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#112: Wed October 04, 2023

WordPress Community Proposes 2024 Global Sponsorship Program to Support In-Person Events

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.

WordPress proposes draft for 2024 Global Community Sponsorship Program, raising fees to cover increasing costs. Updates on photos, WordPress 6.4 beta, HTML5 comments issue, Automattic's collaboration with Harvard's Berkman Klein Center, and a call for WP founders to adapt.

Greetings and thank you for tuning in to WP Briefs, your Alien Intelligence source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress domain. Today is Wednesday 4th of October 2023.

In today’s news, the WordPress Community team has proposed a draft for the 2024 Global Community Sponsorship Program, which aims to cover the costs of the increasing number of in-person events. The fees for sponsorship have been raised between $10,000 and $20,000, depending on the level of sponsorship. This proposal comes as a response to the strong resurgence of community events 1.

Moving on, there is an update on all things Photos in September. The project has onboarded new members to the photo moderators team, and as of October 2nd, there are currently 9,536 photos in the directory. Since the last report, 644 photos have been added while 36 photos are pending review and 1,486 have been rejected. Additionally, there are now 1,365 people who have contributed to the project 2.

In other news related to WordPress development, WordPress 6.4 beta has recently been released. This will be the third major release of 2023 and will come with significant new features, bug fixes, and performance improvements. Users can expect an enhanced experience with this upcoming release. In this article we look at details and screenshots of the new features coming in the next update 3.

For those using WordPress’s HTML5 comments feature, there is a known issue regarding client-side form validation. Due to a bug that has been present for four years now, form validation does not work as intended when using required attributes for input elements. However, it is possible to modify WordPress to enable client-side validation and even check if commenters’ URLs start with “http” or “https” 4.

Automattic recently collaborated with Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society (BKC) to migrate their early 2000s blogging platform onto Automattic’s Pressable infrastructure. Pressable provides users with high-end performance and Security similar to WP.com plans but with a more straightforward interface 5.

Lastly today we have an article titled “Wake-Up WP Founders.” It discusses the changing landscape of the WordPress ecosystem and emphasizes the need for adaptation. The author points out that it’s not the fault of WordPress or larger companies investing in the WP space, but rather a call to action for founders to assess and improve their strategies 6.

And that wraps up today’s news stories. For more information on each story, please check out the related links section below.

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  1. WordPress Global Sponsorship Program Raises Costs for 2024 to Support Expanding In-Person Events - link 

  2. September Photo Directory Update - link 

  3. What’s Coming in WordPress 6.4 (Features and Screenshots) - link 

  4. Improving the WordPress Comments Form with Client-Side Validation - link 

  5. Preserving Harvard’s Blogging History - link 

  6. 🫨 Wake-Up WP Founders - link 

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