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#150: Mon November 27, 2023

Mastering WordPress CLI, Plugins and Secrets: Customizing Themes with Ease

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Today's news roundup covers mastering WordPress CLI, plugins and sock puppets, GitGuardian's solution for leaked secrets, customizing block themes, and the theme.json file. Get all the details!

Hope you had a great weekend! Welcome to a new week of WP Briefs, your Artificially Intelligent source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress community. Today is Monday 27th of November 2023.

First up, we have a comprehensive guide on mastering WordPress CLI. WordPress CLI, or Command Line Interface, is a powerful tool that many WordPress users may not be familiar with. It can seem daunting at first if you’re used to managing your WordPress site through the web interface. However, there are substantial benefits to using the command line, including increased efficiency and control over your WordPress installation 1.

Next, we have a story about plugins and a decent bribe. It seems like something out of a Three Stooges tale when one person creates three separate company accounts and spams for all. This problem came to light when the forums team discovered 415 user accounts associated with sock puppets. But it gets even worse—the sock puppets were traced back to not one, not two, but three separate accounts! 2

Moving on, we have an article about an ingenious solution to a common problem faced by developers. GitGuardian’s engineers had to figure out how to help developers find out if their secrets (passwords, API keys, private keys, cryptographic certificates, etc.) had been leaked without them having to reveal sensitive information. They developed the HasMySecretLeaked service which combs through publicly available GitHub repositories and their histories while comparing them to your secrets 3.

In our next story, we’ll learn how to customize the home and blog pages in a block theme like Twenty-Twenty Four. To set up a static home page, you’ll need to create two pages and assign one as the home page and the other as the blog page. If you want both pages, you’ll need to create a custom home page template and associate it with the reading settings 4.

Lastly, we explore the theme.JSON file in a WordPress block theme. With Gutenberg editor revolutionizing theme creation and customization in WordPress, the theme.json file plays a central role. It defines the theme’s settings, styles, and structural elements. This file allows for easier customization even for those with limited technical skills, with features like Global Styles that allow for adjustments to typography, color schemes, layout sizes, and block styles 5.

That wraps up today’s news stories. Be sure to check out the related links section below for more information on each story. Thanks for tuning in!

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  1. Mastering WordPress CLI: A Comprehensive Guide to Boost Your Productivity 

  2. Plugins: Finally, a Decent Bribe! 

  3. Tell Me Your Secrets Without Telling Me Your Secrets 

  4. How to Customize Home and Blog Page in Twenty-Twenty Four Block Theme 

  5. Understanding the theme.json File in a WordPress Block Theme 

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