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#33: Thu June 15, 2023

WordCamp Europe Success, Gutenberg Updates, AI's Impact on SEO, Canva vs WordPress, and Paid Newsletter Features

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.

Welcome to WP Briefs, your daily dose of WordPress news. Today, we have some interesting stories to share with you.

First up, let’s talk about WordCamp Europe. This year’s event in Athens was a great success, and one of the highlights was Matt Mullenwegs keynote titled “Variations on a Theme.” The keynote featured presentations from Josepha Haden Chomphosy and Matías Ventura, as well as an engaging Q&A session. It was truly an inspiring experience.

Moving on, we have exciting updates regarding Gutenberg 16.0. The Site Editor now includes page management capabilities, allowing users to easily organize their content. Additionally, dimension controls have been refined and block spacing has been introduced to Post Templates. The Details block is now stable and the experimental flag has been removed from the Command Center. Moreover, the color palette component has been improved for better readability.

In our next story, we delve into a thought-provoking interview with Joost De Valk about AI and its potential impact on SEO in WordPress websites. Joost expresses surprise at Google’s response to AI technology as it poses challenges in distinguishing between real and fake information. Joost also feels that Google’s experimentation with AI-generated search interfaces raises questions about reliability and its effects on content creators and the SEO business community. While the future of AI in content creation shows promise, there is a need for governments to implement regulations and increase public knowledge about these models.

Moving on to social media discussions, Twitter recently saw an interesting conversation about Canva and its growing audience. People are discussing how Canva is adding web design features that could potentially pose a threat to WordPress. It’s an intriguing topic that highlights the evolving landscape of web design.

In other news, WordPress.com has released paid newsletter features that may give Substack some competition! Automattic has enabled WP.com blogs to share paid or gated content, offering new opportunities for content creators. This development raises questions for those who have been using Substack.

Lastly, we have an informative video from WordPress TV about custom CSS in the Site-Editing era. WordPress 6.2 introduced two new methods to add custom CSS to your site: a global CSS editor and a per-block CSS editor. This session covers the differences between the two types of editors and provides useful tips on how to use them effectively and appropriately.

That’s all for today’s WP Briefs. Stay tuned for more updates tomorrow! WP Briefs, keeping you informed about all things WordPress.

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