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March 6, 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

Toronto WP – Content Management & AI: March 6th @ 2:00 pm

Ottawa WP – More Blocks: March 6th @ 4:00 pm

Bakersfield WP – Virtual Wednesday Meetup: March 6th @ 7:00 pm

Learn WP – WordPress Training Team Contributor Session: March 6th @ 7:00 pm

Learn WP – Testing WordPress 6.5: March 7th @ 6:00 am

Accessibility WP – Accessibility Ask Me Anything: March 7th @ 8:00 am

Seattle WP – Freelancers Meetup: March 7th @ 10:00 am

Buffalo WP – Monthly Meetup: March 7th @ 4:00 pm

Santa Cruz/San Jose WP – News & Help Desk featuring Eagle: March 7th @ 6:00 pm

Canada CodeCamp – How to Grow your LinkedIn network: March 7th @ 7:00 pm

Portland WP – Help Desk Meetup: March 9th @ 10:00 am

South Sound WP (Seattle Area) – Helpdesk & Hacking: March 9th @ 10:00 am

Cambridge WP – Getting Traffic to your Website: March 11th @ 12:00 pm

San Diego WP – Maximizing Website Traffic: March 11th @ 6:00 pm

Learn WP – Exploring the Interactivity API in WordPress 6.5: March 12th @ 7:00 am

Baltimore WP – Google Business Profile Q&A: March 12th @ 4:00 pm

Inland Empire WP – VIRTUAL Developer Night: March 12th @ 7:00 pm

Canada CodeCamp: Git and GitHub for Beginners: March 12th @ 7:00 pm

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

Product Bundles 7.0.0, Composite Products 9.0.0 and All Products for Woo Subscriptions 5.0.0 Updates – Adding PHP 8.3 Support and Properties Controller Changes

From the Woo Developer Blog

Release Notes

Introducing PHP 8.3 Compatibility

These new versions make Product Bundles, Composite Products and All Products for Woo Subscriptions compatible with PHP 8.3 by:

  • resolving all PHP 8.3 notices,
  • properly declaring class properties that were previously not declared and;
  • using the new controller to handle (set, get, delete) properties on WooCommerce Core objects that were previously dynamically declared. You can learn more about this change below.

For Product Bundles, the new controller is: WC_PB_Product_Data.

For Composite Products, the new controller is: WC_CP_Product_Data.

For All Products for Woo Subscriptions, the new controller is: WCS_ATT_Product_Data.

WooCommerce 8.7 Beta 2: Addressing Feedback and Fixing Issues

From the Woo Developer Blog

Highlights

Since the release of 8.7 Beta, the following changes have been made:

  • We identified a critical issue in the first beta related to the usage of the LegacyProxy class. This resulted in a fatal error message: PHP Fatal error: Uncaught Exception: The LegacyProxy class is not intended for getting instances of classes in the src directory, please use init method injection or the instance of Automattic\WooCommerce\Vendor\Psr\Container\ContainerInterface. Fix #45178 ensures the correct usage of the LegacyProxy class and resolves the reported fatal error.
  • We’ve also included a fix #45135 that resolves the crash encountered when using the Product Stock Indicator or On Sale Badge blocks on the homepage

For the complete list of what has been included with 8.7 Beta, view the changelog in the readme.

Database changes

8.7 Beta 2 doesn’t require database changes. However, if you have not upgraded to 8.7 Beta, then the database needs an update.

WooCommerce 8.7 RC: Updates to Shipping Section of the Checkout Page & More

From the Woo Developer Blog

Highlights

Since the release of WooCommerce 8.7 Beta 2, the following changes have been made:

  • We fixed an issue to correctly render text displayed if no shipping methods are available in the cart and checkout shortcodes. #45249
  • We also fixed an issue to correctly render Select elements for Checkout in the Site Editor. #45252

For the complete list of what has been included with WooCommerce 8.7 RC, view the changelog in the readme.

