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Prosecute Trump, Bar Him From Seeking Office – Only In Bridgeport®


By John Marshall Lee:

Readers of OIB, lend me your eyes (for oversight) and ears. I come to praise democracy, not to bury it.

The eighth hearing just concluded Thursday evening and the presentations at each time have led to an increased public understanding of the role President Trump took to remain in office by any means possible, legal, illegal, or use of incited power.

Along with a number of other citizens, taxpayers, and voters, who look at the structure and operation of governance through the roles outlined in our documents by those elected and appointed, my opinion is that no one is supposed to escape the rule of law. So, I expect indictments to continue in several locations and courts for the illegalities that have been exposed in great detail. And I expect those cases when tried to bring about convictions and consequences, so as to create a future expectation of same, for folks who mess with the rule of law, especially when the actions prevent equal opportunity to participate in fair voting procedure and to have a person’s vote count, on its own.

The outcome most desired by me personally is for prosecution to occur of the President for any of several acts of harm to the person of the Vice President and Congresspersons, public safety personnel defending the Capitol and assembled persons, when he alone, failed to act promptly to quell the folks he sent on a fool’s errand because of THE BIG LIE. Let a major consequence of his trial be the inability to ever hold elective office again, specifically the Presidency. Perhaps putting an end to his power ambitions will provide him time to defend actions in other courts regarding financial misdeeds ultimately and cost him dollars to repair.

Outrageous lies and illegal behavior would lead to time behind bars for most people, but at this time, sending others to prison is a more effective way to warn potential conspirators in future law breaking of the downside they face. And the consequence of eliminating a pursuit of future office will be enough to keep the public safe and Trump supporters a time to consider and join in repairing the body public in the United States of America. Have patience with our entire judicial system where we have equal rights, or not? Time will tell.

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North Korea-linked SharpTongue spies on email accountsSecurity Affairs


North Korea-linked threat actor SharpTongue is using a malicious extension on Chromium-based web browsers to spy on victims’ email accounts.

North Korea-linked actor SharpTongue has been using a malicious extension on Chromium-based web browsers to spy on victims’ Gmail and AOL email accounts.

Researchers from cybersecurity firm Volexity tracked the threat actors as SharpTongue, but its operation overlaps with the one of the Kimsuky APT group.

The SharpTongue’s toolset was detailed in a report published by Huntress in 2021, however, in September 2021, Volexity began observing the use of a previously undocumented malware family. In the last 12 months. Volexity has responded to multiple security incidents involving SharpTongue and, in most cases, threat actors used a malicious Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge extension tracked as “SHARPEXT”.

Unlike other extensions used by the Kimsuky APT group, SHARPEXT does not try to steal usernames and passwords, rather, it accesses the victim’s webmail account as they browse it. The current version of the extension supports three web browsers and is able to steal the content of e-mails from both Gmail and AOL webmail.

“SHARPEXT is a malicious browser extension deployed by SharpTongue following successful compromise of a target system. In the first versions of SHARPEXT investigated by Volexity, the malware only supported Google Chrome.” reads the analysis published by the experts. “The latest version (3.0 based on the internal versioning) supports three browsers:

  • Chrome
  • Edge
  • Whale (used by South Korean users)”

The attack chain starts with attackers manually exfiltrating files required to install the extension from the infected workstation. Once breached a target Windows system, the attackers replace the browser’s Preferences and Secure Preferences.

Then, attackers manually install SHARPEXT using a VBS script. Threat actors enable the DevTools panel within the active tab to spy on the email content and steal attachments from a victim’s mailbox. This action is done using a PowerShell script named dev.ps1. The attackers also hide warning messages running developer mode extensions.

“When Volexity first encountered SHARPEXT, it seemed to be a tool in early development containing numerous bugs, an indication the tool was immature. The latest updates and ongoing maintenance demonstrate the attacker is achieving its goals, finding value in continuing to refine it.” continues the report. “Volexity’s own visibility shows the extension has been quite successful, as logs obtained by Volexity show the attacker was able to successfully steal thousands of emails from multiple victims through the malware’s deployment.”

Experts pointed out that this is the first time the threat actor used malicious browser extensions as part of the post-exploitation phase. Stealing email data from a user’s already-logged-in session, makes this attack stealthy and hard to be detected by the email provider.

