WordPress 6.6 Beta 2

Posted by download | Posted in Software | Posted on 11-06-2024


WordPress 6.6 Beta 2 is here! Please download and test it.

This beta version of the WordPress software is under development. Please do not install, run, or test this version of WordPress on production or mission-critical websites—you risk unexpected results if you do.

Instead, test Beta 2 on a local site or a testing environment in any of these four ways:

PluginInstall and activate the WordPress Beta Tester plugin on a WordPress install. (Select the “Bleeding edge” channel and “Beta/RC Only” stream).
Direct DownloadDownload the Beta 2 version (zip) and install it on a WordPress website.
Command LineUse this WP-CLI command:
wp core update --version=6.6-beta2
WordPress PlaygroundUse a 6.6 Beta 2 WordPress Playground instance to test the software directly in your browser. This might be the easiest way ever—no separate sites, no setup. Just click and go! 
Three ways to test WordPress Beta 2.

The target release date for WordPress 6.6 is July 16, 2024. Your help testing Beta and RC versions over the next five weeks is vital to making sure the final release is everything it should be: stable, powerful, and intuitive.

If you find an issue

If you run into an issue, please share it in the Alpha/Beta area of the support forums. If you are comfortable submitting a reproducible bug report, you can do so via WordPress Trac. You can also check your issue against a list of known bugs.

The bug bounty doubles in the beta period

The WordPress community sponsors a financial reward for reporting new, unreleased security vulnerabilities. That reward doubles between Beta 1, which landed June 4, and the final Release Candidate (RC) that will happen July 9. Please follow the project’s responsible-disclosure practices detailed on this HackerOne page and in this security white paper.

The work continues

Catch up with what’s new in 6.6: check out the Beta 1 announcement for the highlights.

Beta 2 packs in more than 50 updates to the Editor since the Beta 1 release, including 40+ tickets for WordPress core:

The beta cycle is all about fixing the bugs you find in testing. Thanks again for this vitally important contribution to WordPress!

Props to @priethor, @dansoschin, @davidb, @atachibana, @meher, @webcommsat, and @juanmaguitar for collaboration and review.

A Beta 2 haiku

Testing is vital:
It makes everything better.
Let’s find all the bugs!

Say Hello to the Hosting Dashboard

Posted by download | Posted in Software | Posted on 10-06-2024

At WordPress.com, we’re always striving to make your web management experience as seamless as possible. Our latest update marks another significant step in that direction. Today, we’re happy to share a new unified dashboard where you can manage and view your sites and domains. 

Whether you’re a blogger, a small business owner, or a developer, this interface was designed with your needs in mind.

Let’s explore! And if you want to try it out yourself before getting a tour, simply head to WordPress.com/sites.

Navigate multiple sites with ease 

Getting a bird’s-eye view of your WordPress.com sites has never been easier. With our new site management panel, your admin tools have been brought into one place. In addition to finding a comprehensive summary of your site’s plan and storage usage, you also have access to “Quick actions” like “Write post,” “See Jetpack Stats,” and more. 

If your site is on a plugin-enabled Creator or Entrepreneur plan, there are tabs for developer-friendly tools like the latest GitHub deployments, server logs, staging sites, and additional server configuration settings.  

This intuitive new dashboard serves as a convenient bridge between the global view of all your sites and individual site management within wp-admin.

Centralized domain management 

Overview of the new domains management dashboard at WordPress.com

When you reach the Domains page, you’ll see a list of all your domains that are registered with us, regardless of whether they’re connected to a WordPress.com site. In addition to quickly seeing each domain’s expiration date and status (“Active,” “Expiring soon,” etc.), you can easily access DNS records, contact information, and other settings. 

Install and update plugins, too  

WordPress.com's plugin marketplace, shown from within the new hosting dashboard.

When you land on the Plugins page, you’ll immediately find yourself at the built-in marketplace. From here, you can search for new plugins and then add them to one of your sites with ease. You can also manage and create schedules for updating your plugins rather than relying on manual updates.  

One more thing: wp-admin at your fingertips 

For those of you with websites on plugin-enabled plans (Creator and Entrepreneur), you now have the option of seeing the classic wp-admin dashboard instead of the WordPress.com “My Home” page. This is especially useful for folks who utilize multiple WordPress hosts, often on behalf of clients, and want to have the same visual experience between every site. Or, perhaps you learned the ropes with that classic WordPress dashboard and don’t want to leave it behind.  

To enable the wp-admin interface, visit “Settings” → “General” and then scroll down to the “Admin interface style” section. From there you can select “Classic” (wp-admin) or “Default.”  

We’re just getting started

At WordPress.com, we’re continuously refining and improving our platform based on your feedback. This streamlined dashboard is just one step along the bigger journey. We want to hear from you—your insights drive our innovation. So, dive in, explore the new features, and let us know what you think!

WP Briefing: Episode 81: It’s your first WordCamp? Welcome!

Posted by download | Posted in Software | Posted on 10-06-2024

Get ready to dive into the vibrant world of WordCamps with this special episode of the WordPress Briefing, hosted by Josepha Haden Chomphosy! This episode is designed for first-time attendees; we’ll explore what to expect, from Contributor Day activities to mastering the art of socializing and networking. Whether you’re aiming to contribute to the WordPress community or simply looking to make new connections, this episode will help you navigate your first WordCamp with confidence and excitement. Join us for a fun and informative guide to ensure you’re prepared and energized for all the activities these dynamic events have to offer.

