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January 17, 2024: Woo Wednesday

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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

Baltimore WP – PCI Compliance for Ecommerce: January 17th @ 4:00 pm

Bakersfield WP – Virtual WordPress Wednesday: January 17th @ 7:00 pm

Milwaukee North WP – 3rd Thursday User Group: January 18th @ 7:00 am

West Orlando WP – Google Business Profiles: January 18th @ 3:00 pm

San Jose/Santa Cruz WP – Help Desk: January 18th @ 6:00 pm

Seattle WP – Monthly Meetup: January 18th @ 6:30 pm

Maui WP – Monthly Meetup: January 18th @ 7:00 pm

Canada Code Camp – Create a Website with AI (No Code): January 18th @ 7:00 pm

Calgary WP – WordPress Foundations: January 23rd @ 5:30 pm

Woo News

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WooCommerce 8.5.1 Released

From the Woo Developer Blog

Highlights:

This release includes the fix for the known issue in WooCommerce 8.5, and these additional fixes:

  • Fix fatal error. Do not access change_feature_enable() statically. #43428
  • Fixed a bug that prevented notice templates from being overwritten. #43506
  • Fix – Limit cookie deduping to WooCommerce cookies only. #43504
  • Fix WooCommerce Settings and Analytics commands with tags breaking the command palette #43269
  • Fix product prices not being updated on scheduled automatically. #43497
  • Fix Mini-Cart total price disappearing when hovering or focusing the Mini-Cart button #43550
  • Fix – Use GMT date when fetching orders to auto-cancel. #43641

WooCommerce 8.5.1 issues with Web Application Firewall (ModSecurity)

From the Woo Developer Blog

“Since the release of WooCommerce 8.5.1 yesterday, we received reports about stores getting 403 Forbidden errors caused by Web Application Firewall (WAF) rules set up in their hosting configuration while the Order Attribution feature is enabled. We have identified a number of server configurations affected by this issue, and would like to suggest several workarounds while we work on a solution.”

“If you have the Order Attribution feature set to enabled and, you also have Web Application Firewall (WAF) rules set up in your hosting configuration, you may be affected.”

Update on the WooCommerce 8.5 known issue

From the Woo Developer Blog

During the development and testing of this fix, we identified additional issues that are important enough to be addressed in the point release. These additional fixes are now being reviewed and tested. The issues we’re focused on fixing are:

  1. Fix commands with tags breaking the command palette #43269
  2. WordPress auth cookies are removed by WooCommerce 8.5.0 #43463
  3. 8.5 RC notice templates #43342

WP website not accessible with 403 Forbidden error after a Woo plugin update

From Plesk

“Comodo rule with ID 218500 is false-positively triggered when Woocommerce 8.5 is in use.”

January 17th Office Hours

From the Woo Developer Blog

“Last month we posted about the removal the Legacy REST API starting with WooCommerce version 9.0, as well as the release of the Legacy REST API extension, now available on GitHub.

We had a number of questions come in regarding how these changes might affect developers and extensions, so we would like to work through any outstanding questions or issues in real time for our January office hours.

While Legacy API is the focus of this office hours, we are here to help answer other questions you may have as well. So make sure you don’t miss the opportunity for valuable time with our core development engineers!”

As a reminder you will be affected by this change if:

  1. You have the Legacy REST API enabled in your WooCommerce install.
  2. You have legacy webhooks in your WooCommerce install.

Check out our original post for more details on these settings.

This month’s office hours is for you if you have questions or feedback about this experience.

We will hold office hours on the third Wednesday of the month, on January 17 from 15:00UTC until 16:00UTC in the #developers channel on the WooCommerce Community Slack

As always, let us know what topics you’d like us to bring to the office hours by dropping a comment or reaching out to us in Slack.

Getting started with ecommerce content marketing

From the General Woo Blog

There are a variety of ways to help customers find your online store — but many of them require a financial outlay on your part with no guarantee of a return on investment (ROI). Luckily, ecommerce content marketing offers a lower-cost alternative to paid ads. It democratizes the playing field: if you’re willing and able to put in the work, you can find success even without major financial resources.” 

How can the WooCommerce Shipping Plugin Translate into Sales in Your Online Shop?

From Business NewsWire

“In the dynamic world of e-commerce, where customer satisfaction and streamlined operations are key, effective WooCommerce shipping plugins can be a game-changer. Choosing the right one tailored to your needs can significantly impact your sales.”

Word News

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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.”

Data Liberation in 2024

By Matt Mullenweg

“Imagine a more open web where people can switch between any platform of their choosing. A web where being locked into a system is a thing of the past. This is the web I’ve always wanted to see. That’s why I announced a new initiative called Data Liberation for 2024. Migrating your site to WordPress, or exporting all your content from WordPress, should be possible in one click. I want WordPress’ export format to become the lingua franca of CMSes, whether coming to WordPress or moving within WordPress.” 

The Importance of Mobile Optimization in Custom WordPress Development

From TechBullion

“In an era where mobile devices dominate the digital landscape, the importance of mobile optimization cannot be overstated. As a WordPress developer, creating a seamless and responsive experience for mobile users is not just a trend—it’s a necessity.” 

Complianz WordPress GDPR Compliance Plugin Vulnerability

From Search Engine Journal

“XSS vulnerability discovered in Complianz WordPress GDPR/CCPA Cookie Consent plugin installed in 800,000+ websites”

AI Marketing Software: Top 12 Tools for Do-It-All Marketers

From SemRush

“AI marketing software is a digital tool that uses artificial intelligence to carry out various marketing tasks, like finding more keywords for a blog post or generating ad images.

It can analyze large amounts of data much faster than a human. Meaning it can streamline or automate a range of tasks. Here are some common use cases for AI marketing software:

  • Content marketing and search engineoptimization (e.g., automating keyword research for content creation)
  • Copywriting (e.g., writing product descriptions)
  • Email marketing (e.g., sending newsletters at optimized times)
  • Social media marketing (e.g., creating images for social media posts)
  • Influencer marketing (e.g., discovering best-fit influencers for your brand)
  • Predictive analytics (e.g., analyzing historical data to understand future customer behavior)

Most AI tools need human input to provide the best results. But they can still save you a ton of time.” 

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