36. WordPress 6.5.4 and 6.6 Beta


We now have WordPress 6.5.4, the version that fixes all the issues with plugin dependencies, and WordPress 6.6 Beta 1, which brings us closer to the new major release.

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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 June 3rd to 9th, 2024.

WordPress 6.5.4 has already been released and it finally seems to fix the problems with plugin installation and their dependencies with other plugins.

This update includes two necessary changes, restoring the ability to apply the correct redirects after activating a plugin, and rolling back all patches applied in WordPress 6.5.3.

But this isn’t the only version released, as we also have WordPress 6.6 Beta 1, which shows us everything that’s coming in this major new version.

The most important thing now is to test the version, with a long list of tests that include Data Views, overwriting synchronized patterns, viewing all blocks when inserting one, the new publication flow, creating style variations for color and typography only, CSS changes in specific sections, new grid settings, patterns in classic themes, negative margins, and autocorrections in automatic updates.

Let’s not forget that, being a major new version, during the beta and release candidate phase rewards are doubled for finding security holes through HackerOne.

The Plugins team has planned to shape the review working group after a year of work. Four key elements have been proposed, such as review timelines, where the team aims to ensure initial plugin reviews within seven days and follow-up reviews within ten days, with contingency plans for delays.

The second element is improving the quality of initial submissions, integrating tools like Plugin Check and AI, and improving guidance with videos. The team aims to reduce the average review interactions to two.

The third element is tracking popular plugins, with scheduled reviews for plugins with more than 20,000 active installations to maintain quality and security.

And, to avoid overload, the goal is that no reviewer handles more than 25% of active reviews.

The Design team has started planning new screens for the Media Library using the data view format.

In terms of the editor, the focus continues on block connections, after closing the tools for the background image.

The Sustainability team, after meetings and presenting Project Health, has released some proposals and next steps.

Among the topics discussed was the need for comprehensive dashboards to track contributions and sponsorship and funding strategies, with fair representation of all contributions and data integration using tools like Python.

Additionally, the importance of tracking activities and privacy concerns was discussed, and they will continue to work with data science and privacy experts, implementing various types of data reports.

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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