Bringing You a Faster, More Secure Web: HTTP/3 Is Now Enabled for All Automattic Services

Posted by download in Software on 31-01-2024

HTTP/3 is the third major version of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol used to exchange information on the web. It is built on top of a new protocol called QUIC, which is set to fix some limitations of the previous protocol versions. Without getting into technical details—though feel free to do so in the comments if you have questions—our users should see performance improvements across all metrics:

  • Reduced latency. Due to faster connection establishment (i.e. fewer round-trips), latency from connection setup is lower.
  • Multiplexing. That is, using a single connection for multiple resources. While this feature is present in HTTP/2, HTTP/3 has improved on it and fixed a problem called “head of line blocking.” This is a deficiency of the underlying protocol HTTP/2 was built on top, which requires packets to be in order before relaying them for processing.
  • Reliability. Designed to perform better in varying network environments, HTTP/3 uses modern algorithms to help it recover faster from lost data and busy networks.
  • Improved security. QUIC uses the latest cryptography protocols (TLSv1.3) to encrypt and secure data. More of the data is encrypted, which makes it harder for an attacker to tamper with or listen in on web requests.

Ultimately, HTTP/3 (on top of QUIC) has been designed to be updated in software, which allows for quicker improvements that don’t depend on underlying network infrastructure.

After about a month of preparing our infrastructure—including fixing bugs and upgrading our CDN—HTTP/3 was enabled for all of Automattic’s services on December 27th, 2023. It currently serves between ~25-35% of all traffic.

And now for some stats. For each of these, we want numbers to be lower after the switch, which ultimately means faster speeds across the board for our customers. Let’s look at three metrics in particular:

  • Time to First Byte (TTFB) measures the time between the request for a resource and when the first byte of a response arrives. 
  • Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) represents how quickly the main content of a web page is loaded.
  • Last Resource End (LRE) measures the time between the request for a resource and when the whole response has arrived.
Results for fast connections—low latency and high bandwidth

Improvements look pretty good for fast connections:

  • TTFB: 7.3%
  • LCP: 20.9%
  • LRE: 24.4%
Results for slow connections—high latency or low bandwidth

For slow connections, the results are even better:

  • TTFB: 27.4%
  • LCP: 32.5%
  • LRE: 35%

We are dedicated to providing our customer’s websites with the best possible performance. Enabling HTTP/3 is a step in that direction. See you on the QUIC side!

Automattic’s mission is to democratize publishing. To accomplish that, we’re hiring systems engineers to join the best infrastructure team on the planet. Learn more here.

WordPress 6.4.3 – Maintenance and Security release

Posted by download in Software on 30-01-2024

This security and maintenance release features 5 bug fixes on Core, 16 bug fixes for the Block Editor, and 2 security fixes.

Because this is a security release, it is recommended that you update your sites immediately. Backports are also available for other major WordPress releases, 4.1 and later.

You can download WordPress 6.4.3 from, or visit your WordPress Dashboard, click “Updates”, and then click “Update Now”. If you have sites that support automatic background updates, the update process will begin automatically.

WordPress 6.4.3 is a short-cycle release. The next major release will be version 6.5 planned for 26 March 2024. You can review a summary of the maintenance updates in this release by reading the Release Candidate announcement. For further information on this release, please visit the HelpHub site.

Security updates included in this release

The security team would like to thank the following people for responsibly reporting vulnerabilities, and allowing them to be fixed in this release:

  • m4tuto for finding a PHP File Upload bypass via Plugin Installer (requiring admin privileges).
  • @_s_n_t of @pentestltd working with Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative for finding an RCE POP Chains vulnerability.

Thank you to these WordPress contributors

This release was led by Sarah Norris, Joe McGill, and Aaron Jorbin.

WordPress 6.4.3 would not have been possible without the contributions of the following people. Their asynchronous coordination to deliver maintenance and security fixes into a stable release is a testament to the power and capability of the WordPress community.

