With WordPress 6.4, the annually prepared theme is included: Twenty Twenty-Four, featuring novelties that set it apart from previous editions.
Hello, I’m Javier Casares, and you’re listening to WordPress Podcast, bringing the weekly news from the WordPress Community.
You’ll find updates from November 13 to 19, 2023.
The Twenty Twenty-Four theme is the most versatile default WordPress theme to date, included by default in WordPress 6.4.
It’s designed to suit a wide array of websites and users, from entrepreneurs to artists and writers.
Breaking with the tradition of default themes by not focusing on a specific style, it offers a broad collection of over 35 patterns for customizing pages and sections.
It also introduces new design tools, such as background image support in group blocks and vertical text, and optimizes the user experience with smoother navigation and a contemporary aesthetic.
The Core team is already working on the first reviews of WordPress 6.5 alpha and has set the next few weeks, before the end of 2023, to review tickets and errors to leave a stable Alpha version before opening the process of what will come new in this version, which will focus on Editor collaboration.
The Performance team has released a summary of the improvements applied in WordPress 6.4.
Compared to the previous version, WordPress 6.3.2, this version improves server load by 4%.
An important detail is the ongoing work on how performance is measured and what is being measured.
The Hosting team has published their post related to the major version and PHP, that is, the compatibility of PHP with WordPress 6.4.
The final recommendation is that for WordPress 6.4, PHP 8.1 or PHP 8.2 should be used, even with some known documented exceptions, many of which will be worked on in the coming months.
On the other hand, WordPress 6.4 has also been prepared to work error-free with PHP 8.3, which will be released in a matter of days.
Thus, the team’s recommendation for WordPress 6.4 is:
- PHP 8.1 or PHP 8.2
- MySQL 8.0
- or MariaDB 10.11
and, as always, the latest stable and secure versions of any necessary server plugins.
The Documentation team continues to look for ways to reach the launch of a new major version with all documentation up to date.
On one hand, they are working on improving the system for notifying new tasks, including simple tasks, and on the other hand on how to involve more people in the weeks leading up to the preparation of a new major version so that by the candidate phase everyone is available.
The Training team has completed their internal team training project, which took place during September and October.
Fourteen people participated, six of whom completed the entire course.
Now, after the completion of this course, it’s time to gather information, update the materials, and prepare the next phase.
Another proposal from the team is to move all video courses to YouTube, in addition to keeping them on WordPress.TV. This aims to consolidate training, use the data, and provide a platform without advertising to users.
The Community team has announced the annual Meetup events survey.
In addition to the usual participation questions, some have been included to find ways in which events can grow, both in the number of events and the number of attendees.
The countdown to State of the Word has begun, and on December 11, a group of WordPressers will gather in Madrid, Spain, to attend the annual summary presented by Matt Mullenweg, co-creator of WordPress.
You can apply to participate in the event in person, or mark Monday, December 11 at 15:00 Universal Time in your calendar for the live broadcast.
Thanks for listening, and until the next episode!