August has been a busy month, with the redesign of WordPress.org, new localized content on Learn WordPress, and the WordPress 6.0.2 security and maintenance release. But that’s not all! Read on to catch up on the latest WordPress news.
WordPress 6.1 walk-through scheduled for September 13, 2022
Save the date! A live interactive walk-through of WordPress 6.1 is coming up on September 13, 2022, at 16:00 UTC. The event will take place via Zoom and include a discussion of new major features, resolved tickets, and potential blockers.
Attendance is open to anyone who wants to know more about what’s coming in the next major release. If you are unable to attend, the event will be recorded for on-demand viewing.
The WordPress.org Homepage and Download page got a new jazz-inspired look
The redesign of the WordPress.org homepage and download page went live on August 15, 2022. The new pages highlight the benefits of using WordPress while making it easy to access resources for getting started. The look and feel build on the jazzy aesthetic that WordPress is known for.
In addition, the admin bar and global navigation menu have been updated to simplify and better organize the content across the WordPress.org network. Expect more design updates and iterations as efforts to refresh the website continue.
Check out the new WordPress.org homepage and download page.
WordPress Planetversions 13.9 and 14.0 are here
Two new versions of WordPress Planetwere released last month:
- WordPress Planet13.9 became available for download on August 17, 2022. This release continues to iterate and polish the user interface (UI), interaction, and engine work for site editing.
- WordPress Planet14.0 brings a lot of enhancements, including extra block supports in the UI, a revamped List block, and more. It shipped on August 31, 2022.
This new post in the “Core Editor Improvement” series focuses on the template creation enhancements coming in WordPress 6.1. You can explore them now with the Gutengerg plugin.
New localized content on Learn WordPress
Learn WordPress is currently expanding the non-English resources available on the platform! Last month, some members of the Training Team hosted the first free online workshops in Japanese. Following its success, two more sessions will be held on September 7 and 17, 2022. Get the details in the online workshop calendar.
In addition, learners have access to:
Curious about what else is new on Learn WordPress? Check out the learning materials released in August 2022.
Enter the educational world of the Training Team and its Learn initiative in the latest episode of WP Briefing.
Team updates: WordPress 6.0.2 maintenance release, Twenty Twenty-Three kickoff, and more
- WordPress 6.0.2 is now available. This security and maintenance release features 12 bug fixes on Core, 5 bug fixes for the Block Editor, and 3 security fixes.
- The new Twenty Twenty-Three (TT3) theme, which will ship with the WordPress 6.1 release, is now in development. The theme will bundle a collection of style variations designed by community members. The final curated set is expected to be chosen by September 7, 2022.
- The August edition of the Meetup Organizer Newsletter shares tips on how to join and support the Meetup Reactivation project.
- The feedback tool for translate.wordpress.org is now available for all WordPress.org users that have opted into notifications. Learn more in the latest edition of the Polyglots Monthly Newsletter.
- Code references in DevHub (WordPress Developer Docs) are now easier to use, understand and navigate.
- Members of the Documentation Team kicked off discussions around the WordPress 6.1 release docs.
- The bug scrub schedule for WordPress 6.1 was published last month. Anyone can join these sessions to learn, help, or even lead one.
- To celebrate World Photography Day (August 19), the Photos Team set up a fun photo challenge to contribute to the WordPress Photo Directory. The initiative may be over, but photo contributions are always open!
- Nominations for the Performance Team Reps are open until September 9, 2022.
- Why is WordPress Planetbeing developed on GitHub? Is WordPress Planetpart of core? Get answers to these and other common questions about WordPress core and Gutenberg.
- Members of the Full Site Editing Outreach program joined a Hallway Hangout session to talk about block themes, from workflow changes to tools they are using and more.
- The latest edition of People of WordPress features Bud Kraus and his inspiring WordPress journey.
The Testing Team is looking for facilitators to expand testing efforts across the project.
Feedback & testing requests
- Are you a meetup organizer or member? Complete the 2021-2022 Annual Meetup Survey (available in 14 languages) to help strengthen this global WordPress program.
- Members of the Core Team are looking for feedback on a new system for updating HTML attributes. The call is open until September 9, 2022.
- There’s a new proposal to harmonize the process of merging new APIs from the WordPress Planetplugin to the WordPress core. Share your thoughts by September 7, 2022.
- Version 20.6 of WordPress for Android and iOS is available for testing.
WordPress Planet13.8 introduced the first version of fluid typography, a new feature that allows theme authors to define text size that can scale and adapt to changes in screen size. Help shape its future by joining this testing call.
Event updates & WordCamps
- Get ready for WordCamp US! The event is happening on September 9 through 11, 2022, in San Diego, California. Check out the schedule and tune into the WCUS livestream if you are attending virtually.
- Openverse announced that they will be participating in the WordCamp US Contributor Day remotely. Learn how you can get involved.
- WordCamp Asia organizers sold out the first batch of standard and micro sponsor tickets in one day. The second batch will be released soon.
- Planning for WordCamp Europe 2023 is in full swing! You can still apply to be an organizer.
- Join #WPDiversity with a free, online speaker workshop for Indian women in the WordPress community. The event will take place on September 24-25, 2022.
- Don’t miss these other upcoming WordCamps:
- WordCamp Netherlands, The Netherlands on September 15-16, 2022
- WordCamp Pontevedra, Spain on September 24-25, 2022
The Call for Speakers for WordCamp Asia is closing soon! Submit your application by September 30, 2022, and help reach WCAsia’s speaker diversity goals.
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