Credits

Host: Josepha Haden Chomphosy
Editor: Dustin Hartzler
Logo: Javier Arce
Production: Brett McSherry
Song: Fearless First by Kevin MacLeod

Show Notes

Transcript

[00:00:00] Josepha: Hello, everyone, and welcome to the WordPress Briefing, the podcast where you can catch quick explanations of the ideas behind the WordPress open source project, some insight into the community that supports it, and get a small list of big things coming up in the next two weeks. I’m your host, Josepha Haden Chomphosy. Here we go.

[00:00:28] (Intro Music) 

[00:00:40] Josepha: A pivotal moment in my WordPress journey was when someone invited me to a WordCamp. I was sort of aware of WordPress, but certainly not aware of the community or the ways of open source. And when I look back, there were a few things I wish I had known going in. I am, of course, an unapologetic extrovert and therefore unstoppable at events, but if you are headed to your first WordCamp and are feeling a little nervous or confused, then pop in some earbuds because the next 10 minutes are for you.

[00:01:11] Josepha: We’re going to first take a look at some basic tactical things about WordCamps, and then I’m going to tell you a few, like, human things about being a human going to events. If you’re a dog going to these events, I think that your prep is different, but also that is not my area of expertise. So the first thing, some tactical stuff about going to WordCamps. All of this happens before you even get in the front door. And so this is stuff that you can do in the comfort of your own home, on your own time, using your own computer. If you’ve got questions, you’ve got a search engine nearby to take some quick searches. Make sure you know what you’re talking about.

But first things first, the shape of a WordCamp. All WordCamps have at least one day of talks, one social event, and sponsors to connect to. Some also have extra events that you need to sign up for, like Contributor Days, workshops, things like that. But we’ll start with the main event, right? We’re going to start with the day of talks and things.

[00:02:09] Josepha: So when we’re looking at the main event of a WordCamp, what you should do is you should head to the WordCamp’s website and check out the schedule. I suggest that you plan for two, maybe three things that you might want to learn and look around at the schedule to see if there are any presenters or presentations that look like they fit those things that you think you might want to learn. Because if it’s not working for you, if it’s not teaching you something, then you don’t necessarily need to be in that one. Even if you’re not sure about a session a talk that you’re planning to go to, I recommend that you stop by, and then if you find out that it’s not for you, you can leave again. That’s fine. But I do encourage you to go to at least one thing that feels a little bit outside of your comfort zone. Even if you feel lost right now. It at least gives you an idea of what to search for once you do get to that point. I would never have known the things to search for early on in my learning of WordPress without going to at least one or two sessions that were just way over my head. 

[00:03:14] Josepha: Second thing is don’t forget to check when lunch is available. And if you have dietary restrictions, let them know ahead of time. I realize this sounds silly, and I don’t know about you, but I can’t focus when I’m hungry. But also, it’s really a great, low-stakes networking time, and I think one of the overlooked networking times as well. I mean, everyone’s gotta eat, right? And it’s easier to strike up a conversation over a meal than just out of thin air or, you know, in the middle of a presentation when you’re supposed to be listening to a talk. So yeah, check out when lunch is happening! And yeah, make a friend or two, sit down at a table, and ask somebody what they’re doing with WordPress and how long they’ve been doing it.

And the third thing that I would recommend that you do when you’re looking at kind of the main event for a WordCamp is to schedule in time to wander around and meet the event sponsors. They are all experts in some WordPress problem or other, so probably they have a solution to a problem that you have got. But they’re also how we keep our prices super low, so even if you have no problems or you think you have no problems. Still, check them out. They’re also staffed with wonderful people that are building really cool stuff with WordPress and so you might just get some inspiration out there. 

[00:04:28] Josepha: Now for the side events.

So the side events, we’re going to kind of start close to the main event and work our way out. So you’ve got generally three types of side events if you don’t count the networking things, which, in this case, I’m not. But just know that almost every WordCamp has some networking event, either an after-party or, like, a happy hour, a social that happens before the event.

You’ll get emails about those if you have signed up for updates on the website. Also, you can look on the website directly. Just check out the schedule. Always go to those. The networking is the best at a WordCamp. But the side events—we’re talking about specific types. Like I said, we’re going to start close and work our way out.

[00:05:11] Josepha: So, workshops. These are just what they sound like. They’re classroom-style opportunities to practice the things you’ve learned at meetup events or on learn.WordPress.org, depending on how you found your way to this WordCamp. They mostly happen during the WordCamp itself. in a separate track, and there are like stacks of workshops in that track in that series of sessions. But a lot of them do require preregistration simply so that the trainer has an idea of how many people to expect. Again, if you get in the workshop and it’s way over your head, you feel like you absolutely cannot get it done, you’re always welcome to leave and check out some other area. But, in general, the workshops that we have WordCamps are pretty solid.

So a little bit further removed from that are our Youth and Teen Days. So this is more of an event series that is specifically designed for teens or kids who are trying to learn more about WordPress and other related business and entrepreneurial topics. It’s kind of a catch all but also has a lot of WordPress content in it. They have age limits, of course, and require separate registration for safety and planning purposes both. And those, in general, are either half-day during the WordCamp itself or a full-day during that WordCamp.

