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January 3, 2024: Woo & The Road Ahead

Woo in purple & White

Woo Wednesday Online Meetup at Noon Pacific Time

Join Us At:

Other Upcoming Meetups (Pacific Time)

Dallas/Fort Worth WordPress: Event PageFeaturing Eric L.

WORDPRESS HELP-DESK SUPPORT: List of WP Meetup Groups – By Eagle

Ottawa WP – Creating Online Courses W/WP, LearnPress & AI: January 3rd @ 4:00 pm

Bakersfield WP – Virtual WordPress Wednesday: January 3rd @ 7:00 pm

WP Accessibility – How to Write Accessible Website Copy: January 4th @ 8:00 pm

Seattle WP – Freelancer Meetup: January 4th @ 10:00 am

Buffalo WP – Monthly Meetup: January 4th @ 4:00 pm

San Jose/Santa Cruz WP – News & Help Desk: January 4th @ 6:00 pm

Midcities WP – Roundtable Discussion: January 6th @ 11:00 am

Cambridge WP – Payments, Renewals, Donations: January 8th @ 11:00 am

San Diego WP – Web Help Monthly Meetup: January 8th @ 6:00 pm

Woo News

Current Version of WooCommerce is 8.4.0

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.


  • 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 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.

WooCommerce Blocks Extensibility Snaps – December 2023

From the Woo Developer Blog


  • WooCommerce Blocks moved to the WooCommerce Monorepo
  • Additional Checkout Fields progress

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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.”

Leap into 2024 with these Site Editor Tools


“The Site Editor gives you a powerful way to visually create every part of your site and tell your story. It lets you handle everything from big stylistic changes to simple copy updates all in a single place. To help you make the most of this new way to WordPress, here are a few standout tools and features you’ll want to try.”

WordPress Google Fonts Plugin Vulnerability Affects Up To +300,000 Sites

From Search Engine Journal

“WordPress Google Fonts Plugin vulnerability allows unauthenticated attackers to delete directories and stage Cross Site Scripting attacks…”

WordPress Migration Guides Undermines Divi & Elementor?

From Search Engine Journal

“WordPress is creating guides and tools to help publishers migrate to their block based editor Gutenberg and away from commercial WordPress page builders and private closed source content management systems like Wix.”

NY Times sues OpenAI, Microsoft for training chatbots with its content in landmark case

From BizPac Review

“The New York Times has sued OpenAI and Microsoft in a case that some say could be a “watershed moment” for artificial intelligence technology.”

Free Resources

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