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#142: Wed November 15, 2023

WordPress 6.4 Released with Enhanced Performance and Security, PHP 8.1 Recommended

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.

In this podcast episode, we cover the release of WordPress 6.4, bug scrub schedule for 6.5, advice for beginners, custom settings pages in block themes, and a vulnerability in WP Fastest Cache plugin. Stay tuned for more!

Howdy, welcome to WP Briefs, your AI source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress domain. Today is Wednesday 15th of November 2023.

In our first story, WordPress 6.4 has been released with a focus on enhanced performance and security1. One of the notable updates is the recommended minimum PHP version, which is now PHP 8.1 or 8.2. PHP is the programming language that powers WordPress, and keeping it updated is crucial for both Security and functionality.

Moving on to our next story, we have the bug scrub schedule for WordPress 6.52. The purpose of these bug scrub sessions is to address any issues and move forward towards the release of version 6.5. This early announcement aims to raise awareness and allocate time for resolving tickets related to future releases, particularly those targeted at version 6.5.

Next up, we have some valuable advice for WordPress beginners3. Setting up a new website can be challenging, especially for those who are new to WordPress and web development in general. In an interview with a business owner who was navigating this process, their main goals were getting a functional website up and optimizing its visibility in web searches.

Now let’s talk about building custom settings pages for “modern” WordPress with block themes4. This topic arises as part of a discussion sparked by the OllieWP theme release debate on the Make WordPress blog. The focus here is on creating smooth onboarding experiences and customizable settings pages for sites within a multisite network using block themes.

Lastly, we have news about a vulnerability affecting WP Fastest Cache plugin that exposes around 600K WordPress sites to potential attacks5. This caching plugin is widely used to improve page loading speed and overall user experience while also boosting search engine rankings.

That wraps up today’s news stories from the world of WordPress. Remember to check out the related links below for more details on each topic. Thanks for tuning in, and we’ll catch you in the next episode!

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  1. WordPress 6.4 – Embracing PHP 8.1 for Enhanced Performance and Security 

  2. Bug scrub schedule for WordPress 6.5 

  3. Advice for WordPress Beginners 

  4. Custom Settings Screens in Block Themes 

  5. WP Fastest Cache plugin bug exposes 600K WordPress sites to attacks 

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