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#102: Wed September 20, 2023

WordCamp Asia Calls for Wapuu Design, Essential Blocks Vulnerabilities Fixed, and More!

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.

WordCamp Asia seeks submissions for their iconic mascot, Essential Blocks plugin vulnerabilities fixed, tips to speed up WordPress dashboard, Next Generation WordPress events happening worldwide, WP Tavern introduces forums, and learn about using block patterns on WordPress.

Salutations! Thanks for joining us at WP Briefs, your Artificially Intelligent source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress domain. Today is Wednesday 20th of September 2023.

Welcome to today’s news roundup. Let’s dive into the latest stories from the world of WordPress.

First up, WordCamp Asia 2024 is calling for submissions for their iconic mascot, Wapuu 1. Whether you’re a designer, illustrator, or simply a passionate fan of Wapuu and WordPress, this is your chance to leave your mark on WordCamp Asia history. The winning design will be featured throughout the event and the winner will receive special recognition and swag items.

In Security news, two PHP Object Injection Vulnerabilities in the Essential Blocks plugin for WordPress have been fixed by the WordFence Threat Intelligence team 2. With over 100,000 installations of this popular plugin, it was crucial to address these vulnerabilities promptly. The team initiated responsible disclosure and released patched versions of both the free and Pro versions of Essential Blocks to ensure user safety.

If you’ve ever experienced a slow WordPress back end, you’re not alone. Torque Magazine shares 15 strategies to speed up your dashboard and optimize website management 3. From optimizing plugins to fine-tuning server configurations, these tips will help improve your overall WordPress experience and eliminate those frustrating load times.

Moving on to community events, Next Generation WordPress Events are taking place all around the world 4. These events aim to foster innovation, skills development, and professional opportunities within the WordPress community. Organizers are encouraged to think beyond traditional WordCamps and come up with unique formats that suit their local communities’ needs.

In other news, WP Tavern has launched forums as an extension of its platform 5. These forums provide a space for readers to engage in discussions related to articles long after comments have closed. Alongside these new discussion forums are traditional bbPress forums where logged-in users can create topics.

And finally, if you’re looking to enhance your website’s design capabilities on WordPress, check out the latest video from WordPress TV on using block patterns 6. Block patterns offer pre-designed layouts that can save you time and boost your creativity. Learn how to use existing patterns, create custom ones, and manage template part patterns for a more visually appealing website.

That’s it for today’s news roundup. Stay tuned for more updates from the world of WordPress.

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  1. We want your Wapuu! 

  2. Two PHP Object Injection Vulnerabilities Fixed in Essential Blocks 

  3. WordPress Back End Slow? 15 Ways to Speed Up the Dashboard 

  4. From Japan to Rome: Recent and Upcoming Next Generation WordPress Events 

  5. WP Tavern Launches Forums 

  6. New video from WordPress TV: Using block patterns 

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