WordPress 5.8 Beta 1

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WordPress 5.8 Beta 1 is now available for testing! This software is still in development, so it is not recommended to run this version on a production site. Instead, we recommend that you run this on a test site to play with the new version. You can test the WordPress 5.8 Beta 1 in two ways: Install and activate the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (select the “Bleeding edge” channel and “Beta/RC Only” stream). Direct download the beta version here (zip). The current target for the final release is July 20, 2021. This is just six weeks away, so your help is vital to ensure this […]

WP Briefing: Episode 10: Finding the Good In Disagreement

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To Agree, disagree, and everything in-between. In this episode, Josepha talks about forming opinions and decision-making in the WordPress project. Have a question you’d like answered? You can submit them to wpbriefing@wordpress.org, either written or as a voice recording. Credits Editor: Dustin Hartzler Logo: Beatriz Fialho Production: Chloé Bringmann Song: Fearless First by Kevin MacLeod References 10/10/10 Rule The Eisenhower Matrix  The Maximin Strategy  WordCamp Europe WordCamp Japan WordPress 5.8 Development Cycle Transcript Josepha Haden Chomphosy  00:10 Hello, everyone, and welcome to the WordPress Briefing, the podcast where you can catch quick explanations of some of the ideas behind the […]

A New Design is Coming to WordPress News

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After many years of a tidy, white-space filled design on WordPress.org/news it’s time to bring new life to the way we present our content. So much has changed since this site was first created: the people who read it, the type and variety of what is published, even the way WordPress works has changed. Which means it makes sense to change our theme. Earlier this year, Matt requested a new design from Beatriz Fialho (who also created the State of the Word slides for 2020). The design keeps a clean, white-space friendly format while incorporating a more jazzy, playful feeling […]

The Month in WordPress: May 2021

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It’s really fun to contribute to something larger than yourself. Matt Mullenweg’s words in “The Commons of Images” episode of the WP Briefing podcast exemplify the core philosophy of the WordPress project,  especially as we inch closer to the next major release (version 5.8). This post covers exciting updates from the month of May. WordPress turns 18 WordPress celebrated the 18th anniversary of its launch on May 27, 2021. To celebrate 40+ releases and WordPress’ support of 40% of the web, the team released 40 milestones to celebrate the anniversary of the software. Here’s to the next 18 and beyond!  […]

WordPress at 18

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Today marks the 18th anniversary of WordPress’ launch, a day that I fondly refer to as WordPress’ birthday, which means WordPress is 6,575 days old. To celebrate another turn around the sun, the community has had parties, we have shared data, and we have told our story. Since our last birthday we developed our 40th release and now also support over 40% of the web. So it seems fitting that this year’s celebration should be a list of 40 milestones that have helped us get there. WordPress and the Journey to 40% of the Web Grab a slice of cake […]

WP Briefing: Episode 9: The Cartography of WordPress

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In this episode, Josepha Haden Chomphosy provides a map of how to navigate WordPress teams and communication channels, along with her small list of big things. Have a question you’d like answered? You can submit them to wpbriefing@wordpress.org, either written or as a voice recording. Credits Editor: Dustin Hartzler Logo: Beatriz Fialho Production: Chloé Bringmann Song: Fearless First by Kevin MacLeod References https://www.meetup.com/pro/wordpress/ https://make.wordpress.org/ https://chat.wordpress.org/ Make WordPress Slack WordCamp Europe, June 7-9 WordCamp Japan, June 20-26 The Sixth call for testing on Template Editing  The upcoming drop of Internet Explorer 11 support Transcript Josepha Haden Chomphosy  00:10 Hello, everyone, and […]

Dropping support for Internet Explorer 11

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Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) was released over 7 years ago and is currently used by less than 1% of all users on the Internet with usage rapidly declining. A large majority of popular websites have already stopped supporting IE11 (including Microsoft Teams in 2020), and even the Microsoft 365 apps and services will be dropping support later this year. When WordPress 5.8 is released in July of this year, Internet Explorer 11 will no longer be supported. If you are currently using IE11, it is strongly recommended that you switch to a more modern browser, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla […]

WordPress 5.7.2 Security Release

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WordPress 5.7.2 is now available. This security release features one security fix. Because this is a security release, it is recommended that you update your sites immediately. All versions since WordPress 3.7 have also been updated. WordPress 5.7.2 is a short-cycle security release. The next major release will be version 5.8. You can update to WordPress 5.7.2 by downloading from WordPress.org, or visit your Dashboard → Updates and click Update Now. If you have sites that support automatic background updates, they’ve already started the update process. Security Updates One security issue affecting WordPress versions between 3.7 and 5.7. If you […]

Welcome to Openverse

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Following the recent statement by WordPress’s co-founder Matt Mullenweg and the Creative Commons CEO, Catherine Stihler’s post, I’m happy to formally announce that CC Search is now part of the WordPress open source project, newly coined Openverse. Both Matt and I are long-time supporters of Creative Commons. I hope that this will provide a long-term, sustainable challenger to closed source photo libraries and further enhance the WordPress ecosystem. How Does This Affect Current Users? Current CC Search users will continue searching and using openly licensed images from around the internet. WordPress plans to continue the great work started by the […]

The Month in WordPress: April 2021

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As WordPress grows, both in usage as a CMS and in participation as a community, it’s important for us to shed the idea that software creation is only about what literally can be done to code or what literally can be done to core or what literally can be done to the CMS.  That was Josepha Haden Chomphosy on the “Your Opinion is Our Opportunity” episode of the WP Briefing Podcast, speaking about the importance of co-development and testing for the continued growth and maintenance of WordPress. This month’s updates align closely with these ideas. Read on and see for […]