The researchers shared the YARA rules to detect these attacks and Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) for this threat.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, SharpTongue)

















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Blogging Platforms Market to Witness Huge Growth by Key Players:


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Build with NoCode book released; To help millions of aspiring Indians realise their dreams


New Delhi [India], July 26 (ANI/BusinessWire India): Every small business needs a website, and every young and experienced professional must exhibit their skills and expertise online to realise their aspirations. With this belief, Sandeep Tripathy, an innovative global product designer, recently launched a book called Build with NoCode. The book is now available on (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B5KW41T6) Amazon Kindle (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B5KW41T6). The paperback copy of the book will be released soon.

Build with NoCode has a step-by-step guide for beginners that help in building a website from scratch using WordPress, a free and open-source content management system (CMS). “Today, having a website is no more an option. Many people are still unaware that they need not hire a website designer or Web developer to build their website. They can easily do that themselves with the help of WordPress. If you are a start-up, engaged in consulting services, or a working professional, you can build your website without knowing how to code. My book Build with NoCode is all about it. I will be glad if, through my book, I can help aspiring business owners and professionals to achieve their dreams,” said Sandeep Tripathy, author of the book.

To ensure the book could be of best use for beginners, the content has been reviewed and used by a few students and professionals to build their websites. “As an advanced reader of the book, I used the opportunity to learn to create a website. Build with NoCode Book has practical steps and is free from technical jargon. Sandeep has been a long-time user of WordPress. He has packaged his experiences from a beginner’s perspective in this book. I believe such kinds of books can be of great help to millions of youth in remote areas. They would use the guide and make their websites to connect with their target audience for employment and business,” says Shonal Rath, Founder of Demystified Initiative, an organisation committed to the betterment of vulnerable communities.

The book targets professionals, including early-stage startup founders, UI / UX designers and freelancers. Readers will get to learn various features of WordPress that come inbuilt with it, along with exercises to put the learning into action. This includes learning to create and manage posts, pages, and users, upload and manage media content, including images, videos, and user comments, modify the website’s aesthetics, extend or add functionality to the website with plugins, and much more. Moreover, readers don’t need to purchase a domain name or a hosting service to learn how to build a website, as they’ll learn how to install WordPress on their laptop/desktop.

“As a Brand and Communication professional, I believe this could help everyone create an online profile to exhibit their expertise and experience. As editor of the book, I ensured that each step was defined well and easily decoded by the users. The book will be helpful for professionals, entrepreneurs, creators, and freelancers to build their online personal brand and portfolio,” says Sevashree Mohapatra, a former journalist with Hindustan Times and Communication leader with several multinational companies.

WordPress (hosted at WordPress.org) is free; anybody can use it for commercial or non-commercial purposes without paying any licensing fee. It can be used for building websites, blogs, or any app using NoCode concepts. Due to its ease of use and versatility, it has grown to become the most used CMS in the world, with more than 40 per cent of the market share. “Contrary to popular belief that WordPress CMS is used by amateurs, several leading and high-traffic websites, such as TechCrunch, Sony Music’s official website, Facebook Newsroom website, etc., are built using this CMS,” added Sandeep.

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Zoners Recognize Zen Quality Of Cannabis For Business – Only In Bridgeport®


Cannabis is big business, a new retail venture that is projected to infuse the city budget with more than $1 million annually from a three percent municipal tax on gross sales. Zoning officials amended regulations to open up the industry to higher-trafficked commercial corridors.

CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart has more:

Members of the zoning commission this week approved amended regulations allowing recreational marijuana retail sales in a majority of the city’s commercial strips, undoing last fall’s vote that defined this new industry the same as strip clubs and pornography shops and hid the future storefronts away.

“The real thrust of this from a land-use point of view was to expand the potential footprint — to move from being isolated in the industrial areas to the more customer-friendly commercial corridors and the downtown,” William Coleman, deputy economic development director, said Thursday following the commission’s Wednesday night action.

… Meanwhile a proponent, Adam Wood, president of the Connecticut Cannabis Chamber of Commerce, applauded the zoning commission’s decision.

