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S.C.C. WP – Take your site to the next level! February 14th @ 7:00 pm

Milwaukee North WP – 3rd Thursday Meetup: February 15th @ 7:00 am

Learn WP – Rescheduled – Dashboard & Documentation: February 15th @ 11:00 am

West Orlando WP – Why Hackers Target Small Business Sites: February 15th @ 3:00 pm

Santa Cruz/San Jose WP – Help Desk: February 15th @ 6:00 pm

Maui WP – Monthly Meetup: February 15th @ 7:00 pm

Canada Code Camp – AI Tools for Business Efficiency & Profit: February 15th @ 7:00 pm

Houston WooCommerce – Custom Woo Templates: February 19th @ 5:00 pm

Hartford WP – Beautiful Websites With Patterns: February 20th @ 3:00 pm

Tampa Bay WP – What’s in YOUR WP Toolbox? February 20th @ 3:30 pm

Woo News

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WooCommerce 8.5.2 Released

From the Woo Developer Blog

Highlights:

WooCommerce 8.5.2 included updated logic to notifications that are causing fatals on some sites. This point fix release resolves the issue and includes safer checks for errors so that notification errors don’t cause fatal errors.

In the meantime, if your site is experiencing problems here is a workaround.

Using the CLI:
wp option set woocommerce_show_marketplace_suggestions no

Otherwise, disable marketplace suggestions in:
Settings > Advanced > Woo.com.

It also includes a Customize Your Store fix for potential PHP warnings and fatal errors when the images variable is not defined.

This release includes these fixes for issues in 8.5.1:

  • Add defensive checks for strpos in ComparisonOperation #44033
  • Add rudimentary try catch for all remote endpoint spec evaluators #44037
  • CYS: fix PHP warnings and pattern button #43354

You can download the latest release of WooCommerce here or visit Dashboard → Updates to update the plugin from your WordPress admin screen.

WooCommerce 8.6.0 Delayed

From the Woo Developer Blog

“The reason behind this delay is a discovery within WooCommerce 8.5.2 that impacts larger stores with significant order volumes. Specifically, when utilizing Order Attribution Tracking, navigating to an order from a customer with 25,000+ orders may result in site instability, leading to a 500 error. More details can be found in this Pull Request.”

Developer Advisory: Changes in order coupons line item storage

From the Woo Developer Blog

“From now on, when a coupon is applied to an order, the corresponding line item won’t get a coupon_data metadata item. Instead, it will get a coupon_info item whose value is a string representing a JSON array with the following information:”

  • Coupon id.
  • Coupon code.
  • Discount type. The default value fixed_cart will be stored as null.
  • Nominal amount of the coupon, it’s a number that represents either a fixed amount or a percent, depending on the coupon type.
  • Whether the coupon grants free shipping or not. This value is stored only if it has a value of true.

Elevating WooCommerce Store Development & Security: Expert Insights For Robust Online Protection

From the Globe & Mail

“…when hiring a WooCommerce development company to create an appealing store, you should not compromise on the security aspects at all. To help you in the quest, here are some of the security tips for you to invoke for your WooCommerce store.”

1. Do Review the Software Frequently

2. Use a Security FIrewall and Plugin

3. Pick a Secure WordPress Hosting Solution

Amazon Pay

From Woo Commerce

“Enable Amazon Pay and give shoppers everywhere a simple, secure way to pay using the information already stored in their Amazon account — without re-entering details or leaving your site.”

Dogecoin 2024 Advances: Shopify Integration and the Future of E-Commerce

From Crypto News Flash

“Integration with Woo Commerce via plugins now allows online stores to incorporate Dogecoin as a payment option. With plans to extend these capabilities to Shopify in 2024, it is expected to open up an even wider field for digital merchants interested in this cryptocurrency.”

Word News

WordPress 6.4 Shirely Horn

Current Version of WordPress is 6.4.3 – Maintenance and Security release

From WordPress.org

“This security and maintenance release features 5 bug fixes on Core, 16 bug fixes for the Block Editor, and 2 security fixes.

Because this is a security release, it is recommended that you update your sites immediately. Backports are also available for other major WordPress releases, 4.1 and later.

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 6.5 Beta 1

From WordPress.org

“WordPress 6.5 Beta 1 is ready for download and testing!”

This beta version of the WordPress software is under development. Please do not install, run, or test this version of WordPress on production or mission-critical websites. Instead, you should evaluate Beta 1 on a test server or site.”

PHP End-of-Life Version Management

“Each release branch of PHP is fully supported for two years from its initial stable release. During this period, bugs and security issues that have been reported are fixed and are released in regular point releases.

After this two-year period of active support, each branch is then supported for an additional year for critical security issues only. Releases during this period are made on an as-needed basis: there may be multiple point releases, or none, depending on the number of reports.”

Critical Security Alert: WordPress Plugin Vulnerability Exposed

From Microsoft Start

“A significant security issue has come to light involving a widely-used WordPress plugin, “Cryptocurrency Widgets – Price Ticker & Coins List.” 

The problem, pinpointed by the CVE Program, impacts versions 2.0 to 2.6.5 of the plugin, creating a potential for sensitive data exposure due to a SQL Injection vulnerability.”

Corporate Transparency Act

“Many companies are required to report information to FinCEN about the individuals who ultimately own or control them. FinCEN began accepting reports on January 1, 2024.”

Venmo, Zelle and Cash App Fraud Draining Bank Accounts, DA Warns

From Microsoft Start

“Alarmed by a surge in fraud draining bank accounts through popular mobile payment apps like Venmo, Cash App and Zelle, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Jr., has sent scathing letters to the CEOs of each company, demanding immediate action to protect consumers.

In the letters, Bragg described the crimes as involving an unauthorized user gaining access to unlocked devices, then stealing significant sums of money from bank accounts by making purchases with the mobile payment apps and using financial information from them to open new accounts.”

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Video: Bricks Query Loop

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