Aki Hamano, Alex Concha, Alex Lende, Alex Stine, Andrea Fercia, Andrei Draganescu, Andrew Ozz, Andrew Serong, Andy Fragen, Ari Stathopoulos, Artemio Morales, ben, bobbingwide, Carlos Bravo, Carolina Nymark, Česlav Przywara, Colin Stewart, Daniel Käfer, Daniel Richards, Dominik Schilling, Ella, Erik, George Mamadashvili, Greg Ziółkowski, Isabel Brison, Joen A., John Blackbourn, Jonathan Desrosiers, joppuyo, Lax Mariappan, luisherranz, Markus, Michal Czaplinski, Mukesh Panchal, Nik Tsekouras, Niluthpal Purkayastha, Noah Allen, Pascal Birchler, Peter Wilson, ramonopoly, Riad Benguella, Sergey Biryukov, Stephen Bernhardt, Teddy Patriarca, 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 #6-5-release-leads channels. Need help? Check out the Core Contributor Handbook.

As a final reminder, The WordPress Security Team will never email you requesting that you install a plugin or theme on your site, and will never ask for an administrator username and password. Please stay vigilant against phishing attacks.

Thanks to Angela Jin, Ehtisham S., Jb Audras, and Marius L. J. for proofreading.

Hot Off the Press: New Themes for January 2024

Posted by download in Software on 24-01-2024

The team is always working on new design ideas to bring your website to life. Check out the latest themes in our library, including great options for small businesses, entrepreneurs in the coaching space, and a number of other beautiful and versatile designs.


Screenshot of Bookix theme homepage and layout on

Your literary haven, on the web. This partner theme was designed with book lovers of all kinds in mind. Built-in features include curated collections, newsletter integration, robust search functionality, mobile-friendly responsiveness, and more. Whether you’re operating a physical bookstore or simply sharing your literary enthusiasm with the world, Bookix is the ideal block theme.

Click here to view a demo of this theme.


Screenshots of various pages utilizing the Annalee theme on

Annalee is tailor-made for personal coaches. Its front page is both streamlined and informative, while providing options for videos, images, courses, and more. Its design—characterized by pronounced contrasts in color and typography—exudes an approachable and welcoming ambiance. For any kind of coach looking to bolster their brand and professionalize their online presence, Annalee is the ticket.

Click here to view a demo of this theme.


Image of the home page for Kaze theme on

Kaze is a simple, three-column theme in which the left-hand column is a “sticky” menu while the right two columns scroll. The ample white space (or, in this case, black space) combined with a small font type makes for an elegant and modern vibe. Though this theme was created with architecture firms in mind, it’s suitable for any small business where design and professionalism are paramount.

Click here to view a demo of this theme.


Utilizing the familiar messaging interface that we all know and love, Messagerie brings a decidedly casual and playful style to your blog. Featuring stripped down text bubbles on a spare background, you don’t to have to worry about complicated extras or high-impact visuals—let the words speak for themselves.

Click here to view a demo of this theme.


Built from the bones of one of our classic blogging themes (Resonar), Tronar provides a sleek design for bloggers that combines a little bit of old-school internet nostalgia with modern simplicity. With a large, immersive featured image/post at the top and a feed of posts below, your content is front and center with this theme.

Click here to view a demo of this theme.

To install any of the above themes, click the name of the theme you like, which brings you right to the installation page. Then click the “Activate this design” button. You can also click “Open live demo,” which brings up a clickable, scrollable version of the theme for you to preview.

Premium themes are available to use at no extra charge for customers on the Premium plan or above. Partner themes are third-party products that can be purchased for $79/year each.

You can explore all of our themes by navigating to the “Themes” page, which is found under “Appearance” in the left-side menu of your dashboard. Or you can click below:

Embrace the Future With AI-Assisted Content Creation

Posted by download in Software on 22-01-2024

The digital landscape is evolving, and with it, the way we create and consume content is undergoing a remarkable transformation. As we stand at the cusp of a new era, the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in content creation is not just a trend but a revolutionary step forward. 

Today, we’re excited to announce our latest resources that open the doors to this new world. 

New Course: Unlocking the Power of AI

This all-new course is an in-depth introduction to AI-assisted content creation, focused on functionality, practical application, and ethical implications of tools like ChatGPT. As with all of our courses, “Unlocking the Power of AI” is 100% free. 

