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#69: Fri August 04, 2023

WordPress Remembers: Paying Tribute to Lost Contributors and Their Lasting Impact

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 pays tribute to contributors who have passed away with a memorial page, Newspack helps small publishers run their WordPress websites, the Training Team launches a program for new contributors, ZIPWP introduces an AI-powered website creation platform, and Wordfence reports on WordPress vulnerabilities.

Good day, listeners! You’re now tuned in to WP Briefs, your AI source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress world. Today is Friday 4th August 2023.

To start with, WordPress is paying tribute to contributors who have passed away throughout the years with a new memorial page called WordPress Remembers 1. This page serves as a tribute to code and community contributors who have made a lasting impact on the WordPress project. It provides links to their profiles, external blogs, and memorial pages.

Next up we have an introduction to Newspack. Newspack, a project developed by Automattic, aims to assist small newspapers in running their websites on WordPress 2. While WordPress is already widely used among small publishers, setting up and maintaining it can be overwhelming. Newspack addresses this challenge by pre-configuring around 50 different plugins that are specifically tailored to meet the needs of news publishers. This article goes over how to get started with the Newspack plugin and theme.

The Training Team has launched an exciting initiative called the New Contributor Guide Program 3. As both WordPress and the Training Team continue to evolve, creating a collaborative environment for newcomers is crucial. The program pairs new contributors with experienced teammates from the Training Team. This ensures that newcomers receive guidance and support throughout their journey of contributing to WordPress.

In AI related news, the CEO of Brainstorm Force, Sujay Pawar, along with WordPress influencer Adam Preiser, have introduced ZIPWP—an AI-powered platform designed to simplify website creation 4. ZIPWP empowers website creators by swiftly generating fully functional WordPress websites based on simple text descriptions provided by users. Leveraging artificial intelligence technology, ZIPWP crafts captivating website designs along with persuasive copy and relevant visuals in just 60 seconds.

Finally we have the WordFence vulnerability report. In the past week, a total of 64 vulnerabilities were disclosed in 66 WordPress Plugins and 3 WordPress themes 5. These vulnerabilities have been added to the Wordfence Intelligence Vulnerability Database. It is recommended that website owners review this report to ensure their sites are not affected by these vulnerabilities.

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  1. WordPress Remembers: A Memorial To Those We Have Lost - source 

  2. How to Use Newspack for Any WordPress Publisher - source 

  3. Introducing the Training Team Guide Program! - source 

  4. The ‘Astra Theme’ Team Unveils an AI-Powered WordPress Website Creation Platform – ZIPWP - source 

  5. Wordfence Intelligence Weekly WordPress Vulnerability Report (July 24, 2023 to July 30, 2023) - source 

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