[00:06:32] Josepha: Which brings us then to the big one, the major side event. This is a full-day side event called Contributor Day. If your WordCamp has a Contributor Day, it will happen either the day before or the day after the WordCamp itself. It is an entire day where attendees come together to learn how to contribute to the future of the WordPress open source project. Now, if you are listening to this as part of, like, you’re getting ready to go to a WordCamp, and you don’t know what I meant by open source or open source project or WordPress open source project, that’s fine.

[00:07:08] Josepha: You’re going to learn all about it at the Contributor Day if you go, but the TLDR is that this software that you are about to choose to build your website on is built by thousands of people across the planet who are looking for the best solutions to problems that they have in their businesses that probably you will encounter or have encountered before. There’s no new problems under the sun, and open source methodologies kind of use the collective wisdom of everybody who has ever worked with a WordPress project or site and ran into a problem that they had to solve on their own, like this open source project, this community of people just make sure that that wisdom is collected and standardized and made available for all of eternity.

That’s all you need to know. Low key. I’ve made Contributor Days sound so calming. However, that is a whole day thing. It happens before or after the WordCamp. It has separate registration so that organizers of your WordCamp can plan for how many folks need to be there to teach new and returning contributors, what to do. If I’m going to be honest, if you’re going to get overwhelmed at any WordPress event, it’s going to be one of these, but they are well worth the effort.

[00:08:30] Josepha: Even if you just make a single contribution and never return, which I hope is not the case for you. I hope you do return. Even if you make a single contribution and never return, there’s something really grounding about seeing how much expertise and time, and care goes into this software that is, against all odds, completely free. So that’s all the tactical stuff, or a lot of it anyway.

It at least gives you a sense for what you’re getting yourself into for your first-ever wonderful WordPress weekend. But I promised you some human stuff too. So here is my considerably shorter list of stuff to bring as a human being going to a WordCamp. There’s an optional one. I’ll start you off with an optional one. Come with an idea of what you think you want to learn. You don’t have to come with that if you don’t want to. Some of us don’t know what we don’t know yet, and that’s fine too. But if you have a sense for what you think you need to learn, you’ll have an easier time figuring out how to spend your time while you’re here.

[00:09:30] Josepha: So, the non-optional things. Bring some way to exchange information. It can be QR codes, business cards, or pen and paper. It doesn’t really matter as long as it’s something that works for you to be sharing information with people that you meet. Because you never know when you’re going to meet your business soulmate, but the odds that you’re going to do it at a WordCamp are pretty dang high.

The second thing to bring is bring what you need to be comfortable. Bring your water bottle, a change of shoes if you need it, spare battery for your phone, your glasses. This day is going to be long enough without worrying about small inconveniences. So bring what you need to make yourself comfortable. 

[00:10:09] Josepha: And finally bring your bravery. You will not know by looking at someone whether they’ve been doing WordPress stuff for two years or two weeks. But you can know that at some point, they were in the first two days of trying to figure this all out. One of the most endearing things about this community is the zeal they bring to solving a problem. So if you get lost or stuck, just ask the person next to you. We all remember what it was like to know nothing, and we are rooting for you to succeed. And that’s it. That’s your whole list. That’s everything you need to know to be the most prepared first-time attendee to a WordCamp ever. If that all sounded more overwhelming than just showing up, don’t worry.

You can also just show up. That’s what I did. And even though I knew next to nothing, those WordCampers made me feel welcome and included and kept me coming back to learn more.

[00:11:04] Josepha: Ah, WordCamps. Gosh, I love those things. So glad that we’re all getting back together for them. 

[00:11:10] (Music interlude) 

[00:11:18] Josepha: That brings us now, my friends, to our small list of big things. If you’re a first-time WordPresser, if you’ve never been to a WordCamp, and you don’t know what any of these things are, don’t worry; you can still go take a look at them, or you can wait until later when you’re less overwhelmed.

Either way, but this is our small list of big things for middle of the year 2024. First thing on my list, the gender equality in WordPress businesses survey is still open. It aims to gain critical insight into the gender composition of leadership teams, the experiences of women and gender-diverse leaders and employees, and also take a look at the challenges and barriers to their career success. I care deeply about making sure that we have a way for folks who are traditionally and historically underrepresented in technology have a way to get into our space. Obviously, women and nonbinary folks are an area that I feel particularly called to help build those on-ramps for, but I have a great concern for that across the entire ecosystem and any intersection that we run into as we get more and more users into our space. 

[00:12:30] Josepha: If you are a woman, if you work with women, if you work in WordPress, if you work in a WordPress business, go take that survey, and let’s see what we find out about what it’s like to work in this space, as somebody that we normally don’t see. 

The second thing on our list is that WordCamp Asia 2025 dates and venue have been revealed. So WordCamp Asia 2023 and 2024 were both major successes, and we are excited to share that the dates and venue for next year will be February 20th, 21st, 22nd in 2025 in Manila, and you’ll be able to go over to that website, take a look at it, we’ll have a link in the show notes as always and maybe start planning your your next big Asian adventure.

[00:13:13] Josepha: The third thing on my list is this new contributor wizard questionnaire. So, there are more than 20 teams to contribute to in the WordPress project. They all show up at those Contributor Days that I talked about. But there are more than 20 of them. They work on different parts of the WordPress project every day. And our passionate community offers contribution opportunities for everyone. I know, we know, that finding the right team is the key to a meaningful contributor experience. So, our interactive questionnaire is here to help you determine where to start. It is sometimes difficult to know whether you can contribute to a software if you are a designer, if you are a writer, if you are in marketing.

