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Woo Wednesday Online Meetup at Noon Pacific Time

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Dallas/Fort Worth WordPress: Event PageFeaturing Eric L.

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S.C.C WP – Take Your WordPress Site to the Next Level! February 28th @ 7:00 pm

Learn WP – Testing WordPress 6.5L: February 29th @ 6:00 pm

Midcities WP – Round Table Discussion: March 2nd @ 11:00 am

Jacksonville WP – AI Tools and Tricks: March 5th @ 8:00 am

Learn WP – Modern web layouts with WP blocks: Video

Woo News

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WooCommerce 8.6.1: Fixes to issues introduced in 8.6.0

From the Woo Developer Blog

This release includes these fixes for issues in 8.6.0:

  • Prevent script caching by using the WC core version to hash WC blocks assets instead of old WC Blocks version #44676
  • Don’t render attribution metabox for non-supported order types #44680
  • Move condition to check post status before rendering product #44698
  • Add default values for admin address filters #44704

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WooCommerce Blocks is being archived on GitHub and WordPress.org

From the Woo Developer Blog

Please note that these changes do not remove any Blocks functionality from WooCommerce Core.

WooCommerce 8.7 Beta: Receipt rendering engine & More
From Woo Developer Blog

The latest WooCommerce Beta release is now available for testing. You can download it directly from WordPress.org or install it via the WooCommerce Beta Tester Plugin.

Known Issue:

We are aware of a PHP Fatal with the Germanized extension:

Whats coming in WooCommerce 8.7

  • Product Collection Block Enhancements
  • Receipt Rendering Engine
  • Checkout Additional Fields API
  • Moroccan Regions Support

Announcing the Product Collection Block

From the Woo Developer Blog

The Product Collection Block will replace several of the existing product grid blocks, including:

Store Editing Snaps: Store Customization and Product Display Improvements

From the Woo Developer Blog

“This project aims to create a Product Collection block with the functionality of Products (Beta) block but as an improved experience for displaying your products. It includes foundational work to cover the current Products block functionalities, improvements around Inspector Controls, and a set of basic patterns for a new block.”

More WooCommerce traffic: Proven long and short-term strategies

From the General Woo Blog

“Is it possible to attract people to your WooCommerce store even with all the big corporate competition? Yes! Your online store can generate the kind of valuable traffic that will convert into paying customers, and there are numerous ways to do it. 

In this article, we’re going to walk you through a number of strategies to increase your WooCommerce traffic that will enable more people to find your WordPress site and buy what they’re looking for. 

Whether you’ve got the budget for paid campaigns or just the drive to embark on DIY search engine optimization (SEO), there’s a method out there that can work for you. Let’s get you connected to it.” 

Why you should choose an open source ecommerce platform

From the General Woo Blog

“One of the considerations you want to make when choosing an ecommerce tool is whether or not it’s open source. Open source means that the code is easily available for anyone to view, edit, and build upon.

There are a wealth of benefits that come alongside choosing an open source ecommerce platform instead of the proprietary or closed source alternatives. Let’s explore those, and see why using open source ecommerce solutions is the way to unlock the full potential of your online store.”

Word News

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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 2

From WordPress.org

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, it is recommended you evaluate Beta 2 on a test server.”

Large Corporations Using A.I. to Spy on Employees

From CNBC

“Depending on where you work, there’s a significant c”hance that artificial intelligence is analyzing your messages on Slack, Microsoft Teams, Zoom and other popular apps.”

RCMP investigating cyber attack

From Bleeping Computer

“The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canada’s national police force has disclosed that it recently faced a cyber attack targeting its networks.

The federal body has started its criminal investigation into the matter as it works to determine the scope of the security breach.

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