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December 20, 2023 Woo Wednesday

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Woo Wednesday Online Meetup at Noon Pacific Time

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S.C.C. WP – 3rd Annual White Elephant Holiday Gift Exchange: Dec. 20th @ 7:00 pm

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Woo News

WooCommerce 8.4.0 Released

From the Woo Developer Blog

This release contains:

As always, we recommend creating a backup of your site and making sure that your theme and any other plugins are compatible before updating. You can check out this update guide for more information.

Highlights

  • WC Blocks feature – Product Collection: Add support for filtering products by featured status
  • Manage your subscriptions for Woo extensions from your store
  • Shipping Settings Refresh
  • Virtual & Downloadable product support in the new product creation experience
  • Security fix to remove the potential for a Reflected XSS attack in relation to the dismissable “Product reviews have moved!”

3 Revolutionary Ways AI is Transforming Ecommerce

From Entrepreneur

Revolutionary is questionable, but this article discusses AI-powered personalization, inventory management, and AI-driven customer support. All of which have been around for awhile.

A False Declined Payment Costs Merchants More Than a Sale

From PYMNTS

“Article discusses the far reaching negative impacts from falsely declined, legitimate payment transactions, but doesn’t off anything in the way of solutions.”

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Word News

WordPress 6.4 Shirely Horn

Current Version of WordPress is 6.4.2 Maintenance Release

“This minor release features 7 bug fixes in Core. The fixes include a bug fix for an issue causing stylesheet and theme directories to sometimes return incorrect results.

This release also features one security fix. Because this is a security release, it is recommended that you update your sites immediately.

Roadmap to WordPress 6.5

From WordPress.Org

“WordPress 6.5 is set to be released on March 26th, 2024. This release brings greater design control and optionality, more robust block capabilities with new APIs, access to current block theme functionality to classic themes, and the start of the new admin redesign. More specifically, these significant features include the Font Library for easy global font management, support for Appearance Tools in Classic Themes for more expansive design options, and more robust revisions across the editing experience (including revisions for template parts and templates). New APIs like Interactivity, Custom Fields, and Block Binding expand block capabilities and underpin features like partial sync patterns, and PHP compatibility work ensures alignment with PHP versions. Rollback for plugin and theme updates enhances safety, and bug fixes address various components for an improved user experience. The first taste of the admin redesign as part of phase 3 efforts are planned for this release in an iterative and contained way by bringing a new experience to the template, template part, and pattern lists within the Site Editor.”

Securing WordPress Made Simple!

From Business Matters

“In the ever-evolving landscape of the digital world, ensuring the security of websites is of paramount importance. WordPress, being one of the most popular content management systems, is particularly vulnerable to cyber threats.”

“Securing your WordPress site is an ongoing process that requires a proactive and multi-faceted approach. By understanding potential threats, keeping software updated, implementing robust authentication practices, and staying informed about security best practices, you can fortify your WordPress site against the evolving landscape of cyber threats. This guide aims to empower website owners with the knowledge and tools needed to create a secure online environment for their users.”

WordPress hosting service Kinsta targeted by Google phishing ads

From BleepingComputer

“WordPress hosting provider Kinsta is warning customers that Google ads have been observed promoting phishing sites to steal hosting credentials.

Kinsta says the phishing attacks aim to steal login credentials for MyKinsta, a key service the company offers to manage WordPress and other cloud-based apps.”

Adobe and Figma end $20B acquisition plans after regulatory headwinds in Europe

From TechCrunch

“Adobe’s $20 billion mega-bid to buy rival Figma is now officially dead, after the companies said today that regulatory pushback in Europe had caused them to put an end to the acquisition plans.”

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