And it turns out that you can contribute to WordPress with a bunch of skills that you otherwise would not have realized. So, we’ll have a link to the questionnaire in the show notes again. Also, it’s probably going to pop up on WordCamp sites, Contributor Day sites, anything that helps you all understand where you might find a little bit of success as a contributor is a good place for it to be. Take the questionnaire, see where you land, the WordPress sorting hat. 

[00:14:18] Josepha: And item number four. So we’ve made some updates, not we’ve made some updates, we have some updates from the Five for the Future program. So the Five for the Future program has a long history in the WordPress project. There are a couple of different episodes in this podcast where you can learn more about it.

But, to bolster transparency and openness, we have an update on the current state of WordPress contributions as of the end of May 2024. In the past few months, we’ve made a lot of efforts to improve the program and contributor experience in WordPress. We’ve also done a little bit of work to kind of clean up the pledges that are in there for, people or companies or teams that have found that they couldn’t continue their contributions over time. That is fine too. But we’ll have a link to that update in the show notes as well.

[00:15:09] Josepha: And that, my friends, is your small list of big things. Don’t forget to follow us on your favorite podcast app or subscribe directly on WordPress.org/news. You’ll get a friendly reminder whenever there’s a new episode. If you liked what you heard today, share it with a fellow WordPresser. Or, if you had questions about what you heard, you can share those with me at WPBriefing@WordPress.org. I am your host, Josepha Haden Chomposy. Thanks for tuning in today for the WordPress Briefing, and I’ll see you again in a couple of weeks. 

[00:15:36] (Music outro) 

Preventing WordPress Design Disasters

Posted by download | Posted in Software | Posted on 07-06-2024

Broken images, mismatched colors, and menu links that go nowhere—we’ve all experienced these design disasters online. Sometimes, these problems are caused by clients accidentally breaking something when accessing a website’s backend. In today’s Build and Beyond video, Jamie Marsland provides five ideas for how builders and clients can work together to prevent the kinds of problems that keep people from engaging with a website.  

Ready to get going? Get started with WordPress.com today:

WordPress 6.5.4 Maintenance Release

Posted by download | Posted in Software | Posted on 05-06-2024

WordPress 6.5.4 is now available!
This minor release features 5 bug fixes in Core. You can review a summary of the maintenance updates in this release by reading the Release Candidate announcement.

WordPress 6.5.4 is a short-cycle release. The next major release will be version 6.6 planned for July 2024.

If you have sites that support automatic background updates, the update process will begin automatically.

You can download WordPress 6.5.4 from WordPress.org, or visit your WordPress Dashboard, click “Updates”, and then click “Update Now”.

For more information on this release, please visit the HelpHub site.

Thank you to these WordPress contributors

This release was led by Tonya Mork, Colin Stewart, and Aaron Jorbin.

WordPress 6.5.4 would not have been possible without the contributions of the following people. Their asynchronous coordination to deliver maintenance fixes into a stable release is a testament to the power and capability of the WordPress community.

Aaron Jorbin, adrianduffell, Andrew Ozz, Andy Fragen, Beau Lebens, Bernhard Reiter, Brian Alexander, Colin Stewart, Darren Ethier (nerrad), David Baumwald, Enrico Battocchi, Estela Rueda, John James Jacoby, John Blackbourn, Jonathan Desrosiers, Kevin Hoffman, Louis Wolmarans, Md Abul Bashar, Miriam Schwab, Mukesh Panchal, Narendra Sishodiya, Pascal Birchler, Peter Wilson, Pooja N Muchandikar, Sarah Norris, Scott Reilly, Syed Balkhi, Tonya Mork

How to contribute

To get involved in WordPress core development, head over to Trac, pick a ticket, and join the conversation in the #core and #6-6-release-leads channels. Need help? Check out the Core Contributor Handbook.

Props to @afragen, @hellofromtonya , and @angelasjin for proofreading.

Maximize Your Agency’s Potential by Partnering With Automattic and WordPress.com

Posted by download | Posted in Software | Posted on 05-06-2024

Automattic, WordPress’s parent company, is home to an unbeatable suite of publishing and small business tools. Jetpack, built into every WordPress.com site, offers performance, security, and growth tools. WooCommerce is trusted by more than 3.6 million online shops, making it the number-one open source ecommerce platform on the internet. And our very own hosting solutions at WordPress.com are ideal for freelancers, developers, and agencies alike. 

Today, we’re bringing all those services under one roof by launching a new program—one that gives agencies robust tools, dedicated support, and extensive resources so they can thrive like never before. Welcome to Automattic for Agencies

Boost your agency’s revenue by streamlining operations via new multi-site purchasing and management tools, opening new revenue streams with our robust referral program (which includes great bonuses and incentives), and enhancing your client offerings through re-selling a diverse range of services. With new volume discounts for WordPress.com hosting (more on that below), you can even save money while you take advantage of our unparalleled support and web infrastructure.

Table of contents

  1. What Automattic for Agencies offers 
    1. Elevated earnings
    2. A centralized dashboard for seamless operations
    3. Unparalleled integrated support
    4. Security and confidence with every update
  2. Discounts, incentives, and bonuses—oh my! 
  3. Who is this program for?
  4. Learn more about Automattic for Agencies 

What Automattic for Agencies offers 

Elevated earnings

As a valued member of our agency program, you’ll be able to refer and resell a suite of Automattic products from hosting to e-commerce solutions, and enjoy additional bonuses for certain products. You’ll have all the tools you need to supercharge your client’s websites and expand your revenue streams.

