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Speculative loading, Jetpack stats, Divi AI Layouts, blogging, hyphens, BMW Logo, Papyrus, TikTok Notes, empanadas and cheeseburgers. Along with this week’s news, I dive a little deeper into a controversial business move and provide a humorous look at a polarizing font. Check it all out below!

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A common business practice in the world of WordPress is to have a free version of a plugin that includes some valuable features. For those who want more, more features are available in a premium version at a cost. Lately something has happened with the Jetpack plugin that has upset many users, including myself. Jetpack has always included a traffic stats feature for free. Over the years they have added features to Jetpack that were only available at a cost. But the traffic stats remained free. Now they have stated that the stats feature will have a cost for any “business” sites and the minimum cost is $10 a month.

I think many users would have been OK if the basic stats features were still free and a far expanded feature set had a cost. But in this case, a feature that had been free now has a fairly high cost. This has led to a large number of one-star reviews of Jetpack in the past few days. While I have yet to uninstall Jetpack on the sites I manage, I will install it rather than pay for it. Below you’ll find information on the change and a link to see the negative reviews the change has brought.

I will be interested to see if the new policy remains or if the public pressure will return at least the basic stats for free.

 

 

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Foster D. Coburn III

Foster D. Coburn III built his first Web site in 1995 and he has been working exclusively in WordPress since 2013. He has used the Divi theme exclusively since 2015. Earlier in his career he was the author of 13 best-selling books on CorelDRAW and has been a contributor to numerous technology and graphics-related magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics conferences.

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