This is the time of year when new releases seem to ramp up, and this month is no exception.
There are plenty of new tools available to help you build your best WordPress sites with even
more new design tools and resources on the horizon.
Here are 9 new design tools and resources to explore:
1. Kadence Shop Kit 2.0 is Here
Another much-in-demand feature for many WordPress users is the ability to customize product
page layouts for e-commerce stores in WooCommerce. Introducing Kadence Shop Kit 2.0, which will allow you to do just that.
Use the block editor to create layouts in a no-code manner and integrate them with Kadence
Other Shop Kit 2.0 features include:
- Optimize your checkout flow
- Enable and disable specific checkout fields
- Customize checkout forms
- Create custom cart messages
The Kadence Shop Kit plugin is available in the Kadence Full Bundle and anyone with a Full
Bundle subscription is able to download the plugin from their Kadence WP account dashboard. For
those using previous versions of Kadence Shop Kit, they can upgrade easily in their wp-admin
2. Print Your Online Calendar
This might be one of the best things we’ve heard in a long time! With the latest version of The
Events Calendar, there is a great print function that converts the online calendar to a readable
printed version using standard commands. Your Calendar Now Looks Great in Print!
Just navigate to File, then Print, and you can get a great-looking printout of any calendar page
that looks a lot like the web experience. (You know if you tried this in the past, the result was
potentially hit or miss.)
You can even print month views on a single page. Just navigate to the custom scale settings in
the print dialog box for your browser and decrease the zoom to ensure there’s no overlap to Page
You can download The Events Calendar plugin for free here:
3. Get Involved with New Donation Forms
GiveWP – the go-to name in nonprofit WordPress websites and donation forms – is on the cusp
of a major upgrade, and you can be part of shaping the tool.
Version 3.0 will include a new visual form builder that should be easier to use and more familiar
for more WordPress users. There are four upcoming milestones in the development process, and
the GiveWP team wants your feedback through town hall meetings, GitHub testing,
WordPress.org testing, and then in the final version.
Sign up on the GiveWP project page to learn more about how the tool is evolving and how you
can help shape how future versions work. If you haven’t tried GiveWP yet, you can download the free plugin here:
4. Migrate to LearnDash Cloud
LearnDash has moved to the cloud. This means you can run on the WordPress plugin version or
move to a fully-hosted cloud site for LearnDash.
If you choose the latter, you can migrate an existing LearnDash site to LearnDash Cloud using a simple set of migration steps. We won’t walk you through the entire process here, but you can find it on the LearnDash blog and most users can complete the migration on their own without the help of a developer. (Some general WordPress knowledge is required.)
5. WordPress Plugin Roundup for August 2022
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 September 6th. Register today.
6. WordPress News Webinar for August 2022
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 September 20th.
7. LearnDash 101: The Easy Way to Build an Online Course in WordPress
No matter if you’re looking to offer a virtual solution to your offline course or want to generate a new revenue stream, an online course can help. However, the biggest challenge is navigating the tools to build your course and knowing how to use those tools.
Building an online course doesn’t have to be expensive or super technical. In fact, you can create your course in less than an hour using LearnDash.
LearnDash is a learning management system built on WordPress. It was created by elearning experts for entrepreneurs, freelancers, agencies, enterprise organizations, and educational institutions.
In this hour-long replay, you’ll learn the basics of creating an online course with the LearnDash software. We’ll build an online course site live, and answer your questions about LearnDash plus best practices for course building.
8. Preparing Nonprofit Websites for the Giving Season
For those who work for, or serve, nonprofits, the Giving Season is the most important time of the year for online donations. From Giving Tuesday through the end of the year, charitable organizations will be driving as much traffic as possible to their online donation forms.
This webinar replay with Amanda Gorman, Director of Customer Success at GiveWP, will go over best practices to prepare nonprofits for Giving Tuesday and beyond. We’ll talk about form creation, placement, and marketing efforts, including the tools you need to make it all happen. Whether you’re a freelancer, agency, or in-house nonprofit website administrator, this session has everything you need to excel with online donations this giving season.
9. WordPress Vulnerability Reports for August 2022
You need to keep up on 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.
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 of the things to be on the lookout for in the latest report include vulnerabilities with these
popular plugins: Social Slider Feed, Visual Portfolio, Best Payments Plugin for WP, WP Database Backup, and many more.
Read all the WordPress Vulnerability Reports for August:
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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. Did we miss something you want to
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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.