Discovering New Worlds of Plugins
It's Episode 593 and we have plugins for Embed AI, Planetary Info, Advancing Reset, Sitemap Regen, Sorting Menu, Remove Deletions… and ClassicPress Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!
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Welcome to Episode 593 – Discovering New Worlds of Plugins – Hoping that the new time is working out for everyone! The sunshine is starting to come out a little, it's starting to warm up a bit, here's hoping that the sunshine will come and hang out sooner rather than later!
Onto the art!
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Let's start the show with this weeks Featured Artist:
Angel Lemus — http://www.koadigital.com
We are still lacking in new art, however because of this we get to bring forth some amazing art that has not been seen for a while!
Feeling Inspired? Hit up our site at https://wppluginsatoz.com/artwork/ and submit some artwork of your own!
…We can NEVER have too much art!
Or check out allll the artwork at: https://wppluginsatoz.com/artwork/
Breaking News in the WordPress World at large!!
…If I missed something, shoot me a link at firstname.lastname@example.org – it may show up on the next show!
News this week:
WordPress Vulnerability Report February 15, 2023 (https://ithemes.com/blog/wordpress-vulnerability-report-february-15-2023/) – There are no core theme vulnerabilities to speak of this week, which is awesome! On the other hand, there are however a lot of plugins that had vulnerabilities that have now been fixed. The list of plugins to be aware of is very short, only 3 plugins this week: WordPress Slider by Supsystic plugin, WordPress WeChat Robot plugin, and WordPress 0mk Shortener plugin.
There is also one WordPress Theme Vulnerability to be aware of: WordPress Colorway Theme.
Industry-wide tech layoffs impacting WordPress professionals (https://wptavern.com/industry-wide-tech-layoffs-impacting-wordpress-professionals) – The tech layoffs with major players like PayPal, Spotify, Google, Microsoft, Coinbase, Salesforce, and amazon hitting meta, Peleton, Stripe, Carvana and more. This round of layoffs is more brutal than what hit in 2022, and is affecting the WordPress community as well as the wider tech community.
Meetup.com follows through on commitment to improve website accessibility (https://wptavern.com/meetup-com-follows-through-on-commitment-to-improve-website-accessibility) – Back in November of '22, Meetup raised concerns with WordPress Community after it added an accessibility overlay to wits website, powered by EqualLab. This is generally discouraged as overlays are a kind of shortcut generally. meetup removed the overlay, and promised to work on the accessibility. They have now completed the work, and are excited to announce that they have completed an assessment with Deque, a well-respected accessibility consultancy.
WordPress 6.2 Beta 2 released with fixes for 71 issues and important performance improvements for block themes (https://wptavern.com/wordpress-6-2-beta-2-released-with-fixes-for-71-issues-and-important-performance-improvements-for-block-themes) – This recent Beta release was set loose on Feb. 14, and is free to check out! In a recent performance team meeting, WordPress core committer Felix Artz highlighted an important fix for how lazy loading is handled in block themes. There are many exciting changes going on and for those into testing these newer beta's out, it will probably be like playing in a candy store!
Watch WordCamp Aisa 2023 via livestream February 17-19, 2023 (https://wptavern.com/watch-wordcamp-asia-2023-via-livestream-february-17-19) – WordPress Asia is happening in Bangkok, Thailand this year starting on February 17, going until February 19. There are 1500 expected to show up in person, though for those unable to attend in person, there will be a livestream broadcasting the sessions from the conference days after Contributor day, which will be kicking off the first day.
WordCamp London in early planning stages for September 2023 (https://wptavern.com/wordcamp-london-in-early-planning-stages-for-september-2023) – The organizers of WordCamp London are already in the early planning stages. It's been nearly 4 years since the last time WordCamp was hosted in London, so this one will likely be absolutely fantastic! You can read more by checking out our shownotes, though we will keep you up to date on how and when things go!
OpenAI Exec admits AI needs regulation (https://www.technewsworld.com/story/openai-exec-admits-ai-needs-regulation-177772.html) – This is an interesting article where the Open AI CTO Mira Murati manages to stoke the governmental oversight of artificial intelligence Sunday when she conceded in an interview with Time Magazine that the technology needed to be regulated. Very interesting, worth a read, you can follow the link in our show notes!
…Our News Section really isn't complete without ClassicPress News…
Nothing new has been posted on the ClassicPress website this week but we know from past weeks they have been keeping busy. Check the news below for what has been happening and stay tuned!
ClassicPress has released 1.5.0 which which brings full support for PHP 8.0., Image Lazy Loading, And More In v1.5.0 Read up on all the changes that come with the new version.
Remember to do your backup before you upgrade!!
ClassicPress is doing a Poll of its users to see where they want ClassicPress to go in the future. They have given two options to vote on. Go check out the options and cast your vote!
ClassicPress has projects they are looking to have some support with. They have a page with these projects listed and who the contact is for the project. Check out the following page if you are using ClassicPress and are interested in helping them move forward! https://forums.classicpress.net/t/currently-active-projects/3630
They also have some petitions posted check them out!
…For some up to date news on ClassicPress check out the ClassicPress Blog.
Microsoft ups the ante for online search with new AI-powered bing engine edge browser (https://www.technewsworld.com/story/microsoft-ups-ante-for-online-search-with-new-ai-powered-bing-engine-edge-browser-177773.html)
The Metaverse in 2023: doomed or just growing pains? (https://www.technewsworld.com/story/the-metaverse-in-2023-doomed-or-just-growing-pains-177755.html)
Car with no human inside drives on European road for the first time (https://thenextweb.com/news/german-startup-vay-drives-first-remote-controlled-car-in-europe)
This tiny flying robot could work as an artificial pollinator (https://thenextweb.com/news/tiny-flying-robot-could-work-as-artificial-pollinator)
Otherweb could help avoid fake news embarrassment (https://www.technewsworld.com/story/otherweb-can-help-avoid-fake-news-embarrassment-177767.html)
Cyber forecast for 2023 and beyond: hang on for a bumpy digital ride (https://www.technewsworld.com/story/cyber-forecast-for-2023-and-beyond-hang-on-for-a-bumpy-digital-ride-177752.html)
The cloud has pushed identity to its breaking point. What's next? (https://www.technewsworld.com/story/the-cloud-has-pushed-identity-to-its-breaking-point-whats-next-177750.html)
Chipper Cash execute's second round of layoffs in less than three months after axing 12.5% of staff
Toyota research institute svp on the difficulty of building the perfect home robot (https://techcrunch.com/2023/02/18/toyota-research-institute-svp-on-the-difficulty-of-building-the-perfect-home-robot/)
…Some random entertainment in the World of WordPress!
…Matt's Famous Quotes
…The hall of shame via Automattic:
Let's have a peek at our Contests for this week…
Firstly we want to thank Simple Giveaways for being totally awesome and providing us with their Premium Version for our contests!
Secondly we want to thank Steve Goodtime & Brant Matthews for creating our amazing jingle we still use!!
And we want to thank Charlie for coming to our aid and rescue yet again with another fantastic contest!