where It’s Headed in 2022.
The official Gutenberg demo page on WordPress.org may soon be getting an update that better reflects the editor’s capabilities and showcases the design creativity available through patterns.
Gutenberg 12.0.x release Site Editor Welcome Guide
WPML Reviewer directory
SlingBlocks is a minimalist Gutenberg Block by WooFunnels Plugin that extends Gutenberg to provide page building capabilities.
The WordPress Funnel Game Continues to Grow.
RankMath SEO plugin’s team has launched Content AI feature, your artificial intelligence powered assistant to write more SEO friendly content.
Lemon Squeezy WordPress plugin is here promising a super easy way to sell digital products on WordPress website.
Kadence introduced Conversions: WordPress block tool to create lightweight popups, sale banners, and slide-ins that connect site visitors to your offers.
This new wicked block builder plugin promising to make the process of creating custom blocks super simple, easy, and without any programming.
Fluent launched a new product: FluentSupport.
Beaver Builder introduced Assistant Pro – store and organize all of your favorite page builder templates, prebuilt-rows, columns, rows, and modules right in the cloud.
Full Site Front-End Editing For Divi: Edit Your Headers, Footers And Post Templates On The Front-End.
YOOtheme Pro 2.7 – Pro Element Presets.
Webflow held No-Code Conf 2021.
Thrive Themes team has launched Kwik WordPress Theme promising to be lightening fast, conversion focused, and optimized for CWV (Core Web Vitals).
CWICLY (read QUICKLY) transforms Gutenberg into a usable page Builder with responsive controls, CSS Flex and Grid, Dynamic content, Pre-made blocks, Scroll Animations, Global Settings, ACF support, and clean code.
Oxygen Builder released version 3.9: Meta Box integration, ACF Options Page Support, Back-End Performance Improvements, Better Drag & Drop.
Automattic Acquires WPScan, May Be Rolled Into Jetpack in the Future.
AMP Has Irreparably Damaged Publishers’ Trust in Google-led Initiatives.
GoDaddy Acquires Pagely to Deploy New WooCommerce SaaS Product.
Yoast has a new CEO. Thijs de Valk has taken over the top job at the SEO company after Marieke van de Rakt stepped down last week.
Managed hosting company Liquid Web has acquired Modern Tribe to “complement its family of WordPress businesses,” according to an aptly titled Statement published on the digital agency’s website this week.
Elementor launched a new big production campaign highlighting “web creators”. This looks to be a commercial on par with Webflow or Squarespace. Is this their first step towards autonomy from #WordPress?
Useful tools and websites
WordPress Community Gift Exchange 2021: an end of year gift swap for members of the WordPress community.
#WPGivesAHand: This is a collective of WordPress businesses who are giving a share of their profits, between the 20th and 26th of December, to charity.
Beautiful Press – Discover top WordPress websites.
New Core Web Vitals Technology Report Shows Overall Pass Rate for WordPress Sites Decreases with Newer Versions.
Daniuel Schutzsmith has launched the WP Live Streams website, an online directory for WordPress users to discover online live streams across YouTube, Facebook Live, Twitter Spaces, Twitch, Zoom, and more.
An online code generator for WordPress, Brewpy goes beyond simple custom post type code generation to include Elementor widget and plugin code generators.
The Dark Side Of The Black Friday Sales.
How Webflow PMs use product sense to drive their roadmaps.
I’ve audited 500 SaaS landing pages .
Case Studies: Discover How These Successful Companies Built It Better with Wix.
Redesigning WooCommerce’s social media presence.
Blocks, Boards & Fishing Reels – How Gutenberg has Divided WordPress.
Kadence Reaches 100,000 Active Installs.
GoDaddy Data Breach Exposes 1.2 Million Active and Inactive Managed WordPress Hosting Accounts.
November WordPress drama part #1: OceanWP vs OlympusWP.
November WordPress drama part #2: ACF Solicits Lifetime License Holders for Contributions, Urging Them to Purchase Annual Subscriptions.