April 2024 Monthly Updates: Major Rework on the Way, Ajax Loading Patterns, WordPress Redesign & More

Updated on May 13, 2024 by Editorial Team

We’re in the process of reworking and improving The Plus Blocks for Gutenberg for better ease of use, better integrated system with Theme Builder, & 1000+ Templates.

Get ready for a new dashboard, optimized block settings, and enhanced performance that’s easier and faster than ever before.

Above that, we’re adding smart Ajax loading to our pattern, which will potential make the performance blazing fast, which will load on click or viewport.

This practically add 0 requests until the user interacts with content. Amazing isn’t it?

Our goal is to give you more flexibility and improve your experience.

Stay tuned for our next email, where we’ll give you a sneak peek at the ongoing revamp.

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📹 — Video Tutorials 

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  4. How to Add MP3 Audio Player in WordPress (With Playlist)

🗞️ — WordPress & Tech Bytes

  1. WordPress has introduced Studio by WordPress.com, a free solution for developing WordPress websites locally. It’s now available for Mac users, with the Windows version coming soon.
  2. Hostinger has made its largest server investment to date by purchasing 800 servers from Dell Technologies and AMD. This investment aims to bolster the hosting infrastructure.
  3. WordPress is set to introduce a Duplicate Content feature, enabling users to easily duplicate posts and pages content without the need for additional plugins.
  4. In October 2023, WooCommerce.com transitioned to the Woo.com domain. However, due to a significant drop in Google traffic, they are reversing this change and reverting back to the WooCommerce.com domain. Product sellers in the Woo/WooCommerce niche should update their information accordingly.
  5. The rollout of Google’s March 2024 core update has been completed.
  6. OpenAI launches Instant-Use ChatGPTenabling users to access ChatGPT without the need for signing up or logging in.
  7. The next maintenance release of WordPress 6.5.3 is scheduled for May 7th, 2024.
  8. New updates in Gutenberg 18.1 bring background image support to the Site Editor and enhanced data views.
  9. Google discontinues the “Notes on Search” experiment, prompting little surprise from the search community as the Google Notes Search Labs feature comes to an end.
  10. The release date for WordPress 6.6 has been confirmed for July 16, 2024. A call for volunteers is now open, seeking leads in documentation, design, core, marketing, and other areas.
  11. WordPress.org undergoes a revamp with the introduction of a new homepage design. Nick Diego discusses the goals behind the redesign.
  12. Google Ads announces the retirement of customizers for text ads, encouraging marketers to transition to responsive search ads as Google discontinues support for ad customizers.
  13. Meta integrates Google and Bing search results into its AI assistant powered by the latest Llama 3 model, providing real-time results from both search engines.
  14. The Gutenberg 18.2 update brings improvements such as better pattern overrides, template previews accessible to all users, and additional enhancements.

🗣️— Word of the Month

Awesome Gutenberg Blocks

I’m currently using Qi Blocks on my projects and their support and development cycle awful. When I started to search for an alternative, I found The Plus Blocks. It has more useful feature, more friendly pricing and they’re releasing new features very often. If you’re looking an Gutenberg editor, you can clearly choose The Plus Blocks. I wish they switch to new WordPress Site Editor but it’s ok for now.

~ @betterwithagency

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