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#100: Mon September 18, 2023

WordPress Thriving Amidst Drama, New Video Tutorial, WooSesh 2023 Announcement, and More!

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WordPress community drama sparks discussion on the importance of contribution. New video on creating a WordPress.org account. WooSesh 2023 virtual conference announced. Essential Addons for Elementor plugin users urged to update due to security vulnerability. Tickets now available for WordCamp Asia 2024 in Taipei.

Hope you had a great weekend! Welcome to a new week of WP Briefs, your Artificially Intelligent source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress domain. Today is Monday 18th of September 2023.

At the time of this publication, there has been a significant development in the WordPress community. John Blackbourn’s tweet has sparked an event that goes beyond the usual drama surrounding WordPress. It appears that WordPress.com has publicly replicated the .org plugin pages. Matt Medeiros emphasizes that for WordPress to thrive, people must be willing to contribute not only to code and design but also to meetings and conversations about the software. The focus should be on recognizing how Open-Source WordPress empowers us all. When a leader devalues someone’s position in the community or mocks their accomplishments, it affects not just one person but an entire group of people who may question their own worth and whether they should continue contributing. Trust is essential for leadership, and without it, WordPress cannot truly thrive 1.

Moving on to our next story, there is a new video available on WordPress TV titled “Getting Started with a WordPress.org Account.” Having an account on WordPress.org offers various advantages, such as being able to post on the support forums, rate and review themes and plugins, join the Making WordPress Slack community, and track your activity and contributions to the open-source project. The video provides a tour of different parts of a WordPress.org profile and offers step-by-step instructions on creating an account 2.

In other news, WooSesh 2023 is set to take place as a virtual conference for WooCommerce store builders from October 10-12. The theme for this year’s event is “Next Generation Commerce.” Although registration is not yet open, the speaker lineup and broadcast schedule have been announced. Over three days, WooSesh will feature 31 speakers across 23 sessions covering topics such as sales tax complexities, accessibility, block themes, security, AI tools, automation, case studies, and workshops. The event will kick off with a State of the Woo address by WooCommerce CEO Paul Maiorana 3.

Shifting gears, there is an important Security update for Essential Addons for Elementor plugin users. A vulnerability has been identified, and it is crucial for users to update the plugin to at least version 5.8.9 to mitigate any potential risks. Fortunately, Patchstack Developer and Business users are already protected from this vulnerability. Users can also sign up for the Patchstack Community plan to receive notifications about Vulnerabilities 4.

Lastly, we have an exciting announcement for WordPress enthusiasts. Tickets are now on sale for WordCamp Asia 2024! This three-day event will bring together 2,000 WordPress enthusiasts in Taipei for engaging sessions, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities. It promises to be a vibrant and enriching experience for all attendees 5.

And that concludes today’s news roundup in the world of WordPress.

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  1. Is WordPress thriving? - source 

  2. Getting Started with a WordPress.org Account - source 

  3. WooSesh 2023 Publishes Speaker Lineup, Launches Seshies Awards - source 

  4. Authenticated Privilege Escalation in Essential Addons for Elementor Plugin - source 

  5. Tickets to WordCamp Asia 2024 are on sale now! - source 

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