Core Performance Team Update: October 2023

Tickets and contributions

The Performance Team works on performance-related tickets in coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. and holds a fortnightly Bug Scrub on Wednesdays; check for current time.

The focus in October was on tickets prioritized for the upcoming WordPress 6.4 release in which 68 TracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub. tickets were merged. Several follow up fixes were committed in the past few weeks to further polish performance enhancements in the 6.4 release. Early indications of benchmarking are showing positive improvements in performance, especially in server response time. The team focused on finalizing dev notes for the work:

The Performance Team is now starting to focus on upcoming tickets for WordPress 6.5, including the Performant Translations work mentioned below, and several items for improving template loading (see GitHub overview issue).

PluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party Checker

The Performance Team has continued work on the Plugin Checker, working closely with the Plugin Review team. 

Performant Translations Plugin

Further updates have been made to the Performant Translations plugin and a Trac ticket #59656 has been opened for merging Performant Translations in WordPress 6.5.

Team headlines and updates

In October, the Performance Team held a Hallway Hangout to discuss WordPress 6.3 performance impact in the field, diving into WordPress 6.4 performance improvements and looking ahead at what can be learned for WordPress 6.5. The recording of the video will be shared over the coming weeks.

Performance Lab Plugin

Performance Lab plugin updates are released monthly on the third Monday of the month.
October’s release 2.7.0 included enhancements to remove fetchpriority as the functionality is now available in WordPress Core, bumped the minimum required PHP version to 7.0 and minimum required WordPress version to 6.3 and the dominant color images standalone plugin was published. Work also continues on updating the new UI to manage standalone plugins and built-in modules.

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