Database changes

There are no new database changes introduced in WooCommerce 8.7 RC.

Release Schedule

We’re on track for our planned March 12, 2024 release.

March Office Hours: Product Editor Extensibility Part Two

From the Woo Developer Blog

Next office hours is scheduled for Wednesday March 20th, 2024 at 17:00 – 18:00 UTC.

(9:00 am Pacific Time)

How to start selling on marketplaces

From the General Woo Blog, by Erika Ellacott

“If you built your store using WooCommerce, you already have lots of effective growth tools at your fingertips. And most importantly for your upcoming marketplace expansion, you’ll be thrilled to know that WooCommerce can integrate directly with most of the most popular marketplaces, thanks to its large library of extensions.

In this post, we’ll explain the principles of selling on a marketplace. Then we’ll discuss how to choose the right platform, get everything set up, and sell on a marketplace when using WooCommerce.”

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 Release Candidate 1

From WordPress.org

This release include more than 20 bug fixes for the Editor and more than 40 tickets for WordPress Core.

Get a recap of WordPress 6.5’s highlighted features in the Beta 1 announcement. For more technical information related to issues addressed since Beta 3, you can browse the following links:

Want to look deeper into the details and technical notes for this release? These recent posts cover some of the latest updates:

After Reddit’s Data Sharing Deal, Tumblr and WordPress Face Allegations of Breaching User Privacy

From Microsoft Start, Story by Komal Banchho

Social media giants have faced scrutiny in the past for sharing data in a way that sparked privacy concerns among users. Recently, it was revealed that the popular discussion forum Reddit has entered an agreement to sell user data for training AI models. Now blogging platforms Tumblr and WordPress have been accused of betraying user trust by allegedly selling user data to train artificial intelligence (AI) models. The accusation, brought to light by a report from 404Media, suggests that both platforms have partnered with AI giants OpenAI and Midjourney to facilitate this data exchange.

WordPress plugin vulnerability has put millions of websites at risk

From Microsoft Start, Story by Sead Fadilpašić

“…the plugin in question is called LiteSpeed Cache, it’s a website optimization plugin designed to improve website performance.”

WordPress Site Builder Closes – Devs Forced To Rebuild Client Sites

From Search Engine Journal

“The Cwicly WordPress website builder toolkit announced that they are shutting down by the end of the year and refunding all 2024 clients. The decision forced developers to halt current projects and begin the process of migrating client websites to other WordPress site builder platforms.

It is an unexpected end to what was regarded as an innovative product that was considered as a promising toolkit for creating high performance websites on top of the native Gutenberg full site editor.”

Gutenberg’s Project Leadership Sits Down with Outreach Program to Discuss Problems with the Site Editor

From WP Tavern, by Brian Coords

“What do you get when you put a handful of outspoken WordPress developers, agencies, product owners, and community advocates on a video call with the Lead Architect and Product Managers of the entire Gutenberg project? Hopefully progress.”

Certain WP Form Plugins Make Accessibility Easy

From WP Tavern, by Toby Cryns

“According to the WAVE web accessibility tool, Gravity Forms scores a perfect score out-of-the-box for their front-end forms. Same with Ninja Forms, Contact Form 7, and WP Forms.”

Hacking of insurance giant is bringing US healthcare system to its knees

From BPR Business & Politics

“A cyberattack on a subsidiary of a major health insurance company has crippled huge swaths of the American healthcare system, according to multiple reports.

Change Healthcare, a subsidiary of United Health Group, announced Thursday it had been hit by a cyberattack from a ransomware group, according to The Associated Press. The attack has halted everything from approval of prescriptions and medical procedures to payroll for employees of medical providers, the New York Times reported.”

Council and Parliament strike a deal on a European digital identity (eID)

From the European Council of the European Union

“With a view to ensuring secure, trusted, and seamless access to cross-border public and private services in the EU, the Council presidency and European Parliament representatives reached a provisional political agreement on the core elements of a new framework for a European digital identity (eID).”

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