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WordPress Turns 20 - WP Tavern

WordPress is 20 years old today, an estimable milestone for open source software running on the web. Parties are happening all over the world – in Geneva, Los Angeles, Istanbul, Bangkok, Lahore, Jakarta, Mumbai – in over 150 different locations…. Continue Reading →

WordPress and Drupal Co-Founders Discuss Open Source, AI, and the Future of the Web - WP Tavern

WordPress is celebrating its 20th anniversary tomorrow and recently its co-founders, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, joined Drupal founder Dries Buytaert together on stage at a private event for the first time on May 17. They discussed how their lives… Continue Reading →

WordPress 6.2 Core Performance Analysis Finds Improving Template Loading for Classic Themes Could Make a Major Impact - WP Tavern

WordPress’ Performance Team has published a summary of a core performance analysis they completed in order to identify and prioritize areas for improvement. As part of this process, contributors created a methodology with a standard set of tools that can… Continue Reading →

MariaDB Health Checks Plugin Now Available on - WP Tavern

A new MariaDB Health Checks plugin is now available on, thanks to the efforts of contributors involved in the 2023 CloudFest Hackathon which took place in Germany. MariaDB is a popular open source database used by those looking to… Continue Reading →

Automattic Releases wp-now: A Local Development Environment Powered by WordPress Playground - WP Tavern

Automattic has published a new project called wp-now that creates a local development environment in seconds. The tool is a NodeJS app that is powered by WordPress Playground, an experimental project that uses WebAssembly (WASM) to run WordPress in the browser…. Continue Reading →

Gutenberg 15.8 Adds Pages Menu to Site Editor, Revisions UI to Global Styles - WP Tavern

Gutenberg 15.8 was released with some exciting features that were included in the tentative WordPress 6.3 roadmap. Users are getting closer to a more unified content editing experience with the addition of the Pages menu to the Site Editor. Clicking… Continue Reading →

Shufflehound Releases Free Lemmony Child Theme for Agencies - WP Tavern

Shufflehound made a big splash in March when it released Lemmony, a free WordPress block theme with more than 30 patterns. This was the company’s first block theme on and it is already active on more than 1,000 websites…. Continue Reading →

WordPress 6.2.2 Restores Shortcode Support in Block Templates, Fixes Security Issue - WP Tavern

WordPress 6.2.2 was released early this morning as a rapid follow-up to 6.2.1, which introduced a bug that broke shortcode support in block templates. Version 6.2.1 was also an important security release, but due to the catastrophic breakage for those… Continue Reading →

WordPress 6.3 Development Kicks Off to Conclude Gutenberg Phase 2 - WP Tavern

The WordPress 6.3 development cycle has begun and work is already underway on an ambitious list of features that will debut in the upcoming major release. It will cap off Phase 2 of the Gutenberg project, with an emphasis on… Continue Reading →

WCEU 2023 Publishes Schedule, Reaffirms Commitment to Diversity - WP Tavern

WordCamp Europe 2023 is just under three weeks away from happening in Athens on June 8-10. More than 2,700 tickets have been purchased and 527 remain, along with 49 micro-sponsor tickets. Speaker announcements have concluded and the official schedule was… Continue Reading →

WordPress Is Developing a Command Center for Quick Search and Navigation Inside the Admin - WP Tavern

WordPress may soon be getting a Command Center, which would function as a quick search component for navigating to other areas of the admin, and would also be capable of running commands. The feature was introduced in Gutenberg 15.6 under… Continue Reading →

WordPress 6.2.1 Update Breaks Shortcode Support in Block Templates - WP Tavern

WordPress 6.2.1 was released yesterday and rolled out to sites with automatic background updates enabled. The update included five important security fixes. Ordinarily, a maintenance and security release can be trusted not to break a website, but many users are… Continue Reading →

WordPress 6.2.1 Released with Fixes for 5 Security Vulnerabilities - WP Tavern

WordPress 6.2.1 was released today. Those with automatic background updates enabled should see a notice in their email, as updates rolled out earlier today. This is a maintenance and security release that includes important fixes for five security vulnerabilities outlined… Continue Reading →

New Proposal Looks to Retire Older WordPress Default Themes - WP Tavern

WordPress is approaching its 20th anniversary, and for the majority of those years, contributors have cranked out a new default theme. Even though the structure and supported features of default themes have drastically changed over the years, contributors are still… Continue Reading →

ACF Plugin’s Reflected XSS Vulnerability Attracts Exploit Attempts Within 24 Hours of Public Announcement - WP Tavern

On May 5, Patchstack published a security advisory about a high severity reflected cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in ACF (Advanced Custom Fields), potentially affecting more than 4.5 million users. WP Engine patched the vulnerability on May 4, but the Akamai… Continue Reading →

