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December 27, 2023 Woo Wednesday

Woo in purple & White

Woo Wednesday Online Meetup at Noon Pacific Time

Join Us 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

Reno WP – Let’s Learn About WordPress! December 28th @ 6:00 pm

Global WP – Fill Your Webinars, Get Clients: January 2nd @ 1:30 pm

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!”

WooCommerce 8.5 Beta Released

From the Woo Developer Blog

Highlights

Since the release of 8.4.0, the following changes have been made:

For the complete list, view the changelog in the readme for this release.

Release Schedule

We’re on track for our planned January 9, 2024 release.

Ecommerce analytics: Key metrics to grow your online store

From the General Woo Blog

“There are many ways to enhance your marketing efforts, but one important step is to use ecommerce analytics tools to gain insights into the performance of both your products and your website. What’s nice is that this is fairly straightforward if you’re using WordPress and WooCommerce.”

“In this post, we’ll start by discussing the benefits of tapping into ecommerce analytics. Then we’ll provide you with an in-depth guide to the key metrics that WooCommerce Analytics — Woo’s built-in data tool — offers.”

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.”

WordPress Shares Core Web Vitals In 2023 And Impact On Web

From Search Engine Journal

Highlights From the Article:

  • WordPress has seen a notable increase in Core Web Vitals passing rates for both mobile and desktop in 2023, surpassing the previous year’s improvements.
  • Individual metrics like mobile LCP, CLS, FID, and TTFB have shown significant improvements, contributing to the overall performance boost.
  • WordPress’s performance enhancements not only benefit the platform but also positively impact the wider web ecosystem.

Rogue WordPress Plugin Exposes E-Commerce Sites to Credit Card Theft

From The Hacker News

“Threat hunters have discovered a rogue WordPress plugin that’s capable of creating bogus administrator users and injecting malicious JavaScript code to steal credit card information.

The skimming activity is part of a Magecart campaign targeting e-commerce websites, according to Sucuri.

“As with many other malicious or fake WordPress plugins it contains some deceptive information at the top of the file to give it a veneer of legitimacy,” security researcher Ben Martin said. “In this case, comments claim the code to be ‘WordPress Cache Addons.'”

Malicious plugins typically find their way to WordPress sites via either a compromised admin user or the exploitation of security flaws in another plugin already installed on the site.

Post installation, the plugin replicates itself to the mu-plugins (or must-use plugins) directory so that it’s automatically enabled and conceals its presence from the admin panel.”

Free Resources

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GDPR Cookie Consent & Compliance Notice (CCPA Ready)

“The CookieYes GDPR Cookie Consent plugin facilitates GDPR (RGPD, DSVGO) compliance by integrating a cookie banner seamlessly into your website. Moreover, the plugin extends its support to LGPD (Brazil), CNIL (France), PIPEDA (Canada), Law 25 (Quebec), POPIA (South Africa), nFADP (Switzerland), Privacy Act (Australia), PDPL (Saudi Arabia), PDPL (Argentina), PDPL (Andorra), DPA (Faroe Islands), and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA/CPRA), a state law in California. It also guarantees alignment with other prominent state privacy laws in the United States, such as VCDPA (Virginia), CPA (Colorado), CTDPA (Connecticut), and UCPA (Utah).”