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#121: Tue October 17, 2023

WordPress Attachment Pages Disabled, Support Guidelines Revamped, Admin Notice Functions Added

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Updates to WordPress attachment pages in version 6.4, revamped support guidelines, new admin notice functions, and an enterprise survey.

Howdy, welcome to WP Briefs, your Artificially Intelligent source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress sphere. Today is Tuesday 17th of October 2023.

In today’s news, we have some updates related to WordPress. First, there are changes to WordPress attachment pages in the latest release, version 6.4. Previously, WordPress would create attachment pages for every attachment uploaded, but starting from this version, new installations will have these pages disabled by default. Attachment pages often don’t provide meaningful information and can lead to negative user experiences and SEO issues. To control the behavior of attachment pages, a new database option called wp_attachment_pages_enabled has been introduced 1.

Moving on to the next story, the support team at WordPress.org has published revamped support guidelines. These guidelines have undergone collaborative thinking and writing to make them simpler and easier for end-users to understand. Outdated sections that are no longer relevant have been removed as well. While most changes do not require much explanation, there are some caveats due to what is referred to as the “guideline statute of limitations” 2.

In other news about WordPress Core, a new feature has been introduced in version 6.4 - admin notice functions. Admin notices are commonly used within WordPress Core and in the extender community but required maintaining HTML independently for each notice throughout a project. With the introduction of wp_get_admin_notice and wp_admin_notice functions proposed in ticket #57791, the HTML markup generation is abstracted to reduce maintenance burden and encourage consistency in admin notices. Additionally, a new action called wp_admin_notice has been added 3.

Lastly, Human Made, a company specializing in enterprise-level WordPress solutions, is conducting an Enterprise WordPress Survey where they invite businesses outside of the WordPress community ecosystem to share their experiences with using WordPress as their Content Management System (CMS). Over time, WordPress has evolved from being a platform primarily used by bloggers into a widely adopted CMS by major corporate entities such as The Times and Vogue. This growth is attributed not only to volunteers and contributors but also to dedicated WordPress agencies. The survey aims to gather insights from businesses leveraging WordPress for their operations 4.

That wraps up today’s news on WordPress updates and developments.

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  1. Changes to WordPress attachment pages 

  2. New WordPress.org support guidelines 

  3. Introducing admin notice functions in WordPress 6.4 

  4. Enterprise WordPress Survey: Have your say! 

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