There are more than 700 of you receiving the 71st edition of Inside WordPress now 😳. But also 🥳.
My podcast was well received as well, so that’s good. I have some exciting guests lined up and I’m releasing the next batch of recorded guests this coming week. More information on how and where to subscribe can be found here .
Anyway, let’s get cracking with the news, eh?! There’s lots to share!
🗞️ Inside WordPress News
Here’s what stood out this past week:
- Benjamin Intal’s team released WP Block Tips . It’s dedicated to share valuable tips about how to use the Block Editor.
I wish we would see more resources like this pop up! Our WordPress Community needs more folks to blog about WordPress and share tips and tutorials. It’s one of the biggest drives for growth in our community!
- Mike McAlister (finally) released Ollie. It’s a very slick and complete FSE theme. Demo is just 😘
I’m secretly hoping Mike will find himself back into the theme business again. You know, like he did previously with Array Themes.
- This week I learned about Pinegrow . It’s a web editor that alllows you to work (faster) with HTML, CSS / SASS, Bootstrap, Tailwind CSS, GreenSock Interactions, WordPress and WooCommerce.
It was shared by Dan Anderton on Twitter where he indicated he’d been using it to build YouTube influencer Ali Abdaal ’s website with it. Looks like a very interesting tool with quite a different approach.
- David Bisset highlighted a very nice big update coming to WordPress. The ability to create a temporary backup of plugins of themes and plugins before updating.
That, right there, is a game changer. Love it.
- Marcus Burnette shared a resource full of artificial intelligence (AI) resources and tools – specifically made to be used with WordPress. It is called WPAI Universe .
- XWP has published this 70% caching performance boost (for WordPress 6.2)
It’s something Jonny and I talked about in our podcast as well.
- Sybre Waaijer shared an interesting performance boost when you’re using PHP namespaces .
My favorite performance optimizing tools in WordPress:
- Best Front-end optimization plugin
- Cleaning up WordPress + script manager
- Cloud based performance optimizations
🔆 Inside WordPress Highlight
- Two for the price of one. Aurooba Ahmed shared her solution for adding a permalink to the Block Editor that would save us a few clicks coming to Gutenberg . But if you can’t wait that long, Ivo Jerković share his solution to add a permalink to the Block Editor that saves you from having to take those extra steps as well.
Easily the biggest annoyance in the Block Editor for me. Solved ✅
- Zé Fontainhas shared a very good blog post about the tension that exists between Premium WordPress plugins and Free Translations .
Absolute 100% agreed.
Some of my favorite WordPress tools:
- The most versatile and accessible form solution for WordPress
- LocalWP, the easiest to use local dev solution
💡 Interesting Finds
- Google shared a super interesting read about passwords. Or rather, about the beginning of the end of the password .
Bring. It. On!
📖 What I am reading
I am finally done with Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness and will move onto the next book, but not just yet. Too many videos to process this week 😅.
More reading for you 😅. Victor Ramirez shared the best paper to read on understanding the limitations of LLMs (AI).
That’s it for this week’s edition of Inside WordPress. Thanks for reading!