Bridgeport is a community that was disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs,” Wood said. “Hopefully, this will help the city to attract new businesses and more actively benefit from the state’s social equity program.”

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ENISA THREAT LANDSCAPE FOR RANSOMWARE ATTACKSSecurity Affairs


I’m proud to announce the release of the “ENISA THREAT LANDSCAPE FOR RANSOMWARE ATTACKS” report, Enjoy it!

Ransomware has become one of the most dangerous threats for organizations worldwide. Cybercriminal organizations and ransomware gangs have devised new business models that are attracting a broad range of advanced threat actors. It is quite easy today for cybercrime groups to launch a cyber attack benefitting from the Ransomware-as-a-Service model causing damages of any size.
The ENISA THREAT LANDSCAPE FOR RANSOMWARE ATTACKS report aims to bring new insights into the reality of ransomware incidents through mapping and studying ransomware incidents from May 2021 to June 2022. The findings are worrisome.
Ransomware operations continue to evolve and are becoming more efficient and causing more devastating attacks. The double-extortion model could expose the most private information of targeted entities on the Internet to the highest bidder.

ENISA THREAT LANDSCAPE FOR RANSOMWARE ATTACKS

The main highlights of the ENISA THREAT LANDSCAPE FOR RANSOMWARE ATTACKS report include the following:

  • A novel LEDS matrix (Lock, Encrypt, Delete, Steal) that accurately maps ransomware capabilities based on the actions performed and assets targeted;
  • A detailed and in-depth analysis of the ransomware life cycle: initial access, execution, action on objectives, blackmail, and ransom negotiation;
  • Collection and in-depth analysis of 623 ransomware incidents from May 2021 to June 2022;
  • More than 10 terabytes of data stolen monthly by ransomware from targeted organisations;
  • Approximately 58.2% of all the stolen data contains GDPR personal data based on this analysis;
  • In 95.3% of the incidents it is not known how threat actors obtained initial access into the target organisation;
  • It is estimated that more than 60% of affected organisations may have paid ransom demands;
  • At least 47 unique ransomware threat actors were found.

Another important aspect to consider when dealing with this threat is that the number of publicly disclosed incidents is just the tip of the iceberg.

The report includes recommendations to increase resilience against ransomware attacks and respond to this threat, enjoy it!

https://www.enisa.europa.eu/publications/enisa-threat-landscape-for-ransomware-attacks

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Google: “Always Try” To Replace HTTP Links With HTTPS


Google’s Search Advocate John Mueller says you should always try to replace internal links pointing to HTTP URLs with the newer HTTP versions.

This is stated in a Reddit thread asking if it’s worth the effort to replace internal HTTP links with HTTPS versions, even when there are already redirects.

Several years ago, Google’s Gary Illyes said replacing links isn’t worth it when proper redirects are in place:

Now, Mueller says it’s “always” worth doing. Thankfully, as other commenters in the thread state, mass replacing HTTP internal links isn’t hard to do.

Here’s what Mueller says about replacing HTTP with HTTPS links and how to do it.

Replacing Internal HTTP Links With HTTP Versions

Mueller gives two reasons for replacing old HTTP internal links.

First, it’s cleaner than having a bunch of redirects. And, unlike external links, you have complete control over the URL visitors are sent to.

Mueller states:

“I’d always try to fix internal links, it just makes things cleaner, and is under your own control. I doubt it would have any visible effect though.”

Replacing HTTP internal links likely won’t have a noticeable impact on search rankings, as Mueller says, but it’s worth doing.

Why?

Changing the links, rather than relying on redirects, can positively affect webpage performance.

Anyone clicking on a link that redirects to HTTPS has to go through the HTTP version first. Getting rid of the extra ‘hop’ means visitors get to the content faster.

In addition, relying on redirects for internal links is a fool’s errand. Many things can go wrong, such as redirect chains, redirect loops, and broken links.

If a site loads images with HTTP URLs, it can cause browsers to give visitors a “not secure” error message, deterring them from staying on your site.

Redirects eat your crawl budget because every redirect counts as a page crawled. Google can potentially crawl more pages per session without the redirects in place.

Lastly, you can’t depend on redirects working indefinitely. Redirects can break or get deleted while replacing the links ensures they’re changed forever.