Course features:

  • No registration required
  • Bite-size sections
  • Self-paced environment
  • Additional tips, resources & ideas
  • Engage with other students
  • Beginner/Intermediate flows 

Why this course matters now

In an age where content is king, staying ahead of the curve is crucial. AI-assisted content creation isn’t just about keeping up with the latest trends; it’s about setting the pace. Whether you’re a blogger, a digital marketer, or an entrepreneur, understanding how to leverage AI effectively can transform your content strategy. This course is designed to guide you through the nuances of AI tools, helping you to create content that resonates, engages, and inspires.

This course isn’t just about learning the ropes of AI. We’ll also explore the ethical implications of AI-generated content, understand the importance of authenticity, and learn to balance AI’s capabilities with your unique voice. We dig into hands-on practical strategies for using AI with various content types, from blogs to FAQs and beyond. The goal is to empower you with skills that go beyond the basics, giving you a competitive edge no matter your endeavor.

New Webinar: AI-Assisted WordPress

This engaging session complements our Unlocking the Power of AI course, showcasing the practical application of ChatGPT and the dynamic capabilities of the Jetpack AI Assistant that comes built-in to your site. Join us for a one-hour journey through the world of AI, where you’ll learn to craft compelling content with ease and precision.

What to expect in the webinar:

  • Live demonstrations: Experience the Jetpack AI Assistant in action, from creating engaging blog posts to refining content with smart editing tools. These live demos demystify AI content creation, offering easy-to-implement strategies.
  • Expert guidance: Learn how to generate innovative content ideas, perfect your grammar, and adjust the tone to match your brand’s voice.
  • Ethical considerations: Delve into the ethical implications of AI in content creation, ensuring your work remains authentic and impactful.
  • Q&A session: Have your queries answered in a live Q&A, where our experts will help you navigate challenges in AI-assisted content creation.

Perfect for beginners and intermediate learners, this webinar is a valuable addition to your learning journey. Elevate your content strategy and stay ahead in the digital landscape. We’re offering two sessions in January and three in February. Click below to learn more and register.

Ready to transform your content creation process?

Whether you’re looking to streamline your content creation process, enhance your creative output, or be in the know in an ever-evolving digital world, the combination of our AI-focused course and webinar is your key. The future is AI-assisted, and it’s brighter than ever.

Join us in embracing the future of content creation, where AI and human creativity merge to create something truly extraordinary.

WP Briefing: Episode 71: New Year, New Blog!

Posted by download in Software on 22-01-2024

In the latest WordPress Briefing, Executive Director Josepha Haden Chomphosy revisits our roots in blogging and breaks down the essentials of starting your first WordPress blog. Tune in to Episode 71 for practical tips and inspiration to kickstart your blogging journey.


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

Show Notes


[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: Today, we’ve got a throwback episode about blogging. If you’re like me, you sometimes miss the early days of blogs, where the words were a little more pensive, and the images were a little less professional. If you’re on a slow hobby journey like so many of us are right now, give this one a listen.

[00:00:58] (music interlude)

[00:01:05] Josepha: You may be one of these contributors I keep mentioning. You may be an agency owner or freelancer. Maybe you’ve wondered how to make a WordPress blog for your big idea. Or maybe you’re one of the many people who use WordPress for their own project or business. 

Before WordPress was known as a content management system, as a way to get sites online fast, it was a blogging tool. We have long since outgrown that, but even 20 years into our journey, blogging is still a key part of what WordPress enables you to do. That’s because, even after those 20 years, the mission of WordPress is still the same, and that is to democratize publishing.

To help people have a place online where they can tell their stories, or share their projects, or set up their businesses. If you’ve ever tried to set up a blog, you know that there isn’t a lot of information about what to know before you get going at all. So, I’m going to talk about that a little bit today.

[00:02:06] Josepha: And just by the way, if you heard the word blog right now and thought, Oh, Jospeha, how old fashioned. I think it’s important to remember that there’s a business advantage to having well-written, relevant content on your website. And if you’re not blogging for business, because not all of us are, then the benefits are a little different but still important to my mind. Things like the cathartic benefits of journaling, a chance to build community, and the general importance of preserving wisdom for the ages.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand, before we can get to any of the fancy things that WordPress can do nowadays, it’s important to know a few things as you get ready to set up your first-ever website. So let’s dive in.

