2. WordPress 6.3.2, 6.4b3, and 6.4b4


The release of WordPress 6.4 is approaching, accompanied by the security update of WordPress 6.3.2.

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

You’ll find updates from October 9th to 15th, 2023.

Several new versions have been rolled out, with WordPress 6.3.2 being the standout.

This release fixes 19 core bugs, 22 editor bugs, and most crucially, includes 8 security fixes.

In addition to this minor version addressing these security fixes, updates have been released for WordPress versions 4.1 through 6.2, each implementing the appropriate patches since not all these issues affect every version.

Unlike previous times, issues of varying severity have been discovered across different code sections, allowing for a range of potential attacks.

Regarding WordPress 6.4, which enters its candidate phase this week, we have the beta 3 and beta 4 versions.

Beta 3 introduces over 60 updates from its predecessor, while beta 4 applies the security patches, already rolled out to other versions.

However, moving the Font Library to WordPress 6.5 is now confirmed.

The updates continue with the release of the experimental plugin, Gutenberg 16.8.

Notable features include overlay color application when setting a background in the cover block, displaying the template when editing pages, and shifting font uploads to a tab in the Font Library.

More updates from the WordPress.org website.

The main navigation menu underwent several changes since its introduction a year ago.

The Showcase, a display of sites built with WordPress, has returned to the menu.

Hosting has been highlighted in the primary menu as it’s a foundational element for WordPress use.

Download and Extend has been simplified to just Extend, as downloading has been moved to another section. Mobile app downloads have transitioned to the download zone. Additionally, a new Blocks subsection has been added.

Some minor changes have been made to the footer menu as well.

The reintroduction of the Showcase is mainly due to the upcoming new release version.

After the initial redesign, it was rolled back due to user experience challenges.

With this second version, which is publicly available in a hidden section, users can explore 100 highlighted sites organized by tags, categories, and “flavors.”

The Performance team has closed all outstanding tickets for WordPress 6.4 and is now considering proposals for WordPress 6.5.

The upcoming version contemplates integrating the canonical plugin Performant Translations directly into WordPress’s core, enhancing the performance of core translation files and plugins.

The CLI team announced the release of WP-CLI 2.9.0 on October 25th.

This version will not only bring improvements but also fix the latest compatibility issues with PHP 8.2, gearing up for compatibility with WordPress 6.4.

The Hosting team shared a summary of compatibility and recommendations between WordPress 6.3 and PHP.

Given that WordPress 6.3 has dropped support for PHP 5.6 and considering the current PHP versions, the recommendation for WordPress 6.3 is PHP 8.1, which is likely to extend to WordPress 6.4.

The Design team introduced enhancements to the new Lightbox, allowing an image to link in four ways: to a URL, the image itself, the attachment page, or through the Lightbox.

Work is underway to refine colors for the Admin Panel, streamline button sizes, block titles, enhance the pattern page when empty, and improve pattern previews.

The Marketing team held a discussion about the management and proposals for WordPress’s Annual Community Survey.

With the involvement of Josepha Haden, they addressed questions about the survey’s purpose, size, data handling, and the interest of various teams in adding supplementary information.

The Polyglots team suggested two proposals to reduce the approval queue for pending strings, especially in widely spoken languages.

The first is auto-approval for strings stored in the translation memory, meaning previously approved and validated words, phrases, or texts would be approved without further review.

The second, for validators, is to narrow down the project list displayed, so validators aren’t overwhelmed with pending projects and can approve them systematically.

The Training team reviewed the Guide Project initiated in September to assist new contributors.

During the pilot month, 9 new contributors were paired with one of the 5 guides.

Feedback was mostly positive, with contributions including 3 translations, 1 set of meeting notes, and 5 tutorial reviews.

However, suggestions for improvement were made, like refining the guides’ time management skills and increasing real-time check-ins.

The Community team has started preparing for its call to team representatives, proposing the new structure for 2024.

A change being considered is having 3 representatives instead of two and extending the tenure possibility from 1 to 2 years.

The Photos team approved its 10,000th image. Approximately 85% of photographs get approved, with rejections mainly for three reasons: visible faces, identifiable information like license plates, or low quality.

Although Openverse is beginning to integrate into WordPress’s core, a proposal has been made to directly include the WordPress Photos directory as a source.

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Thanks for listening, and until the next episode!


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