There are a lot of new tools and resources being released to start 2023. From trends to webinars, there’s something for every WordPress web designer.
Here are 7 new design tools and resources to explore:
1. Typography Trends for 2023
Determining the right typography to use on your site is no small task. Typography can be the very thing that captures the eye of your audience, or it can do the exact opposite. It’s important to know not only typography trends but also the basics of typography.
This roundup provides a look at 15 trending typography styles with examples to jumpstart your inspiration. One we love is No. 14: Type Layers with Big Contrast (pictured above).
2. 10 WordPress Theme Features You Need
All WordPress themes are not created equal. Knowing what to look for as you search through themes for the right options can be a little daunting if you don’t know where to start.
This guide gives you 10 things to look for in a WordPress theme so that you choose something that will make your projects easier as you move through the design process. Those features include:
- Great performance
- Compatible with the WordPress block editor
- Active development and updates
- Starter templates
- Easy to use and powerful
- Modern design
The great thing is that Kadence checks all the boxes. If you are getting ready to start a new project, give it a look at see if all the tools and features are right for you. (We think you’ll love it!)
3. Introducing Kadence Blocks 3.0
This is the exciting news you’ve been waiting for: Kadence Blocks 3.0 is here!
This latest update brings a number of fundamental changes to Kadence Blocks, all of which make for a better site-building experience. As well this foundational rewrite creates new structures that allow the Kadence development team to add new features, including new blocks, better. There’s an exciting road ahead for everyone building fast and effective sites with Kadence.
- Code rewritten, modernized, cleaned, and improved
- A new user interface for block settings
- Changed with the Row Layout Block
- Typed Text in Advance Text Block
- Migrating to Inner Blocks
- Variables for settings
- Responsive design through CSS clamp
- Updates to Copy and past styles
- Updates to block defaults
Other updates include full backward compatibility and a look at what’s next: Advanced Form Block and Progress Bar Block.
For more information, check out the Kadence Blocks 3.0 Launch Livestream!
4. WordPress Vulnerability Report
You must keep up with WordPress issues to help keep your site safe and running smoothly. The WordPress Vulnerability Report shows all of the core issues that might pop up if you aren’t on the latest version of WordPress as well as vulnerabilities with plugins.
WordPress 6.2 Beta is ready for download and testing. The expected release is March 28. With the arrival of WordPress 6.2, Phase Two of Gutenberg’s development will have ended. Phase Two focused on the Block and Site Editor features that allow deep customization of site designs and layouts.
Did you know one of the best things you can do to prevent these vulnerabilities on your website is to keep plugins up to date?
Some things to be on the lookout for in the latest report include vulnerabilities with these popular plugins: WordPress Rank Math SEO, WordPress WP Optimize, WordPress Shortcodes Ultimate, WordPress Schema, and many others.
Read all the WordPress Vulnerability Reports for February:
Get the Weekly WordPress vulnerability report sent right to your inbox
5. WordPress Plugin Roundup
If you want to keep up with everything happening in the world of WordPress, join the monthly Plugin Roundup.
Each month Nathan Ingram combs the WordPress plugin directory for interesting plugins that have been added or updated in the last 30 days and assembles a list of helpful and unique plugins for your WordPress website. And it’s free!
The next online event is on March 7th. Register today!
6. WordPress News Roundup
If you want to stay up-to-date on everything happening in the world of WordPress, join the monthly
WordPress News Roundup.
In this session, Ingram will discuss the latest developments in the WordPress ecosystem in this informational webinar. We’ll talk through this month’s WordPress news with plenty of interaction and Q&A.
The next event is on March 21st. Register today for free!
7. Upcoming Webinars from iThemes
Connect Your Apps & Automate Workflows with Event Automator – February 28, 2023
Product Owner from The Events Calendar, Geoff Belanger, joins iThemes on February 28th to discuss how you can turbocharge your events and streamline your processes with Zapier alongside The Events Calendar or Event Tickets—no code required! Register today for free!
Best Practices for Transitioning to Google Analytics 4 – March 14, 2023
Then on March 14th, David Zimmerman, SEO Coach at Curious Ants, will join us to help you transition to Google Analytics 4. He’ll discuss why GA4 is a better product than UA, what comes next if you opted out of Google’s automatic transition, and what comes next if you let Google automatically transition your properties. Register for free!
New tools and resources for WordPress are being released all the time, and we hope this list helps you discover new ways to improve your workflows. Make sure to check back next month for more new tools and resources.
Carrie Cousins has more than 15 years of experience in media, design, and content marketing. She works in digital marketing and is also a freelance writer and designer, specializing in creating amazing experiences online for small businesses. Her work has been featured in publications such as Design Shack, Webdesigner Depot, The Next Web, and Fast Company. She’s an avid runner, which comes in handy with Australian shepherds at home.