Here is how you need to get yourself started. First, have an idea and a plan. So, have an idea for what you’re doing, the concept of your content, who you want to reach, but also some concept of a domain name. I would encourage you to not necessarily get your heart set on a domain name at first, cause like, if you want the domain name, like, we own that, you can’t have that. But if you know that you want a domain like ‘’ like, that one might be more available. And if you know kind of the words you want in your domain, then you can be a bit flexible about what is there. 

[00:03:30] Josepha: The second thing that you need to do is that if you are just getting started, ask yourself the question, what sort of host do I want? We kind of mention all along the WordPress process that, like, you need a good host, but it’s not always clear where that decision has to happen. It happens right here at the start before you even know what WordPress is most of the time. So, the earliest question that you have to answer for yourself is, what sort of host do I want? Where do I want my site to live? So ask yourself how much you want to get into the maintenance and configuration of your website and the hardware that it lives on versus creating content or keeping your shop up to date. There’s this whole spectrum of hosting options, and they range from full service, where they will keep your WordPress software up to date and provide daily backups, and have customer support if something goes really wrong.

[00:04:23] Josepha: So it ranges all the way from full service like that, all the way down to essentially zero service, just kind of hands off. They give you a space to keep your WordPress software, to keep your WordPress site, but they leave everything else up to you. They leave the backups up to you; they leave updating up to you, things like that.

So that’s the first thing you have to ask yourself and the first question you have to be able to answer. Most of the time, you will want to start with one of the full-service options. That way, you know that your software is set up correctly and safely from the start. And as you learn more about the software, and what you want, and what you need, and you have the ability to learn in the time that you have, the more that you can add on either services with the existing host that you chose or moving to a different host; however, that works out for you.

[00:05:09] Josepha: So if that one sounds like the right option, then you choose a host, go to their site, and actually, most of them will have a way to walk you through how to set up a WordPress site inside their system. Most of the time, it’s just one click, and then they ask you some questions to get some configurations right.

The other option that on the like zero, zero service side, that’s not quite fair, but you know, on the other side of that spectrum, that probably will be appealing to you if you are already familiar with code or already know how to manage a server, or you know how to work in this thing called cPanel, etc. So if you already have a lot of information on how all of that works, you can, if you want to, head over to and you can download a zip file of the WordPress software and set that up in your own environment. Okay, quick check here. If this all sounds roughly doable to you, or at least it feels like we’re in the right starting point, but you find yourself thinking, gosh, I just wish she would slow down a little, I’ve got you covered.

[00:06:17] Josepha: In the show notes, you’ll find a link to one of the LearnWP courses for getting started with WordPress. There’s a section on choosing a host, as well as various other early steps of this process. If you felt like I blazed through all of that, which, honestly, I kind of did. You can work through those lessons in that course at your own pace, and it’s really a very good guide.

All right. So let’s pretend we did all of that. Now you’ve got yourself a website. The thing that you will want to do next, or rather the first thing that you’ll notice once you get your site up and running, is that there’s this ‘Hello World’ post. There’s a post that already exists in there. The Hello World post is a placeholder for the common features of a blog post.

[00:07:03] Josepha: There, you can find your featured image, your title, your content, and even some fake comments. You can either edit this post so that you can see how your writing will look from the start, and you can kind of compare, like, okay, the Hello World part over here on this page exists in this field over here on this page. So you can kind of see where everything works, how it all looks together. Or, if you’re more familiar with WordPress or CMSs in general, you can simply remove that and start fresh. We’ve got now a website. We know kind of how to look at our posts and create posts, where comments are, where they can be moderated, and stuff.

And so, the most fun task for everyone is choosing a theme. But if it doesn’t sound like a fun task to you, I can help you kind of do some choose-your-own-adventure guiding questions here. Firstly, you can ask yourself how you want the site to look. Do you want it to mostly be a lot of photos or entirely words? Mostly animations? You can head to the theme directory and search for a theme with most of the features that you want. There’s like a filtering system where you can put in, like, you want, three columns so that you can have three columns of text if you want it to look kind of like an old school newspaper kind of layout and things like that. 

