WP 6.3 Planning β€’ WP20 β€’ AI Forum Replies β€’ LearnWP Survey Results
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WP 6.3 Planning β€’ WP20 β€’ AI Forum Replies β€’ LearnWP Survey Results

How did you celebrate WordPress’s 20th birthday? Read Building Blocks: The Evolution of WordPress, now available on GitHub and e-reader formats.

WordPress 6.3 is underway. Core has shared the planning roundup, and the Design team is starting to prepare now.

Support forums recently discussed considerations on using AI to respond to forum issues. Human intervention is still necessary for the foreseeable future.

Training team surveyed attendees at the last 3 flagship WordCamps and any additional respondents. The data is in with feedback on the content and site functionality of Learn.WordPress.org.

WP 6.2.2 β€’ WP Playground β€’ Client-side Filtering β€’ Future WordCamp Brainstorms β€’ Plugin Review Update
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WP 6.2.2 β€’ WP Playground β€’ Client-side Filtering β€’ Future WordCamp Brainstorms β€’ Plugin Review Update

WordPress 6.2.2 is available now for update. This reintroduces shortcodes in Block Theme Templates in a more secure way.

Rich Tabor and WordPress Playground innovator Adam Zielinski discuss the capabilities and promise of WP Playground.

What do you want to see for future WordCamps? Share your ideas on the post.

Do you want to disable border settings for everyone but Administrators, and only for posts? See the Dev Blog.

What’s the fate of the plugin review team with the primary maintainer soon to retire? It appears to have a bright future with additional contributors and tooling.

WP 6.2.1 β€’ PHP8 Compatibility β€’ Translation Playground β€’ Contributor Mentorship Program
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WP 6.2.1 β€’ PHP8 Compatibility β€’ Translation Playground β€’ Contributor Mentorship Program

It’s time to update your WordPress websites now. This week’s release breaks shortcodes used in Block Themes on Templates, but is related to a security issue.

Is WordPress, and the plugin and theme ecosystem around it, ready for PHP 8? Earlier versions of PHP, such as 7.4, are now considered End of Life, and hosts are eager to deploy supported versions. But first, Core compatibility needs additional testing to come out of beta compatibility.

Translating WordPress just got a little bit easier for contributors with the WP Translation Playground.

A Community team working group announces a pilot proposal for a Contributor Mentorship Program, helping all contributors onboard.

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Business Roundup Week Ending May 12

WordCamps: The Next Generation The official WordPress Community blog recently published a post titled “The Next Generation of WordCamps,” outlining the future of in-person WordPress conferences in the post-pandemic world. The successful transition of WordCamps from in-person to virtual during the pandemic has paved the way for hybrid event formats featuring both virtual and in-person…

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Tech Roundup Week Ending May 12

WooCommerce 7.7 If you’re running an online store using WooCommerce, you’ll be excited to hear about the recent 7.7 release! This latest update focuses on improving performance, security, and user experience. Among the key features in version 7.7 is the new Webhooks API, enhanced management of external products, and improved performance when modifying variations. From…

WP 6.2.1 RC1 β€’ Annual Survey Results β€’ WCUS Scholarship Fund
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WP 6.2.1 RC1 β€’ Annual Survey Results β€’ WCUS Scholarship Fund

WordPress 6.2.1 RC1 is now available for testing, and planning is underway for the 6.3 AND 6.4 release squad members. Head over to the Core team website for more information.

Each year the WordPress community has an opportunity to participate in the annual survey. The results from 2022 are now available.

Contributors that are a self-identifying female, have a financial need and have never attended WordCamp US are encouraged to apply by June 12, 2023, 11:00 pm Eastern time

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Tech Roundup Week Ending May 5

New Community Theme Launched WordPress Themes Team released a new block theme, Stacks, designed to build slide decks. Stacks was designed and constructed by Saxon Fletcher with help from Ben Dwyer. After customizing the theme, users can create slides on any post or page using the ‘Stacks’ pattern. The theme is mobile-friendly and not likely…

Blogs to Blocks β€’ Core + AI β€’ LCP Image Performance β€’ Testing FSE Front Page
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Blogs to Blocks β€’ Core + AI β€’ LCP Image Performance β€’ Testing FSE Front Page

The WordPress Marketing Team is hosting a Blogs to Blocks celebration and invites you to get involved by creating and responding to daily prompts around blogging, design, development, photos, community, and more ways to contribute.

The Core Team is considering how to include extendible technology to integrate AI. Additionally, there is a proposal needing your feedback around improving image performance. Felix Arntz notes that addingΒ fetchpriority=”high” to the LCP image typically improves LCP performance by 5-10%.

The latest call for testing from the Test team includes an exercise using the new Grid view, as well as creating pages from patters.

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Tech Roundup Week Ending April 28

Accessible Target Sizes Cheatsheet Vitaly provides practical guidelines for preventing rage taps, and rage clicks on mobile devices, including recommended target sizes for icons, links, and buttons. It also offers helpful conversion tables for translating point units to CSS pixels or Android/iOS units. OpenAI is trying to trademark “GPT.” What are your thoughts? A discussion…

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Tech Roundup Week Ending April 14

Free vs. Paid SSL β€’ SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and TLS (Transport Layer Security) are internet protocols that use encryption to secure websites. β€’ SSL certificates can be legally required for specific websites and may help boost a business’s reputation, increase sales, and more. β€’ Certificate Authorities (CA) like DigiCert, Entrust, Sectigo, and Let’s Encrypt…

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Tech Roundup Week Ending April 7

Add AI autocomplete to your website. EnhanceAI AI Autocomplete for Websites is a revolutionary tool allowing developers to quickly and conveniently create interactive and engaging websites. Its sophisticated Artificial Intelligence technology will enable users to fill out forms quickly, generate content more efficiently, and make personalized product or service recommendations. With EnhanceAI, websites can optimize…

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Copyright, Selfie Monkeys, and the Hand of God

The Open Source Initiative has produced a podcast series on AI and its implications for open source out of the concern that “the traditional view of open source code implementing AI algorithms may not be sufficient to guarantee inspectability and replicability of the AI systems. Algorithms are deciding who stays in jail or which customers…

10up has announced some updates to…

10up has announced some updates to its ClassifAI plugin, which augments WordPress sites with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technology. πŸ§ πŸ€– The new release adds automated text scanning of uploaded images, including screenshots, using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. By storing scanned text in WordPress, content editors can search the contents of screenshots and other…

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