With that said, here’s some information about mass replacing internal links.

Mass Replacing Internal Links

It’s not hard to replace internal links automatically, but the method varies depending on how your site is built.

Mass replacing internal links is as simple as running a find and replace in the database. You can change every reference to an HTTP URL to the HTTP version in one fell swoop.

If you have a WordPress site, several plugins make this task easy, such as Better Search Replace.

However, if you’re not comfortable making significant changes like this, I advise speaking with your developer first.

Keep in mind there’s always a risk of your site breaking when you make changes on a mass scale, so it’s essential to save a backup you can revert to.


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The Future Of WordPress With Josepha Haden Chomphosy


This year, at WordCamp Porto, I had an opportunity to interview Josepha Haden Chomphosy, Executive Director of WordPress.

She gave us some very in-depth answers about what is happening in the world of WordPress, and what we can expect from the top CMS in the future.

WordPress powers nearly half of the web. What challenges does WordPress face as a CMS in the coming year, and how does it plan to overcome them? 

Chomphosy: “WordPress in the next year … One of the biggest difficulties we face in general is the fact that we are rewriting our entire codebase as we also continue to move forward as a functioning piece of software.

In a lot of cases, you would see a software stop every contribution from their community and rebuild everything while no one else is in it and just kind of use a closed model of re-envisioning how their software would work.

We are five years into this probably ten-year project, and so the next year, as with all of the years in a project like that, is making sure we are still as stable and capable as a CMS as people have come to expect while also still pushing forward with a newer more modern way to manage your content online.

No big deal. Small problems.”

I know about Matt [Mullenweg]’s “Five for the Future” initiative, which aims to solve the challenges of supporting  WordPress as it grows. How do you see that working? Do you see enough response rates from the community?

Chomphosy: “The Five for the Future program initiative has been around since 2014, so quite a while. It wasn’t until 2016 or 2017 that we had a more codified program around it where people could pledge their time to specific teams, and those teams would know we have some volunteer work that we can send to people, and we can see the people who are interested in doing that kind of contribution.

It funds the project from a time perspective so that it’s easy for individual contributors to say what they are interested in, it’s easier for contributor teams to see who is interested in them. And recently, we also have expanded that program to include what’s considered a Five for the Future team.

I think that major corporations in the WordPress ecosystem should give back substantially to the WordPress project, especially if they make a substantial amount of money or revenue using WordPress.

Overall I would say that we have had a good response from both our community of contributors and our economic partners in the ecosystem. I do think we’ve had a good response, but we can always use more.

The WordPress CMS is used all over the place and is maintained by less than 1% of the people who get a benefit from that and people in corporations who get a benefit from that and so I always want more people to be involved and responding, but we do have good response to it.”

Do you foresee any changes like WordPress becoming paid, for example?

Chomphosy: “It’s hard to predict the future, but I don’t see any way for that to happen, no.

Free, open-source software, I’m sure you know, but many people get confused about whether that means it’s free, as in, not any money, or free, as in, provides freedom to people.

We like to remind everyone all the time that it’s free, as in, freedom to people, but also making the software freely available is incredibly important to WordPress. So I can’t see a future where we’d be like, ‘just kidding, pay for licenses.’”

What’s going to make WordPress continue to stand out/above its peers and competitors? How is WordPress future-proofing?

Chomphosy: “I think that the thing that makes WordPress as a project stands out from its competitors is the strength of the community that’s around us and, interestingly enough, the thing that makes our community stand out compared to other open-source projects that also have communities is our in-person event series and so not having those for the last two and a half years certainly has been a struggle for us.

And so this flagship event is the first in-person flagship event since we had to cancel WordCamp Asia in 2020, and we’re very excited to have everyone back together.

There were 800 people at the contributor day, and that is the biggest contributor day at a flagship event that we’ve ever had. And so, you can see in not only the number of people who are coming to this event but also in the number of people who showed up to learn how to give back to WordPress, the project, the CMS, and the ecosystem. The strength of what we are and how we will sustain ourselves into the future lies in that group of people that just wants to be here and continuing to make it better.

I think that’s how we set ourselves apart. And also, from a future-proofing standpoint, in the way that we invest in those contributors, the way that we bring them into the space, and how they can make it better if that’s what they want. I hope that’s what they want. That is certainly how we’re future-proofing things.