A centralized dashboard for seamless operations

Our all-in-one dashboard has been designed from the ground up for maximum efficiency. Simplify your billing and site management processes, purchase and resell products with flexible billing options, and manage multiple client sites with ease.

Unparalleled integrated support

Our integrated support system spans across the Automattic universe, providing your agency with consistent and cohesive technical help and driving faster project turnaround times.

Security and confidence with every update

Receive instant notifications about updates or security alerts, and apply those updates swiftly to maintain peak site performance and security.

Discounts, incentives, and bonuses—oh my! 

As a referrer of WordPress.com’s services, your agency will receive a 20% revenue share on new subscriptions and 50% on new migrations to WordPress.com from other hosting providers. And through the end of July 2024, we’re throwing in an additional $100 bonus for every referred migration. 

We’re also happy to introduce volume discounts on WordPress.com hosting. Discounts start when you purchase a minimum of three sites through our program. At 10 sites or more, the cost is just $10/month per site.   

Click here to learn more about these incentives, as well as those for Jetpack and WooCommerce. 

Who is this program for?

Automattic for Agencies is tailor-made for agencies that deliver custom solutions catering to the unique demands of their clients. It’s an ideal match for medium-sized agencies offering a full spectrum of digital services.

If you’re interested in earning commissions by recommending Automattic’s products and services to a wider audience, consider joining the Automattic Affiliates program. This program is especially beneficial for content creators, influencers, educators, and anyone interested in speaking about Automattic products online.

Learn more about Automattic for Agencies 

Take the first step by setting up your account today. To learn more, visit WordPress.com/for-agencies or click below to apply for early access: 

WordPress 6.6 Beta 1

Posted by download | Posted in Software | Posted on 04-06-2024

WordPress 6.6 Beta 1 is here! Please download and test it.

This beta version of the WordPress software is under development. Please do not install, run, or test this version of WordPress on production or mission-critical websites—you risk unexpected results if you do.

Instead, install Beta 1 on local sites and testing environments in any of these four ways:

PluginInstall and activate the WordPress Beta Tester plugin on a WordPress install. (Select the “Bleeding edge” channel and “Beta/RC Only” stream).
Direct DownloadDownload the Beta 1 version (zip) and install it on a WordPress website.
Command LineUse this WP-CLI command:
wp core update --version=6.6-beta1
WordPress PlaygroundUse a 6.6 Beta 1 WordPress Playground instance to test the software directly in your browser. This might be the easiest way ever—no separate sites, no setup. Just click and go! 

The scheduled final release date for WordPress 6.6 is July 16, 2024. Your help testing Beta and RC versions over the next six weeks is vital to making sure the final release is everything it should be: stable, powerful, and intuitive.

How important is your testing?

Features in this Beta release may be changed or removed between now and the final release. Early attention from testers like you is critical to finding and reporting potential bugs, usability issues, or compatibility problems to make sure developers can address them before the final release. You don’t need any contribution experience, and this is a fantastic way to begin your WordPress contributor story!

If you find an issue

If you run into an issue, please share it in the Alpha/Beta area of the support forums. If you are comfortable submitting a reproducible bug report, you can do so via WordPress Trac. You can also check your issue against a list of known bugs.

Want to know more about testing in general, and how to get started? Follow the testing initiatives in Make Core and join the #core-test channel on Making WordPress Slack.

Like every version since 5.0 in 2018, WordPress 6.6 will integrate a host of new features from the last several releases of the Gutenberg plugin. Learn more about Gutenberg updates since WordPress 6.5 in the What’s New in Gutenberg posts for versions 17.8, 17.9, 18.0, 18.1, 18.2, 18.3, and 18.4. The final version will also include Gutenberg 18.5; the Beta 2 post will link to that.

WordPress 6.6 Beta 1 contains 97 enhancements and 101 fixes for the editor, in a total of about 206 tickets for WordPress 6.6 Core.

The vulnerability bounty doubles in the beta period

The WordPress community sponsors a monetary reward for reporting new, unreleased security vulnerabilities. That reward doubles during the period between Beta 1 on June 4 and the final Release Candidate (RC) that will happen June 25. Please follow the project’s responsible-disclosure practices detailed on this HackerOne page and in this security white paper.

What’s coming to WordPress 6.6?

This year’s second major release is about polish and finesse. Features that landed in the last few releases have new flexibility and smoother flows—and a few new tricks. And of course there are a few brand-new features.

Data Views updates

Part of the groundwork for phase 3, Data Views get new and improved experience of working with information in the Site Editor. A new layout consolidates patterns and template parts, gets you to general management views in fewer clicks, and packs in a wide range of refinements.

Overrides in synced patterns

What if you could keep a synced pattern‘s look and feel everywhere it appears—keeping it on brand—but have different content everywhere it appears?

For instance, maybe you‘re building a pattern for recipes. Ideally, you want to keep the overall design of the recipe card consistent on every post that will have a recipe. But the recipe itself—the ingredients, the steps, special notes on technique—will be different every time.

And perhaps, in the future, other people might need to change the design of the recipe pattern. It would be nice to know they can do that, and that the content in existing recipes will stay right where it is.

In version 6.6, you can make all that happen, and overrides in synced patterns are the way you do it.

