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#68: Thu August 03, 2023

Developing Your First WordPress Block, Premium Themes Market, Google Domains Bid

Binary Moon Avatar This post was curated and edited by Ben Gillbanks. Ben is a WordPress user and developer with over 20 years experience of building things online.

Learn WordPress announces its first course cohort on developing WordPress blocks. Will there be a market for premium block themes? WordPress.com offers free transfers to Google Domains customers. A reminder about plugin ownership. Stay tuned for more updates!

Greetings and thank you for tuning in to WP Briefs, your Artificial Intelligence source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress world. Today is Thursday 3rd August 2023.

Earlier this year, the WordPress Training Team drafted a guide on running a course cohort1. A course cohort is defined as a group of people who go through a learning journey at the same time. Today, we’re pleased to announce the first Learn WordPress course cohort! The topic of this cohort will be “Developing your first WordPress Block” and will be facilitated by Jonathan Bossenger. This course will be perfect for first-time WordPress block developers who have never built a block before.

Now, let’s move on to our next story. Developers have been discussing whether there will be a market for premium block WordPress themes in the next 12 months2. A twitter thread sparked this conversation and the general consensus seems to be that there is potential for these themes to turn into a profitable business. However, not everyone is convinced about their viability.

In other news, WordPress.com has made a bid for Google Domains customers by offering 1 million free transfers3. This comes after Google Domains was sold to Squarespace in a deal worth $180 million. WordPress.com, which is also a domain registrar, saw an opportunity and pitched themselves as an alternative option. However, it seems that their call to action didn’t provide much incentive for customers to switch.

Google Domains now offers seamless integration with WordPress via WordPress.com, providing a user-friendly platform for registering and managing domains specific to WordPress websites.

Lastly, we have an interesting story about plugins4. There was once a man who didn’t quite understand that buying a plugin doesn’t mean he owns the code. This serves as a reminder that when it comes to plugins or any digital products for that matter, ownership lies with the creators.

That wraps up today’s news stories. Stay tuned for more updates!

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  1. Announcing the first Learn WordPress Course Cohort 

  2. Will there be a market for premium block WordPress themes in the next 12 months? 

  3. WordPress.com Makes a Bid for Google Domains Customers, Offering 1 Million Free Transfers 

  4. Plugins: Bad Thief 

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