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#104: Fri September 22, 2023

WordPress News Roundup: Plugin Reviews, Curriculum Development, and Security Vulnerabilities

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 today's Daily News Roundup, we cover plugin reviews, WordPress curriculum, vulnerabilities, modern admin panels, hacked installations, and file permissions.

Greetings and thank you for tuning in to WP Briefs, your Advanced machine learning source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress domain. Today is Friday 22nd of September 2023.

Welcome to today’s episode of the Daily News Roundup. We have some interesting stories for you, so let’s dive right in.

First up, in an update from Make WordPress Plugins, there are currently 1,241 plugins awaiting review. The plugin review team is aware of this backlog and is taking steps to address it. They have added new team members to speed up the review process, introduced self-reviews to catch common issues and save reviewers time, and created a Plugin Check plugin to automate checks on plugins before submission 1.

Moving on, the WordPress community is looking at ways to create excellent curriculum and educational experiences around WordPress. In a recent discussion at the Community Summit, participants discussed topics such as teaching materials, levels of experience, and curriculum for specific age groups. The aim is to make WordPress more accessible and welcoming for users of all ages 2.

In terms of Security vulnerabilities, WordFence Intelligence has reported that last week there were 55 Vulnerabilities disclosed in 46 WordPress plugins. No themes were affected during this period. It’s important for website owners to review these vulnerabilities and take necessary measures to ensure their sites are secure 3.

Next on our list is a new video from WordPress TV featuring Hasin Hayder. In this video, Hayder discusses how developers can build modern admin panels for themes and plugins using modern JavaScript (JS) frameworks. By utilizing these frameworks, developers can create dynamic and user-friendly admin panels that enhance the overall user experience 4.

In other news related to WordPress installations, a developer shares their experience with resolving hacked installations. Although they haven’t worked extensively with WordPress recently, they encountered a unique solution using WP-CLI while dealing with infected installations. This serves as a reminder for website owners to remain vigilant about security measures 5.

Lastly, let’s talk about file permissions in WordPress. File permissions play a crucial role in determining who has access to folders and files on a server. In WordPress, they control who can modify and make changes to a website. Understanding how file permissions work is essential for maintaining the security and integrity of your WordPress site 6.

That’s all for today’s news roundup. Be sure to check out the related links section below for more details on these stories.

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  1. Update: Turning the Tide (Regarding Make WordPress Plugins) - link 

  2. Community Summit Discussion Notes: Creating WordPress Curriculum and Educational Experiences - link 

  3. Wordfence Intelligence Weekly WordPress Vulnerability Report (September 11, 2023 to September 17, 2023) - link 

  4. New video from WordPress TV: Hasin Hayder: Themes and Plugins – Building Modern Admin Panels with Modern JS Frameworks - link 

  5. Triage Infected WordPress Installations - link 

  6. Intro to WordPress File Permissions: Here’s How They Work - link 

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