WPWeekly Episode 257 – My Side Project, WordPress 4.7, and the News

In this episode of WordPress Weekly, Marcus Couch and I discuss the news of the week including, WooCommerce’s 42% market share, the redesign concept of WordPress.org, and two plugin acquisitions. I also share details of a side project I’m working on that involves BuddyPress. Last but not least, we briefly discuss Jeff King’s impact on GoDaddy as he’s leaving the company at the end of this year.

Stories Discussed:

WordPress 4.7 Introduces Twenty Seventeen Default Theme and WP REST API Content Endpoints
The WordPress.org Homepage is Getting a Redesign
WooCommerce Powers 42% of All Online Stores
Podcast Motor Acquires Seriously Simple Podcasting Plugin
UpdraftPlus Acquires WP-Optimize, Will Be Integrated Into UpdraftCentral
WordPress.com Launches VR Content, Coming Soon to Jetpack

Plugins Picked By Marcus:

WP YouTube Live displays a YouTube live video from a specified channel via shortcode. There are several shortcode options available that allow you to autoplay and change the video’s dimensions. There’s also an option to not display a video if there isn’t a live video taking place.

Woo Floating Cart Lite is an interactive floating cart for WooCommerce that slides into view when a user decides to buy an item. Products, quantities, and prices are updated instantly via AJAX. It’s similar to many of the professional carts you may have seen at the big retail stores where the cart is in view at all times.

Import Facebook Events allows you to import events from Facebook into The Events Calendar and Events Manager plugins. If you are like me and use The Events Manager as your events plugin of choice, this plugin is a no-brainer as an extra add-on. As an add-on plugin this plugin needs The Events Calendar or Events Manager Installed and activated.

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