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#83: Thu August 24, 2023

Exciting Updates in WordPress: Navigation, Gutenberg, Jetpack, and Future of Tumblr

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Exciting updates in WordPress: Navigation block, Gutenberg 16.5 enhancements, Jetpack 12.5 with AI Assistant, tutorial creation for learn.wordpress.org, and Matt Mullenweg's vision for Tumblr's future.

Howdy, welcome to WP Briefs, your Advanced machine learning source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress sphere. Today is Thursday 24th August 2023.

In today’s news, we have several updates from the world of WordPress. First up, the Navigation block in WordPress has received some exciting new features in version 6.2 and 6.3. These improvements aim to provide users with a more consistent and reliable experience when managing their navigation menus 1.

Moving on to Gutenberg 16.5, there have been recent updates that include new commands and enhancements to the Command Palette, additional block supports for multiple blocks such as Details and Post Content, and even the introduction of a reset to default global styles revision. Theme developers can now also configure their own default min and max viewport widths for calculating fluid font sizes 2.

In other news, Jetpack 12.5 is here with some impressive enhancements. One standout feature is the AI Assistant, which makes it easier than ever to create forms effortlessly and receive actionable feedback on your posts. Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced user, Jetpack 12.5 has solutions tailored to your needs 3.

If you’re interested in learning how to create tutorials for learn.WordPress.org, there’s a new video available from WordPress TV that provides step-by-step instructions on this topic 4.

Lastly, Matt Mullenweg, CEO of Automattic, recently shared his vision for the future of Tumblr during an interview on the “How to be a CEO” podcast. As the company behind WordPress.com and other online publishing tools, Automattic acquired Tumblr from Verizon in 2019. Mullenweg discussed plans for algorithmic choice, AI enhancements, and embracing open source as part of Tumblr’s future direction 5.

That wraps up today’s news roundup in the world of WordPress.

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  1. What’s new for Navigation in WordPress 6.2 and 6.3 

  2. What’s new in Gutenberg 16.5? (23 August) 

  3. Jetpack 12.5 – From Form Crafting to Content Enhancement: AI Assistant Makes it Easy 

  4. New video from WordPress TV: How to create a tutorial for learn.wordpress.org 

  5. Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg talks future of Tumblr, with algorithmic choice, AI enhancements and more 

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