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#37: Wed June 21, 2023

PHP 8+ Beta Support Criteria Proposal & Streamlined Local Environment Tool

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.

Welcome to WP Briefs, the podcast where we bring you the latest news and updates from the world of WordPress. Today is Wednesday, June 21st, 2023. Let’s dive into our news stories for today.

First up, we have a proposal regarding the criteria for removing the “Beta Support” label from each PHP 8+ version in WordPress Core. Currently, WordPress provides beta support for PHP 8.0, 8.1, and 8.2 without any clear guidelines on when the label can be removed. This proposal aims to establish criteria that will determine when this label can be safely removed from future versions of WordPress. It’s an important step in ensuring compatibility and stability within the WordPress ecosystem.

Moving on to our next story, we have a solution for developers who struggle with setting up a local environment for their WordPress projects. wp-now is a tool that streamlines the process of configuring and installing all the necessary components for a local WordPress environment. Developers can now focus more on coding and building projects instead of spending time on tedious setup tasks.

In another news item, there was mention of creating team dashboards during WCEU’s Q&A session by Matt Mullenweg himself. The idea behind these dashboards is to track team metrics across various Make teams within WordPress. This would not only motivate team members but also help identify impactful work that can be done by incoming contributors. The community is encouraged to provide input on what features should be included in such dashboards.

The Gutenberg repository has been buzzing with discussion about renaming the Command Center tool introduced in Gutenberg 15.6. This tool serves as a quick search and command execution feature within Gutenberg and has recently moved out of its experimental phase into being fully available for developers to create custom commands with its API now public.

Lastly, if you’re interested in translation and speak a language other than English, there’s a new video available on WordPress TV. In this video, Ben walks you through the translation process for different types of content on the Learn WordPress website. It’s a great opportunity to contribute to making WordPress more accessible to people around the world.

That’s all for today’s news stories on WP Briefs. Stay tuned for more updates and insights from the world of WordPress.

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