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#82: Wed August 23, 2023

WordPress 6.4 Release, WordCamps, Plugin Testing, and More!

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Exciting news in the WordPress community: WordPress 6.4 release, WordCamp memories, plugin testing with Chrome extension, vulnerability alert, and developer updates. Stay tuned for more!

Howdy, welcome to WP Briefs, your Advanced machine learning source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress sphere. Today is Wednesday 23rd August 2023.

On today’s podcast, we have some exciting news from the WordPress community. Let’s dive right in.

First up, WordPress 6.4 is set to be released on November 7, 2023 1. This release is being led by an underrepresented gender release squad and aims to enhance various aspects of the WordPress experience. Some new features that will be added include font management and a new default theme. Additionally, there will be improvements in current functionality, such as more tooling for design purposes. The Gutenberg plugin will also continue its initial explorations for phase 3.

In other news, let’s take a trip down memory lane with Matt Mullenweg as he talks about his love for WordCamps 2. WordCamps are community-organized events that bring people together to learn, contribute, and have fun. The first WordCamp was organized in San Francisco and has since evolved into WordCamp US, which is the flagship event for North America. These events have spread all over the world and have become cherished days for many in the WordPress community.

Moving on, there’s an interesting development for users who want to test plugins and themes without setting up a local development environment 3. The WordPress Playground project allows users to run WordPress in their browser using WebAssembly (WASM). With a new Chrome browser extension, testing plugins and themes becomes even easier with just one click. Users can visit playground.wordpress.net and instantly create a real WordPress instance without installing PHP or other server components.

Unfortunately, there is also news of a critical vulnerability affecting over 10,000 sites using the Charitable WordPress Plugin 4. This Privilege Escalation vulnerability allows unauthenticated attackers to grant themselves administrative privileges by supplying a specific role. It’s important for site owners using this plugin to update it immediately to protect their websites from potential exploitation.

Lastly, we have an informative video from WordPress TV discussing the latest developments for developers in August 2023 5. Justin Tadlock’s “What’s new for developers” post highlights some of the new features added to WordPress with a focus on plugin and theme development. If you’re a developer, this video will provide valuable insights into the latest additions to the platform.

That wraps up today’s news from the WordPress world. Stay tuned for more updates and information in future episodes.

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  1. Roadmap to 6.4 

  2. I Love WordCamps! Some history by Matt Mullenweg 

  3. New Chrome Browser Extension Enables One-Click Plugin and Theme Testing with WordPress Playground 

  4. Critical Privilege Escalation Vulnerability in Charitable WordPress Plugin Affects Over 10,000 sites 

  5. New video from WordPress TV: What’s new for developers? (August 2023) 

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