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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

May Office Hours: Preparing for WooCommerce 8.9 and Beyond

From the Woo Developer Blog, by Brent Mackinnon

“This month’s session will be particularly interesting as it’s the last live sync before the release of WooCommerce 8.9. Given the significant changes coming with the phase-out of the Legacy REST API into a plugin, we believe this Office Hours will be crucial for anyone looking to get the latest updates and clarifications directly from the experts.”

Customer retention strategies for ecommerce

From the General Woo Blog, by Vanessa Petersen

“Retaining customers is a primary goal of any business — but in the competitive world of ecommerce, it may just be the goal. Online stores face fierce competition because their rivals aren’t down the road; they’re just a click away.

So, the question is — when was the last time you reviewed your customer retention programs and re-engagement strategies? If it’s been a while (or if you don’t really have one at all), now’s the time to start building solid relationships with your soon-to-be-returning customers.”

What is average order value? How to increase it

From the General Woo log, by Kathryn Marr

“Average order value (AOV) is just what it sounds like — the average dollar amount a customer spends per order. The more money each customer spends, the higher your average order value will be. 

Companies that sell higher-priced products will have a higher average order value. That doesn’t necessarily mean they have more revenue overall though. You might sell $2000 pieces of furniture, but if you only sell ten per year, you’re making a lot less money than a business selling products for five dollars, but selling millions of them.” 

How to set up sales tax on your WooCommerce site

From the General Woo Blog, by Erika Ellacott

“Setting up an online store is an exciting time. It’s tempting to focus all of your energy on the fun parts, like designing page layouts and writing attention-grabbing product descriptions. But it’s just as important to attend to the more practical aspects, such as tax calculations.

First and foremost, it’s vital to understand the tax rules in your region, and it’s recommended to meet with a tax professional regarding the best practices for your specific situation. Once you know what the correct rates are, you can use native WooCommerce features to manually add sales tax calculations to your online store. Alternatively, you can purchase an extension to automate the process.

In this post, we’ll discuss the importance of calculating taxes for your WooCommerce products. Then, we’ll show you how to implement sales tax for your items and answer some frequently asked questions.”

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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.”

WordPress 6.6 Roadmap + demos, what’s next for Meta boxes, Pattern tutorials — Weekend Edition 293

From The Gutenberg Times

“…scheduled to be released in mid-July and will be fully packed with awesome features. The designer tools set for nocode site builders gets massively bigger with Pattern overrides, Grid Layout. Section Styles and Block Style variations.”

Hackers exploit LiteSpeed Cache flaw to create WordPress admins

From Bleeping Computer, by Bill Toulas

“Hackers have been targeting WordPress sites with an outdated version of the LiteSpeed Cache plugin to create administrator users and gain control of the websites.

LiteSpeed Cache (LS Cache) is advertised as a caching plugin used in over five million WordPress sites that helps speed up page loads, improve visitor experience, and boost Google Search ranking.

Automattic’s security team, WPScan, observed in April increased activity from threat actors scanning for and compromising WordPress sites with versions of the plugin older than, which are vulnerable to a high-severity (8.8) unauthenticated cross-site scripting flaw tracked as CVE-2023-40000.”

Stripe to start taking crypto payments, starting with USDC stablecoin

From Tech Crunch by Ingrid Lunden

“Stripe, the fintech giant, continues to inch its way back into the cryptocurrency market. On Thursday the company announced that it would let customers accept cryptocurrency payments, starting with just one currency in particular, USDC stablecoins, initially only on Solana, Ethereum and Polygon. This will be the first time that Stripe has taken crypto payments since 2018, when it dropped support for Bitcoin due to it being too unstable.”

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