Weekly WordPress News: New WordPress Plugin Directory Design and Improved Search Algorithm
In the biggest news this week, the new WordPress plugin directory design went live. In addition to new aesthetics, it also boasts a much-improved search algorithm.
Elementor also dropped another great new feature – it now includes a built-in blank template for easy landing page building.
And if you’ve been itching to use the new Jetpack feature that lets you import posts directly from Google Docs, we have a tutorial that shows you the whole process.
Let’s get to all of this week’s news…
WORDPRESS NEWS AND ARTICLES
- WordPress Relaunches Plugin Directory with New Design and Improved Search Algorithm – the new search is a massive improvement.
- Introducing Canvas: Native Blank Page Template – Elementor releases a helpful new feature.
- Six Figure Freelancing — My Session From WordCamp San Diego 2017 – a written adaptation of Nathan Ello’s WordCamp talk.
- ‘Secure’ in Chrome Browser Does Not Mean ‘Safe’ – some security knowledge from WordFence.
- Chat with Matt about the future of theme repo – some insights into the future of the theme directory.
- UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd Links WordPress.com to the Spread of Terrorism – Not sure about this one.
TUTORIALS AND HOW-TOS
- Tutorial: How to Import Google Docs Into WordPress Using Jetpack – here’s how to use that cool new import from Google Docs feature.
- Sliced Invoices Review – A Powerful Free WordPress Invoice Plugin – learn how you can use WordPress to invoice clients.
- An Introduction to WordPress Shortcodes for Developers – shortcodes from a devs perspective.
- Making Your First WordPress Widget – a quick guide to creating your first WordPress widget.
- Introduction to automated WordPress deployments – detailed article from Carl Alexander.
RESOURCES & FREEBIES
- Nestify Review – Managed WordPress Hosting At A Super Low Price – Nestify offers managed hosting at a surprisingly low price.
- The WPLift Roundup of the Best Free WordPress Themes March 2017 – check out some of the best free themes from March.
- Episode 29: Jonathan Kay & WP Stagecoach – Episode 29 of How I Built It