[00:08:24] Josepha: There’s also a way to look for themes inside your instance, your WordPress site, but like, if you haven’t set that up yet, but you do still want to see kind of what your theme options are, you can go to and take a look at what’s out there. Just as a quick side note, if you get to that theme directory, if you get to, and it feels overwhelming, which I can understand, I recommend starting with a theme that is designed for blogging specifically, so that you can see how things look right away. And there’s actually a theme that does come with every WordPress site, so if you’re not ready, you can skip this thing entirely. And just work with the theme that’s already there. Every WordPress instance ships with a theme, and it is fully functional when you get your site up and running, so you don’t need to choose a theme right now if you don’t feel ready. And then the other very fun thing that people do with their WordPress sites, is to add plugins to them.

[00:09:20] Josepha: Plugins are these little pieces of software that you add on to the WordPress software that lets it do additional things. It adds additional functionality to it. The questions that you can ask to kind of guide yourself through what sorts of plugins you might want what sorts of functionality you might want to add to your site are a little similar to the ones that you want to ask for figuring out which themes.

So, figure out if there are tasks that you need visitors to do. Do you need them to contact you? Do you want them to watch a video? Should they review and respond to questions? If you have a concept of the things that you want users to do on your website, then you can head to the plugin directory and search for a plugin with features that you need.

[00:10:05] Josepha: Also, there are just endless lists of recommended plugins out there. If that is something that you find valuable as part of your research, those are also easy to find. And as a general side note here as well, there are even more plugins than there are themes. So if you have gotten to this point and feel like you don’t quite know the answers to the questions that I shared, and it’s going to be a while until you feel like you can know what those answers are. That’s totally fine. I’ll tell you this, I have never seen a site without a contact form. So feel free to begin your journey there. There are a lot of great plugins for contact forms, and it can kind of help you figure out how to work with plugins in that way. So, yeah, I made it sound like you can get a WordPress website built in like seven minutes.

And on the one hand, you definitely can. And on the other hand, it’s still a little bit more complicated. So here I have a final note for everyone. You will hear around the WordPress ecosystem and, obviously, hear some things that could make you feel a little nervous about doing this for the first time.

[00:11:10] Josepha: Things like the five-second installation, which WordPress has been famous for for years, but also about how easy and simple it all is. And as somebody who was once in the position of learning WordPress for the first time, like I first encountered a WordPress site in 2009, and I started learning how to use WordPress in 2010. 

I can say with confidence that once you learn it, it’s easy. We are the easiest of the hard options for CMSs like content management systems are just complicated. But we are the easiest one out there. And so, as you’re learning, I want to just remind you to celebrate your small wins along the way. If you feel like you’re late to this blogging game like you should have had a website for years, I mean, sure, that could be true.

[00:12:01] Josepha: And yes, the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, but the second best time to plant that tree is today. WordPress didn’t start out powering over 40% of the web, and your first site can’t be immediately measured in the millions of readers. So, what will your small beginning lead you to?

[00:12:18] (Music interlude)

[00:12:25] Josepha: And now, our small list of big things. Today we’ve got some look-back items and some look-forward items. So let’s hop right in.

First thing is we have a year in review with the themes team. So much amazing work has been done by the themes team over the past year, both for reviewing themes and creating them. So I’ll leave a link to those in the show notes.

We also have a post out that just has some general celebrations from teams around the community. I’ll leave a link to that. It probably has been linked in quite a few places, but you know, we don’t always embrace those moments of celebration. We don’t always embrace our wins. And so it’s always good to share those early and often. There are probably more than just those two. So if you posted one or you saw a really interesting one that you think that we should know about, don’t forget to share it. 

[00:13:16] Josepha: Next, we have a leap into 2024 with Site Editor tools. So, on the new Developer Blog, if you haven’t seen it yet, there is a lot of excellent content there for whether you are like an advanced developer in WordPress or you’re kind of intermediate and ready to move into your advanced developer era. 

The Site Editor will give you a powerful way to visually create every part of your site and tell your story. And this post will help you to kind of see how to handle everything from big style changes to simple copy updates, all in a single place. We want to make sure that you get the most out of your WordPress this year. And that post will give you a few standout tools and features that you’ll want to try. 

You’ll also want to keep an eye out for updates as we move into 2024 around team reps. So each team in the WordPress project goes through a process to review and elect team reps, and elections are happening now.

[00:14:12] Josepha: Along with things that are happening now that you should keep an eye on, the annual goals, our big picture post has gone out as well. It went out at the end of the week last week. There’ll be a link to all of these in the show notes. And yeah, keep an eye out for, hopefully, a fantastic 2024 in WordPress. 

