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Current WooCommerce version is 8.9.1

From the WordPress Repository

WooCommerce 9.0: Pre-release updates

From the Woo Developer Blog, by pia8c

Experimenting toward a faster HPOS: We will be enabling an experimental version of Full-text search indexes for order addresses and products, leveraging MySQL’s advanced indexing techniques to speed-up search operations. This improvement, part of the High-Performance Order Storage (HPOS) initiative, optimizes database efficiency and scalability for WooCommerce stores.

Checkout Blocks — UI improvements for better conversion: Updates include a refreshed order summary with sticky functionality on desktop, clearer display of local pickup options, improved address form layout, and adjustments to checkout steps and the place order button. Accessibility improvements were also made to enhance the shopping experience, addressing feedback from Amber Hinds from Equalize Digital.

Product Collection Blocks — The next iteration: This new version includes better distinctions between the general Product Catalog and specialized collections like “On Sale” or “New Arrivals.” Only the Product Catalog remains filterable by buyers, ensuring specific collections maintain consistent product displays regardless of applied filters. We’ve also added a preview label and tooltip, clarifying that actual products displayed on the Frontend may differ based on the viewing context.

Rename Classic Block Templates: Some block names were often confusing for users. As an example WooCommerce Single Product Block (a block that represents a “classic” PHP template) was often confused with Single Product block (modern block).

To address this, we decided to rename the blocks representing so-called “classic templates” to distinguish them from modern blocks more easily and to better describe their purpose. Check the new names here.

A more secure, legible System Status Report (SSR): SSRs in WooCommerce now feature a collapsible section for issues, improving visibility, and enhanced formatting with back-ticks for readability. Security has been upgraded, hiding WordPress and site URLs, database prefixes, and associated tables from public reports, protecting sensitive information during report sharing.

HTML Tag Update in Block Templates: we will be changing the main HTML tag from <div> to <main> in several block templates in an effort to improve accessibility. The <main> tag defines the central content of a page, providing better support for assistive technologies such as screen readers. Checkout the developer advisory on this for more information.

API Changes

  • Add support for ‘customer’ field to REST orders controller (v2/v3)(#46878)
  • Prevent product from being saved prematurely when updated via REST API (#46674)
  • REST API: Add standalone wc/v3/refunds endpoint (#46895)
  • REST API: Add variation product type to response (#47377)
  • REST API: Add missing line item schemas to refunds endpoint (#47254)
  • Remove the Legacy REST API from WooCommerce core (#40627)
  • Fix: Deleting a shop coupon using API returns a 500 error (#47474)

Database updates

This change adds a new update function to add the woocommerce_show_lys_tour option (#47634)

22 free SEO tools for your online store

From the General Woo Blog, by Kevin Bates

“To help you pick the best free SEO tools for your online store, we’ve reviewed dozens of tools and sorted them based on the key purposes they serve.”

What are ecommerce fulfillment services? A complete guide

From the General Woo Blog, by Kathryn Marr

“Whether you’re just starting out on your ecommerce journey or are looking to refine the processes you already have in place, understanding the fundamentals of fulfillment is key. In this post, you’ll learn the basics, find out how to choose a fulfillment partner, and discover some incredibly-helpful fulfillment optimization tips along the way.”

Unstoppable Launches First Tokenized Identity Domain for RWAs

From Yahoo News, From Unstoppable Domains

NFT Workx’ “.WRKX” allows for the authentication of identity
and traceability of purchase credentials of tokenized Real World Assets
via eCommerce and Mobile Apps

“NFT Workx ​​tokenizes physical, real-world assets via its eCommerce platform, mobile app, and via a range of major eCommerce platforms such as Shopify and WooCommerce. With every purchase, the buyer obtains a unique digital collectible representing the transaction and providing proof of authenticity.”

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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.”

HUGE Google Search document leak reveals inner workings of ranking algorithm

From Search Engine Land, by Danny Goodwin

“A trove of leaked Google documents has given us an unprecedented look inside Google Search and revealed some of the most important elements Google uses to rank content.

What happened. Thousands of documents, which appear to come from Google’s internal Content API Warehouse, were released March 13 on Github by an automated bot called yoshi-code-bot. These documents were shared with Rand Fishkin, SparkToro co-founder, earlier this month.”

XSS Vulnerabilities Found in WordPress Plugin Slider Revolution

From InfoSecurity Magazine, by Alessandro Mascellino

“A recent security audit of the Slider Revolution plugin has uncovered two significant vulnerabilities that could compromise the security of WordPress websites. 

Slider Revolution, a widely used premium plugin with over 9 million active users, was found to have an unauthenticated stored XSS vulnerability. This flaw could allow unauthorized users to steal sensitive information and escalate privileges on WordPress sites with a single HTTP request.”

WordPress Plugin Exploited to Steal Credit Card Data from E-commerce Sites

From Hacker News

“Unknown threat actors are abusing lesser-known code snippet plugins for WordPress to insert malicious PHP code in victim sites that are capable of harvesting credit card data.

The campaign, observed by Sucuri on May 11, 2024, entails the abuse of a WordPress plugin called Dessky Snippets, which allows users to add custom PHP code…”

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