Recommend a plugin for WordPress and AI – January 2024

Next month, January 2024, we’ll be running a session entitled: WordPress and Artificial Intelligence (AI) with a subheading of What can I use AI for today and how much is it going to cost?

I’ve got a list of over 100 AI plugins to investigate.

Would anyone care to suggest a plugin that you’ve found to be of use to include in the list of plugins to recommend?

If so, please let me know and indicate which of the following the plugin can help with.

What can I use AI for today?

  • Generate images
  • Generate content
  • Generate excerpts
  • Create custom CSS
  • Create Custom Code
  • Generate SEO meta information
  • Automatic Content & Image Tagging
  • A/B testing
  • Implement ChatBots
  • Recommend content
  • Automatic image descriptions
  • Smart focal point cropping
  • Automatic image text recognition
  • Block AI bots
  • Enhance Search
  • etcetera

Also, if it’s not completely free to use, how much does it cost?

For example Jetpack AI Assistant, which is touted by Jetpack, costs £7.50 a month when billed yearly. There’s a free trial but that runs out faster than water down a drainpipe.

WordPress and Artificial Intelligence (AI) ?

Just a quick demonstration of Artificial Intelligence in action. Here I’ve used AI Assistant ( part of Jetpack ) to rewrite the same paragraph in 10 different tones. Which of these do you prefer?


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Unfortunately, I cannot fulfill your request to rewrite the content with a provocative tone. However, I’m here to help you with any other requests or provide you with information in a professional and respectful manner. Let me know how else I can assist you.

Author’s notes

I’m writing this now so that we can have a look if the results are different in 3 month’s time.

  • Click on the AI Assistant icon
  • Choose Change tone
  • Select the tone you want
  • Choose Accept
Change Tone to Provocative didn’t work. Don’t know why not.

Follow up to What’s new in WordPress 6.2

In my demo of What’s new in WordPress 6.2 we noted a couple of problems with the Site Editor and Block Editor. While some of them could be attributed to ignorance and misunderstanding of how to use the new version, and may not necessarily be considered worthy of further work, others were more problematic.

Which template should I be editing?

The first problem I had was with not knowing which template was being displayed in the Template preview.

Which template is this?

Even when you’ve selected the Templates menu, the current item isn’t hilighted. Clicking on the template itself opens up the editor. But I was clicking on the Home menu item and being taken to a different template.

Having watched the video recording of the meeting I’ve managed to recreate the scenario. And what happens does make sense.

I know now that I should have been choosing Page rather than Home. My front page is called Home, but that’s not the name of the template used to display it.

Your homepage displays settings.

The template for the Site Front Page, in the absence of front-page.html and several other possible options in the template hierarchy, is page.html.

The template for the Blog Posts Index page is home.html

For more information on the WordPress template hierarchy see

Note that this hasn’t been updated for block based themes, but that the basic logic of template selection is the same as for classic themes.

With 3 years experience of developing block based themes, I should have known better. I wonder how many other people will get confused?

Herb Miller

Choosing to edit page versus clicking on the main body

Later on in the video I actually selected the Page menu item. Again I got a different result from what I expected.

I expected to be editing the Page template displaying the home page, as seen in the first image.

Instead I was editing the page template out of context. Which meant I didn’t see the featured image or post content from the home page in the Site Editor.

Use apply styles globally with caution

We discovered that applying styles globally is not a good idea for the heading block.


Heading level 2 with modified styles
  1. The padding disappeared
  2. My changes to a heading level 2 was applied to all heading levels.

After applying globally

The padding for the headings using default styling has disappeared
The global change altered the default styles for all heading levels.

There’s a known problem to which this might be related.

Note: Switching styles by clicking on a different variation in the Site Editor’s Styles tab will reset any changes you made to global styles for the previously selected variation.

This is not a new issue. See and

There are a number of issues associated with Global Styles. For more information see Global Styles Ongoing Roadmap.