40. bbPress 2.6.11


Although a minor version of a plugin may not seem important, this version is significant after more than 2.5 years without updates.

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Program transcript

Hello, I’m Javier Casares, and you’re listening to WordPress Podcast, bringing the weekly news from the WordPress Community.

In this program, you’ll find the information from July 1 to 7, 2024.

The second release candidate for WordPress 6.6 is now available, featuring 19 editor fixes and 20 core fixes.

As we approach the release of the new version, the preparation for the next one is underway, with the WordPress 6.7 branch already open.

The roadmap is more or less ready. The alpha version has been available since June 25, with the first beta proposed for October 1, the first release candidate on October 22, and the WordPress 6.7 release on November 12.

The complete team for this new version is expected to be formed by July 19.

With 115 changes, Gutenberg 18.7 brings the experimental version of what we will start seeing in the future, with a strong emphasis on the evolution of the Grid Mode and improvements in template part management.

In the Developers Blog, an article has been published on customizing the WordPress Editor and how it can significantly improve the user experience by tailoring the interface to specific needs. By changing the editing environment, content creation can be optimized, clutter reduced, consistency ensured, and relevant tools made available.

This article presents 15 ways to customize the Editor and showcases the various methods currently available in WordPress, including setting configurations in theme.json, disabling specific blocks, overriding block variations and styles, adjusting block supports, disabling the UI for certain functions, and much more to make WordPress work your way.

The Media Corps held their first briefing session providing media partners with an overview of the planned updates for WordPress 6.6. Some upcoming features were demonstrated, and participants’ questions were answered.

feedback form for the briefing sessions is available for media partners who attended or watched the first session on WordPress 6.6. They are invited to share their opinions to improve future sessions.

The Polyglots team reminds that the WordPress 6.6 release page is now available for translation to all localized WordPress sites and that it is available on GlotPress, so anyone can contribute to its translation before the release.

The Training team successfully concluded the second edition of the Learn WordPress course. Seventeen of the 37 applicants participated, with an average of nine attendees per session. The six-week course was well received, with praise for the clarity and structure of the content. Suggestions included pairing programming and dividing by experience levels.

As previously announced, the Faculty Program will be retired to focus efforts on areas of greater impact, as it is now seen as a barrier for new contributors. It will be replaced with a new administration system, and the team’s history and past contributions will be documented in the handbook, with a transition period from July to September 2024.

The Community team reviewed the latest meetings of the Mentorship Program, highlighting the participation of team members at WordCamp Europe 2024 and the first slide of Matt Mullenweg’s presentation at the event’s closing, which highlighted some program metrics.

The third edition of the program is already being prepared and will take place in October, alongside the release of WordPress 6.7. Pre-introduction workshops, interviews to ensure stable contributions, and the possibility of multilingual mentorship programs have been emphasized.

A project for 2025 is on-demand mentorship, with a structured and asynchronous focus. The current edition-based structure has been proposed, creating a process for 1:1 mentorships and facilitating them on demand with a session booking system and a central repository of assignments.

Regarding WordCamp, the key metric of new attendees at WordPress events has been adopted, aiming for more than 50% first-time attendees.

While this is crucial for community growth, and organizers are recommended to design attractive events and make specific marketing efforts, it’s important to remember that one of the biggest problems is that event organizers are experiencing widespread burnout, adding extra effort.

During a discussion at WordCamp Europe 2024 on global WordPress sponsorship, the difficulty of demonstrating ROI to company management was highlighted, suggesting improved metrics and offerings for sponsors.

The need for more preparation time for events and a reevaluation of budgets, increasing global visibility for sponsors, and reviewing the pros and cons of regional versus global sponsorships were discussed.

The bbPress team has released a new minor version with several patches for small issues from recent years, specifically the 2.5 years without updates.

bbPress 2.6.11 includes 13 fixes, also applied to the 2.7 branch in development, and is now compatible with the latest WordPress versions.

Another version about to be released is BuddyPress, with a release candidate for BuddyPress 14.0, indicating that the functionalities are complete pending possible minor fixes.

list of deprecated functions has also been released, which will no longer be supported, along with the final adjustments before the release and preparation for version 15.0.

And finally, this podcast is distributed under a Creative Commons license as a derivative version of the WordPress Podcast in Spanish; you can find all the links for more information at WordPress Podcast .org.

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Thanks for listening, and until the next episode!


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