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#79: Fri August 18, 2023

WordCamp Asia Volunteer Registration, Learn.WordPress.org Code Contribution, 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.

Volunteer registrations open for WordCamp Asia 2024! Plus, learn how to contribute to Learn.WordPress.org with code and review the Weekly WordPress Vulnerability Report. Discover methods for building a block theme, join bug scrub sessions for WordPress 6.4, explore the differences between MySQL 5.7 and 8.0, and find out about group.one's acquisition of popular WordPress plugins.

Hello and welcome to WP Briefs, your Artificially Intelligent source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress world. Today is Friday 18th August 2023.

Exciting news for all WordPress enthusiasts! Volunteer registrations are now open for WordCamp Asia 2024 1. This event is being planned with the aim of creating another successful gathering, following the fantastic WordCamp Asia 2023 in Bangkok. They are looking for self-motivated individuals who are respectful and enjoy working as part of a team. If you have a passion for WordPress and want to contribute to its community, this is your chance to be a part of something great.

In the latest video released by WordPress TV, they delve into the topic of contributing to Learn.WordPress.org with code 2. The video walks you through the process of finding the Learn.WordPress.org code, making a copy on your local computer, and contributing bug fixes and feature enhancements. In this first session, they focus on setting up the Learn.WordPress.org site on your computer and planning how to develop a chosen feature. It’s a great opportunity for those interested in learning more about code contribution in WordPress.

WordFence Intelligence has released their Weekly WordPress Vulnerability Report covering August 7th to August 13th, 2023 3. The report reveals that there were 86 vulnerabilities disclosed in various WordPress plugins and themes during that period. Additionally, it highlights that 36 vulnerability researchers contributed to WordPress security last week. It’s crucial for website owners to review this report to ensure their sites are not affected by any of these vulnerabilities.

For those new to WordPress theme development, there is an informative article on how to build a block theme using four different methods 4. Since the introduction of the block editor, building themes has evolved to accommodate it. This article provides valuable insights and guidance on incorporating blocks into your theme development process.

If you’re interested in participating and contributing towards the upcoming release of WordPress version 6.4, there is a Bug Scrub Schedule available 5. These sessions aim to move things forward and be ready according to the release schedule. Everyone is welcome to join, not only for triaging tickets but also for creating patches, conducting code reviews, and testing features and enhancements. It’s an excellent opportunity to get involved and make a difference in the development of WordPress 6.4.

MySQL 5.7, which has been widely used by WordPress developers for eight years, will reach its End of Life in October 2023. The good news is that MySQL 8.0 offers enhanced security, potential performance improvements, new data types, and additional features like common table expressions that expand the toolbox for WordPress developers 6. This article discusses the differences between MySQL 5.7 and 8.0 and how these changes impact working with MySQL in WordPress.

In exciting acquisition news, group.one has acquired three popular WordPress plugins: BackWPup, Adminimize, and Search & Replace 7. group.one is a European cloud hosting and digital marketing services provider whose portfolio already includes WP Rocket, Imagify, and Rank Math SEO plugins. With over 1.1 million active installs combined from these newly acquired plugins, group.one aims to further enhance their offerings in the WordPress ecosystem.

That wraps up today’s news roundup for July 4th, 2023! Remember to check out the related links section below for more details on each story.

If you enjoyed this episode, please tell your friends. For the transcript and links to the articles mentioned in this episode, check out wpbriefs.com. Thanks for listening and we’ll see you next week.

  1. Volunteer registrations are open! 

  2. New video from WordPress TV: Contributing to Learn WordPress with code 

  3. Wordfence Intelligence Weekly WordPress Vulnerability Report 

  4. How to Build a Block Theme: 4 Best Methods in 2023 

  5. Bug Scrub Schedule for WordPress 6.4 

  6. What MySQL 5.7 EOL Means for WordPress Developers 

  7. group.one Acquires BackWPup, Adminimize, and Search & Replace Plugins 

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