See all the blocks

Up to now, when you had a block selected and then opened the block Inserter, you only saw the blocks you were allowed to add to your selected block. Where were all the others?

In 6.6, when you have a block selected, you get two lists. First, there’s the list of blocks you can insert at your selected block. Then you get a list with all the other blocks. So you can get an idea of what you can use in your selected block, and what other blocks you could use in another area. In fact, if you select a block from that second list, WordPress 6.6 will add it below your block, to use in whatever you build next.

A new publish flow

Version 6.6 brings the post and site editors closer together than ever. So whether you’re writing for a post in the post editor or a page in the Site Editor, your experience will be about the same.

Style variations

If a block theme comes with style variations, 6.6 vastly expands your design options right out of the box, without installing or configuring a single thing. Because in 6.6, your theme pulls the color palettes and typography style sets out of its installed variations to let you mix and match for a whole world of expanded creative expression.

Section styles

Do you build themes? Now you can define style options for separate sections of multiple blocks, including inner blocks.

Then your users can apply those block style variations to entire groups of blocks, effectively creating branded sections they can curate across a site.

A note about CSS specificity

To make it easier for your variations to override the global styles CSS, those styles now come wrapped in `:root`. That limits their specificity. For details, read the full discussion on GitHub.

A native Grid layout

Grid is a new variation for the Group block that lets you arrange the blocks inside it as a grid. If you’ve been using a plugin for this, now you can make your grids natively.

Better pattern management in Classic themes

You heard right: You can do everything with patterns in Classic themes that you can in a block theme. You can see all the patterns available to you in a single view and insert a pattern on the fly.

Negative. Margins.

They’re here: negative margin values, so you can make objects overlap in your design. As a guardrail, you can only set a negative margin by typing an actual negative number, not by using the slider. That’s to keep people from adding negative values they didn’t intend.

Rollback auto-updates

Now you can have the convenience of setting all your plugins to auto-update and the inner peace you get from knowing that if anything goes wrong, 6.6 will do a rollback. Automatically.

This post reflects the latest changes as of June 4, 2024.

Again, the features in this first beta may change, based on what testers like you find.

Get an overview of the 6.6 release cycle, and check the Make WordPress Core blog for 6.6-related posts in the next few weeks for further details.

Just for you: a Beta 1 haiku

Negative margins
Embellish all the new ways
To design and build

Thanks very much to @meher, @audrasjb, @fabiankaegy, @colorful-tones, @davidbaumwald, @dansoschin, @desrosj, @atachibana, @ehtis, @adamsilverstein, @joedolson, and @webcommsat for reviewing and collaborating on this post!

Become a WordPress.com Affiliate and Elevate Your Earnings 

Posted by download | Posted in Software | Posted on 03-06-2024

WordPress.com is looking for affiliates to help promote our suite of open-source products, including WordPress.com hosting, domains, Express Website Design Service, WP Job Manager, and more! If you’ve got an audience, you’ve got the potential to elevate your earnings by becoming an affiliate for one or more of our eligible products.

Getting started is simple. Sign up with your details and our team of experts will verify your account. Once approved, you can start creating affiliate campaigns for the products you’ve selected—all from your personalized dashboard. 

No matter if you’re an influencer, blogger, or reporter, WordPress.com doesn’t take much selling to get your audience on board, thanks to a strong reputation and range of built-in publishing, monetization, and promotion tools. So you can spend less time thinking about how to pitch WordPress.com and Automattic’s related products to your existing audience, and more time growing your business. As you start generating signups, you’ll see payouts of up to 100%, and a much longer than normal 30-day cookie period, so you’ll still get those commissions up to 30 days after someone clicks your links. 

Our convenient dashboard makes your affiliate marketing easier as you manage and track all your promotions for WordPress.com products in one place. Monitor your campaign’s performance, make data-driven adjustments and optimizations, and watch your commissions soar. Plus, our creative templates and tools make it easy to create content to help drive affiliate traffic. 

WordPress.com

Become an affiliate for any of the following WordPress.com products and services:

WordPress.com hosting. Lightning-fast, secure hosting designed from the ground up for WordPress.

WordPress.com domains. Promote 350+ domain extensions, from .com to .xyz, and everything in between.

Express Website Design Service. Sites designed and built for you in four days or less by our WordPress.com Happiness Engineers.

WP Job Manager. The open source job board plugin, powering job listings for 100,000+ websites.

Sensei. The best plugin to create and sell interactive online courses with WordPress.

Our offerings extend beyond WordPress.com, too. If your audience is interested in Automattic’s other products, you can also become an affiliate for any of the following brands and manage all your campaigns in one place:

WooCommerce

An extensive range of vetted WooCommerce extensions, themes, and services such as WooCommerce Subscriptions, Product Bundles, and WooCommerce Zapier.

Jetpack

Security, performance, and marketing tools made for WordPress sites by the WordPress experts, including Jetpack Security, Complete, Stats, Scan, and more. 

Akismet Anti-Spam

Scalable AI-powered comment, form, and text spam filtering with 99.99% accuracy.

Ready to partner with us and grow your income with WordPress.com or our other Automattic brands? Learn more and sign up now at wordpress.com/affiliates.  

WordCamp Europe 2024: Mid-Year Update and Q&A with Matt Mullenweg

Posted by download | Posted in Software | Posted on 31-05-2024

WordCamp Europe 2024 kicks off on June 13, gathering WordPressers from across the globe to Torino, Italy. 

