📆 This is the March 2023 edition of “This Month in WordPress with CodeinWP.”
Hey, WordPress fans.
We are back with the latest round of WordPress news from the past month in our March 2023 WordPress news roundup.
As has become the norm, last month saw some big acquisitions in the WordPress space – Awesome Motive acquired WP101, and MemberPress acquired its competitor plugin MemberMouse.
Beyond those acquisitions, the upcoming WordPress 6.2 release moved through its beta stages in February – it will bring a bunch of new features when it’s released at the end of March. And oh yeah, the Site Editor will no longer have its beta indicator.
Finally, if you want to get in on the GPT and AI content generation fun, WordPress.com is experimenting with some new AI blocks that let you generate text and images.
Let’s get to all of the WordPress news from the past month:
March 2023 WordPress News with CodeinWP
Awesome Motive acquires WP101, a popular WordPress learning resource
Just when you thought we might get through February 2023 without a major Awesome Motive WordPress acquisition, they foiled things by getting another recognizable brand added to their portfolio right before the clocks ticked over to March.
Individual users could sign up directly with WP101 to learn about WordPress, but WP101 also offers a white-label option that lets WordPress agencies and freelancers provide access to the WP101 tutorials as part of their offerings.
Obviously, there’s a lot of synergy here between WP101 and WPBeginner (also a WordPress learning resource), as well as the many, many WordPress plugins in the Awesome Motive family (which seems to expand every single month).
So far, there aren’t any concrete details on anything changing with the WP101 offering, but Syed Balkhi did say that his goal is “to create the best class-room style WordPress training videos to help WordPress grow in enterprise, government agencies, as well as at the school and collegiate level.”
If you want to see some Twitter discussion about the acquisition, you can see Shawn Hesketh’s tweet here (the WP101 founder).
After selling WP101, it seems like Shawn will be moving onto Motivations.ai rather than sticking with WP101.
WordCamp Asia 2023 finishes up its inaugural event
The event took place from February 17 to February 19.
There were some last-minute changes, though. While Matt Mullenweg had originally been planning to attend the event in person, he had to cancel the visit at the last minute. Instead, he joined the event virtually for an AMA session (Ask Matt Anything).
If you want to experience the event yourself, all of the content is still available on the WordCamp Asia 2023 live stream page.
And if you’re interested in attending WordCamp Asia 2024, next year’s event will be hosted in Taipei, Taiwan in March.
The exact dates have not been finalized yet, though.
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- WordPress 5.0 Releases December 6th, 2018; Here’s What You Need to Know 🗞️ December 2018 WordPress News w/ CodeinWP
- WP101 Acquired, AI Enters WordPress.com, WordCamp Asia in the Books 🗞️ March 2023 WordPress News w/ CodeinWP
That sums up our March 2023 WordPress news roundup. Anything we missed?
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