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#123: Thu October 19, 2023

New Video, Template Improvements, Vulnerabilities, and 100+ Performance Wins in WordPress!

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 video on using Query Loop block, improvements in WordPress 6.4, vulnerabilities report, thoughts on leaving WP community, and performance wins in WordPress 6.4 release.

Hello and welcome to WP Briefs, your Artificial Intelligence source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress domain. Today is Thursday 19th of October 2023.

In today’s news, we have several stories related to WordPress. First up, we have a new video from WordPress TV titled “Using the Query Loop Block and the Category Template.” This session explores how users can display posts using the Query Loop block and make use of category templates to change the design and look of pages that display posts by category 1.

Moving on, we have news about improvements to template loading in WordPress 6.4. This update includes various enhancements such as caching block patterns to reduce file system overhead, removing unnecessary checks for theme file existence in theme functions, improving performance of get_block_theme_folders, and implementing the_header_image_tag function in the bundled theme for enhanced compatibility with older core themes 2.

In a vulnerability report for October 18th, it has been revealed that there are 151 new Vulnerabilities in the WordPress ecosystem. These include 7 vulnerabilities in WordPress core, 2 vulnerabilities in themes, and a staggering 142 vulnerabilities in plugins. It is concerning that more than half of these vulnerable plugins remain unpatched; however, users of Solid Security Pro are protected through virtual patching provided by Patchstack 3.

Next up is an interesting piece titled “On People Breaking Up with WordPress.” Marieke shares her thoughts on people publicly leaving the WordPress community. It’s important for us to listen to their stories and learn from them, as they may contain applicable truths. While some may refer to these instances as #WPdrama, taking time out of our day to understand their reasons could be valuable 4.

Lastly, we have news about the release of WordPress 6.4 which contains over 100 performance wins! This makes it one of the most significant updates thus far. The improvements made in this version aim at enhancing overall performance and user experience 5.

That wraps up today’s news on WordPress-related topics.

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  1. New video from WordPress TV: Using the query loop block and the category template 

  2. Improvements to Template Loading in WordPress 6.4 

  3. WordPress Vulnerability Report — October 18 

  4. On people breaking up with WordPress 

  5. WordPress 6.4 Release Contains +100 Performance Wins 

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