#169 – WordPress 6.5.3 Releasing Today, Big Sky AI Website Builder


WordPress 6.5.3 is expected later today while WordPress 6.6 will be released on July 16. If you can, please help test, offer suggestions and volunteer so that we have a smooth release.

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All the updates around WordPress and its closely related technologies

Roadmap to 6.6

WordPress 6.6 will be released on July 16, 2024. With a slightly shorter cycle, this release heavily builds on the foundation of the last with some new items. The new minimum supported version of PHP will be 7.2.24.

  • WordPress 6.5.3 RC1 is now available: It features 11 fixes in Core as well as 8 fixes for the Block Editor. The final release is expected later today. It will include a new Dashboard notice advising people to refresh after activating a free plugin. This will help with the problem of setup wizards no longer being triggered on activation.
  • Data Liberation project plan & updates: The Data Liberation project aims to create a solution that enables users to migrate to WordPress from any platform and export content out, with a prototype expected by early June and final delivery by November 2024. The project involves developing a plugin to facilitate seamless data migration. In the past two months, the Data Liberation project team had collected feedback from various community members.
  • Google launches Performance Max for Marketplaces: It lets sellers advertise marketplace products without a website or a Google Merchant Center account. The move acknowledges the growing importance of online marketplaces like Amazon in product discovery.
  • New Google Search reputation abuse policy started: Google’s new Search spam policy around reputation abuse – or what SEOs have referred to as “parasite SEO” – will take effect on May 6th. Many sites from across the web took down webpages that could be perceived as hosting third-party content to rank in search engines. Google’s Search Advocate, John Mueller, recently addressed the SEO community’s concerns about site recovery after being impacted by algorithm updates.
  • Microsoft makes Copilot available to all advertisers: Microsoft’s AI assistant Copilot is now available for all advertisers across the Microsoft Advertising Platform, a month after they increased the testing pool.


A collection of web security and vulnerability news and updates for the past week

Wordfence Intelligence Weekly WordPress Vulnerability Report (April 22, 2024 to April 28, 2024)

Last week, there were 282 vulnerabilities disclosed in 220 WordPress Plugins and 22 WordPress Themes.


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  • Shutterstock enters into definitive agreement to acquire Envato: Shutterstock is acquiring Envato in a $245M all-cash deal. This move marks the end of Envato’s independence, raising concerns about future changes in leadership, priorities, and the support for code-based creators.
  • AccessAlly is joining the Caseproof family of products: AccessAlly will be a part of Syed Balkhi’s WPBeginner Growth Fund. The entire team is staying on board and AccessAlly will retain its brand and independence.
  • WPShout unites with CodeinWP: The WPShout and CodeinWP websites have been merged under the WPShout brand. They merged the two databases, and the number of published articles focused on WordPress development and website growth went over 1,400.
  • Stack Overflow and OpenAI partner: OpenAI and Stack Overflow are coming together via OverflowAPI access to provide OpenAI users and customers with the accurate and vetted data foundation that AI tools need to quickly find a solution to a problem so that technologists can stay focused on priority tasks. 


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