The highly anticipated conference has a packed schedule starting with Contributor Day and will feature a notable roster of speakers. Other highlights will include engaging workshops covering a variety of disciplines (including one for youth and teens) and WordCamp Connect, a dedicated space for attendees to meet and network with additional community-led sessions.

The conference will conclude with an exciting mid-year project update from WordPress Cofounder Matt Mullenweg, including a live Q&A session. You can watch Matt’s presentation on June 15, 2024, streaming live on the WordPress YouTube channel starting at 4:30 p.m. Central European Summer Time (2:30 p.m. UTC).

What: WordPress Project Summer Update + Q&A Session with Matt Mullenweg
When: June 15, 2024 at 2:30 p.m. UTC (Start of live stream)
Where: Lingotto Conference and Exhibition Centre
Streaming: Watch the live stream on the WordPress YouTube channel.

Have a question for Matt?

If you’re unable to attend WordCamp Europe 2024 in person, you’re welcome to email your questions instead. Given the number of questions expected both in-person and online, only some of the submitted questions may be answered live. 

Whether you’re touching down in Torino or streaming from elsewhere, see you very soon!

Scalable WordPress Hosting for Developers

Posted by download | Posted in Software | Posted on 30-05-2024

WordPress powers forty-three percent of all websites, supporting everything from small hobby sites to major sites such as Rolling Stone, TechCrunch, and even The White House

If you want your WordPress website to scale and accommodate anywhere from 10 to millions of site visits a month, you need to choose your hosting wisely. When a site is business-critical, you need scalable hosting that can support its performance and security requirements

WordPress.com is a managed WordPress hosting solution that accommodates the growing demands of your site, allowing it to scale with you and your clients.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the importance of scalable WordPress hosting, as well as how to ensure that your sites are as highly available, secure, and performant as possible. We’ll cover:

  1. Shared vs managed WordPress hosting
  2. Why managed hosting is best for growing sites
    1. Security
    2. Cost containment
    3. Scalability
    4. Performance
  3. How to make your site more scalable
    1. Use a Content Delivery Network
    2. Caching
    3. Autoloading
  4. Wrapping up

Shared vs managed WordPress hosting

When evaluating WordPress hosting options in terms of scalability, it’s important to understand the differences between shared hosting and managed hosting.

blue kettlebells with the WordPress logo on the over a black background

Shared hosting is like going to the gym where you need to share access to all of the equipment like treadmills and weights. If there are too many people using the treadmills, you may need to wait your turn, which can impact the amount of time you need to spend at the gym to get your desired workout. 

With shared hosting, your website shares server space and resources with other websites; if one website gets a lot of visitors or needs more resources, it can slow down the performance for everyone else on the same server.

Managed hosting, like what we offer at WordPress.com, is like having a home gym. The equipment is yours, and you can use it whenever you want––no need to wait in line! 

With managed hosting, your website has its own dedicated server and resources, so you don’t have to worry about other websites affecting its performance. Not only that, similar to how a personal trainer establishes your workout schedule and nutritional suggestions, a managed hosting provider manages all of the technical stuff for your website, like keeping it safe and making sure it runs smoothly.

Building upon the workout analogy, as your goals change, whether it’s weight loss, muscle gain, or general fitness, a personal trainer will customize your workout plan to meet the desired goals. Similarly, when the demand of your website grows with a larger audience or new service requirements, a managed hosting provider ensures appropriate resources are allocated to support those needs so that your website continues to perform in high traffic. 

So when trying to find the best hosting solution for scalability, managed hosting is typically recommended over shared hosting.

Why managed hosting is best for growing sites

Shared hosting can be a great budget choice to start, especially for small-scale hobby sites and other sites that aren’t business-critical. However, when you are working for clients or customers, you often have requirements that even the best shared hosting providers aren’t always equipped to handle.

Especially when developing a complex site, it’s important to have hosting that can grow with a site, as your host will need to support more traffic, a greater number of plugins, or different types of editorial content. 

Unfortunately, many shared WordPress hosting platforms have some difficulty meeting this need, and there are a number of common problems you may face when using shared hosting:

Security

Security can be an issue with some of the shared hosting providers due to the fact that multiple sites are sharing resources. Depending on how the infrastructure is configured, a vulnerable plugin on someone else’s site could affect yours, even if you keep all your plugins, themes, and WordPress core up to date!

As your site grows, you’ll also likely need to add more users with permissions to log in and manage the site. Thanks to WordPress’s user roles, it’s easy to restrict what parts of a site users are able to change. However, as this list of users grows, so do the opportunities for less-secure practices to sneak into your site and potentially compromise things.

One major concern is authenticating users who need access to the backend of your site. With a solution like WordPress.com, you get our Secure Sign-On, which allows you to use a single set of credentials to access both the WordPress.com dashboard and the backend WP Admin dashboard of any of your sites, quickly and securely. It also allows you to enforce two-factor authentication or security key authentication to ensure that everyone who has access to your site is accessing it in the most secure way possible.

Since eligible WordPress.com plans also run on WP Cloud’s architecture, your site gets double protection through the use of their Linux namespaces and control groups; they separate your site data from other sites and users. 

WP Cloud also encrypts site traffic with Transport Layer Security (TLS), protecting any data your users share with your website (and vice versa).

Cost containment

A common pattern among shared hosting companies is to be relatively cheap but charge for additional features a la carte, such as a content delivery network (CDN) or increased bandwidth. 

