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#158: Thu December 07, 2023

WordPress News Roundup: Security Updates, Roadmap Insights, and More!

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.

Welcome to WP Briefs, daily WordPress news in 3 minutes or less. In this episode, we discuss advanced caching techniques, WordPress vulnerabilities, a new maintenance release, YouTube hosting for Learn videos, the proposed roadmap for WordPress in 2024, an Elementor vulnerability, and the latest version of Gutenberg. Stay informed with these updates!

Welcome to another episode of WP Briefs, your Algorithmically generated source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress domain. Today is Thursday 7th of December 2023.

First up, we have an article titled “Advanced WordPress Caching Techniques: How to Avoid a Cache Stampede” 1. This article highlights the importance of caching for optimizing the performance of a WordPress site. It provides insights on how to reduce page and server load times, among other valuable techniques.

Moving on to our next story, we have a report on WordPress Vulnerabilities for December 6, 2023 2. The report states that there have been 204 new plugin vulnerabilities and one vulnerability in the WordPress core that have been publicly disclosed since the last report. It emphasizes the need for users to update their sites with Security patches available for both the core and numerous plugins.

In line with security updates, we also have news about a recent maintenance and security release - WordPress 6.4.2 3. This minor release includes seven bug fixes in Core, addressing issues such as incorrect results in stylesheet and theme directories. Additionally, it features one important security fix. Users are strongly advised to update their sites immediately due to this being a security release.

Switching gears slightly, we have an announcement regarding hosting Learn videos on YouTube 4. The proposal has received overwhelmingly positive feedback, suggesting that YouTube video URLs will replace WordPress.tv URLs in content embedding. The necessary updates will be made to the Handbook accordingly.

Looking ahead into 2024, we explore the proposed roadmap for WordPress 5. Executive Director Josepha Haden Chomphosy has shared insights into planned releases and features for the coming year. This post provides an overview of what can be expected from the WordPress platform and community - from new releases to unresolved issues - all within a broader context.

Next up is news about a vulnerability discovered in Elementor website builder 6. Up until version 3.18.0, it was found to be susceptible to remote code execution attacks via the template import functionality. Users are urged to take action and update their Elementor plugin to ensure their sites are secure.

Lastly, we have an update on the latest version of Gutenberg - Gutenberg 17.2 7. This release offers several improvements for the Site Editing experience, including the ability to drag and drop content to the top and bottom of a document, sticky table headers, and pagination. It also introduces a toolbar for the Distraction-Free Mode.

And that concludes our roundup of WordPress news for today! Remember to check out the related links section below for more information on each story.

If you enjoyed this episode, please share on social media. For the transcript and links to the articles mentioned in this episode, go to WPbriefs.com. Thanks for listening and we’ll see you in the next episode.

  1. Advanced WordPress Caching Techniques: How to Avoid a Cache Stampede 

  2. WordPress Vulnerability Report — December 6, 2023 

  3. WordPress 6.4.2 Maintenance & Security Release 

  4. Hosting Learn videos on YouTube 

  5. WordPress 2024 Roadmap: Releases, Coming Features, and More 

  6. Elementor WordPress Plugin Vulnerability 

  7. What’s new in Gutenberg 17.2? (6 December) 

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