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 You’ll get a friendly reminder whenever there’s a new episode. And if you like what you heard today, share it with a fellow WordPresser, or if you have questions about what you heard, you can share those with me at I’m your host, Josepha Haden Chomphosy. Thanks for tuning in today for the WordPress Briefing, and I’ll see you again in a couple of weeks. 

[00:14:57] (Music outro)


Charting a Course to Success: How Unite Experience Navigates the Marketing Landscape

Posted by download in Software on 15-01-2024

In the dynamic world of online marketing, Jenn Brabbins stands out, carving her own path as a digital marketer. With twelve years of experience in the field, she founded Unite Experience, an integrated marketing consultancy business, helping to demystify new digital landscapes for small businesses and startups.

Like many entrepreneurs, Jenn is always working to stay on the cutting edge of what it means to be successful as a digital marketer. She’s always learning and no two days at work are ever the same! Unite Experience provides a wide range of services, covering website optimization, social media management, paid advertising, affiliate marketing, development of brand guidelines, project management, and more. For small business owners who find themselves navigating unfamiliar territory in the realm of digital marketing, Jenn is here to offer guidance and expertise.

“I’m hoping to demystify the jargon around digital marketing for people who aren’t too familiar with how it works.”

She loves to immerse herself in a client’s business, mission, and values to learn how she can help them succeed—by improving search engine rankings, growing a social media following, or helping set up a newsletter, just for starters! Jenn measures her success simply: she’s only happy when her clients are.

On the horizon

Looking to the future, Jenn sees Unite Experience expanding to become a large and trusted community hub with a professional referral network for digital freelancers, including copywriters, designers, developers, and project managers. She will continue delivering consistent high-caliber and customized marketing solutions for small businesses, startups, and independent entrepreneurs. Her passion lies in ensuring the satisfaction of each and every one of her clients. success stories like Jenn’s inspire confidence and motivation for aspiring entrepreneurs. Are you ready for your entrepreneurial journey to begin? Use coupon code wpsuccessue for 3 months free with the purchase of an annual plan. Visit or click below to get started:

Data Liberation in 2024

Posted by download in Software on 12-01-2024

Imagine a more open web where people can switch between any platform of their choosing. A web where being locked into a system is a thing of the past. This is the web I’ve always wanted to see. That’s why I announced a new initiative called Data Liberation for 2024. Migrating your site to WordPress, or exporting all your content from WordPress, should be possible in one click. I want WordPress’ export format to become the lingua franca of CMSes, whether coming to WordPress or moving within WordPress. 

I often hear about folks across the WordPress community duplicating efforts when creating scripts and workflows to move users to WordPress. Imagine if we shared those resources instead and built community-owned plugins that anyone could use!

But it should be more than plugins; workflows, tutorials, and helper scripts should be shared, too. I want this resource to have space to include moving from social networks, moving from a page builder to core blocks, switching from classic to blocks, and improving WordPress current canonical plugins for importing.

You can help!

Of course, the heart of any open source project is the community that shows up to build it. My hope is that this marks the start of a new contribution pathway, separate from core teams, that allows folks to contribute what they’ve learned and what they’ve created to help others move to WordPress. I expect this emphasis on migration will also influence future development, both in core and with recommended community or canonical plugins.

There are a few things that I think will be key to making this project a success:

  • A dedicated landing page on following a[platform-name] format.
  • A forum used for non-review user feedback and general discussion.
  • A dedicated Slack channel.
  • Moderation within hours rather than days.
  • Listed on WordPress GitHub with syncing for individual commits to SVN for history in both places.

By complementing the community’s existing efforts—the Five for the Future program, the Learn WordPress initiative, a focus on internationalization, etc.—my hope is that this will help even more people see themselves in the WordPress project, providing fresh momentum for WordCamps and meetups

It’s never been more crucial to champion openness on the web. Bringing focused attention to improved portability will untether users and increase their freedom like never before.

Create a Stellar Resume Using Any Theme

Posted by download in Software on 11-01-2024

If one of your 2024 goals is to take your career to the next level, it’s worth taking a hard look at your resume. In a world where bots are scanning resumes for keywords, doing something unique—like creating a website just for your resume—is perhaps risky, but can help you stand out from the pack. And even if you aren’t actively looking for a new workplace, having a resume-focused site is great for your personal brand. 

