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January 10, 2024: Woo Wednesday

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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! January 10th @ 7:00 pm

Learn WP – Reviewing Gutenberg 17.3 and 17.4: January 11th @ 7:30 am

North East WP (U.K.) – Monthly Meetup: January 11th @ 10:00 am

Spokane/C’dA WP – Monthly Meetup & Help Desk: January 11th @ 6:00 pm

Inland Empire WP – Monthly Meetup & Help Desk: January 11th @ 7:00 pm

Portland WP – Monthly Help Desk: January 13th @ 10:00 am

South Sound WP – WordPress Help Desk & Hacking: January 13th @ 10:00 am

Houston Woo Commerce: Learn WooCommerce: January 15th @ 5:00 pm

Learn WP – Build your first WordPress block: January 16th @ 7:00 am

Hartford WP – Learning WordPress in 2024: January 16th @ 3:00 pm

Woo News

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Current Version of WooCommerce is 8.4.0

WooCommerce 8.5 Release Candidate

From the Woo Developer Blog


Since the release of 8.5.0 Beta, the following changes have been made:

  • Fixed an error in the cart from the Product Collection block when Google Analytics plugin was enabled (#43177).
  • Reverted a recent change introduced in 8.5.0 Beta so that the feedback bar from the new Product Editor is visible every time the user opens the editor (#43178).

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

Final version release date is schedule for January 9th 2024.

Office Hours Notes: New Product Editor Experience

From the Woo Developer Blog

General discussion about the new product Editor that is planned for Woo Commerce.

Store Editing Snaps: December 18 – 29

From the Woo Developer Blog

General discussion about the product collection block and it’s functionality.

Fatal error in version 8.5

From GitHub

Dan-O’s multichannel success with TikTok and Woo

From the general Woo Blog.

“Dan-O’s large-scale multichannel strategy includes a Woo website, Amazon and Walmart marketplaces, 40,000 third-party retail locations, and TikTok, among other social platforms.”

Word News

WordPress 6.4 Shirely Horn

Current Version of WordPress is 6.4.2

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.”

Hackers Exploit Third-Party Cookies to Access Google Accounts Without Passwords

From Breitbart

“Security experts at CloudSEK have reportedly identified a new form of malware that exploits third-party cookies, allowing unauthorized access to Google accounts without the need for passwords.

The Independent reports the alarming security breach, first announced on a Telegram channel by a hacker in October 2023, exploits vulnerabilities in third-party cookies. Specifically, it targets Google authentication cookies, which are normally used to streamline user access without repeated logins.

Hackers have devised a method to extract these cookies, allowing them to bypass password-based security and even two-factor authentication mechanisms to access user accounts.”

Ransomware Hackers Cost Schools $3.56 Billion in 2021

From Breitbart

“Ransomware attacks have become a growing issue in recent years, now a new report claims that hackers cost schools $3.56 billion in losses and downtime in just 2021.

Breitbart News has previously reported on the increasing number of ransomware attacks in recent years, many of them on hospital systems. But schools have also been a major target for hackers, with Hot Hardware reporting that hackers cost schools $3.56 billion in 2021 via ransomware attacks on schools.”

Websites made with Google Business Profiles will be turned off soon

From Google Support

Websites made with Google “Business Profiles are basic websites powered by the information on your Business Profile. In March 2024, websites made with Google Business Profiles will be turned off and customers visiting your site will be redirected to your Business Profile instead. The redirect will work until June 10, 2024.”

Hackers targeting a WordPress security flaw that was supposed to have been fixed

From Tech Radar Pro

“Cybersecurity researchers from Plugin Vulnerabilities, an organization that monitors flaws in WordPress plugins, reported a hacker trying to exploit an arbitrary file viewing vulnerability in the WP Compress plugin.”

Freelance Opportunities for Business Minded Individuals

From Microsoft Start

“Remote freelance work has emerged as an excellent path for professionals seeking a dynamic and self-directed career. For the business-minded, remote freelancing represents an avenue for entrepreneurial pursuits, diverse collaborations, and global networking. This guide aims to help aspiring remote freelancers with invaluable insights, practical tips, and actionable strategies to map a successful and fulfilling career through remote work.”

Google and Yahoo Set February 2024 Deadline to Meet New DMARC Requirements

From ProofPoint

“Google has announced that starting February 2024, Gmail will require email authentication to be in place when sending messages to Gmail accounts. If you’re a bulk sender who sends more than 5,000 emails per day to Gmail accounts, you’ll have even more email authentication requirements to meet. You’ll also need to have a DMARC policy in place, ensure SPF and DKIM alignment, and you’ll need to make it easy for recipients to unsubscribe (one-click unsubscribe).

Yahoo is rolling out similar requirements. The company recently announced that it will require strong email authentication to be in place by early 2024 to help stem the flow of malicious messages and reduce the amount of low value emails cluttering users’ inboxes.”

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