A little side note from a leadership perspective. It’s always important for me to look at how we can make sure the organization outlasts anyone who’s leading right now. Outlasts me, outlasts Matt, because everyone is one … catastrophic event away from not being able to do what they used to do.

That’s always a very important part of this for me. I’m constantly training people who are with us in this work toward WordPress. I’m always training them to do what I know how to do because it’s never appropriate for me to be the only person who knows how to do anything that is vital to WordPress’s success.”

The CMS market is becoming competitive day by day. Do you see a decline in WordPress’s market share, or is it growing?

Chomphosy: “There was, in the WordPress community recently, a bit of a discussion about W3Tech’s market share and usage numbers. There was a small decline. It’s publicly available, and we had discussions around it. There’s no point in saying there wasn’t a decline there.

However, I don’t think that there’s anything to be worried about. With W3Techs, as they are working toward deprecating one of its major datasets, it will always change what we’re seeing there. We can’t be sure what they’re doing and not doing; it’s very closed, very proprietary.

In the grand scheme of things, it’s basically level at the moment as far as I’m concerned there.”

There were complaints from users that WordPress, by the introduction of full site editing, now does change too frequently and drastically, and they now have to spend a lot of time/resources to learn it again and fix broken parts of websites, when it used to work for them just great. What will be your message to those users?

Chomphosy: “I know that it is frustrating to have to relearn something that you spent so much time learning, but that is the way that we have chosen to do that rework of WordPress — as kind of a phased evolution over time, as opposed to a single point of a revolution — was so that people could learn gradually over time, based on what they found in small places.

As we make the editing interfaces of the CMS more and more similar, they’ll only have to learn they can use the same type of user flow, the same type of interaction pattern across the CMS. And so, the basic understanding of all of the mechanisms should start to translate into the rest of the CMS as well.

Every open-source software builds everything in public, and it is people who are telling us, “This is hard to learn. This is hard for me to use.”

It’s that sort of feedback that helps us to make it better, but it has been for many, many people seeing full site editing right now, a long time since WordPress do such big changes in public, but I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily faster than we expected.

If you’re following the Beta and in the plugin, you get a new release in every two weeks, but if you’re not following the Beta and the plugin, you get three releases a year, and that is, I think, a pretty fast pace, but tolerable as well if you are keeping track as you go.

So I guess my message is to make sure that you don’t just wait until every ten releases to update because then you are going to have a lot that you do to have to learn.”

There are classic editor plugins around for those who want to use the old style of WordPress. Do you think you will maintain the plugins for a long time? Do you think you will deprecate them?

Chomphosy: “We have been taking that year by year as we see people’s need for it and as we end up with something much more robust in the CMS itself.

I don’t see any future where we just remove it from the repo or any of the directories. I don’t think we’re planning on deprecating it and having it be gone forever. But it is always better to try to keep up with things as it’s coming out slowly, so you are not overwhelmed by all of the things at one go.”

How do you decide what features to ship in new versions? What does the process look like?

Chomphosy: “That’s all a very public process. Fortunately, we get by with a little help from our friends on that one.

So we have core chats every week, and every major component — most major components — inside core have public chats where people talk about the tickets they’re working on, the features they are working on, the bugs they can’t quite solve, and prioritize based on what is the most impactful for users and what is feasible, based on the timeframe we’re working on for any given release.

The decision is based on what is ready at that moment, but also certainly but also what the general impact is.”

What is one major fix you would like to see WordPress make?

Chomphosy: “Our next big need is to focus a lot on the menus and navigation, and that is a very complicated thing. That is hard, even in the best of moments. No one would disagree that spending a lot of time on that and getting a good solid fix that is user tested and approved is the right way to head next.”

Almost all WordPress users complain about built-in internal search. Do you have plans to improve it? For example, giving website owners decide which articles to exclude from search or adding customizable search indexing weighing factors?

Chomphosy: “The short answer is: Yes, there are thoughts around how to fix it, and there is a lot of research that is being done by contributors.

