WordPress Watch:

Gutenberg refinement, Block Directory Concept, and MailPoet

It was another full week with lots of WordPress news. Today, we’re highlighting a cool WordPress newsletter plugin that had a big update. We’ll also see that Gutenberg got yet another polish and we’ll have a bunch of bonus links for you. Let’s check it out!

More Gutenberg refinement

The latest release of Gutenberg, version 6.1, added a lot of refinement to the editor. The two most noticeable changes are animations for when you move blocks, create a new block, delete them or remove them entirely. The second one is a speed optimization for when you’re typing long posts. Making typing 30% faster on long posts!

Block Directory Concept

In a previous roundup, I’ve mentioned work being underway to add an interface to the WordPress Dashboard to add and manage Blocks. Blocks being plugins that add specific functionality to the Block Editor. It was mentioned by Matt Mullenweg during his WordCamp Europe presentation as well. Mel Choyce has now published a lot more details into what this Block Directory could look like over at Make WordPress Core blog. Detailing with lots of screenshots, she demonstrates what the flow of managing blocks on your site could look like. Mind you, they’re still concepts, but you get a good of idea of where this is going!

MailPoet, a second start

Mailpoet is a plugin that allows you to send a newsletter from your WordPress sites. It was quite popular back in the days and disappeared a little bit off our radar. After a long rewrite, their new version seems to be getting traction again. They recently announced a new free plan that includes their in-house sending service. According to Kim Gjerstad, the co-founder, they want to grow their active websites faster. Also noteworthy, 25% of their users are using WooCommerce. Check it out if you’re in the market for a WordPress native newsletter option.

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2 Responses to Gutenberg refinement, Block Directory Concept, and MailPoet

  1. toorjoor
    toorjoor  • 4 weeks ago

    HI, I love word press news like this. this is a great article also short and useful. Thanks… keep going

  2. Amanda
    Amanda  • 1 month ago

    I’ve been using MailPoet for a while now and I really love their interface and editor. Even though the constant refreshing of the lists of subscribers and emails seems a bit unnecessary, I have found it totally superior to the plugin I was using before. As a bonus, they have really helpful articles on building and maintaining email campaigns on their website. Even though you won’t find them at the top of Google’s search results, I consider them to be some of the most useful articles I’ve read.