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#159: Fri December 08, 2023

New Video, Security Report, and WordPress Success Story

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 have an introduction video to WordPress, a security report with important updates, a success story on WordPress.com, and exciting news about the upcoming release of WordPress 6.5. Check out the related links for more details!

Salutations! Thanks for joining us at WP Briefs, your Algorithmically generated source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress domain. Today is Friday 8th of December 2023.

First up, we have a new video from WordPress TV titled “Introduction to WordPress” 1. In this video, you’ll learn all about the potential of WordPress. They define what WordPress is and explore different examples of its usage. They also discuss the importance of themes and plugins in customizing your website. So if you’re new to WordPress or want to brush up on your knowledge, this video is worth checking out.

Moving on to Security, the “WordPress Vulnerability Report — December 6, 2023” 2 highlights some important information for all WordPress users. Since the last report from SolidWP, there have been 204 new plugin Vulnerabilities and one vulnerability in the WordPress core that have been publicly disclosed. The good news is that security patches for both the core and 124 of these plugins are now available for updates. It’s crucial to run these updates as soon as possible to ensure the security of your website.

Now let’s talk about a success story with WordPress.com. In an article titled “With WordPress.com, This Novelist’s Success Is No Mystery” 3, we learn about Dan Alatorre, a bestselling author who uses WordPress.com as his writing platform. Dan started his writing journey with a blog where he shared day-to-day happenings of his life. Eventually, these posts became the inspiration for his first book, which was an autobiographical tale. Since then, Dan has published titles in various genres before finding success with murder mysteries that captivate audiences worldwide.

Lastly, we have exciting news about the upcoming release of WordPress 6.5 in an article called “Roadmap to 6.5” 4. Set to be released on March 26th, 2024, this update brings several significant features and improvements. Users can expect greater design control and optionality, enhanced block capabilities with new APIs, access to block theme functionality for classic themes, and the start of a new admin redesign. Some specific features include the Font Library for easy font management, support for Appearance Tools in Classic Themes for more design options, and robust revisions across the editing experience. The update also includes PHP compatibility work and rollback options for plugin and theme updates to enhance safety. Additionally, there will be a preview of the admin redesign as part of phase 3 efforts. It’s important to note that while these features are actively pursued, not all may make it into the final release.

And that wraps up today’s news roundup on WordPress. Remember to check out the related links section below to dive deeper into these stories. Stay tuned for more updates!

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  1. New video from WordPress TV: Introduction to WordPress 

  2. WordPress Vulnerability Report — December 6, 2023 

  3. With WordPress.com, This Novelist’s Success Is No Mystery 

  4. Roadmap to 6.5 

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