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April 17, 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

Bakersfield WP – Virtual Wednesday: April 17th @ 7:00 pm

Milwaukee North WP – Monthly User Group: April 18th @ 7:00 am

North East WP (New Castle) – AI, ChatGPT and WordPress: April 18th @ 10:00 am

TikTok for Small Business -How to Drive Growth on TikTok: April 18th @ 12:00 pm

West Orlando WP – Introduction to LearnDash: April 18th @ 3:00 pm

Santa Cruz/San Jose W – HelpDesk: April 18th @ 6:00 pm

Seattle WP – Monthly Meetup: April 18th @ 6:30 pm

Maui WP – Monthly Meetup: April 18th @ 8:00 pm

Learn WP – Homepage display, Latest posts vs static: April 23rd @ 2:00 pm

Hartford WP – Taking a Closer Look at Calendar Plugins: April 23rd @ 3:00 pm

Tampa Bay Technology – Self Publishing with AI: April 23rd @ 4:00 pm

Calgary WP – WordPress Foundations: April 23rd @ 5:30 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 8.8.1 – potential conflict with old Action Scheduler versions

From the Woo Developer Blog, by Jacklyn Biggin

“Between approximately 14:43 and 15:16 UTC, WooCommerce 8.8.1 was briefly set as the stable version on WordPress.org in error. During this time, some sites may have automatically updated to WooCommerce 8.8.1.

The version that was released includes a potential conflict with older Action Scheduler versions that other plugins loaded in a non-standard way. We are currently working on a stable version of WooCommerce 8.8 and will update the community as soon as it is ready.”

Store Editing Snaps: Shifting Our Cadence, Template Logic Updates, and More!

From the Woo Developer Blog, by Daniel W. Robert

“Every month, we give an update on all the work being done on WooCommerce Blocks from behind the scenes. This is a shift from our previous bi-weekly posts. We made this decision to more closely align with the timing of WooCommerce Core releases.

What’s new with Woo: April 2024

From the General Woo Blog, Written by Renzo Bojanovic

“Spring is blooming in many parts of the northern hemisphere, and there’s lots of new growth (read: updates) budding in the WooCommerce world! Given our open source status, the cross-pollination of ideas between our team and our community always produces colorful results.

We’re excited to share this lovely bouquet of newness, meticulously arranged just for you.”

Word News

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Current Version of WordPress is 6.5.2

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.

How WordPress Is Creating a Faster Web

From WordPress.org, by Felix Arntz

“Many enhancements are available out of the box, with no configuration required. They improve the website front-end’s performance—the part visitors see—and various parts of the administrative experience, such as the editor.

Here’s a partial list of performance upgrades from the past year:

In addition to the Core enhancements listed above, the WordPress project continues to work on several efforts that indirectly benefit the ecosystem’s performance.

For instance, WordPress Core leverages automated tooling for continuously monitoring its performance, covering every product update. This helps measure new features’ performance improvements and enables contributors to detect potential performance problems during the development of a new feature or release so any issues can be proactively addressed long before end users are affected. A project is currently underway to make the same tooling used by WordPress Core developers available to plugin and theme authors as well.

Additionally, the new WordPress plugin checker allows checking any plugin for performance best practices, among other requirements and recommendations. The plugin checker should lead to more performance awareness in plugin authors and, eventually, faster plugins. If you develop plugins, consider integrating this tool into your development and testing workflow.

Last but not least, WordPress 6.5 introduced the Interactivity API, which is a technical foundation that facilitates more performant user interactions. This new infrastructure drastically simplifies the implementation of interactive website features and can even centrally control certain aspects of performance, keeping multiple independent plugins operating efficiently.”

How to Reduce Total Blocking Time (TBT) on WordPress

From Cloudways, by Inshal Ali

“TBT directly impacts user perception of website speed and interactivity. Excessive blocking time can lead to frustrating user experiences, especially on pages with complex functionality or heavy resource usage.

In this blog, we’ll look at how to measure TBT and strategies to reduce it to make your WordPress site load faster.”

WordPress Releases A Performance Plugin For “Near-Instant Load Times”

From Search Engine Journal, by Roger Montti

“WordPress released an official plugin that adds support for a cutting edge technology called speculative loading that can help boost site performance and improve the user experience for site visitors.”

Google Search Cracking Down on Mass-Produced AI-Generated Slime

From Futurism, by by Maggie Harrison Dupré

“The tech giant announced a substantial overhaul to its spam policies for search this week, introducing new changes that the platform estimates will reduce the prevalence of “low-quality, unoriginal content in search results” by a considerable 40 percent.

What’s more, the massive undertaking strongly appears to be a response to the rising tide of mass-produced AI-generated content that’s quickly filling the open web, polluting and eroding the quality of its search results.”

Google removing links to California news websites as part of test in response to pending legislation

From CNBC, by Alex Koller

Google will begin removing links to California news websites from search results for some Californians in response to a bill that would require online ad companies to pay a fee for connecting state residents to news sources.”

World’s first major act to regulate AI passed by European lawmakers

From CNBC, by Ruxandra Iordache

“The European Union’s parliament on Wednesday approved the world’s first major set of regulatory ground rules to govern the mediatized artificial intelligence at the forefront of tech investment.

The EU brokered provisional political consensus in early December, and it was then endorsed in the Parliament’s Wednesday session, with 523 votes in favor, 46 against and 49 votes not cast.”

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