While this might make sense for someone just starting out, more advanced sites may need additional features, which can rapidly make hosting your site an expensive proposition. A better choice is finding a managed hosting provider that gives you everything you need to scale your site for a flat rate.

With WordPress.com’s eligible plans, you get access to WP Cloud’s ultra-powerful Global Edge Caching, unrestricted bandwidth, a site accelerator CDN, and high-burst capacity, all included within your plan.

Scalability

As your site scales, you’ll be adding more content and getting more traffic. Your server needs to handle the increased demands and load that a bigger, more highly-trafficked site requires. A managed hosting company handles traffic spikes and increased demands on the server behind the scenes, so that you can rest assured that your site won’t be held back by the hosting infrastructure it sits on. 

When comparing hosts, the ability to handle increased infrastructure demands should be a primary consideration; you don’t want your website to go down just when it’s getting more exposure than normal or while your business is growing.

In independent, third-party testing, WordPress.com stands out for its top tier performance, even under increased load. Your site will also load quickly at scale due to the quantity of PHP workers available from WP Cloud for each eligible WordPress.com site

PHP workers process PHP code to build pages, execute processes, and fulfill requests. The number of PHP workers provided by your host impacts the amount of uncached requests your site can handle at once. The more PHP workers your site has, the quicker content can be shown to your audience.

Our custom resource management system automatically scales to over 100 PHP workers that will support your sites and keep things running efficiently, regardless of the number of visitors trying to access them at once. 

blue buildings going from small to tall with a blue cloud with the WordPress logo in it on a black background

Performance

One of the major downsides to shared hosting is speed. Because you’re sharing the same server and resources with many other customers, there are limits to how fast your site can load, especially if your site or someone else’s site on your shared server experiences heavy traffic. And as you probably already know, sites that perform better and load more quickly are more attractive to customers and do more business overall

Even though many shared hosting solutions claim to offer “unlimited” bandwidth or other resources, there are practical infrastructure limitations due to the fact that you’re sharing with others. 

As your site grows, shared hosting can also lead to decreased stability and uptime. With multiple sites competing for resources, there’s a higher likelihood of performance bottlenecks and server strain, potentially causing frequent downtimes and slower loading speeds. Consequently, you may find yourself spending more time on maintenance tasks to address these issues.

With WordPress.com, your site resources will scale with your website as it grows, so you never need to pay overage charges or worry about being too successful. Eligible WordPress.com hosting plans include WP Cloud’s robust and automated burst scaling to ensure that your website will never slow down or crash as a result of heavy traffic spikes or excessive concurrent users.

How to make your site more scalable

No matter where your site is hosted, there are some best practices that you can implement to make it more scalable:

Use a Content Delivery Network

A Content Delivery Network (CDN) provider has dedicated servers around the country or world that can serve your site’s static assets quickly, dramatically improving page load time. Serving static assets from a dedicated CDN, instead of serving them from your web server, frees up your web server to process requests to the actual site, and helps these resources load faster for users around the world. When you can, you should always use a CDN to make your site load more efficiently.

If you decide to use WordPress.com for your site’s hosting, you can take advantage of the Site Accelerator from Jetpack and offload the responsibility of serving static assets, such as images, JavaScript, and CSS, to the CDN. This will ensure that even as you add more media to your site, performance won’t be affected, because the heavy lifting will be handled by your CDN.

Caching

Another way to make your WordPress site more scalable is to effectively utilize caching. Hitting the database or an external API to fetch data for rendering a page can slow down your site. By caching some of these performance-impacting pieces, you can significantly speed up page load and ensure your site remains performant.

A form of caching uses the transient system built into WordPress, which can store the result of a long-running database query or API call in the wp_options table of the WordPress database, allowing quick lookups. In general, any data that takes a long time to generate is a good fit for a transient. Transients expire over time, so they won’t always be cached, but when they are, they can significantly speed up page load time. Check out this complete guide on WordPress Transients to learn more.

There are also caching plugins that do some of this work for you. However, in many cases, hosting providers implement their own caching systems that conflict with these plugins, so be sure to check with your hosting provider to see if the caching plugins you’re interested in are compatible with their infrastructure. 

WordPress.com has all these caching solutions built-in, there’s no need to use additional plugins to handle caching.

Autoloading

Another improvement you can make to your site, regardless of your hosting provider, is checking how many autoloaded queries you have. By default, certain options in WordPress are autoloaded, meaning they’re queried from the database on every page load, regardless of whether they’re needed on that particular page.

By only autoloading the options that are actually required everywhere on your site, you can reduce the number of database queries made on each page load, which will make your site load much more efficiently.

If you’re not sure what’s getting autoloaded, you can check the total size of all the options you are autoloading by running the following SQL query:

SELECT SUM(LENGTH(option_value)) as autoload_size FROM wp_options WHERE autoload=’yes’;

This will give you the total size, in kilobytes, of options that are autoloading. If this is more than a megabyte, you should investigate what you are storing in wp-options and what’s being autoloaded to see if there are any optimizations you can make here.

Wrapping up

When it comes to building and growing your WordPress site, the last thing you want to worry about is your hosting provider not being able to handle your expansion. By choosing scalable, managed WordPress hosting that takes care of all of the core features required to host your site, you’ll be able to grow without issue, keeping your customers and users happy.

You can rely on WordPress.com’s managed WordPress hosting as a fast, secure hosting environment that will scale with you and your clients’ success.