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April 10, 2024: Woo Wednesday

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Woo Wednesday Online Meetup at Noon Pacific Time

Join Up At: Meetup.com

Other Upcoming Meetups (Pacific Time)

Dallas/Fort Worth WordPress: Event PageFeaturing Eric L.

WORDPRESS HELP-DESK SUPPORT: List of WP Meetup Groups – By Eagle

S.C.C WP – Take Your WordPress Site to the Next Level! April 10th @ 7:00 pm

Baltimore WP – All Levels: Ask Anything About WordPress! April 11th @ 4:00 pm

Spokane/ C d’A WP – Monthly Discussion & Help Desk: April 11th @ 6:00 pm

I.E. WP – Monthly Help Desk: April 11th @ 7:00 pm

Portland WP – Monthly Help Desk: April 13th @ 10:00 am

South Sound WP – Helpdesk & Hacking: April 13th @ 10:00 am

Houston WooCommerce – Enhancing Your Woo Store with AJAX: April 15th @ 5:00 pm

WP Accessibility – Building/Testing Accessible Mobile & Apps: April 15th @ 5:00 pm

Toronto WP – Let’s fix your site: April 16th @ 3:30 pm

Woo News

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Current WooCommerce version is 8.7

From the Woo Developer Blog, By Alvaro

New in 8.7.0:

Known Issue with Gutenberg 17.9.0

“The latest Gutenberg release 17.9.0 includes a bug that causes the New Product Editor to crash when the user attempts to edit the product description in the Full Editor mode (see issue). The New Product Editor is behind a feature flag, meaning the New Product Editor is unavailable by default. The issue would have affected you if you had the New Product Editor enabled through Settings >> Advanced >> Features >> New Product Editor.

To allow further use of the New Product Editor, we disabled the Full Editor of the product description in the 8.7 release if Gutenberg 17.9 is installed. The New Product Editor is working as expected otherwise.”

WooCommerce 8.8 is Delayed

From the Woo Developer Blog, by Nigel Stevenson

Reason for delay:

“We’ll be migrating Woo.com back to WooCommerce.com on Tuesday, April 9th from 08:00 to 11:00 UTC. This migration includes all subdomains, including this blog.

Google’s recent algorithm update, which was one of the largest in history, has effectively stalled out the SEO recovery from our domain migration to Woo.com. As a result, the Woo team has decided to revert our default domain name from Woo.com back to WooCommerce.com. 

To ensure a smooth transition and allow for comprehensive post-migration testing, we’re taking a cautious approach by not releasing WooCommerce 8.8 on the same day. We greatly appreciate your patience while we work through the final details!”

WooCommerce.com Domain Migration

From the Woo Developer blog, by pia8c

“Woo has been navigating through challenges following the March 2024 Google Search algorithm update. This update had a significant impact on our organic traffic, particularly after our domain change from woocommerce.com to woo.com.

In response to these challenges, and after careful consideration and analysis, we have decided to revert our default domain name back to woocommerce.com. This means that the developer portal that was previously accessible at developer.woo.com is now available at developer.woocommerce.com.

April Office Hours: Open Forum

From the Woo Developer Blog, by shanibanerjee

“Hello developers! We will be back with office hours this month on Wednesday, April 17 from 16:00 – 17:00 UTC.”

How to write a return policy: The complete guide

From the General Woo Blog, Written by Erika Ellacott

“A return policy is created by online stores and other businesses to guide customers through the return or exchange process. It typically outlines requirements for returning an item, how long a shopper has to make the return, the condition products need to be in, and how to get started.”

Scalability checklist: preparing your WooCommerce store for growth

From the General Woo Blog, written by CoSpark

“As your WooCommerce store begins to grow, your key focus should be on how to accommodate an increase in customers without compromising on performance, and to get yourself a team of top WooCommerce developers to fuel your vision.

Get ready because this blog post will equip you with every detail needed to prepare your store for future growth. Trust us: you’re in for a thrilling and enlightening ride!”

How To Transform E-Commerce Marketing Data Into Profits In 2024

From Forbes.com, by Bernard May

“You can collect all the data points on Earth, but if you don’t know what to do with them, they’re about as useful as a box of rocks on a rowboat. In other words, they’re not going to help you get anywhere fast.

So, let’s take a look together and uncover “the how”—how to leverage the right data to get you on the right track.”

E-commerce statistics and trends in 2024

From USA Today, by Mehdi Punjwani & Sierra Campbell

“Between 2019 and 2023, the number of e-commerce sites operating around the world increased from 9.2 million1 to over 26.2 million.”

