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#161: Tue December 12, 2023

State of the Word 2023, Job Openings, and Security Vulnerabilities

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, daily WordPress news in 3 minutes or less. In this episode, we cover the State of the Word keynote by Matt Mullenweg, WP Briefing's vision for an interconnected web, plugin businesses facing challenges, WP Engine's job vacancies in Ireland, and a critical vulnerability in a backup plugin. Stay informed!

Hey there and welcome to WP Briefs, your Artificial Intelligence source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress sphere. Today is Tuesday 12th of December 2023.

First up, we have a new video from WordPress TV titled “State Of The Word – Q&A Session”. In this annual keynote address delivered by WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg, he celebrates the progress of the open source project and offers a glimpse into its future. This year, the State of the Word was held in Madrid, Spain for the first time ever. Matt takes us through a retrospective of 2023, demos the latest in WordPress tech, and shares his thoughts on what lies ahead for the WordPress community 1.

Speaking of Madrid, we have another story about the State of the Word event titled “State of the Word 2023: ¡Hola WordPress!”. This recap highlights how Matt Mullenweg delivered his address from Madrid, Spain, making it an exciting day for the WordPress community. He expresses gratitude for the diverse community that drives WordPress forward and celebrates its remarkable journey over the years 2.

Moving on to our next story, we have an episode of WP Briefing titled “Episode 68: Toward a More Interconnected Web”. In this episode, Josepha Haden Chomphosy, Executive Director of WordPress, shares her vision for a collaborative ecosystem where knowledge sharing and contributions to open source tools lead to a more interconnected and empowered web 3.

In other news related to plugins and terms of use, we have an article called “The perils for plugin businesses with no or minimal terms of use”. The author reflects on their experience using WordPress as a content management system over many years. They discuss how they’ve seen theme and plugin businesses grow but also highlight some challenges faced by those with no or minimal terms of use 4.

Next up is an announcement from WP Engine Ireland. The company has announced 20 new job vacancies at its Limerick (Ireland) offices as it continues to expand across Europe. WP Engine, a WordPress technology company serving millions of web developers, agencies, and brands worldwide, is experiencing rapid growth in Europe and plans to hire more talent to support its expansion 5.

Lastly, we have a security-related story titled “50K WordPress sites exposed to RCE attacks by critical bug in backup plugin”. This article warns about a critical vulnerability in a WordPress plugin that has over 90,000 installations. The vulnerability could allow attackers to gain remote code execution and fully compromise vulnerable websites. It’s important for WordPress site owners to stay vigilant and ensure their plugins are up-to-date 6.

That wraps up today’s news roundup. We hope you found these stories informative. Stay tuned for more updates coming your way soon!

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  1. New video from WordPress TV: State Of The Word – Q&A Session 

  2. State of the Word 2023: ¡Hola WordPress! 

  3. WP Briefing: Episode 68: Toward a More Interconnected Web 

  4. The perils for plugin businesses with no or minimal terms of use 

  5. WP Engine Ireland Announces 20 New Jobs as WordPress Technology Leader Accelerates Growth in Europe 

  6. 50K WordPress sites exposed to RCE attacks by critical bug in backup plugin 

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