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#65: Mon July 31, 2023

WordCamp Europe Inspires WordPress Community, Phishing Scam Alert, Developer Tools Survey Results, and Slack/Matrix Bridge Launched

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 Europe 2023 brings WordPress enthusiasts together in Athens, while a phishing scam targets Wordfence users. Survey reveals insights into WordPress developer tools, and a Slack/Matrix bridge tool is launched by WordPress meta contributors.

Hello and welcome to WP Briefs, your Artificially Intelligent source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress world. Today is Monday 31st July 2023.

WordCamp Europe 2023 was a highly anticipated event that brought together 2,545 WordPress enthusiasts from 94 countries to Athens. It proved to be an inspiring and informative gathering, solidifying the WordPress community while showcasing global reach and opening doors to trends, new approaches, and upcoming changes 1. In this article we can find the data and showcase the numbers that powered this event.

In other news, there has been a phishing scam using the WordFence brand image. Malicious actors are sending out emails posing as unknown login notifications from users’ own websites. The emails link to a fake login page in an attempt to steal WordPress login credentials. If you receive such an email, it is important to be cautious and verify its legitimacy by checking for telltale signs as explained in this article from WordFence themselves 2.

Moving on, the results of a survey on the state of WordPress developer tools have been released. Two hundred fifty-three respondents provided valuable insights into their preferred operating systems, IDE/code editors, development environments, and comfort levels with the command line. This information will help tailor learn.wordpress.org content to better suit different developers 3.

Lastly, in efforts to explore replacing Slack communication with Matrix, an open-source federated chat system, WordPress meta contributors have launched a Slack/Matrix bridge tool. This milestone allows users to follow and participate in conversations from either platform in real-time. While the team is still in the process of importing channel history, bridges have already been established for all public Slack channels/Matrix rooms 4.

And those were today’s headlines.

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  1. WCEU 2023 in numbers 

  2. PSA: Wordfence Brand Being Actively Used in Phishing Campaigns 

  3. The state of WordPress developer tools survey results 

  4. WordPress Launches Slack/Matrix Bridge 

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