Today, we’re going to show you how to use (nearly) any theme to create a stellar resume website. 

An example using the Bibliophile theme.

1. Choose a theme. 

For the purposes of your resume site, think less about the structure of the theme and more about the overall aesthetics. Whether you’re going for fun and retro or more buttoned-up, think about your industry and what represents you most clearly. As you’re scrolling through our showcase, pay attention to any theme that stands out before you even really think about it—the one that makes you say, “Ooh, that one is cool.”

2. Publish your resume items as posts. 

Once you select a theme, start adding content. Turn each section of your resume into its own post: 

  • Career objective and personal statement 
  • Education 
  • Work experience #1 
  • Work experience #2 
  • Work experience #3 
  • Certifications, memberships, and additional skills 

Depending on the theme, it may make sense to publish them in a specific order that reads the best on a visual level. For example, put your career objective at the top, then your most recent work experience, etc. You can also edit publish dates to move things around in the way that fits best with the theme you choose. 

3. Add pages 

In addition to utilizing posts that list out your resume items, you should also include at least two pages: 

  • About 
  • Contact 

On the “About” page, feel free to tell your story in a slightly more casual way—while still maintaining an appropriate level of professionalism for your industry. On the “Contact” page, you can either use our built-in Contact Form block or simply provide your email address. (We don’t recommend putting your phone number directly on your site.)  

If you hit the “Preview & Customize” button on any theme page, you’ll be brought to our site preview feature, which shows your site using that theme. Try it out! This is an example with the Pixl theme.

You might also want to add additional pages, depending on your career. 

  • If you’re a writer or artist, including a “Portfolio” or “Work Examples” page is a good idea.
  • For a software engineer, a showcase of projects or code snippets you worked on may be a valuable addition. 
  • If you have LinkedIn recommendations or other testimonials of your work, a “Testimonials” page may be in order. 

Finally, no matter your field, pages like “Hobbies” or “Volunteering” can add some personal flavor and show prospective employers that you’re more than just an automaton.  

4. Ship it, and update as needed! 

This is an example using the fun and nostalgic Dos theme.

Once your posts and pages are published, share your site with the world! Or, as we say around here: ship it. Share your shiny new site on social media, include the URL in any doc/PDF resumes you send out (cover letters, too), and add it to your email signature. 

Whether you’re searching for a job or not, be sure to actively update your site with any new jobs, roles, achievements, etc. 

Enhance Your Site’s Reach with Our Exclusive “SEO Foundations” Webinar

Posted by download in Software on 08-01-2024

SEO, or search engine optimization, is an essential skill in the digital world, crucial for everyone from beginners to seasoned website operators. Understanding and effectively implementing SEO strategies can dramatically improve your website’s visibility and ranking on search engines, but where do you start?

Join us for our upcoming webinar, “SEO Foundations,” to discover techniques for improving your site’s visibility and attracting more visitors, which will set up a solid base for your online growth.

As with every webinar we offer, there is no cost to join. We conclude all webinars with a live Q&A session, where our Happiness Engineers are ready to answer all your WordPress-related questions.

In this informative session:

  • Our experienced Happiness Engineers will guide you through the fundamental concepts of SEO and demonstrate their seamless integration with sites
  • You’ll learn how to enhance your content with strategic use of keywords, categories, tags, and other native WordPress elements.
  • We’ll cover the effective use of Jetpack’s SEO tools, included with, to further elevate your site’s performance.

Finally, this webinar offers an introduction to SEO plugins, highlighting how they can complement and build upon the foundational SEO principles discussed, directly aiding in boosting your site’s search engine visibility and traffic potential.

Also presenting: “Design Your Own Theme”

Transform your website’s design with ease in our “Design Your Own Theme” webinar. Learn how to utilize predefined Block Patterns for swift and effective customization. Our user-friendly point-and-click interface simplifies layout alterations and enables creative design possibilities. Join our Happiness Engineers to expertly navigate these tools and create distinctive site layouts. 

