📆 This is the October 2021 edition of “This Month in WordPress with CodeinWP.”
Hey folks, hope you’re staying safe and healthy. We have another round of WordPress news and stories from last month, including notes on the recent WordPress update, expanded functionality of the block editor, a recent security patch for Ninja Forms, and a report on some of the most exciting acquisitions in the WordPress space!
October 2021 WordPress News with CodeinWP
Acquire all the things!
Let’s start with the fun stuff. September was very rich in the number of acquisitions that happened in the WordPress space.
It was only last month when we reported that Yoast got acquired by Newfold Digital, but we now know that this was only the tip of the iceberg in terms of acquisitions.
This September, companies like Jetpack, Awesome Motive, and our very own Themeisle expanded their product families with interesting new members.
On September 8, Jetpack bought the Social Image Generator plugin. This plugin automatically generates social media images optimized for Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media sites. The plugin will be integrated directly with the existing Jetpack social media tools.
This is great news for anyone using Jetpack’s social media automation tools. Once the integration is complete, you’ll be able to schedule a post and have Social Image Generator automatically create an image to go with it. You’ll also get access to a variety of image templates and the intuitive template editor, allowing you to create a branded look for all of your images with minimal effort.
The Social Image Generator plugin will no longer be sold separately from Jetpack, but existing users will continue to have access to the plugin. Social Image Generator will also continue receiving regular updates and support through the Jetpack team.
All in all, this is an exciting addition to Jetpack, especially when you consider that none of the other major social media automation plugins offer image creation.
Next up, Awesome Motive – the parent company behind WPBeginner – acquired the Sandhills Development family of products.
This includes several WordPress plugins, such as Easy Digital Downloads (EDD), AffiliateWP, Sugar Calendar, WP Simple Pay, and more.
EDD, for instance, has been the most popular ecommerce plugin for selling digital goods on WordPress. While you can still sell such goods through WooCommerce, EDD offers a more tailored experience that’s been purpose-built for digital only.
The Awesome Motive team is planning to grow on the expertise and knowledge of the Sandhills Development team and bring more features to these plugins while integrating them with the rest of the WPBeginner product line.
Lastly, Themeisle – a sister company to CodeinWP – acquired the WP Landing Kit plugin and the Multiple Pages Generator plugin.
- WP Landing Kit lets you map domain names to individual WordPress pages within your site.
- Multiple Pages Generator lets you generate bulk pages or posts and add them to your site in one go.
These two plugins expand on Themeisle’s catalog of plugins and aim to make the company’s offering more attractive to agency clients and site owners looking for professional-level features that would make their work more efficient vs what’s possible in the stock version of WordPress.
As you can see, the acquisition market is basically crazy right now! With WordPress nearing 50% of market share, we can only expect to see more and more exciting moves in the industry by existing players and other companies that want a piece of the WordPress pie.
WordPress security update
WordPress 5.8.1 was released on September 9, 2021. This update fixed over 60 bugs and a variety of security issues, including XSS issues with the block editor. You can see the full list of improvements on Trac.
Sites with automatic updates enabled will have already switched to the newest version of WordPress. If you don’t have automated updates, you’ll want to manually update your site right away to ensure its safety. Just be sure to back up the site first.
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That sums up our October 2021 WordPress news roundup. Anything we missed?
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