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Issue #50 - WP Wednesdays


Hi, <<First Name>>,

Welcome to Issue #50 of WP Wednesdays!

Last week I shared with you about North Commerce. A new eCommerce player for WordPress.

Following last week's issue, an interesting discussion (over on Twitter) happened with Paul Charlton of WP Tuts (worth a read, but there are a few tweets/replies scattered in the thread).

This week, we will talk about the new GenerateBlocks with Dynamic Content.

WordPress eCommerce


But first...


A bit of a milestone issue this week, number 50!

I launched this weekly newsletter for the first time just over a year ago, and it has been a joy to watch it grow.

Thank you to everyone for your support and your engagement. I am fortunate to have such an engaged audience.
 

GenerateBlocks


GenerateBlocks is from the same team behind GeneratePress.

For those who know me, GeneratePress is one of my favourite WordPress themes and usually forms the base of my builds.

I've been a fan of GenerateBlocks since it launched a couple of years back, and I even use the pro version on my website.
 

What is GenerateBlocks?


GenerateBlocks are designed for the WordPress block editor and come in two versions:
  • Free (available on WordPress.org)
     
  • Pro (Unlock more possibilities with GenerateBlocks Pro without sacrificing usability or performance)
As a product of the GeneratePress team, it has a thriving community and extensive support/documentation.
 

Groundbreaking Release


GenerateBlocks 1.5 is out now, and these incredible new features are available for free!

I am most excited about Dynamic Data and Query Loops.

Neither of these features is new in WordPress but how GenerateBlock does it with simplicity, control, and the options available for free is just amazing!

You can read more about the new features on the development blog, or watch the short video Paul from WP Tuts made a couple of months back when the plugin was in Alpha.
The new GenerateBlocks 1.5.0 release is stable and
can be used on production sites.

Theme Support


GenerateBlocks works with any WordPress theme (not just GeneratePress) and you can take things even further by combining GeneratBlocks with a plugin like Block Visibility from Nick Diego.
 

Pattern Library


Patterns are a powerful part of WordPress. If you aren't sure what Patterns are, WP Tavern has a post breaking them down.

GenerateBlocks has its Pattern Directory of stunning designs, free and Pro, which you can use in your designs.

Patterns are an excellent way to speed up the design and build process.
 

Conclusion


The fact that all of this is available in the free version of the plugin is amazing and exciting to see how the Pro version will develop as a result.

If I could improve one thing it would be WooCommerce support.

GeneratePress Premium and GenerateBlocks don't offer a huge amount of WooCommerce-specific customisation but hopefully, in future versions of GenerateBlock Pro, we will see this.
 

WordPress Community


To wrap up this week's issue, I have an exciting Twitter announcement about the WordPress Community.

Daniel Schutzsmith asked me to be one of the new moderators in the group! I was honoured.

It is worth joining if you are not a member and is very valuable.

This Week in WordPress


ShortPixel has a special offer for my readers, double credits on sign-up! (Available for both Monthly and One Time plans).

Dig in and enjoy this week's resources. If you run a blog about WordPress and want a link featured, reply to this email.
  • Elementor Layoffs - 15% of Workforce, Citing Rising Inflation and Impending Recession. (WP Tavern)
     
  • Glam That Plugin - The whole idea is that we’ll review your free WordPress.org plugin and look for ways to improve its marketability for your users. (Lesley Sim & Matt Cromwell)
     
  • Alternative Directory - Ben has launched an alternative plugin and theme directory to WordPress.org and written a blog post explaining why. (Layer WP)
     
  • Last Updated - How to show the "last updated" on Posts and Pages. (Kinsta)
     
  • Professional Services - Newsletter Glue which brings newsletter publishing to WordPress launches a Consultation and Implementation service. (Newsletter Glue)
     
  • Wei - Introducing Wei, a minimalistic block theme with gobs of creativity. (Rich Tabor)
     
  • GDPR & Legal - WordPress.org Strongly Urges Theme Authors to Switch to Locally Hosted Webfonts. (WP Tavern)
     
  • Senja - Collect testimonials easily and display them on your website. (Senja)
     
  • WordPress Vulnerability Report - June 15th, 2022  (iThemes Security)

If you have a question about this week's email, WordPress, WooCommerce or a related topic you would like me to cover, hit that reply link, and I will answer you as soon as possible.

Until next time,
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