WordPress Roundup: Blocks, retirement, newsletters and jukebox

What’s playing on your jukebox? Do you know what a jukebox is? Today a jukebox is Youtube, Spotify, or Apple Music. Currently, mine is playing Steve Earl, Copperhead Road.

These days I’m paying a lot of Van Halen because I am fascinated by the Eddie Van Halen story.

He was one of the best rock guitarists. He was innovative, as I learned during an interview he had in 2015. “Necessity is the mother of inventions.” That was certainly the case with Eddie Van Halen.

In today’s WordPress roundup, we talk about a new jukebox in the WordPress world as well as a newsletter, some blocks, and the retirement of a popular plugin.

Saddle up. Let’s ride.

Let’s ride.

Getty Images have acquired Unsplash.

The word of the Unsplash has captured many in the design world. Many of us are always looking for royalty-free images.

Getty bought Unsplash, and so now we wait to see what happens. Getty is pretty strict on the use of its images, and often they are out of budget for a simple website or blog post.

Mikael Cho, the CEO of Unsplash, thinks it is good for his team.

He writes in the blog post explaining the sale,

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This is not one of those tech acquisitions where the company is bought to be shut down. Unsplash will continue to operate as a standalone brand and division of Getty Images. The entire Unsplash team will be staying and building Unsplash in the direction we have been.

He says it isn’t about goodbye but acceleration.

Unsplash has a fascinating and complex business model. So, apparently, they will not suddenly start charging for images.

If so, his is good news for the thousands and thousands of designers and web developers.

Here’s hoping the acquisition doesn’t cause any problems.

Screenshot: WP Tavern
Screenshot: WP Tavern

WP Taven launches WP Tavern Jukebox Tavern

WP Tavern has restarted its podcast. They tapped veteran podcaster Nathan Wrigley to head up the project.

The new podcast was launched on March 24th and features an interview with Josepha Haden Chomphosy.

Haden Chomphosy is the Executive Director of the WordPress project.

According to the show notes,

Many of the WordPress updates that you’ve seen recently have been under her stewardship, and she’s heavily involved in the project’s roadmap, and so talking with her about the past, present and future of WordPress seemed like the perfect topic.

The two discussed a wide array of topics from Site Editing Milestones, the WP Briefing podcast hosted by Haden Chomphosy, and making WordPress releases easier.

The new podcast episode is the first since July 31, 2019, when Jeff Chandler used to host the podcast.

The previous format was weekly. Wrigley told me via Facebook messenger that for now, the podcast will be monthly.

Mor Cohen launches a newsletter for designers.

Niche newsletters are becoming a bigger thing. I understand. It is a great way to get people on your email list and on their minds.

Designer Mor Cohen had jumped in with the BrandFrames newsletter.

Mor is a talented designer and course builder and has taught many online creators more about design branding.

In her newsletter, she will be sending “…current trends, news articles, guides, tools, and other resources about all things design and branding.”

She promises to give early access to tutorials and templates as well.

If you need help with your design skills, this would be a great email to sign up for.

Screenshot: flixframe.com

Adding CTA blocks Gutenberg

Adding calls to action to your page or blog post

I will admit, in the old classic editor, adding a nice-looking call to action button wasn’t always easy. It required dropping a piece of code somewhere or adding a plugin.

It could be a tad clunky.

With the emergence of Gutenberg, many of these things have become easier. That is why, when I came across this article at UltimateBlocks.com, I took notice.

You simply add the Ultimate Blocks plugin, and right in your Gutenberg dashboard, you have access to some of the nicest looking Call to Action buttons.

There are no shortcodes required!

Using the plugin, you can extend the regular button function of Gutenberg to include more options.

Seeing this plugin and possibility is enough to make me consider switching more of my sites to Gutenberg.

What function do you like most about Gutenberg?

Caldera Forms is retiring by the end of the year.

Caldera Forms and add-ons will be retired at the end of the year. They had a good run.

As announced on their website,

We’ve reached this decision after listening to the feedback provided, needs expressed, and use cases described by quite literally thousands of you, Caldera Forms customers and free users, through the course of our Customer Discovery process, Caldera Forming, and support conversations.

It seems they will be providing a transition to the Ninja Forms product. The Caldera team is working on a conversion plugin, so it appears they will not be leaving customers in the dust.

Users are being offered a free year with Ninja Forms and help with the transition.

Some of the add-ons aren’t available in Ninja Forms, so the Caldera team is working on extensions for Ninja Forms.

Why all of this push to Ninja Forms? Well, Saturday Drive, the parent company of Ninja Forms, acquired Caldera in 2019.

It appears the users for both products were similar, so the company decided to retire Caldera Forms.

We discovered that Caldera Forms users and Ninja Forms users are not that very different after all. Many of you share the same needs, use the plugin to address the same use cases, and require the same tools to build forms that level up your own users’ experience on your websites.  Source

The process has begun and will be completed by the end of the year.

Wrapping it up

That’s a wrap for this month’s WordPress roundup.

Do you use Caldera Forms? Are you moving to Ninja Forms? Do you use Unsplash for royalty-free images? Are you concerned about the acquisition by Getty Images?

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