“With useful features for payment processing, promotions and marketing, the best e-commerce platforms allow traditional brick-and-mortar businesses to establish themselves on a global scale. We’ve analyzed statistics from several reputable organizations to compile the top e-commerce stats of 2024.”

Top e-commerce statistics:

  • Out of over 26.2 million e-commerce sites globally, over 13 million are U.S. based.
  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, e-commerce sales made up 15.6% of total U.S. retail sales by the end of 2023.
  • According to eMarketer, China’s online e-commerce sales reached over 710 million customers in 2023.
  • According to Insider Intelligence and eMarketer, worldwide e-commerce sales are expected to exceed $6 trillion in 2024.
  • The food and beverage industry had the highest e-commerce conversion rate of any industry at 3.7%, according to data compiled by Statista.
  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, total e-commerce sales in the country reached $1,118.7 billion in 2023.19
  • The fastest-growing e-commerce market globally is the Philippines.
  • As of the end of 2022, mobile e-commerce made up 38% of the total digital spending in the U.S., according to data compiled by Statista.


Word News

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Current Version of WordPress is 6.5.2

WordPress 6.5.2 Maintenance and Security Release


Note: Due to an issue with the initial package, WordPress 6.5.1 was not released. 6.5.2 is the first minor release for WordPress 6.5.

This security and maintenance release features 2 bug fixes on Core, 12 bug fixes for the Block Editor, and 1 security fix.

Because this is a security release, it is recommended that you update your sites immediately. Backports are also available for other major WordPress releases, 6.1 and later.

WordPress 6.5.2 is a short-cycle release. The next major release will be version 6.6 and is currently planned for 16 July 2024.

What’s inside 6.5

From WordPress.org, by Matt Mullenweg

Hackers deploy crypto drainers on thousands of WordPress sites

From Bleeping Computer, By Bill Toulas

“Almost 2,000 hacked WordPress sites now display fake NFT and discount pop-ups to trick visitors into connecting their wallets to crypto drainers that automatically steal funds.

Website security firm Sucuri disclosed last month that hackers had compromised approximately 1,000 WordPress sites to promote crypto drainers, which they promoted via malvertising and YouTube videos.

It is believed that the threat actors were unsuccessful with their original campaign and began deploying news scripts on the compromised sites to turn visitors’ web browsers into tools for brute-forcing the admin passwords at other sites.”

WordPress plugin has a serious security flaw

From Microsoft Start, by Sead Fadilpašić

“Another major WordPress plugin was found vulnerable to a high-severity flaw which allowed malicious actors to steal sensitive information from the website, including password hashes.”

LayerSlider has published a new security advisory, saying the product is now in version 7.10.1, but adding, “This update includes important security fixes.”

“..LayerSlider describes itself as a “visual web content editor, a graphic design software, and a digital visual effects application all in one”. It also claims to be used by “millions” of people worldwide. LayerSlider is a commercial WordPress plugin, with annual license packages ranging from $26 to $159.”

American Privacy Rights Act a Step in the Right Direction?

From Geek News Central, by Kirk

“In a significant bipartisan effort, Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) have introduced the American Privacy Rights Act, aiming to break the deadlock in Congress over data privacy protections. This landmark proposal offers consumers new rights over personal information, including the ability to correct, delete, or export their data and opt out of targeted advertising and data transfers. Additionally, it introduces stringent security measures to protect consumer data and allows for federal and state enforcement and private lawsuits against violations.”

A Deep Dive into Email Deliverability in 2024

From XOMedia

?On October 3, 2023, Google and Yahoo announced upcoming email security standards to prevent spam, phishing and malware attempts. Outlook.com (formerly Hotmail) also encourages senders to abide by these standards.

With the big 3 Email Service Providers (ESP) in agreement, expect widespread adoption soon. Today’s threats are more complex than ever and more ESPs will begin tightening the reigns. Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in emails being blocked beginning April 2024.”

New Rule on the Accessibility of Web Content and Mobile Apps Provided by State and Local Governments

From ADA.gov

“The Attorney General signed a final rule updating its regulations for Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The final rule has specific requirements about how to ensure that web content and mobile applications (apps) are accessible to people with disabilities.”

“This fact sheet gives a summary of the rule. The summary is designed to provide introductory information about the rule’s requirements, particularly for people who may not have a legal background. For more information, please read the full rule. Please note that this link leads to an advance copy of a rule that has been approved by the Attorney General.  The official version of the rule will be published in the Federal Register.”

Title II of the ADA requires state and local governments to make sure that their services, programs, and activities are accessible to people with disabilities. Title II applies to all services, programs, or activities of state and local governments, from adoption services to zoning regulation. This includes the services, programs, and activities that state and local governments offer online and through mobile apps.”

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