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This week in WordPress

See you in 11 months!

"See you in 11 months! Same city, same venue - January 2021! 🙌🇹🇭 #WCAsia," tweets WordCamp Asia organiser and Automattic Globalizer Naoko Takano. She links to WordCamp Asia 2021. A week after the event scheduled for 21-23 February was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, Takano says organisers "are working behind the scenes to devise the new roadmap."

Meanwhile, in just a few hours, "There'll be a @WordPress Pop-Up Livestream on February 22 (Friday night in US), please tune in!" tweets WordPress Co-founder Matt Mullenweg. He links to Pop-Up Livestream on February 22. The online event will include speakers who were affected by the WordCamp’s cancellation, including Imran Sayed, Md Saif Hassan, Muhammad Muhsin, Nirav Mehta, Piccia Neri, Umar Draz, and Francesca Marano.
There’ll also be a Fireside Chat and Q&A with Matt and Monisha Varadan from Google’s Global Product Partnerships team. Tune into the 22 Feb 2020 Livestream between 2:00 and 10:00 UTC.
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For more on the event’s cancellation, Doc Pop from Torque interviews Naoko for Torque News Drop: The Global Lead Of WordCamp Asia 2020.

Kudos to Wordfence, Godaddy Pro and Yoast

"Thank you @wordfence for your support. I received the WordCamp Asia Cancellation Fee Assistance from you. This is why we love our community. Kudos to @wordfence @GoDaddy and @yoast," tweets developer and theme reviewer Sandilya Kafle, while Smashing Mag contributor Leonardo Lowoviz tweets, "I got my flight ticket to #WCAsia refunded, thanks @WordFence, @GoDaddy, @Yoast, you rock! ♥️."

Sandilya and Leonardo are just two of the dozens of affected WordCamp Asia attendees who’ve accessed the $30,000 fund organised by Wordfence's Mark Maunder. As we shared last week, Wordfence, GoDaddy Pro and Yoast each contributed $10,000 to help cover airline and hotel change fees for people whose plans to attend WordCamp Asia were impacted by its cancellation.

If you were affected and haven’t applied for assistance, it’s not too late. As Mark tweeted on 18 February: "… We have had requests for a total of $17,152.49 at this point. That means we have $12,847.51 still available for WCAsia cancellation fee assistance. Great news if you haven't applied yet! Email wcasia-assistance@wordfence.com to get started."

Speaking of Wordfence…

"If you're using the Duplicator plugin, make sure you're on the latest version as soon as possible. Attackers are exploiting a file download vulnerability to harvest database credentials. @wordfence estimates over 500,000 sites are still vulnerable," tweets Wordfence Threat Analyst Mikey Veenstra. He links to Active Attack on Recently Patched Duplicator Plugin Vulnerability, which says over 1 million sites are now vulnerable. He urges all Duplicator users to update to version 1.3.28 as soon as possible.

"A big shoutout to @ramuelgall on the @wordfence team who discovered the active attack on the Duplicator vulnerability," tweets Kathy Zant, the Director of Marketing at Defiant, the company that makes Wordfence.

WordPress 5.4 Beta 2 out now

On the WordPress.org blog, WordPress core contributor David Baumwald announces WordPress 5.4 Beta 2 is now ready for testing and feedback. WordPress 5.4 is slated for release on 31 March.

WP Beginner covers What’s Coming in WordPress 5.4 while Cloudways’ WordPress Community Manager Ibad Ur Rehman Takes a First Look At Features & Updates.
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In other news...

  • – "What a great milestone we've just achieved! 🥁 Worldwide, there are now 1 million websites using WP Rocket: How exciting! 😍 Thanks to our team, our customers and our partners for your support: Each and every one of you has contributed to making this dream come true! 🚀🤩🤩🤩🤩" tweets the folks at WP Rocket, a caching plugin for WordPress. Co-founder Jonathon Buttigieg told The Repository the milestone was, "a sign that website owners are increasingly sensitive to the importance of web performance. Our goal is to keep providing an easy-to-use cache plugin that makes obtaining a good speed accessible to everyone."
  • WooCommerce has partnered with Square to expand services for CBD merchants, Justin Tadlock reports for WP Tavern. The partnership means CBD sellers can now use services such as Jetpack and WooCommerce Shipping, which were previously not available to CBD stores.
  • Kinsta is looking for a new Social Media Manager.
  • – Project outsourcing and plugin development company BracketSpace has launched Micropackage, a collection of open-source Composer and NPM packages with reusable WordPress-centric code.
  • WP Tavern is on a Publishing Break. In the meantime, Matt Mullenweg has shared some of his favorite WordPress-powered sites.
  • Correction: In last week’s issue of The Repository we said Carl Alexander was a PHP developer for Delicious Brains. Carl doesn’t work for Delicious Brains, but he is a PHP developer and did write the guest post Why Raising WordPress’ Minimum PHP Version Won’t Make It a Modern PHP Project.
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