I don’t think that anyone has found a solution that we all agree is as functional as we want it to be while also being as elegant and performant as we need it to be. We have not figured out what the proper solution is to that. But yes, absolutely, it is something the community discusses frequently and does ongoing research on.”

Gutenberg has Full Site Editing (FSE), but is said to still be in Beta. Is there an ETA for that label coming off?

Chomphosy: “I don’t know that there is an ETA for it coming off. It is true that in the WordPress project, we use those terms of it differently, just like we do sequential ordering as opposed to semantic versioning.

It’s Beta in that it is going to keep moving and iterating; it’s not beta in that it is unstable. It will be in Beta at least through the current phase, but not because it’s generally dangerous to use. Just because it will change frequently.”

I think it’s fantastic that WordPress has a performance team working on improving the core, so it has fast performance. But no matter how fast you make the core, it seems like all it takes is a sloppy theme to undo all the good work the core had put into it. So it seems like the next step is to get theme and plugin developers on board. Is that something on the horizon?

Chomphosy: “Themes are particular. Themes are essentially a core issue.

I have not run into many people in the world, many users in the world who feel like their theme was not WordPress. No one has got WordPress, the CMS, and then also a theme, and they think, “I had a bad experience theme, I’ll switch out that theme.”

I shouldn’t say ‘no one,’ but regardless, themes are considered such an inextricable part of WordPress that we have to consider them almost as a part of the core sometimes. And so, do we want themes and plugins to also make some effort around performance? Yes, absolutely. But do we have any rules in place at the moment? Not really.

Themes has been undergoing a bit of a transformation along with the core because we have offered new functionality. And we’re trying to reshuffle whether you’ve got functionality or just the visual representations in themes. As that moves forward, probably we will have to move forward with some of the ways we guide all of the contributors.

That’s true for plugins, as well as features in plugins, kind of move with the way core is able to support them, in that it makes sense that we would have to have some sort of refreshed guidelines down the road. But at the moment, no one is discussing them because they’re still trying to figure out how to make everything work well with Gutenberg.”

Do you have plans to introduce badges like “WordPress Certified?” Like Google Certified Partners, but Certified WordPress Developers. Like team developers can get those by passing a test or an interview with the WordPress core team to get those pages, and whenever they are developing, have those badges in place, so everyone knows that those teams have skills like the WordPress core team.

Chomphosy: “It’s interesting that you ask because questions of certifications are coming up in the community right now. I’ve had so many conversations with attendees at this particular WordCamp. It’s on everyone’s mind.

Historically we’ve never offered any certifications. The logistics of it are hard. The documentation we have is not always easy to keep up to date. There were some logistical hurdles to it; there were some philosophical questions around open source and certifications and what that would mean for how we could help our community stay together with each other through their learning and through improving the CMS.

The conversation has come back up because we have started to provide some training via learn.wordpress.org. It’s getting more and more true that you can get a lot of information that you need about how to use the WordPress CMS not only through written documentation but now also through workshops and social learning spaces.

As we are providing more of that, [there’s] the question of how we can give some indication that people went through those workshops and went through those training and succeeded at them. So it’s a new old question back on the table.”

The Redirection plugin is installed on over 2 million websites. Clearly, there’s a need for that, so is there any chance you will integrate a redirection function similar to the plugin into the core? And if not, why not? Does it bump up against WP’s goal of keeping it simple for everyone to use?

Chomphosy: “I don’t think that better native features and functionality ever make WordPress hard to use. It shouldn’t, and if it does, we shouldn’t put it in there. But there is currently not a discussion about that.

There is a feature plugin proposal process where people can say that this plugin is basically used everywhere; we would like to propose that we find a way for it to be included in core. No one has brought that up. No one has brought that to the table.

I was talking to the performance working group about that yesterday. Not about that particular plugin, but about the feature plugin approval process. The documentation around that needs some updating, but it’s certainly a thing we have always done in the WordPress project and would be the first step in including something like that in the core.”

Conclusion

We hope you’ve enjoyed these insights into the current and future plans for WordPress. Remember that the WordPress project continues to improve based on the contributions of its users. Be sure to learn more about the many ways you can contribute to and give back to the WordPress community.

For more on WordPress from WordCamp Porto, don’t miss our interview with Ivan Popov of Vipe Studio on Headless WordPress SEO.


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