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This week in WordPress

Frontity and center

"Madrid-based #startup @frontity closes a €1 million round led by @Tumblr & @WordPress's parent company @automattic, @Kfundvc & angels 💪🏼 Frontity has built an open-source React framework for WordPress which powers 35.8% of all websites on the internet :," tweets EU-Startups.
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They link to Frontity closes €1 million round led by Tumblr's parent company. So what's Frontity? "Frontity was created around the idea of making it easier to build fast, scalable websites with WordPress and React," tweets Automattic.

Over at WP Tavern, Justin Tadlock observes in Frontity Raises €1M with Automattic and K Fund that "The framework seems to have captured Automattic's interest as a homegrown WordPress solution for facilitating decoupled setups that use React on the frontend."

"🤔🤔 After reading this case study about how @gudog grew by 88% with @frontity technology, I understand better why @automattic invested in them. This could be for @WordPressVIP clients as well," tweets cloud data engineer Marcos Ortiz.

Calling all data lovers

"Calling all data lovers! Here's my latest analysis about how coronavirus is impacting #subscription sales for #plugin and #theme shops," tweets Freemius head of marketing Brandon Ernst, linking to How is Coronavirus Affecting WordPress Plugin and Theme Shops?

Brandon digs into WordPress.org download and install data, new seller registrations at Freemius, paid plugin sales, and refunds. His interpretation of the data: COVID-19 has created reluctant customers, excited sellers, and a continued downturn in sales growth. He also highlights a rise in coronavirus coupons and the importance of subscriptions.

Speaking of subscriptions… "With all the uncertainty with #coronavirus, recurring subscription revenues can carry your business through tough times. That's why @freemius is announcing $10k in fee waivers for #plugin + #theme shops making the switch to #subscriptions," tweets Freemius founder and CEO Vova Feldman.
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Subscription-based economy

COVID-19 has had a swift and devastating effect on the global economy. But despite the impacts experienced by many industries, "Businesses in tech and beyond are increasingly turning to a #SubscriptionModel to retain customers and stay flexible amid uncertainty," tweets subscription management platform Zuora. They link to TechRepublic's report Subscription businesses proving resilient as economy contracts due to coronavirus.
According to Zuora's Subscription Economy Index: COVID-19 Edition, more than half of the hundreds of businesses analyzed for the report have been unaffected by the coronavirus, while 25% are experiencing faster growth in their subscriber acquisition rates.
Fortunately, WordPress is an ideal platform for setting up a subscription-based business. Maria Ansari explains why in How to setup a Subscription WordPress Plugin for capturing recurring revenue for Cozmoslabs. The article explores what to look for in a subscription plugin, and Maria shares some of the best subscription plugins for WordPress.

Gutenberg news

Gutenberg Hub has launched the first version of its block template builder. In Gutenberg Hub Launches Online Block Template Builder at WP Tavern, Justin Tadlock explains that it allows users to select from the project's existing library of nearly 200 templates. Basically, it's an online builder that allows users to craft a full page layout by mixing and matching various sections. You can then copy and paste into the block editor.

"🎉 Excited about this fun project. The idea is to speed up the website creation workflow for #Gutenberg users. Still a prototype, looking for feedback about the idea overall and what features to add," tweets Gutenberg Hub creator Munir Kamal, linking to his announcement post Introducing Gutenberg Template Builder.

Meanwhile, all of the recordings from the recent WPBlockTalk virtual event are now available on WordPress.tv. ICYMI, the 2 April event featured speakers from across the WordPress community who've been key to designing and developing the block editor itself. WPBlockTalk was produced by Brian Richards of WPSessions, with sponsorship from Automattic.
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