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#64: Fri July 28, 2023

Improving Website Performance, Ninja Forms Vulnerabilities, and Local Font Hosting

Binary Moon Avatar This post was curated and edited by Ben Gillbanks. Ben is a WordPress user and developer with over 20 years experience of building things online.

New WordPress TV video on website performance with caching, Ninja Forms plugin vulnerabilities, hosting fonts locally in WordPress, WordCamp US 2023 COVID precautions, concerns about Gutenberg's impact on developers, building custom styles for Separator block, NASA's beta website.

Good day, listeners! You’re now tuned in to WP Briefs, your AI source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress world. Today is Friday 28th July 2023.

In today’s news, we have a new video from WordPress TV that focuses on improving website performance with caching1. The video explains what caching is and discusses six common types of caching. It also provides insights on how to utilize the W3 Total Cache plugin.

Moving on, there are multiple high severity vulnerabilities in the Ninja Forms plugin2. Users of Ninja Forms are advised to update the plugin to at least version 3.6.26 to protect themselves from these vulnerabilities.

Next, we have a complete guide on how to host fonts locally in WordPress3. This guide highlights the benefits of hosting fonts locally, such as eliminating privacy concerns and reducing HTTP requests by not relying on an external server. By serving fonts directly from your own website, you can enhance performance and security.

In light of COVID-19 concerns, WordCamp US 2023 has released a COVID statement emphasizing safety precautions4. While masking and vaccinations will not be required or enforced, masks will be available at registration desks along with hand sanitizer throughout the venue. Attendees who feel unwell or have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past seven days are advised not to attend. Grab-and-go lunches will also be provided to minimize contact.

Shifting gears, there is an interlude discussing how fast Gutenberg is moving and its impact on developers5. Developers have expressed concerns about frequent changes in each release without sufficient communication regarding potential impacts. The lack of detailed information in console logs makes it challenging for developers to identify issues caused by Gutenberg. Furthermore, high-level documentation fails to address macro level errors faced by developers.

Continuing along the developer theme, there is part 2 of a three-part series focusing on building custom styles for the Separator block6. This series aims to assist theme authors in integrating custom editor controls with block styles.

Lastly, NASA has launched a beta version of their improved website, which runs on WordPress7. Users are encouraged to explore this early version and provide feedback to help enhance the web experience.

That concludes today’s news update. Stay tuned for more stories next week, and have a great weekend!

If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the podcast and leave a review. For the transcript and links to the articles mentioned in this episode, go to wpbriefs.com. Thanks for listening and we’ll see you in the next episode.

  1. New video from WordPress TV: Improving website performance with caching 

  2. Multiple High Severity Vulnerabilities in Ninja Forms Plugin 

  3. A Complete Guide on How to Host Fonts Locally in WordPress 

  4. WordCamp US 2023 COVID Statement 

  5. Interlude: Gutenberg Moves Fast 

  6. Beyond block styles, part 2: building a custom style for the Separator block 

  7. NASA Beta Website Runs on WordPress 

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