Themeum Acquires Kirki Customizer Framework Plugin - WP Tavern

Themeum, a WordPress theme and plugin company founded in 2013, has acquired the Kirki Customizer Framework plugin from its former developer, David Vongries. In April 2023, Vongries announced he was sunsetting the product and discontinuing development. He put the plugin up for… Continue Reading →

ACF Launches New Annual Survey - WP Tavern

WP Engine has launched an annual survey for Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), one of the plugins it acquired from Delicious Brains in 2022. ACF reports more than 4.5 million active users, including PRO site installs, and WP Engine Product Manager… Continue Reading →

Essential Addons for Elementor Patches Critical Privilege Escalation Vulnerability - WP Tavern

Essential Addons for Elementor, a plugin with more than a million active installs, has patched an unauthenticated privilege escalation vulnerability in version 5.7.2. The vulnerability was discovered on May 8, 2023, and reported by Patchstack researcher Rafie Muhammad. It was given… Continue Reading →

MasterWP Launches 2023 WordCamp US Travel Program with $10K in Grants for Underrepresented Speaker Groups - WP Tavern

WordCamp US 2023, which is being held August 23-25 in National Harbor, has opened its call for speaker applications. If financial considerations are preventing anyone from applying, there are scholarships and grants available to help cover travel expenses. WCUS is… Continue Reading →

WP Engine Releases Frost, A Free Block Theme for Website Builders - WP Tavern

The WordPress Themes Directory is now hosting more than 300 block themes, a milestone for the dedicated theme developers who have persevered through the growing pains and evolution of block theming. WP Engine is one of the newest theme authors… Continue Reading →

WordPress Community Team Evolves WordCamp Format to Promote Adoption, Training, and Networking for Professionals - WP Tavern

WordPress’ Community Team hailed a new era of WordCamps in its recent announcement outlining a significant shift in the purpose for the events. In the past, WordCamps have had a mostly predictable format of presenting inspirational talks on exciting things… Continue Reading →

WordPress Contributors Discuss How Core Can Better Enable AI Innovation - WP Tavern

As AI-powered technology is rapidly evolving to exponentially extend human capabilities, WordPress contributors do not want the platform to get left behind. AI-powered website creation could even become a threat to its existence, more than a competing CMS, if WordPress… Continue Reading →

Advanced Custom Fields Plugin Patches Reflected XSS Vulnerability - WP Tavern

Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) has patched a reflected XSS vulnerability that affects versions 6.1.5 and below of ACF and ACF Pro, potentially impacting more than 2+ million users. It was discovered by Patchstack researcher Rafie Muhammad in February 2023, and patched… Continue Reading →

Gutenberg 15.7 Adds Site Logo Upload to Inspector Controls - WP Tavern

Gutenberg 15.7 was released this week, adding Site Logo upload and replacement from the inspector controls sidebar. This feature is still available in the block toolbar but it feels like a natural addition to the inspector, as it was previously… Continue Reading →

Caseproof Acquires WishList Member - WP Tavern

Caseproof, makers of MemberPress, has acquired WishList Products, the parent company of WishList Member and CourseCure. The Wishlist team, with the exception of co-founder Tracy Childers, will continue supporting and developing the products under the leadership of Caseproof founder Blair… Continue Reading →

WordPress Themes Team Releases Stacks: A Community Theme for Building Slide Decks - WP Tavern

WordPress’ Themes Team has released a new block theme called Stacks as part of the Community Themes initiative proposed earlier this year. The goal is to bring together representatives of the team to build block themes year round, the same… Continue Reading →

WordPress Marketing Team Launches “From Blogs to Blocks” Campaign Ahead of 20th Anniversary - WP Tavern

WordPress’ Marketing team has launched a new campaign called “From Blogs to Blocks” in anticipation of the project’s upcoming 20th anniversary. The WordPress community is celebrating this major milestone through various activities and local meetups that are being held around… Continue Reading →

First Round of WordCamp US 2023 Tickets Sold Out - WP Tavern

Tickets for WordCamp US 2023 went on sale this morning and quickly sold out within a few hours, leaving many hoping for another opportunity in the next round. WCUS, WordPress’ flagship event in the Western Hemisphere, is happening August 24-26, 2023,… Continue Reading →

New WP Speakers Website Helps Event Organizers Find Speakers - WP Tavern

Michelle Frechette, Director of Community Engagement at StellarWP, has launched a new independent project called WP Speakers that helps event organizers find available speakers for WordPress meetups, WordCamps, podcasts, and other events. The site offers a database of speakers that… Continue Reading →

Priced Out of API Access: Jetpack and Discontinue Support for Twitter Auto-Sharing - WP Tavern

Jetpack and announced they will no longer support the Twitter API in their products. Last month Twitter suspended’s access to its API, which broke Jetpack Social Sharing – the mechanism that auto-tweets published posts. Although’s access to… Continue Reading →

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