WP Briefing: Episode 70: A Look Ahead at WordPress in 2024

Posted by download in Software on 08-01-2024

Curious about WordPress’s big-picture items for 2024? Phase 3, Data Liberation, new meetups, and more, get the spotlight in this episode. Join Executive Director Josepha Haden Chomphosy for all this, plus a small list of big things coming up in the next two weeks.


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

Show Notes


[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: Hello, my dears, and welcome to 2024. I hope you’ve had a lovely break. At the top of the year, I like to look around and gather the projects that the community is interested in. We can’t always commit to everything, and sometimes even the things we plan to do can’t make it across the finish line. In the next few weeks, I’ll be publishing kind of the big picture goals for the year, but I wanted to share a little bit about what I’ve collected so far.

[00:01:05] Josepha: Firstly, we’ve got Phase 3. This has been called a few things over the years: collaborative editing, multiplayer, co-editing. But whatever it’s been called, the biggest changes to writing and design workflows are likely to happen in this phase. A redesigned workflow can be a bit of a shock. But fortunately, we already have a prototype out there.

I’ll include a link to some resources in the show notes, or of course, you can always stop by for some insights. But I would encourage you to, at the very least, get your hands on that prototype to see what it looks like is coming in Phase 3 so that you can be aware and provide your feedback.

The next thing on our list is Data Liberation. This is a new-to-us project that was introduced at State of the Word. Fortunately, though, it’s not a new concept overall. Data Liberation is actually one of the earliest ideas that sold me on WordPress. The idea that you could set up a site for a client, or yourself, and that hard work wasn’t lost if something went wrong, was really important to me. It’s been a long time since we put any effort into our importers and exporters, and I think this will be a good focus for the year.

[00:02:14] Josepha: The next thing that I’ve picked up, kind of a list of three things, but there are three mid-sized areas that I want us to pay attention to this year: plugins, old tickets, and new meetups. 

Plugins, because they really have turned a corner on where they ended 2023. A lot of work has been done to make sure that they’ve streamlined some efforts, gotten some better onboarding for folks as they’re going in, and we could really use a hand to keep that momentum going.

Old tickets, because it’s something that we hope for year after year when we’re talking to people about what they want in new releases. So often, part of what they say is some way to work through all of these old things that have been around forever, some with patches. And why not, after all?

And then new meetups, because I really still think that meetups are the best intro to WordPress. No matter whether you’re wanting to become a developer eventually or, like, the community-building aspect is the thing that hooks you forever. Meetups are the place to encourage those and discover those. 

[00:03:20] Josepha: The next thing on my list is also two things. It’s two things, but kind of a guess at the moment. There are two summit items that I want us to try to consider this year.

So the first one is contributor recognition. Acknowledgment and recognition, I think, are two different things, and there was an entire series of sessions at the summit where we talked about it. And so I think that it’s worth us digging in on that.

The other thing from the summit that I would really like us to all kind of dig in on is accessibility, how we do it, how we confirm it, what we think we should do versus what we actually do, and see what we can move on the needle there.

And the last thing is sort of a personal wish. I think it’s about time that we take a look at the way that we kind of manage ourselves as a project, the way that we do our meetings and report on our successes, things like that. And I realize that this is a big thing, and it might be a little bit scary. But, I mean, we’ve been doing this for a really long time, and it’s probably as good a time as any, frankly, to look at what we’re doing by habit or tradition and see if it still suits us.

So, that’s my back of the napkin set of notes so far. Keep an eye out in the next couple of weeks for the annual Big Picture post so you can get some context, notes, and discussion opportunities. And, of course, anything that has shown up that’s a bit bigger, a bit more final will be in there as well. 

But first, our small list of big things.

[00:04:52] (Music interlude) 

[00:05:00] Josepha: Firstly, State of the Word had nearly 200 questions submitted, and Matt has been answering the overflow on So, I’ll include a link, but head on over there to that post if you would like to catch up on those.

And then the second item, and last item, is that you’ve got a few more days left to give us feedback on WordPress meetups in 2023, and give us an idea of what we can do to improve those. I believe those close on January 14th. I really love my local meetup, and I hope that we can get some of that same sort of feeling going in all of yours, too.

[00:05:33] 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 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

I’m your host, Josepha Haden Chomphosy. Thanks again for tuning in for the WordPress Briefing, and I’ll see you again in a couple of weeks. 

[00:06:02] (Music outro)