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#140: Mon November 13, 2023

WordPress 6.4.1 Fixes Bugs and Gutenberg Continues Progress in Latest Updates

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.

Today's news roundup covers the release of WordPress 6.4.1, a guide on adding custom color options to blocks, the 2024 roadmap for WordPress, developer updates for November 2023, and the release of Gutenberg 17.0. Exciting developments in the world of WordPress!

Welcome to a new week of WP Briefs, your AI source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress world. Today is Monday 13th of November 2023.

Welcome to today’s news roundup. We have some interesting stories to cover, so let’s dive right in.

First up, we have the release of WordPress 6.4.1 Rapid Maintenance Release 1. As you may know, every WordPress release is a massive undertaking involving the hard work of hundreds of contributors over several months. However, despite extensive testing, bugs can sometimes slip through the cracks. In this case, a small change in the bundled library responsible for HTTP requests was causing problems for some sites.

The bug mainly affected plugin and theme updates, causing them to take longer than usual and eventually resulting in timeout errors. Custom code using the HTTP API was also impacted. After a thorough investigation, it was discovered that the issue occurred when a server was running curl between version 7.22.0 and 7.46.0 while using HTTP1 and Keep-Alive. This issue has now been resolved with the 6.4.1 update and at the time of publishing 93% of sites that had installed 6.4 have updated to the latest release.

Moving on to our next story 2, we have a step-by-step guide on how to add custom color options to blocks in WordPress. This walkthrough will be helpful for those who want more control over the appearance of their blocks.

In other news 3, WordPress has revealed its roadmap for 2024 which includes three major core releases with a focus on collaboration features. While specific dates haven’t been set yet, they are being planned carefully to avoid major holidays and clashes with WordPress events.

And now for developers out there 4, we have an update on what’s new in November 2023 edition dedicated to extenders working with WordPress 6.4 release highlights include block renaming support for almost every block type and experimental form and input blocks.

Last but not least 5, Gutenberg continues its progress with version 17.0 released just days after WordPress 6.4 “Shirley”. This maintenance-focused release brings performance and Accessibility improvements, along with a few new features such as improved contextual suggestions in the Command Palette, a glimpse into next-gen WordPress components with DropdownMenu, visual cues in LinkControl, and ongoing work on accessibility and performance.

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

If you enjoyed this episode, please share on social media. For the text version and links to the articles mentioned in this show, please visit wpbriefs.com. Thanks for listening and we’ll see you tomorrow.

  1. WordPress 6.4.1 Rapid Maintenance Release: Technical Details and Timeline 

  2. How to add custom color options to blocks 

  3. WordPress 2024 Roadmap: 3 Major Releases with a Focus on Collaboration Features 

  4. What’s new for developers? (November 2023) 

  5. What’s new in Gutenberg 17.0? (9 November) 

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