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March 20, 2024: Woo Wednesday

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Woo Wednesday Online Meetup at Noon Pacific Time

Join Up 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

Bakersfield WP – Virtual WordPress Wednesday: March 20th @ 7:00 pm

Learn WP – WordPress 6.5: March 21st @ 7:30 pm

Milwaukee North WP – Users Group Meetup: March 21st @ 7:30 pm

Cincinnati WP – Virtual Working Lunch: March 21st @ 9:00 am

North East WP (England) – Starting & Finishing A Website: March 21st @ 11:00 am

West Orlando WP – Sean Conklin: Shopify vs. WooCommerce: March 21st @ 3:00 pm

Philadelphia WP – Death to Slide Decks: March 21st @ 4:00 pm

Santa Cruz/San Jose WP – News & Help Desk featuring Eagle: March 21st @ 6:00 pm

Seattle WP – Monthly Meetup: March 21st @ 6:30 pm

Maui WP – Monthly Meetup: March 21st @ 8:00 pm

West Orlando WP – 4th Friday Collaboration Meetup: March 22nd @ 8:00 am

Learn WP – Exploring Block Hooks in WordPress 6.5: March 26th @ 7:00 am

Learn WP – Untangling Templates: March 27th @ 8:00 am

Woo News

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WooCommerce 8.7 Released: Product Collection Block Enhancements, Receipt Rendering Engine and More

From the Woo Developer Blog, By Alvaro

New in 8.7.0:

Known Issue with Gutenberg 17.9.0

“The latest Gutenberg release 17.9.0 includes a bug that causes the New Product Editor to crash when the user attempts to edit the product description in the Full Editor mode (see issue). The New Product Editor is behind a feature flag, meaning the New Product Editor is unavailable by default. The issue would have affected you if you had the New Product Editor enabled through Settings >> Advanced >> Features >> New Product Editor.

To allow further use of the New Product Editor, we disabled the Full Editor of the product description in the 8.7 release if Gutenberg 17.9 is installed. The New Product Editor is working as expected otherwise.”

Exploring The Future of the WooCommerce Web API

From the Woo Developer Blog, by Corey McKrill

“WooCommerce has a powerful Web API: it contains all the different HTTP endpoints that enable integrations of WooCommerce stores with other applications over the internet. Yet, we believe there is still untapped potential here, and that evolving the Web API can unlock many additional opportunities for dev

Boost your conversions with AI-powered marketing

From the General Woo Blog, by COSPARK

“In the high-speed world of digital marketing, staying on trend is not a choice, but a necessity.

And that trend today is artificial intelligence (AI). As a marketer, you’ve probably already heard the buzz about how AI can revolutionize your campaigns. But what’s all the hoopla about?

In the coming sections, we’ll delve into how AI can supercharge your online marketing strategy and dramatically improve your conversions.”

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 Release Candidate 3

From WordPress.org, by Lauren Stein

“The third release candidate (RC3) for WordPress 6.5 is ready! 

This 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’s recommended that you evaluate RC3 on a test server and site.

While release candidates are considered ready for release, testing remains crucial to ensure that everything in WordPress 6.5 is the best it can be.”

An introduction to block-based mega menus

From WordPress.org, by Nick Diego

“Mega menus are widely used in web design, and with the advent of block themes, I’ve been looking for a way to incorporate them seamlessly into WordPress’s Navigation block. The upcoming release of WordPress 6.5 at the end of March includes features like the Interactivity API that will help finally bring block-based mega menus to life. In this article, I’ll walk you through one approach using these new tools.”

Upcoming Let’s Encrypt certificate chain change and impact for Cloudflare customers

From Cloudflare, by Dina Kozlov

“Let’s Encrypt, a publicly trusted certificate authority (CA) that Cloudflare uses to issue TLS certificates, has been relying on two distinct certificate chains. One is cross-signed with IdenTrust, a globally trusted CA that has been around since 2000, and the other is Let’s Encrypt’s own root CA, ISRG Root X1. Since Let’s Encrypt launched, ISRG Root X1 has been steadily gaining its own device compatibility.

On September 30, 2024, Let’s Encrypt’s certificate chain cross-signed with IdenTrust will expire. To proactively prepare for this change, on May 15, 2024, Cloudflare will stop issuing certificates from the cross-signed chain and will instead use Let’s Encrypt’s ISRG Root X1 chain for all future Let’s Encrypt certificates.

The change in the certificate chain will impact legacy devices and systems, such as Android devices version 7.1.1 or older, as those exclusively rely on the cross-signed chain and lack the ISRG X1 root in their trust store. These clients may encounter TLS errors or warnings when accessing domains secured by a Let’s Encrypt certificate.”

30 Must Know WordPress Statistics and Facts

From TechReport, by Susan Laborde

“Year after year, the number of users keeps increasing as people discover how much other businesses fare with the use of websites on WordPress. There are about 2.7 million monthly searches for “WordPress.” WordPress users publish 70 million new posts each month. WordPress powers 43.1% of all websites and has been the fastest-growing CMS since 2014.

The CMS has risen in wide leaps and bounds to cover almost every business sphere. Over the years, it has evolved, and like a mother embraces her child, so does WordPress, which is used on thousands of websites across the globe. Most business websites point to WordPress as the heart behind their designs. This goes to show how much value it has in our world today. Understanding the ins and outs of this great content management site, these WordPress statistics will help you see why it stands out and decide whether your business needs it.”

Google Integrates Social Media Posts Into Google Business Profiles

From Search Engine Journal, by Matt G. Southern

“Google has introduced a feature that automatically displays social media posts from platforms like Instagram and Facebook directly on Google Business Profiles (GBP).

This update aims to give customers a more comprehensive view of a business’s online activity and engagement.

According to a Google help page, businesses that have associated their social media links with their GBP may now find their social media posts automatically surface on their profiles.”

How will patterns and experiences evolve in a world shaped by Artificial Intelligence?

From Shape of AI

AI is accelerating change. Companies are reacting by “doing AI”without prioritizing the experience of the people on the receiving end–Design is more important than ever. To respond, we must get smart, fast. This starts with understanding the emerging patterns of interaction, affordances, and heuristics in an AI world. The pages below are summaries of the current state.”

WordPress Admins Urged to Remove miniOrange Plugins Due to Critical Flaw

From The Hacker News

WordPress users of miniOrange’s Malware Scanner and Web Application Firewall plugins are being urged to delete them from their websites following the discovery of a critical security flaw.

The flaw, tracked as CVE-2024-2172, is rated 9.8 out of a maximum of 10 on the CVSS scoring system and discovered by Stiofan. It impacts the following versions of the two plugins –

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