It was recently reported that you can purchase six popular Automattic plugins right from your dashboard. Donna Cavalier shares what’s coming for plugins, themes and services that will be additionally available for purchase right through the dashboard to expand your options. You can sign up over on for early access if you would like to know what is coming.

The Museum of Block Art MOBA is a cool pop up site of virtual [block] art. This site was recently created by community members in the WordPress world. With WordPress 5.8 and WordPress 5.9 coming out with nifty design tools, members decided to show what can be created. It is worth your time to check out the site for beautiful block ideas and see how to create your own new designs.


WooCommerce 6.3 was released. The updates include changes to WooCommerce Blocks, WooCommerce Admin, and the Product attributes lookup table. You can check out release posts for 6.8.0 and 6.9.0 to see what’s new. This release should be backwards compatible with the previous version.


Patchstack released their State Of WordPress Security In 2021

The Highlights:

  • New WordPress security vulnerabilities were up 150% compared to the previous year.
  • 29% of WordPress plugins with critical vulnerabilities received no patch.
  • 99.42% of vulnerabilities originated from Plugins and Themes (compared to 96.22% in 2020)

From Our Contributors and Producers

Jonathan Bossenger has released a plugin in the WordPress repository that displays a customized banner and link on your site to show solidarity for Ukraine. You can check out an example of how he has used 


Wordfence has been standing with Ukraine by blocking lots of malicious requests aimed at their sites. They deployed their commercial real-time threat intelligence for free, to all Ukrainian websites with the .UA top-level domain. 

Jeff Golenski announced the facelift of WPScan. WPScan joined the @automattic family last year.

The latest issue of the Gutenberg Times covers a lot of the new features of blocks and patterns in Gutenberg 12.7. There are many March social learning events listed in this issue if you would like to participate and keep up with the latest developments.

The WPMinute discussion continued this week about the retirement of WordPress Multisite. Chris Weigman wrote a great article on where Multisite shines. His article is worth checking out.

Next up a  Simplified Business Minute by Sam Muñoz!

Simplified business minute transcript

Hello there! This is Sam Munoz co-host of the Making Website Magic podcast with your Simplified Business Minute. Today I wanted to have a heart-to-heart with you about creating boundaries around your working hours. We have all been there. It’s 10 pm and we went to quickly open our laptop and BAM – there is an email from a client with a request for their website. You might feel the pull to get that task completed right then and there – it’ll only take 5 minutes – but I invite you to pause. What are YOUR working hours? Have you communicated those to your clients? Are you available for 24/7 support? (if you are, I hope you’re charging for that!). In our field we spend a lot of time putting out fires, answering questions, and supporting our clients – but it’s important to take time away from work to prevent burnout. To make sure my clients and I are all on the same page, I use an autoresponder with my office hours and where they can go if they need “urgent” support when I’m not available. That way, I can feel good stepping away from my computer + feel like I’m not letting my clients down in the meantime. No one is perfect, so if you feel the pull to do that late-night support request – go for it – this is your business. But it’s also okay to remember that you’re not a machine.

Thanks to all of the members who shared these links today: 

  • Jeff Chandler
  • Daniel Schutzsmith
  • Michelle Frechette
  • Birgit Pauli-Haack
  • Eric Karkovack

Thanks to Mary Job for purchasing us a virtual coffee this week!

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