#171 – WP 6.6 Release Squad, WCEU Receives Patronage from the European Parliament


The WordPress 6.6 Release Squad has been declared and we hope the release will be the best ever. And in a thrilling development, WordCamp Europe has been granted a prestigious Patronage from the European Parliament. 

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WordPress 6.6 release squad ready

Matt Mullenweg is the project’s Release Lead, with Meher Bala serving as the Release Coordinator and Jb Audras taking on the role of Core Tech Lead. Other members of the squad include Mary Baum (Marketing & Communications Lead), Anne McCarthy (Test Lead), Rich Tabor (Design Lead) and Adam Silverstein (Performance Lead). The Editor Tech Leads (Ella van DurpeVicente Canales) Core Triage Leads (Olga GlecklerNazmul Hasan Robin) Editor Triage Leads (Fabian KägyDamon Cook) Documentation Leads (JuanMa GarridoJenny DupuyJosep Morán) make the rest of the team.

  • Bug Scrub schedule for WordPress 6.6: You can contribute by creating patches, making code review and testing. You can start your own triage sessions too. Currently Alpha Scrubs are scheduled for May 20, 21, 28, 30 and June 04.
  • WooCommerce 8.9 has been released: You can now add Custom Product Fields to products via the New Product Editor. This feature allows you to manage custom fields via a new section located at the bottom of the Organization tab. In WooCommerce 9.0, scheduled for release on June 11th, the main HTML tag will be changed from <div> to <main> in several block templates in an effort to improve accessibility.
  • Call for testing the new coming soon mode in WooCommerce: The upcoming feature will allow new merchants to build their store in private, while growing their online presence with a coming soon page. It is coupled with a new “Launch Your Store” setup task that aims to give users more confidence taking their store live.
  • Proposal: changes to the themes team: The proposal suggests renaming the Themes Review team’s Slack channel to #themes to reduce confusion and better reflect the team’s expanded role, continuing theme review meetings, and introducing a weekly bug scrub for default themes.
  • Proposal to update WordPress Event Venue Policy: The new policy proposes to permit the use of venues owned by institutions with religious affiliations, provided these venues are not used for religious worship and maintain a policy of openness to hosting events for all, without discrimination. Share your thoughts by 3 June.
  • Matt Mullenweg back after sabbatical: He was taking a three-month sabbatical.
  • Google announces two new crawlers: Google revealed details of two new crawlers that are optimized for scraping image and video content for “research and development” purposes. Google also officially launched AI Overviews in the US. It will expand the launch to other countries by the end of this year. 
  • Google hints at improving site rankings in next update: Google’s John Mueller says the Search team is “explicitly evaluating” how to reward sites that produce helpful, high-quality content when the next core update rolls out.
  • Acquia Survey reveals brands are paying the price for digital accessibility deficiencies: This report contains some shocking stats. For starters, 89% of participants say they encounter accessibility issues that make it challenging to interact with websites or other digital experiences offered by brands. In addition, 62% say they would consider switching to a competitor with better accessibility features. 
  • Python Software Foundation announces 5-year sponsorship commitment from Fastly: The sponsorship supports PSF’s activities and events, most notably the security and reliability of the Python Package Index (PyPI). Although Fastly has sponsored PSF for the past ten years, particularly by donating CDN resources that keep PyPI fast and reliable, this new five-year commitment ensures continued support and stability for the community.


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Updates and News from the WordPress Community

WordCamp Europe receives patronage from the European Parliament

Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament, approved this patronage. The Patronage elevates WordCamp Europe’s stature and highlights WordPress’ pivotal role in driving innovation, empowering businesses and individuals, and fostering community engagement across the world.


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