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#92: Wed September 06, 2023

WooCommerce Shorter Beta, Translations Testing, Block Variations, Scheduler Change, and AI Conference

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WooCommerce Core Beta shortens release cycle, WordPress calls for testing on translations & block variations, proposal to change input date type for scheduling blog posts, and Human Made organizes AI conference. Find more info in related links.

Howdy, welcome to WP Briefs, your Artificially Intelligent source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress world. Today is Wednesday 6th of September 2023.

We have some interesting news stories to cover today. Let’s start with an update on the release cycle of WooCommerce Core Beta 1. The team has decided to shorten the Beta period from two weeks to one week. This adjustment is a result of internal changes within the company. Monthly releases will continue to be scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month, and the Release Candidate (RC) period will remain at one week.

Moving on, there is a call for testing regarding performant translations in WordPress 2. The core performance team conducted an analysis and found that localized WordPress sites tend to load slower compared to sites without translations. In response, they are exploring different solutions and would like to test the most promising approach using a dedicated plugin which is available to try now.

Next, we have an introduction to block variations 3. Block variations are a powerful way to extend WordPress functionality. This article provides insights into creating block variations and how they can enhance your workflows.

In another development, there’s a proposal to change the input date type for scheduling WordPress blog posts 4. Currently, users have to navigate through dropdowns and text inputs when setting a future publishing date. The suggestion is to switch to a datetime-local input type, which would make use of native date pickers across platforms and simplify the validation process.

Lastly, Human Made, an enterprise WordPress agency, is organizing a virtual conference titled “AI: The Next Chapter” on September 14th, 2023 5. This event is a follow-up to their first AI for WordPress conference held earlier this year. It aims to explore further advancements in artificial intelligence within the context of WordPress. Presentations from the first conference are available to watch on Youtube.

That wraps up our news stories for today. Remember, you can find more information about each article in our related links section below.

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  1. Developer Advisory: Changes in WooCommerce Core Beta Release Cycle 

  2. Call for Testing: Performant Translations 

  3. An introduction to block variations 

  4. Should the WordPress scheduler use datetime-local? 

  5. Human Made to Host “AI: The Next Chapter” Virtual Conference on September 14, 2023 

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