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Bakersfield WP – Virtual Wednesday Meetup: May 15th @ 7:00 pm

Accessibility WP – Showcase for Global Accessibility Awareness: May 16th @ 8:00 am

North East WP (U.K.) – Designing For Visibility & SEO : May 16th @ 10:00 am

West Orlando WP – Demystifying WordPress: May 16th @ 3:00 pm

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Houston WP – WordPress Community; The Moving Force: May 19th @ 11:00 am

Accessibility WP -Building Empathy with Stakeholders: May 20th @ 5:00 pm

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Toronto WP – Let’s fix your site: May 21st @ 3:30 pm

Woo News

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Current WooCommerce version is 8.8.3

From the WordPress Repository

WooCommerce 8.9: Pre-release updates 

From the Woo Developer Blog, by pia8c

Goodbye, Legacy REST API

From the Woo Developer Blog, by Barry Hughes

“This post is a friendly reminder that the Legacy REST API will be removed in WooCommerce 9.0, which is scheduled for release on June 11, 2024.

For most of our users this should not present any sort of problem but, for any users who do still depend on the Legacy REST API, we have prepared a separate plugin that you can install to provide some additional time in which to transition.”

WooCommerce 8.9: New Product Editor, more customizable than ever

From the Woo Developer Blog, by Alvaro

Developer Advisory: Resolving Jetpack Boost and Checkout Blocks Conflicts in WC 8.9

From the Woo Developer Blog, by Luigi Teschio

After the release of WooCommerce 8.9, we received reports from users who encountered the following issues:

  • Jetpack Boost’s “Concatenate JS” feature is breaking the Cart and Checkout blocks, as well as the Mini-cart block.
  • Checkout block shows warning Warning: foreach() argument must be of type array|object, string given when a guest session is loaded after upgrading to 8.9.

We are currently investigating the following issues. You can monitor their progress here:

  • Checkout block shows warning after upgrading to 8.9 (#47485)
  • Cart & Checkout Blocks not working on stores with WC 8.9 + Jetpack Boost’s “Concatenate JS” feature (#47492)
  • Mini-Cart block doesn’t load when certain conditions are met and Jetpack Boost’s “Concatenate JS” is enabled (#47495)

Dot Release: WooCommerce 8.9.1 is coming soon with fixes

From the Woo Developer Blog, by pia8c

After the release of WooCommerce 8.9, we received reports from users who encountered the following issues:

  • Jetpack Boost’s “Concatenate JS” feature is breaking the Cart and Checkout blocks, as well as the Mini-cart block.
  • Checkout block shows warning Warning: foreach() argument must be of type array|object, string given when a guest session is loaded after upgrading to 8.9.

As a result, we have reverted the current stable tag to WooCommerce 8.8.3.

You can read more about the uncovered issues in the Developer Advisory: Resolving Jetpack Boost and Checkout Blocks Conflicts in WC 8.9.

What’s coming in 8.9.1?

We will be addressing the issues mentioned in the Developer Advisory: Resolving Jetpack Boost and Checkout Blocks Conflicts in WC 8.9.

Monitor our progress

We are actively working on the following issues to be included in this dot release:

  • Checkout block shows warning after upgrading to 8.9 (#47485)
  • Cart & Checkout Blocks not working on stores with WC 8.9 + Jetpack Boost’s “Concatenate JS” feature (#47492)
  • Mini-Cart block doesn’t load when certain conditions are met and Jetpack Boost’s “Concatenate JS” is enabled (#47495)

Start and grow a print on demand business

From the General Woo Blog, by Vanessa Petersen

“Whether you want to start your own online business or add new revenue streams to your existing one, print on demand offers a low-cost, high-profit opportunity to sell a new array of products that your customers will love. 

Selling physical products with your unique designs is a fun and lucrative way to share your creativity with a targeted community. But setting up a production system that includes sourcing blank products, transferring your designs, warehousing goods, and shipping worldwide is a pretty big commitment for a new business.”

Over 850,000 people hit with online shopping scam that steals credit cards

From Microsoft Start, by Anthony Spadafora

“…German cybersecurity firm SRLabs recently uncovered a massive network of 75,000 fake online shops called ‘BogusBazaar’, which over the course of three years, tricked more than 850,000 people into buying $50 million worth of fake goods.”

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WordPress 6.5.3 Maintenance Release

From WordPress.org, by Aaron Jorbin


“This minor release features 12 bug fixes in Core and 9 bug fixes for the block editor. You can review a summary of the maintenance updates in this release by reading the Release Candidate announcement.

WordPress 6.5.3 is a short-cycle release. The next major release will be version 6.6 planned for July 2024.”

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20 – 24 May 2024

Homepage Examples: 7 Inspiring Ideas for Your Next Web Design Project

From Kadencewp.com

“Homepage design matters. After all, it’s your customer’s first impression of you, and most consumers tend to form an opinion of you and your company within the first three seconds of landing on your homepage.”

Seven talks about blocks, block themes and beyond at WordCamp Europe 2024

From The Gutenberg Times

“Every WordCamp Europe also comes with a Live Stream on YouTube so people who can’t make it still get to experience the talks. Here is a list of block related talks and workshops and when they are scheduled.

Once the WordCamp Europe ended, this page will be updated with the links to the recording, and if available to the slide decks.”

Latest WordPress exploit compromises over 90,000 websites?

From Security Boulevard, by Nikhil Menon

“A highly concerning security loophole was recently discovered in a WordPress plugin called “Email Subscribers by Icegram Express,” a popular tool utilized by a vast network of over 90,000+ websites. Officially designated as CVE-2024-2876 with a CVSS score of 9.8 (critical), the vulnerability represents a significant threat as it exposes numerous websites to potential attacks.”

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